What is Fieldbus?
Fieldbus is simply a means of communicating with input devices (sensors, switches, etc.) and output devices (valves, drives, indication lamps etc.) without the need to connect each individual device back to the controller (PLC, Industrial PC etc.). Therefore, overall, Fieldbus can reduce costs.
Murrelektonik explain just what a Fieldbus is and also how Fieldbus control platforms work and perform.
There are a number of different fieldbus variants available, including:
- AS-I Interface
- Sercos Interface
- Ethernet Powerlink
- Sercos the automation bus
There are so many Fieldbus variant solutions available because the manufacturers of automation equipment developed proprietary Fieldbuses with differing features and functions to best deal with their market niche and to compete with each other on a technical level. Therefore, not surprisingly, some buses are better at specific functions than others.
Due to market pressure, most Fieldbuses now claim to be ‘open’ (some more so than others). This is because large end companies wanted to be able to connect and use the installed control platform (e.g. PLC) to communicate via the Fieldbus to specialist devices from a range of different manufacturers to essentially ‘talk’ to the control platform.