Bürkert Introduces a Compact Valve Island for Reliable Processes
Bürkert has presented its new valve island AirLINE for control cabinets. The valve island is easy to install and its integrated monitoring and diagnostic functions improve process reliability for applications in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage industries as well as for water treatment applications. At the same time the new AirLINE (Type 8652) enables preventive maintenance.
An integrated display for this purpose shows detailed on-site information such as the current switching statuses of the pilot and process valves, issues a message if pre-set pressure limit values are exceeded or displays errors such as cable breaks in plain text.
During development, particular attention was also devoted to the compact design. The valve island 8652 is significantly smaller than its predecessor and therefore fits perfectly into compact control cabinets that can be placed close to the process valves.
Greater system availability due to network redundancy
The valve island communicates via common industrial Ethernet protocols or PROFIBUS DP. In sealed ring topologies and PROFINET IO communication, the Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) for highly available networks ensures that even switch or cable break can be compensated for. This increases system availability and makes processes more reliable.
Process reliability through pneumatic functions
Every single valve is hot-swap capable, which means it can be replaced during live operation without shutting down the system. As an additional safety function, check valves are used in the exhaust channel. These prevent the unwanted activation of valves by pressure peaks and the resulting mixing of media. Consequently, a reliable process is also guaranteed on the pneumatic side.
Powered by EDIP
With the new valve island, Bürkert is systematically expanding the new Efficient Device Integration Platform (EDIP), which the company is using to equip its products for Industry 4.0. The EDIP device platform includes numerous functions and adapted HMI devices that facilitate the integration of new devices into systems. The free Bürkert software – the Communicator – enables diagnostic functions such as monitoring of operating data as well as alarm messages for customer-specific parameters.
Providing liquid control from aerospace to breweries
Bürkert Fluid Control Systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of measuring, control and regulating systems for liquids and gases. Bürkert products are used in a wide range of industries and applications – ranging from breweries and labs to medical, bio-engineering and aerospace technology.
With a portfolio of more than 30,000 products, Bürkert is the only supplier to offer all fluid control system components, from solenoid valves to process and analytical valves, from pneumatic actuators to sensors.
With its headquarters in Ingelfingen in southern Germany, the company has a wide-ranging sales network in 36 countries and more than 2,500 employees worldwide. Bürkert continuously develops customized solutions and innovative products at its five Systemhaus locations in Germany, China, and the USA, and in four research centers.