- Compact valve units / control cabinets with valve islands distributed close to the process in the plant or positioned centrally
- Relatively short distances in pneumatics help increase energy efficiency
- A high degree of standardisation enables simple expansions
- Simple communication connection to a higher-level, central control level through intelligent components
When will you commit to the concept of distributed automation?
If the plant configuration demands densely arranged valves or plant sections need to be configured flexibly, distributed automation is the ideal solution for you. The individual components such as the control cabinet or field module and process valves are ideally matched, and this simplifies the planning and engineering work required thanks to their intrinsic compatibility and the fact that the whole platform is pre-calibrated. Extending the solution is always a quick and easy option.
Process reliability and product quality – no need for a control cabinet, directly in the field
Do you above all need fast switching and a considerably reduced cabling and tubing outlay? The innovative Bürkert valve islands AirLINE Field can be installed directly next to the process. Due to the smaller pneumatic distances, your valves switch faster and you also save on compressed air and energy. Distributed control enables you to quickly and accurately identify faults and to switch off individual modules instead of the whole plant. This saves both time and money.
The benefits of distributed automation
1. Highest level of reliability for all plant processes
With Bürkert valve islands you always have a clear overview of the device status – for fast monitoring and diagnostics. Thanks to the redundant ring topology and protocols, your processes always run reliably and you avoid unwanted valve switching.
2. Extensive flexibility for your plant
Bürkert valve islands allow you to install directly in the field to enable optimum control and oversight close to the process, with short distances to enable rapid switching and fault identification. Needless to say, they support all important fieldbus protocols and can be connected to the Bürkert device platform EDIP.
3. Simple start-up and fast maintenance
The valve islands can be installed quickly and flexibly on the wall or on a standard rail. With a visual position indicator and a robust manual override, they are easy to operate and maintain: Rely on preventive and wear-optimised maintenance.
4. Well protected against corrosion and unauthorised access
Bürkert device solutions are compact and available as a control cabinet or a stand-alone field module. The components are robust, easy to clean and yet protected against unauthorised access.
5. Low cabling and tubing outlay
Short line lengths not only enable faster valve switching, they also cut costs and save space in the plant by reducing the number of required cable trays. Further, the need for control cabinet engineering is eliminated.
The valve islands AirLINE allow valves to switch faster
They are easy to install, maintain and ensure reliable processes: The valve islands AirLINE reliably control process valves and other actuators, clearly show status and diagnostic information on the LC display and transmit this information to higher-level controllers. Check valves in the exhaust air ducts make sure there is no unplanned actuation due to pressure peaks. In short: AirLINE valve islands provide maximum process reliability A controller enables you to quickly and accurately identify faults and to switch off individual modules instead of the whole plant. This saves both time and money.
All Bürkert valve islands and pneumatic field modules are ideally matched and communicate reliably with each other. Due to this intrinsic compatibility, the amount of engineering effort needed for planning, installation and operation remains low.
Reliable automation with control cabinet / close to the process
Automate the pneumatic functions of your plant – with valve islands from Bürkert in a control cabinet. The valve island allows you to control processes via a network of single valves.
How you can benefit from this solution:
- The diagnostics function on the device and at operating control level enables you to detect faults at an early stage
- This makes your production processes more reliable and more efficient
The five advantages you should know about
Advantages of a controller over a distributed automation solution: Your production continues without downtime even after a cable break.
Distributed control, efficient manufacturing
To ensure your system runs 24/7, you can identify possible faults quickly and precisely via the distributed control system. Instead of switching off the entire plant, you only need to switch off individual modules, thus saving costs and time. At the same time, a Bürkert system solution ensures reliable product quality at all times.
Improved plant availability
Less downtime means greater productivity: With distributed automation, you have the ability to expertly control the availability of your plant. Intelligent diagnostics functions allow you to schedule maintenance work in advance, since wear is predictable and faults can be detected more quickly.
Plant availability without safety functions: Unforeseen maintenance work and downtime occur.
Thanks to additional safety functions, you can rely on interference-free communication.
Saving costs due to check valves
A safe and undamaged end product is important in every industry. Even the smallest amount of mixing leads to the loss of a whole batch. The check valves installed in the valve islands ensure reliable production without rejects. If the air is not vented quickly enough in the event of malfunctioning, valves may open unintentionally as a result of the back pressure and the product mixes with unwanted substances.
An example calculation from pharmaceutical production, namely a chromatography process, shows you how much money you can save using a Bürkert solution. Download the brochure now and find out more about how much you can save. Download the brochure now and find out more about how much you can save.
Automation in practice
Many of our customers already successfully control their plants using distributed automation solutions. In these user reports, you will discover how Bürkert distributed automation can help you manufacture products more efficiently and reliably.
WEIHENSTEPHAN – Brewing process automated successfully
The pilot brewery at the Weihenstephan Research Centre for Brewing and Food Quality was automated in a way that allows the master brewer to control everything via a PC: The entire brewing process is thus more comprehensible and efficient.
DANONE – Greater reliability for the production of yoghurt and desserts
New safety precautions are regularly implemented in the food production sector. Danone was able to simply retrofit the automated plant at its facility in Ochsenfurt with the latest Bürkert valve types for safety-related shutdown.
FRIESLANDCAMPINA – Automating production in a hygienic environment
The ultramodern dairy company FrieslandCampina impressively demonstrates how production can be automated at the heart of a hygiene-sensitive area. With Bürkert’s “AirLINE Quick” valve islands in the HD cabinet, the systems are not only easier to clean but also cost-efficient.
EVERSWINKEL WATERWORKS – Drinking water treatment
Everswinkel waterworks now doses oxidation air automatically during drinking water treatment. The treatment of drinking water is thus reproducible and more efficient.