The AS-Interface is a networking protocol for sensors and actuators at the automation base. The latest generation opens AS-Interface to the next dimension of digitalization. ASi-5 is backwards compatible with the previous ASi versions and devices. With ASi-5 larger data quantities can be transmitted significantly faster and even intelligent sensors such as IO-Link can be integrated more easily.
The product range currently contains the following ASi-5 products: ASi-5/ASi-3 Gateways, a counter module, an ASi-5 Slave / IO-Link Master as well as digital I/O modules.
The ASi-5 digital modules are available in three versions: with 16 inputs (BWU3164), with eight in- and outputs each (BWU3163) and with eight inputs (BWU3802). So with just one ASi-5 slave, a high I/O density in the field can be realized. It is possible to simply, efficiently and economically collect signals from up to 16 sensors exactly where they occur. In some cases, the digital I/O modules make expensive Ethernet I/O modules unnecessary, reducing overhead costs.
In addition to the IP67 versions, there is an IP20 version available for each ASi-5 digital module.