Siko’s Industrial Ethernet Position Indicator Offers Flexibility In Network Integration

Siko’s Industrial Ethernet Position Indicator Offers Flexibility In Network Integration
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Siko’s AP20 position indicator is equipped to detect the position of spindle adjustments in machines. It displays the corresponding positional data to the operator and passes it on to the machine control system, requiring only simple system integration in combination with modern interfaces. This ensures the shortest possible downtimes; on the other the interfaces provide loss-free data communication between the position indicator and the machine control system.

The compact system is suitable for flexible manufacturing with production machines such as packing machines, woodworking machines, printing machines and machines for further processing of printed products.

Wherever manual adjustment is carried out on production machines, bus-compatible position indicators are able to optimise the production process in a way that costly refitting times during product changeovers are kept to a minimum. Once installed, position indicators provide 100 percent process reliability. During product and size changeovers, incorrect machine settings and the associated risk of damage to tools or batches with defects can be eliminated consistently with the AP20.

The basic configuration of the AP20 comes with a hollow shaft with a diameter of 20 mm. Hollow shaft diameters up to 25.4 mm are also possible without changing the compact dimensions of the product. Due to the clearance of the torque support, DA04 and DA09S mechanical SIKO position indicators can also be integrated with AP systems to create a solution with a modular format.

The modular principle makes it easier to complete product and size changeovers that require manual monitoring and means that the AP20 is a suitable automation solution for production machines which have to be refitted relatively frequently, because of small batch sizes, for example. Changes affecting the design of the machine frame or the entire system are not necessary when fitting the AP20, and the entire system and machine design can be retained.

The position indicator also has advantages from the perspective of the operator. The option of displaying the target and actual position directly on the adjusting spindle significantly increases convenience and usability for the machine operator. Two-coloured status LEDs also aid intuitive user guidance. In addition to the positioner status (InPos or OutPos), the LEDs indicate the direction of rotation required to reach the intended target position. Product and size changeovers can therefore be carried out very quickly and without much work.

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  •         Electronic position indicator
  •         Integrated industrial Ethernet Fieldbus
  •         Two-line LCD with backlighting
  •         Target and actual value display with integrated comparison
  •         Stainless steel hollow shaft ø20 mm, optionally up to ø25.4 mm
  •         Durable sensors due to magnetic scanning
  •         User guidance by status LEDs
  •         Compatible with DA09S and AP10 position indicators
  •         Protection rating IP53, optionally IP65

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