Industrial Electronics

First pneumatic valve system with integrated open platform communications unified architecture

01 June 2022

The AVENTICS series advanced valve (AV) system with advanced electronic system (AES) Profinet and Ethernet/IP is now available from Emerson with preinstalled Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) functionality, making it the first and only valve system to offer this directly integrated capability. The AES helps users solve interoperability challenges and access data more easily while the integration of the digital twin can improve productivity and efficiency.

A valve system with integrated OPC UA functionality simplifies communication with upper systems since data and analytics are received via the valve system and communicated directly to upper systems. No gateway is necessary unless deeper analysis or local dashboards are required. This can result in costs savings for users since it is more complex and expensive to receive analytics from a valve system without OPC UA.

Source: EmersonSource: Emerson

OPC UA functionality also expands the connected capabilities of the valve system itself, making it easier for users in industries such as automotive, food and beverage, packaging, pulp and paper and more to digitally transform. When organizations undergo digital transformation, key protocols such as OPC UA embedded in technologies enable device monitoring and machine connectivity when sending data from a valve system to an upper system. The AES is simple to integrate and connect to new or existing applications and machines and provides easy access to data and analytics without changing the programmable logic controller.

Developed by the OPC Foundation, OPC UA is a platform independent, information technology standard for sensor-to-cloud data exchange that features integrated security.

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