Based on user-defined parameters, the module detects when a machine is idle and automatically shuts off compressed air; when it receives a startup signal from an operator, it resupplies compressed air. In the case of a particularly complex production process, automatic standby detection can be deactivated in favor of manual operation. The unit features a solenoid valve integrated with a pressure and a flow sensor in one compact package. A Profibus node provides communication with a PLC, and Ethernet/IP and PROFINET communication options are planned for 2016. The unit flows up to 5000 liters of compressed air per minute, programs easily, and offers fast connection to the company's MS series air preparation units. The module also detects pressure drops below a predefined value and sends an alert about the leak. Higher than anticipated air flow during production also indicates a leak and triggers a user defined alert. The device actively monitors the condition of the pneumatic system in real time and gives plant operators access to up-to-the-minute energy- and process-related data as well as comparative data over time.
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