INTERBUS Ruggedline modules are provided for harsh ambient conditions or in the case of high requirements regarding system diagnostics. To ensure maximum availability, these modules are equipped with a zinc die-cast housing (IP67). Therefore, they can be installed in the direct vicinity of welding tongs.
Each Ruggedline module consists of a mounting plate and and electronics module. The electronics module is snapped onto the mounting plate and fixed with two screws if necessary.
I/O errors can be clearly localized by means of extended diagnostics. Short-circuits of the power supply of the sensors, for example, are reported in groups of 4 inputs. And, in the case of a short-circuit at an output, the respective output is even reported directly. This information will be made available to the controller and displayed at the module.
In the case of modules with fiber optic connection, the diagnostics capability even goes one step further. By using the latest fiber optic technology, the quality of the transmission path is permanently ascertained and optimally adjusted. This information is available to the controller and at the module. Due to these additional features, slow deterioration of the transmission path can be detected before errors occur during transmission or transmission is interrupted.
In the case of Ruggedline modules, the bus medium can be selected. Apart from versions with fiber optic connection (polymer fiber), there are modules which are used with twisted pair cables. The bus medium can be changed from FO installation to a copper medium at any time using the corresponding plug-in adapters.
The bus is connected by means of IP67 plug-in plugs, which transport both the bus signal and the power supply to the modules. For easy preparation, the power supply cable is connected to the plug using the QUICKON fast connection method, and connection of the fiber optic cable is made using a simple cutting and assembly tool; additional polishing is not necessary.