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Festo introduces extension to CPX automation platform

12 May 2013

Festo has introduced an extension system for its CPX automation platform that has been optimised for cabinets. It will enable engineers to split CPX valve terminals into two parts and, as a result, save as much as 30 percent on costs.

The CPX extension has been designed in response to customer demand for a simple system that allows them to include more modules in a cost-effective way and is especially made for cabinet applications such as those found in general process and food and drink industries.

Previously, users were restricted to ten modules and if they required more, would need to purchase a second CPX with fieldbus node, use specialised control cabinets, or install a CPX vertically. 

With Festo’s new CPX extension, engineers can now easily split up the valve terminal into two horizontal layers that fit in a standard sized cabinet, which enables them to save both money and space compared to the wider specialist cabinets they would typically have used.

Depending on the customer’s requirements the split-up can either be done between the electrical and pneumatic interface of the valve terminal, or between the I/O modules.

The extension comprises specific end plates which are simply connected with a cable of up to 3m, thereby continuing the innovative communication backplane into the second row.  As a result,  no second communications node is required and all CPX advantages and features including diagnostics and modularity are carried over seamlessly into the second row.  

Users can also specify the CPX-L and MPA-L modules in IP20 protection class. 

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