By DE StaffFluid Power Machine Building
Festo’s VTSA-F-CB features PL-d CAT 3 safety system integration and EtherNet/IP connectivity.
Festo announced the imminent launch of its VTSA-F-CB (CB for C-Bus), a pneumatic valve manifold that enables up to Performance Level (PL)-d Category 3 safety through an integrated serial bus backplane for pneumatics. The valve manifold offers serial communication that enables up to three safety-shutdown-groups per manifold. It’s also compatible with combinations of pilot air control valves, soft-start exhaust valves, proportional valves and vacuum generators. The VTSA-F valve manifold platform now offers with its C-Bus variant the ability to control downstream valves and devices via an integrated C-Bus backplane. The manifold also provides the ability to control valves with safe switched power zones and to monitor integrated sensors for safety feedback via Ethernet/IP.