New Products from Advantech Automation

Advantech EKI-2701PSI Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Splitter


Advantech introduces the EKI-2701PSI Industrial Power over Ethernet (PoE) splitter, which offers the convenience of a single cable to supply both power and data to connected devices and equipment.


PoE (also known as IEEE 802.3af) is a relatively new technology to industrial and plant-floor environments, but has proven itself in commercial and enterprise applications over the past several years.  Using the unused wires in a 10/100Base-T cable, or by overlaying power on the data connections, PoE supplies 15.4W of power at 48VDC.


This technology is extremely useful for powering network devices and equipment, where it is inconvenient, expensive, or infeasible to supply power separately.  Connected between a standard Ethernet device and a PoE powered connection, the EKI-2701PSI operates as a “splitter”, separating the PoE connection into a standard RJ45 Ethernet port and a removable screw terminal block capable of supplying nearly 13W at 24VDC.


Packaged in a thin DIN-rail mount chassis, the EKI-2701PSI is ideal where panel space is limited.  It supports both standard 10/100Base-T and gigabit 1000Base-T connections.  It is also ruggedized for demanding industrial applications, with 4,000 VDC Ethernet ESD protection, power line surge (EFT) protection of 3,000 VDC, power isolation, and output power short circuit protection.  For maximum uptime, in unattended and remote locations, it features an extended operating temperature range of -40 to 75° C.


Harry Forbes of Boston-based ARC Advisory Group notes “The IEEE 802.3af PoE standard was designed to fit VOIP telecom applications, and 48 VDC device power is a global standard in telecom.  This Advantech product is the first off-the-shelf solution I have seen for adapting PoE to standard industrial automation devices, which expect 24 VDC power. This will prove very useful in manufacturing automation applications.” 

The EKI-2701PSI splitter is an ideal means to gain the benefits of PoE with standard Ethernet devices in harsh industrial environments.  For applications with two or more devices requiring a PoE power source, the EKI-2525P 5-port industrial Ethernet switch is a great match.


High Speed Quadrature Encoder and Counter Module

Advantech’s ADAM-5081 is a high speed quadrature encoder and counter module for use with the ADAM-5550 series Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs). The ADAM-5081 has a high isolation of 2,500 VDC, a high speed frequency mode (5 Hz ~ 1 MHz), and a counter code at 1 MHz. There’s also an advanced digital filter to eliminate noise and interference (1 ~ 65000μ sec) which ensures accurate data collection and transmission. 
The ADAM-5081 features four counter modes (up/down, bi-directional, up and A/B phase modes), which counts precise data units in minute detail. The frequency mode of the ADAM-5081 supports up to eight channels and can control a wider range of electromagnetic wave status under certain conditions.
The ADAM-5081 supports four digital output channels, which can be triggered by a preset counter value, and can watch the position encoder of the machine while doing the position comparing. Once the preset value is reached, the system requires a digital output signal to trigger the camera. With built-in DO channels already in the ADAM-5081, the respond speed is maximized.
For applications requiring high speed data collection with high accuracy, such as facility automation and machine automation, and theability to withstand harsh environments, the ADAM-5081 module is the optimum choice.


ADAM-6000 Modules Now with Peer-to-Peer and Graphical Conditional Logic Functionality

Advantech has announced a new firmware update for ADAM-6000 Series modules which adds advanced Peer-to-Peer and Graphic Condition Logic (GCL) functionality. These new features have already gone through extensive beta testing, and are proven to save time and money where all ADAM-6000 products are used. Users can upgrade thier ADAM-6000modules through Advantech’s support website (here) alongwith an extensive new manual for ADAM-6000 Series products. If you already own these product, waste no time and upgrade now!

Two Exciting New Features:

1. Peer to Peer: With P2P functionality the ADAM-6000 modules can actively update input channel status to specific output channels. In the past, a controller was needed to read data from Ethernet input modules to Ethernet output modules (without Peer-to-Peer). Now that the data will transfer automatically, with no extra controller or programming needed.

2. Graphic Condition Logic: GCL is a windows-based software utility to add control logic between input and output without extensive programming. GCL can easily create equivalent instructions to simple ladder logic instructions on PLC’s. It also supports flexible logic cascade function locally or over Ethernet network.

List of ADAM-6000 Modules Compatible with Peer-to-Peer and GCL Firmware Update:

Product Description
ADAM-6015 7-ch RTD Input Module
ADAM-6017 8-ch Analog Input with DO Module
ADAM-6018 8-ch Thermocouple with DO Module
ADAM-6024 12-ch Isolated Universal Input/Output Module
ADAM-6050 18-ch Isolated DI/O Module
ADAM-6051 16-ch Isolated DI/O with Counter Module
ADAM-6052 16-ch Isolated Source Type DI/O Module
ADAM-6060 6-ch Digital Input/Relay Module
ADAM-6066 6-ch Digital Input/Power Relay Module


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