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High performance automation platform with more modules

Festo : 10 May, 2013  (New Product)
Festo has launched an extension system for its high performance CPX automation platform. The innovative extension has been optimised for cabinets and will enable engineers to split CPX valve terminals into two parts, and as a result, save costs of up to 30%.
High performance automation platform with more modules

The CPX extension has been designed to include more modules in a cost-effective way and is especially made for cabinet applications in general process and food and drink industries. Previously, users were restricted to 10 modules and if they required more, would need to purchase a second CPX with fieldbus node, use extraordinary control cabinets, or install a CPX vertically.
 
With the new CPX extension, engineers can now split the valve terminal into two horizontal layers that fit in a standard sized cabinet, saving money and space compared to the wider specialist cabinets they would typically have used. The split-up can either be 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 cost-effective CPX-L and MPA-L modules in IP20 protection class, which together with the CPX extension is a very price-attractive solution for cabinets.

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