Fieldbus users working with Profibus-DP, DeviceNet™ and EtherCAT compliant protocols can now reduce their serial interface costs following the launch of SMC´s new Series EX260 compact serial interface unit. Developed at a part of SMC´s rapidly expanding fieldbus product range, R&D engineers from SMC, the worldwide leading experts in pneumatics, have selected the key features from their best selling models and literally compressed them into a single, extremely compact, low cost unit.
Ideal for use in confined spaces, Series EX260 is almost 70% smaller than SMC´s popular EX250/600 range and over 60% smaller than their EX124/126 models and is designed for use with either 16 or 32 valve outputs. Easy installation is ensured as the power connection, bus connector and ground terminal cabling are available from the same side and further design features of the EX260 include the use of individual bus connectors (in/out) thereby allowing the possibility of a daisy chain structure without the need to use extra T connectors. With built-in terminating resistors and individual valve and control bus connectors, the EX260 unit can be located closer to the actuators, thereby reducing expensive piping costs, and by using M12 connectors for both bus and power signals the unit meet both IP65 and IP67 enclosure protection ratings.