In today's highly automated machines, fieldbus valve manifolds are
replacing conventional hardwired solutions. They more easily perform
vital functions by integrating communication interfaces to pneumatic
valve manifolds with input/output (I/O) capabilities. This allows
programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to more efficiently turn valves on
and off and to channel I/O data from sensors, lights, relays,
individual valves, or other I/O devices via various industrial networks.
The resulting integrated control packages can also be optimized to
allow diagnostic benefits not previously available.
valve manifolds from manufacturers such as Festo, SMC, and Numatics find
wide utility in packaging, automotive/tire, and material handling
applications, as well as in the pharmaceutical, chemical, water, and
wastewater industries. They are specified for purchase by controls
engineers at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who design and
develop industrial automation solutions — as well as by end users in
This white paper highlights new designs that
offer substantial improvements in the application, performance, and
maintenance of these valve manifolds from the end users' and OEMs'
points of view.Download white paper