Brooks Instrument, a world leader in advanced flow, pressure, vacuum and vapor delivery solutions, has added the EtherNet/IP™ digital communications interface to its industry-leading SLA5800 Series mass flow controller (MFC) family of products.
Ideal for applications in life science, chemical/petrochemical research, laboratory, analytical, fuel cell, thin film and other segments, the SLA5800 Series features high accuracy, industry-leading zero stability and high repeatability. Available with advanced, configurable multi-gas/multi-range capabilities, the SLA5800 Series offers a better zero-drift specification compared to competitive products and is proven to maintain factory calibration and accuracy longer.
Integrating the high-speed digital EtherNet/IP interface to the SLA5800 Series MFC platform increases the controller’s functionality by making it easier for OEMs and end users to leverage real-time, rich process data with high-speed digital communications.
“We continue to enhance the value and performance of our proven SLA5800 Series MFCs with additional high-speed communication protocols that leading end-users and equipment manufacturers are increasingly using for their next-generation systems,” said Steve Kannengieszer, Director of Product Marketing. “By integrating EtherNet/IP directly in the MFC, we’ve kept our device footprint the same rather than taking up valuable equipment space with an add-on adapter.”
The addition of the EtherNet/IP interface enhances the SLA5800 Series in several ways:
- Newly expanded and patent-pending advanced diagnostic and alarm capabilities which provide pedigree, performance and reliability data from the MFC. This enables predictive and preventive maintenance to help improve overall equipment effectiveness, reliability and flexibility.
- Web-based interface which allows network settings to be easily configured on the MFC.
- OEMs can provide value-added process management and control capabilities, giving users real-time information to improve operating results.
- Compatibility with Rockwell Automation® DCS software through an enhanced device profile enabled in the SLA5800 EDS file that unlocks advanced features in Rockwell Automation Studio 5000® software. This helps facilitate setup and integration of the MFC into the DCS/PLC.
For information and resources about the newly enhanced SLA5800 Series MFC, visit https://experience.brooksinstrument.com/EtherNetIP.