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Pepperl and Fuchs has introduced the Segment Checker version 1.20 tool for validating the design of all Foundation fieldbus and Profibus PA segments, even in hazardous areas.

Users drag and drop components into the project window and edit the attributes to build a fieldbus segment.

New to version 1.20 are the latest Fieldconnex fieldbus products and enhanced calculations for fieldbarriers used in the High Power Trunk method.

Additionally, Segment Checker 1.20 allows users to export a project in a graphic format for use in different media.

‘Segment Checker automatically calculates the voltage drop and load current on a fieldbus segment for any given configuration,’ said Brian Traczyk, product manager, Pepperl+Fuchs.

‘The user simply chooses the explosion protection method such as Fisco, Entity, FNICO and High Power Trunk, or the safe area, and segment design error checking makes clear whether the desired configuration is workable,’ he added.

Segment Checker allows users to intuitively check operational parameters to validate fieldbus segment architecture.

It also allows users to display, archive and print an entire design, and import field devices from a library, or create new devices with the device-editor feature.

Users can click on a device for direct access to the most up-to-date technical and product information on the Pepperl and Fuchs website.

Cables can be tagged and attributes defined by the user.

Spur cable length can also be set to a defined number, eliminating repetitive editing in larger projects.

Segment Checker is compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Pepperl and Fuchs

Pepperl+Fuchs is a leading developer and manufacturer of electronic sensors and components for the global automation market. Continuous innovation, enduring quality, and steady growth have guaranteed continued success for more than 60 years. Pepperl+Fuchs employs 3,950 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Germany, USA, Singapore, Hungary, Indonesia and Vietnam, most of them ISO 9001 certified.

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The Factory Automation Division is a leading manufacturer of industrial sensors designed to address specific market needs on a global basis. We offer a full range of inductive, capacitive, photoelectric, and ultrasonic sensors as well as identification systems, barcode and camera systems, rotary encoders, position measurement systems, cordsets, and other accessories.

The Process Automation Division is the undisputed market leader in intrinsically safe explosion protection components and protection of hazardous area applications. Our products enable you to combine a wide range of electronic equipment into complete, application-oriented system solutions. You can choose from many modules of our various product lines: isolated barriers, signal conditioners, fieldbus infrastructure, remote I/O, HART interfaces, level measurement, purge and pressurization, visualization and HMI, power supplies as well as alarm systems for oil separators.

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