Industrial environments demand a lot from control systems. Devices such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) must operate continuously with various components and as little maintenance and downtime as possible. However, a PLC is only as good as the input /output capabilities of the digital channels connected to the industrial ecosystem. Harsh, noisy environments and various unknown factors can all contribute to design challenges that affect digital channel reliability, resulting in possible circuit damage, downtime, and system failure. In the dual webinar sessions, Protecting 24 V Digital Outputs from the Unknown and Factories are Dirty – Protecting Industrial Digital Inputs, senior product manager Asa Kirby and applications engineers Travis Lenz and Kevin Huang describe the design challenges specific to industrial digital channels and how to mitigate them using Silicon Labs' Si834x and Si838x digital isolator devices.
Industrial ecosystems present a multitude of conditions that can result in damage to digital input and output channels. The most common challenges include:
Input/output-specific challenges include managing overload conditions and driving inductive loads for outputs and device compatibility and assembly/installation protection for inputs. Industrial systems must be able to handle all these varied design challenges while operating in harsh environments.
Silicon Labs’ Digital Isolator Solutions
Silicon Labs' digital isolators provide optimal solutions to the unique challenges of industrial environments. Our Si834x isolated smart switches are ideal for driving resistive and inductive loads, including solenoids, relays, and lamps commonly found in industrial control systems. They are fully compliant with IEC61131-2, so they interoperate well with other channels. Each switch can detect an open circuit condition and is protected against over-current, over-voltage from demagnetization (inductive kick or flyback voltage), and over-temperature conditions. An innovative multi-voltage smart clamp can manage an unlimited amount of demagnetization energy (EAS). Si834x switches are available in Parallel or SPI input types and sourcing or sinking output types. With substantial power savings and a compact 9x9 DFN package, these switches reduce board space and design headache!
Our Si838x isolated multi-channel input isolators are high-density, highly flexible devices that are ideal replacements for traditional optocouplers. They offer eight channels of 24 V digital field interface in a single compact QSOP package with integrated safety rated isolation. With a few external components, this structure provides compliance to IEC 61131-2 switch types 1, 2, or 3. The input interface is built on our ground-breaking CMOS-based LED emulator technology, which means the devices can handle sourcing or sinking configurations without a power supply on the field side. By utilizing our proprietary silicon isolation technology, these devices support up to 2.5 kV RMS withstand voltage, enabling high-speed capability, high noise immunity of 25 kV/µs, reduced variation with temperature and age, and better part-to-part matching. One Si838x isolator can replace eight traditional optocouplers, making them ideal solutions for space-constrained industrial facilities.
Watch these webinars to learn more about how our digital isolators provide optimal solutions to the unique challenges and harsh conditions of industrial environments: Protecting 24 V Digital Outputs and Factories are Dirty. To learn more about our Si834x and Si838x devices, contact your Silicon Labs sales representative.