CubeLink is a modular system that enables a high level of automation to be easily and economically applied to any mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and thermal system. CubeLink consists of modules that communicate with or control individual components of processes (CLIOs- CubeLinkInputs and Outputs) and modules that process data to and from distributed CLIOs and communicate with higher level systems or devices (CLIPs-CubeLinkInterface Processors).
In automated systems, there is a large cost component and technical limitation in the devices that communicate with and control mechanical, thermal and monitoring equipment (such as pumps, valves, temperature and flow sensors). Some of these systems are contained within a single package (e.g. a functional device in a box) and some are distributed over large distances (e.g. a pump on a river filling a tank on a hill).
Enesys is continually developing and manufacturing CubeLink Modules to enable high levels of automation to be installed within devices or physically separated systems at a very low cost. Some of these modules are:
CLIOs (CubeLink Inputs and Outputs) are a growing family of specific Input and Output Modules. Input CLIOs gather information from processes, like discrete status information (e.g. water flow is detected), and analogue information (eg read the water level in a tank). Output CLIO’s control equipment that makes things happen, like discrete commands (eg start a pump or close a gate), and analogue commands (eg run a lighting system at 56% of its capacity). CLIO’s may be physically dispersed over long distances to transmit data to and receive data from CLIP’s.
CLIPs (CubeLink Interface Processors) are communication gateways to high level control systems like PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) and Computers. CLIPs can communicate using a range of industry standard protocols, including ModBus, Ethernet, WiFi, DH485, RS232, USB) and they can also communicate over large distances with a combination of CLIOs.)
CubeTalk is a proprietary communications protocol developed by Enesys that enables CLIOs to communicate with CLIPs over short and long distances without interference using conventional cabling. CubeTalk provides process data transmission and system self-diagnosis data transmission between CLIOs and CLIPs.
CLIPs and CLIOs are hardware enabled and can be configured to communicate directly with various specialised devices using communications protocols like I2C (127 devices with embedded addresses), SPI (point-to-point devices), SWD (multiple single-wire devices with embedded addresses).