Several European companies were recently certified as "Belimo approved MP partners" for their MP-Bus® compatible development of components and systems. The award was presented to a total of eight MP partners in November 2008.
The following suppliers are now approved MP partners: AL-KO Therm GmbH (Germany),
A-M-Systeme GmbH (Germany), BECKHOFF Automation GmbH (Germany), Carel Industries S.r.l. (Italy), ela-compil sp. z o.o. (Poland), SAIA-Burgess Controls AG (Switzerland), WAGO Kontakttechnik (Germany), Walter Müller AG für industrielle Elektronik (Switzerland) and Xecom Ltd (UK).
The "Belimo approved MP partner" certificate is awarded by Belimo to companies who have successfully implemented the MP-Bus interface in their devices in accordance with Belimo guidelines and passed the so-called MP conformity test. This test, which is carried out by an independent European testing institute, guarantees the application quality of the MP system and assures problem-free commissioning and operation. Tested devices are authorised to bear the "MP-Bus® Compatible" logo.
The Belimo MP-Bus® was specially developed as a master-slave system for HVAC actuators and sensors. It allows up to eight different controlling elements to be grouped together and integrated in any popular fieldbus system. Wiring expenses are reduced by as much as 90%. One active or passive sensor or one switching contact can be additionally integrated per MP actuator - the simplest way to enhance conventional sensors with communications capability.
Belimo provides the MP specification to all interested manufacturers of controllers or gateways, to enable them to implement an MP interface in the hardware and software.