The PLC has been a mainstay of automation since the 1970s and is used to control industrial automated equipment. With the advent of Ethernet technologies and IIoT applications, the PLC had to transmit more and more information that is not necessarily used for machine control.
The PLC uses only 5% of the sensor information. Data size of this information is in bytes and cycle time in ms. But what if we could allow your sensors to talk directly to your SCADA, MES, ERP and CMMS systems without intervention of the PLC and still send the information to the PLC for machine control?
This is now possible with the Y-path from ifm. Our IO-Link masters have a separate IIoT port with a dedicated IP address for the IT infrastructure without affecting the machine control side of the system. This unique approach allows you to send information and data directly to where it is needed.
HMI, visualisation computers, servers, PCs, etc. use 95% of the sensor information. Data size is in MB and cycle time is in seconds.