Short overview of the most important ideas and advantages of IO-Link
IO-Link = universal process data interface
IO-Link masters are universal input/output modules. Different types of units can be operated on the same port: IO-Link sensors, IO-Link actuators and units with switching signal. Therefore, one IO-Link port can replace several components: analogue (4...20 mA, 0...10 V) and binary input and output cards.
IO-Link = smart sensor interface
In smart sensors, IO-Link is already integrated. So, data can be exchanged bidirectionally with the controller, e.g. diagnostics and maintenance messages or data for remote parameter setting.
IO-Link = easy set-up
The easiest way to obtain sensor process values is as easy as the connection to an analogue card. Connect the sensor to the IO-Link master – done.
Replacement is just as easy. All sensor parameters are stored in the master and transferred to the new unit.
10 good reasons to use IO-Link
Fast and easy set-up and service: