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Unlike traditional control signals, IO-Link offers increased bandwidth and full access to the sensor’s intelligence without changing sensors and wiring. Using your existing architecture, IO-Link opens new possibilities to maximize the overall efficiency of your machines and processes. 

From easy and fast setup to additional machine monitoring data to process transparency from the machine level to the ERP software, IO-Link offers many benefits. See below for just some othe ways you can use IO-Link.

True digital signal replaces analog

IO-Link transmits a true digital process signal for more reliable and accurate signals than analog outputs.

Reduces analog functionality costs

IO-Link reduces the cost of analog functionality. The need for analog electronics in sensors or costly analog cards is eliminated.

Multiple sensor values with a single connection

With IO-Link, process sensors have the ability to transmit multiple sensor values. For example, ifm’s flow sensors can accurately transmit both flow rate, total flow volume, and temperature measured values to the controller. This three-in-one capability reduces the need for multiple sensors and installation time.

Reduce downtime with simple plug-and-play replacement

The IO-Link master stores all parameters of the connected sensors. If a sensor must be replaced, the previous parameters are automatically written to the new sensor. Looking up the required sensor settings is not necessary.

Maximize machine uptime by changing sensor parameters remotely

No need to shut down the machine to make changes to sensor parameters. IO-Link allows remote parameterization without incurring unnecessary downtime. Parameters are easily changed via the PLC.

Reduce maintenance costs

IO-Link’s machine condition monitoring sensors are capable of tracking machine components, such as rolling element bearings, rotational turbulences, gear drive trains, etc. Predictive diagnostic sensor data is transmitted to the PLC for early detection of critical failures. A proven solution for efficient predictive maintenance plans, IO-Link increases uptime and reduces maintenance costs.