Manufacturing plants, worldwide, are preparing to leverage data and information technology to improve their overall equipment efficiency. IO-Link is a breakthrough technology that will make this possible. IO-Link allows the pathway for sensors to communicate diagnostic information to the PLC.
It is a smarter Ethernet-based IO module. It looks and acts like standard fieldbus IO modules but provides you greater access to information on your sensors. In addition, no special cables are required, and it can be used for simple binary devices too.
IO-Link ports are configurable
4 or 8 configurable M12 Ports, A-type:
Option A: Digital Input (pin 4) + Digital Input (pin 2)
Option B: Digital Output 200mA max (pin 4)
Option C: IO-Link Device (pin 4) + Digital Input (pin 2)
Choose the IO-Link master for your application
With IO-Link communication, you now have more intelligent devices.
Level sensors are no longer on/off sensors but can allow a customer to optimize their cleaning cycle by providing not only information about the fluid in the pipe or the tank, but can also give information on whether the fluid is actual product, cleaning agent or rinse water. This information can help optimize the cleaning cycles and create additional production capacity.
Flow sensors can operate as a flow switch, flow meter and temperature device - all through a single standard cable, sensor and physical mount. This data can be used to calculate energy consumption of the machine.