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Talk directly to your IIoT systems without PLC intervention

Digital communication technology allows you to get more detailed information from your sensors. But, overloading your PLC will limit the amount of that data you can actually receive and use. Using IO-Link techonlogy with a Y-path connection gives you full access to real-time machine information without overloading your system. 

Don’t let your PLC carry the entire burden!

The PLC has been a mainstay of automation since the 1970’s and it is used to control industrial automated equipment. With the advent of Ethernet technologies and IIoT applications, the PLC has been forced to carry more and more information that is not necessarily used to control the machines.

The PLC only uses 5% of the sensor information. Data size is in bytes and cycle time in msec.

Y-Path Connectivity

What if your sensors could talk directly to your SCADA, MES, ERP, CMMS systems directly without the PLC intervention 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 come with a separate IIoT port with a dedicated IP address for the IT infrastructure. This works in any number of industrial applications 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, visualization computers, servers, PCs, etc. use 95% of the sensor information. Data size is in Mbytes and cycle time is in seconds.