For cabling work in harsh industrial environments
FOC or copper
Balluff has extended its range of Profinet modules to include push-pull variants. These are available with fibre-optic cables (FOC) or with copper cable connection. Both versions have the push-pull connection technology for field bus and power cables specified by AIDA (Automatisierungs-Initiative Deutscher Automobilhersteller (Automation Initiative of German Car Manufacturers)). This makes the cabling extremely easy to install.
FOC and copper
There is also a module which combines the best of both worlds because is provides both an FOC (SCRJ) and a copper (RJ45) push-pull connection. A further benefit: For conversion from a copper to a fibre-optic cable, this EA module does not require an extra external module. The modules will be available at the beginning of 2015.
FOC connection is recommended for highly available, data-intensive applications. With the potential insulation supplied as standard, equalisation currents and surges can be avoided effectively.
Additional features: Display, integrated switch and web server
As with all the Balluff Ethernet-based IO-Link masters, the push-pull modules also have an integrated display for providing information and additional diagnostics. The integrated switch is used to set up a Profinet line structure. The integrated web server displays the module status together with all the current information required for advanced diagnostics.
All the functions of IO-Link 1.1 are available to the push-pull modules via the 8 IO-Link ports.