Balluff offers reliable systems for data transfer from the sensor to the controller. You can choose from a variety of connectors, contact-free transfer systems and between active and passive splitters. We also provide first-class solutions for special environments such as welding equipment and drag chains or the demanding hygiene sector.
Reduce wiring and troubleshooting time on the machine by utilizing Balluff's networking portfolio powered with IO-Link. With IO-link on board, sensors and actuator cable runs can be shorter, short circuit and over current diagnostics are at your fingertips to ensure fast troubleshooting. Variety of smart sensors or prox switches can be integrated with ease without adding proprietary software or multiple communication interfaces.
Our BIC inductive couplers guarantee contact-free signal and energy transfer. This enables fast format changes. And means maximum productivity for you.
With Balluff's networking and connectivity portfolio, you can build resilient I/O architectures to fit your needs with your choice of network. Balluff portfolio is geared towards reducing your bill of material changes if you building machines with several different networks or eases inventory management for spare parts if you are a manufacturer.
Balluff's networking portfolio is fueled with IO-Link that enhances the architecture providing exceptional expansion capabilities to offer tremendous flexibility for the future. As the network modules that serv as IO-Link masters are also IIoT and Industry 4.0 capable, offers you the scalability and readiness for the next generation of manufacturing when you are ready
Typically, stack lights are used for machine state monitoring. These stack lights are limited in function and requires complex wiring and complex programming to integrate in the controls system. Balluff's innovative solution with multifunction LED tower lights -- SmartLights, process visualization is streamlined with ease of programming. The IO-Link enabled SmartLights can be utilized not only for machine state monitoring but also for various other applications from operation state monitoring, fill level alerts, maintenance management, hazard communication and lot more. Balluff SmartLights can be used in multiple modes of operations such as segment mode for stacklight function, level mode for operator feedback on the progress of the operation or critical process parameters such as fill/temperature indication, or even as run-light mode to alert maintenance of the specific situation based on the background and the foreground colors. Colors, intensity and mode of operations is all programmable in your choice of the controls architecture.
I/O is moving from the control cabinet to the machinery. Distributed I/O architectures enable faster, more error-free installation, shorter cable runs, plug-and-play connectivity, and simplified troubleshooting. Now networked I/O adds even easier setup, remote device configuration, and diagnostics to further enhance ease of installation and maintenance.
Balluff IO-Link master multiple interface blocks collect all the signals from the various standard sensors and relay them to the controller over any industrial fieldbus. This solution simplifies the entire network structure and creates transparency down to the last meter.
Eliminate troublesome wired connections with Balluff inductive couplers. The couplers transfer signals and energy without contact and ensure prompt gripper changing. The quick-disconnect units are easy to handle and provide you with maximum flexibility.
Our IO-Link sensor hubs made of plastic or metal collect the signals of the sensor in the gripper and relay them to the controller. The controller needs to be connected to a 16x IO-Link master, which records the signals of up to 272 sensors. This makes it possible to reduce the wiring effort, complexity and cost.
All pneumatic lines come together in the control cabinet. With our IO-Link valve terminal interfaces, the valve terminals are connected to the controller using a simple industrial cable. This makes it easy to control the reliable movement of the pneumatic cylinders. Which saves on costs: With IO-Link, you can reduce the wiring effort and require less cable and hose material.