Distributed Modular I/O for Applications in Washdown Environments
Balluff’s new family of machine mount network blocks is ideally suited for hygienic environments
that require frequent high-pressure washdown and caustic cleaning.
The entire family of network modules is made with stainless steel V4A (1.4571) and carries an IP69K protection rating along with ECOLAB certification. These network blocks support connectivity to the controller or PLC via EtherNet/IP or PROFINET.
Machine builders and end users of automation in the Food, Dairy and Beverage industry that need to follow stringent food safety requirements can now utilize the full benefits of a distributed modular architecture for all the required I/O and sensor connectivity.
With IO-Link onboard, the network blocks can seamlessly connect to a multitude of smart devices with standard M12 sensor cables – offering automatic configuration, parameterization, and diagnostics features in addition to the sensor intelligence. Balluff network blocks are IIoT enabled as they offer connectivity via SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) to the enterprise level network management systems. Utilizing the virtual IP addressing technique, Balluff IO-Link masters can make IO-Link devices available to the network management systems gathering critical information from IO-Link devices for asset tracking and condition monitoring functionality for the system, without impacting the PLC or the machine controller. Add-on-instructions or function blocks are available for free to download from the Balluff website to ease the integration of the block on various controls platforms.