Modularity in your controls architecture ensure long term competitiveness.
Distributed modular control concepts with IO-Link offer a simple and universal solution. Users benefit from lower costs and unprecedented flexibility.
Learn about typical applications that open up IO-Link possibilities for automation. And see what benefits IO-Link can offer.
Here we present you step by step with a series of different concepts that easily solve typical applications.
Whether you are bundling signals, switch pneumatic elements, recording and tracking data or having operating states displayed with tower lights – a network distributor, as a decentralized data collector resolves such complex tasks:
The result is a reduced number of modules. Plus equipment options can be enabled and disabled. This affords you great flexibility. At the same time, an IO-Link master is exceptionally powerful. Additional features, such as display, integrated switch and web server assist your user-friendliness.
The replacement of parallel wiring with the use of a fieldbus was a powerful step. This is because the fieldbus protocol successfully overcame the immense installation cost associated with parallel wiring with expensive copper cables. And substantially reduces the costs.
It is not just that the field bus reduces the working time because a bus cable replaces numerous parallel strands of wire, while also reducing material and space requirements. Simultaneously, the bus cable connects the components of different levels. The way is thereby paved to a cabinet-free machine/system.
Fieldbus cables for each sensor are expensive and does not optimize or justify its use.
IO-Link only requires unshielded industrial cable with three or four strands. They are highly flexible and suitable for many applications. They are easy to connect and exceedingly economical.
O simple M12 plug is all you need to connect the most various devices. Therefore, with IO-Link you can rely on an established standard.
Thanks to this versatility and simplicity, IO-Link, as a universal interface, is the USB of automation.
System and machine designers operate in an international environment. Therefore, their products have to adapt to the conditions of very different countries. And are tuned to very different networks.
No matter which countries systems and machine builders are active in, with IO-Link one single concept for field installation satisfies every market: for Profibus, Profinet, Devicenet, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT or CC-Link.
To adapt the bus system, simply change out the master. With nearly identical circuit diagrams – without additional effort – work can be continued without interruption.
Modern robot systems need many sensors – primarily in the tooling robot carries. However, they should have less mass in order to ensure the dynamics and minimize the energy consumption. Furthermore, the expensive wiring of multipole cables makes it difficult to achieve high efficiency.
IO-Link offers a unique approach this is because a standard M12 connection is all you need to ensure the operation of the robot – no need for special connectors. I/O, module and valve terminal are simply linked and complexity is reduced.
Inductive couplers provide you with quick tool change: Plug-and-play makes for prompt connection of the new tool and is automatically parameterized by the controller via IO-Link. You are not fighting broken cables; instead you are using high flexibility. And profiting from minimal downtimes.
If a production sequence is to be visualized directly on your production line, the SmartLight, a multi-purpose tower light, is the perfect solution.
This is because IO-Link interface displays a multitude of information, so that you can continually monitor various stages. This optimizes cycle times and give early indication of any possible bottlenecks or maintenance duties.
Its various modes – Running Light, Segment and Level mode – can be set without mechanical modification. Use the controller to choose between Running Light and Color Gradient or the display of up to five color segments.
A 3-conductor sensor cable is sufficient for the connection. In this, way, you immediately connect the SmartLight to your system. And the maximum functionality is produced.
With IO-Link, you need only a node/IP address to transmit the data of up to 136 Inputs/outputs. With the compression of the data, you preserve the valuable addresses and minimize critical installations.
In this way, a Balluff IO-Link sensor hub can, for example, bundle the signals of up to 16 sensors or actuators. If these hubs are connected to our 8-fold IO-Link Master, a module transmits up to 136 inputs/outputs.
For the connection, you just need an unshielded 3-conductor standard cable. With it you can exploit the full IO-Link functionality, reduce your effort and lower your costs.
IO-Link blocks are available for all standard network protocols.