Balluff Simplifies Analog Integration with IO-Link
Now Balluff, with the introduction of a new IO-Link analog hub, solves these challenges by making it as simple as plug-n-play.
"At Balluff, our focus is to simplify controls and integration of a variety of sensors and actuators by offering a unified interface for device-level connectivity. This new IO-Link analog hub is a major milestone along the way," says Shishir Rege, Marketing Manager for Networks and Safety.
Balluff's new 8-channel analog measurement hub utilizes IO-Link to bring all measurement data through an IO-Link master module and into the controller seamlessly. "The classical approaches to analog integration required either purchasing expensive 2- or 4-channel analog-to-digital converter modules compatible to the controller in use, or purchasing a specific network-dependent analog remote module. Balluff's new IO-Link-based analog hub eliminates the disadvantages of both of these approaches," Rege continues.
Working in concert with an IO-Link master block, the analog hub expands the already-substantial capabilities of the master to host multiple analog devices over a single IO-Link port, making the IO-Link-based architecture even more flexible and cost-effective. "The analog hub offers our customers the choice to use either dedicated IO-Link sensors or conventional analog sensors to scale and fit their solution. This analog hub enhances Balluff's extensive IO-Link portfolio and further enables building resilient modular control architectures for today's complex automation, "says Rege.
Features and benefits of the analog hub:
- Each channel on the analog hub is fully configurable inputs for voltage, current, or temperature measurements, enabling a flexible integration approach
- Analog-to-digital conversion resolution can be configured per channel as 10-, 12-, 14- or 16-bits to meet the demands of the application
- Software-based set-points can be assigned per channel, eliminating the need to physically teach set-points on the sensor, in turn reducing downtime during sensor replacement
- Eliminates long shielded-cable runs and expensive analog cards in the controls cabinet