Robotics and automation
Robotics and automation

Lean networks reduce costs

Robotic automation tasks are no longer necessarily associated with excessive installation costs and effort, maintenance, and parts replacement. With non-contact transmission of signals and power using inductive couplers, you can leave wear and cable breaks in the past. Use of these quick-disconnect units also makes you highly flexible.

By also using IO-Link you can significantly simplify your network topology. You reduce the installation costs and effort to a minimum while enjoying noise immunity. With this communication standard you can integrate all the sensors into the fieldbus level.
And with IO-Link devices, continuous diagnostics and parameterization are possible using the controller. IO-Link reduces the number of devices and offers transparency down to the last meter. For a lean network structure simply connect your IO-Link devices to an IO-Link network block to bundle the signals. You also profit from huge time and money savings.

The Balluff IO-Link portfolio with masters, hubs and intelligent sensors offers an incomparably wide selection for such efficiency.

Application examples

  • Simple gripper changes using inductive couplers

    BIC inductive couplers

    With the help of Balluff inductive couplers, the need for manual insertion of mechanical connectors when changing grippers is eliminated. The couplers send signals and power without contact, are easy to use and offer maximum flexibility. The quick- disconnect units can be changed in the gripper in just moments.

    Features

    • Long service life, no mechanical wear
    • Plug-and-Play
    • Weight savings
    Simple gripper changing

    Inductive couplers for IO-Link signal transmission

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  • Bundle signals and save money

    BNI IO-Link blocks

    Our IO-Link sensor hubs made of plastic or metal collect the signals from the sensors embedded in the gripper and pass them along in bundled form to the controller. The controller can be connected to a 16-port IO-Link master, which records the signals of up to 272 sensors. This reduces your wiring effort, saves weight and reduces cost.

    Features

    • Easy to install
    • Central parameter setting
    • Continuous diagnostics
    Bundle signals and save money

    IO-Link Modules BNI

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