Balluff is pleased to announce an entire new family of network I/O blocks optimized for extremely noisy electrical environments, such as welding. These new Balluff Weldblocks are constructed with fiberglass reinforced composite (polypropylene sulfide) that inherently resists weld spatter while effectively combats grounding loops and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
"Balluff Weldblocks offer an ideal solution for our customers needing to fight the high electrical noise in their welding applications while keeping their controls cabinets lean," says Tom Rosenberg, Director of Marketing for Balluff, Inc. "With IO-Link on board, Weldblock IO-Link masters and I/O hubs can build entire controls architecture around the weld cell that was previously a challenge," Rosenberg adds.
Weldblocks promote machine mount distributed modular architecture with IO-Link. The network node with IO-Link master on the Weldblock communicates over EtherNet/IP with the PLC or the controller of the machine, while the IO-Link ports can be connected to a variety of IO-Link enabled smart sensor devices or Balluff IO-Link I/O hubs.
The Weldblock family also includes I/O hubs with Balluff expansion ports to expand the total configurable I/O count per IO-Link port to 30, or the entire I/O count per network node to 240. Weldblocks from Balluff are equipped with a built-in enhanced webserver and port diagnostics to ensure quick troubleshooting. Add-On-Instructions for ease of integration with various controller platforms are also available online for free from the Balluff website.