Sensors and actuators with M8 connectivity are commonly used for small scale compact machines to save space and reduce weight of the machine or end-effectors. Typically, these sensors are either terminated with long cable runs or terminated to network I/O blocks with use of M12 cables and splitters.
The hardwired solution is prone to human errors in terminations or in case of network solution adds cost of splitters and more failure points.
Balluff’s IO-Link based I/O hubs with M8 connectivity makes it simple and easy to connect M8 sensors and actuators. This solution not only eliminates the human error probability but also reduces integration costs with networked solution.
The M8 IO-Link I/O hub connects with a single 4 pole or 3 pole sensor cable to the IO-Link master module.
Expansion ability that comes standard with Balluff I/O hubs enables building resilient, expandable architecture. A typical 8 port IO-Link master can host up to 16 I/O hubs of 16 points each making it possible integrate up to 248 I/O points.