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Fieldbus Technologies – for High Performance

Ever faster, more flexible, more efficient and variable production demands seamless communication from the sensor up to the Internet. The result is a growing amount of data within production processes. For industrial automation, therefore, components must be used that supply this information. At the same time, an infrastructure is required that transports the data across all levels. Fieldbus technology provides a solution. Modern data transfer via fieldbus systems such as Profibus, Profinet, EtherCAT, CC-Link or Ethernet IP in combination with IO-Link creates the perfect preconditions to prepare your production for the requirements of Industry 4.0.

What is a fieldbus?

The first generation of fieldbus technology was developed in the 1980s and ousted parallel wiring, which had been standard to that point. The fieldbus replaces the parallel wiring bundle with a single bus cable. When several devices send data over a single cable, it must be clearly determined who (identification) said what (measured value, command), when (initiative). Standard protocols make this possible. Today, many different fieldbus systems with different qualities are established on the market. Since 1999, fieldbus systems have been standardized globally with IEC 61158 (Digital data communication for measurement and control – Fieldbus for use in industrial control systems).

Fieldbus systems and IO-Link

The fieldbus protocol simplifies wiring, saves time during planning and installation and reduces costs. When combined with IO-Link, fieldbus technology demonstrates its strengths even better. Using IO-Link, the fieldbus has a higher data rate and the protocol is put to better use. The systems are less susceptible to noise and more flexibly applicable. Furthermore, costs are lowered, since shielding is not necessary. An IO-Link system consists of several devices: an IO-Link master, IO-Link-capable intelligent sensors and actuators, which are connected to the master. Sensor/actuator hubs make it possible for binary and/or analog sensors and actuators to be attached. IO-Link uses three- or four-conductor standard industrial cables for this purpose. They are highly flexible and suitable for many bending cycles. They are easy to connect, highly economical and their connections are standardized.

We Speak IO-Link

The comprehensive IO-Link portfolio from Balluff includes sensors with different functional principles and a peerless, broad spectrum of network and connection technology. As a result, Balluff IO-Link supports all current fieldbus protocols. With fieldbus systems such as Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet-IP, Devicenet, CC-Link and EtherCAT, we speak IO-Link in every field — for quick start up, optimal processes, high connectivity, as well as the greatest possible planning security and efficiency. With Balluff, a manufacturer of sensor technology and a long-time solutions provider for industrial automation, as a partner you are well-positioned for the future and for Industry 4.0. Discover more about the supported fieldbus systems.

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Network blocks for Profibus

Network blocks for Profinet

Network blocks for CC-Link

Network blocks for CC-Link IE-Field

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Network blocks for Ethernet/IP

Network blocks for EtherCAT

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