Industrial automation is on the rise. Thanks to I/O-Link (now supported by more than 200 manufacturers), which has provided an excellent opportunity to process input and output (I/O) signals more effectively than ever—without complicated wiring—by taking advantage of smart sensors.
Problems with Conventional Sensors and Actuators
Conventional sensors and actuators use basic hardwired connections that offer limited functionality. They are constrained by the limited data they can signal over hardwires, generally only on or off for a discrete signal and the process variable measurement for an analog signal.
Over the years, engineers have worked towards improving the amount of information that can be transmitted over existing wires with superimposed signals. Devices are becoming much smarter with I/O-Link technology—a built-in feature that allows users to get much more information out of a sensor device than just a switch output.
Proximity switches, electrical low voltage pressure switches, temperature switches, flow meters, and more can now send multiple measured variables, along with enhanced configuration and diagnostics information. Electrical low voltage pressure switches with I/O Link are particularly useful for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) who are using the same switch over and over in mass-produced systems.
Benefits of using devices featuring I/O Link-
•Fast Configuration and Commissioning –
With IO-Link, you can read and make dynamic changes to device parameters as required through the control system software. This allows for fast configuration and commissioning, and greater product diversity.
•Smooth Operation –
Easy access to readily available sensor-level data: process data, service data, and event date helps you ensure the smooth operation of system components, and optimize machine maintenance.
•A Cost-Effective Solution –
IO-Link does not require any special or complicated wiring; the devices can be connected using the same standard cables as conventional discrete I/O—which helps you to keep wiring simple. It eliminates the need for analog sensors and cord sets for sensors, which allows you to save big on inventory costs.
•Reduces Downtime –
The ability to monitor sensor outputs, get real-time status alerts, and control settings from virtually anywhere allows you to identify and fix problems that arise on the sensor level—promptly. This also means that you can make decisions quickly based on real-time data provided by the machine components, which allows for reduced downtime and more efficiency.
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