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Expanded range of IO-Link enabled devices

15 October 2017

RS Components (RS) has expanded its range of IO-Link compatible hardware and ancillaries.

IO-Link, the first standardised IO technology (to IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators, will play an important part in the growing creation and adoption of fully connected solutions based around Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) concepts.

The majority of IO-Link devices are equipped with M12 connectors, which can be used without any restrictions for IO-Link's switching mode and communication mode.

Created by sensor manufacturers including SICK, OMRON, ifm technology, BALLUFF, Baumer, Rockwell Automation and Pepperl + Fuchs – IO-Link’s point-to-point communication (which is Fieldbus independent) is based on three-wire sensor and actuator connections, without additional requirements regarding the cable material.

Each port of an IO-Link master is capable of processing binary switching signals and analogue values, with serial IO-Link communication taking place via the same port. Easy wiring, automated parameter-setting and extended diagnosis add even more functionality to the impressive mix of capabilities.

The combined features offer benefits including reduced design and installation efforts and costs, reduced complexity, enhanced design flexibility, and standardisation of cabling and interfaces. Of particular importance to the IIoT-based smart factory approach, IO-Link sensors can provide an easy and affordable continuous source of information, thanks to the new data-capable connection paths down to the lowest automation level.


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