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Data transmission via fibre-optic or copper cables

16 December 2014

Fibre-optic cables have become an established solution in industrial data communication. It can offer numerous advantages, particularly for data-intensive applications with a high demand on availability.

The new push-pull variants of the Balluff PROFINET IO-Link master modules are now available with the choice of a fibre-optic cable or copper cable connection. They all have the push-pull connection technology for fieldbus and power cables that is specified by the Automation Initiative of German Automobile Manufacturers(AIDA). A special, third variant combines both worlds and provides both a fibre-optic (SCRJ) and a copper (RJ45) push-pull connection. This module can be used for converting from a copper to a fibre-optic cable in the I/O module, without the need for an additional, external converter module.

In common with all Balluff Ethernet-based IO-Link master modules the push-pull modules also feature an integrated display for information and additional diagnostics as well as an integrated switch for setting up a PROFINET line structure. 

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