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IO-Link modules added to pneumatic valve islands

09 May 2017

As part of a global focus on factory automation, Parker Hannifin has introduced smart connectivity of its pneumatic valve islands to machine controllers with the addition of IO-Link modules that can be integrated with existing valve ranges.

Ethernet-based protocol independent and vendor neutral, this new IO-Link module offers plug-and-play valve compatibility for customers using Industrial Ethernet, allowing them to benefit from similar performance and reduced system complexity at a lower cost.

This communication technology allows devices to be more easily integrated in the same way as all commonly used fieldbus and automation systems. In addition, the network configuration can be stored or written into the code and downloaded to the device with no programming required.
Connected valve technology gives the option to add intelligence and decentralise control, enabling machine-to-machine control in a cost-efficient way, especially when used on small to medium size machines.

As OEMs look to get more performance data to their maintenance teams quickly, IO-Link offers time critical extended diagnostics (not available through traditional discrete solutions) that can help prevent costly downtime.
Using IO-Link gives system engineers the flexibility to design their control architecture with fewer Ethernet nodes, and at the same time using the smaller IO-Link head module aids the development of machines with a smaller overall footprint.

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