I/O modules with integrated LCD display

12 December 2011

Balluff believes it is the first to market with a range of fieldbus I/O modules with illuminated LCD displays which, it says, makes addressing in the network simpler and offers increased functionality and ease of maintenance.

The new module generation is now available for CC-Link, Ethernet/IP and Profinet. Versions for the other commonly used fieldbus systems will also be available soon.

The baud rate, node address and information about the hardware and software of the module can now be visualised, making diagnostics simpler, increasing system availability.

Menu guidance on the display is self-explanatory. Two keys are used for entering and displaying the individual menu points. A special feature is the integrated manipulation protection which allows the display to be locked out by the PLC to prevent unauthorised access.

The new module generation from Balluff is also equipped with an integrated search&rescue function. Two LEDs, controlled by the PLC, enable the operator to visualise pre-defined events which are not module- or port-specific directly where the event takes place.

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