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Belden launches new Lumberg Automation I/O modules for PROFINET and EtherNet/IP

01 March 2013

Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, offers a wide range of connectivity solutions within its Lumberg Automation product program for the EMEA region.

These include solutions for connecting sensors and actuators to local I/O stations or control systems. Previously the domain of fieldbus systems, this area is seeing an increasing use of Industrial Ethernet or special Ethernet-based standards. "This trend is particularly strong in the area of mechanical engineering," says Andrej Lorkovic, director of product management for Belden's Lumberg Automation brand.

To ensure efficient networking in this sector, the product range is currently being extended to include active I/O modules that support PROFINET and EtherNet/IP protocols. "This covers the two most important network standards used in automation," says Lorkovic, who has been responsible for product management since early 2012. First I/O modules of this type were at the beginning of this year as additions to the LioN-M series. A ruggedized version featuring a completely encapsulated metal housing and industrial protection class IP67 has been launched recently. Modules for EtherCat and Safety I/O are also under consideration.

Adding Ethernet-enabled components to the Lumberg Automation product range is fully in line with Belden's strategic focus on offering complete data communication solutions that include cables, connectors, switches, firewalls, wireless LAN systems and standardized network management software. In Lorkovic's words: "We take care of the actuator/sensor level through our Lumberg Automation brand. We also offer solutions for the control and management level and the internetworking of systems and machines through our Hirschmann product range."

Although Ethernet is not dominating the the actuator/sensor level yet, Belden’s product management expert is convinced that Industrial Ethernet is the network protocol of the future. "Some high-performance sensors for imaging systems or safety applications are already equipped with Industrial Ethernet interfaces,” he says, “and this trend will further accelerate the proliferation of Ethernet." Andrej Lorkovic goes on to add: "Our new I/O modules even have internal switches that help reduce the complexity of system wiring by doing away with the need for external switches. And, of course, Belden already has a wide range of connectivity solutions for sensors that continue to be connected via fieldbus systems."

Lumberg Automation, a Belden Brand, means dependable signal transmission – even in harsh industrial environments. In several industrial industries, automation technologies make things move. Since the early 1980s, industrial automation customers have trusted the Lumberg Automation brand to deliver the quality connectors and wiring components necessary for maximum reliability of their dynamic automation technologies. Lumberg Automation products have outstanding compact design, chemical resistance and high mechanical and electrical loading capacity. From single- and double-ended cordsets to centralized or decentralized field bus components, the Lumberg Automation brand offers optimal solutions.
For more information about Lumberg, please visit http://www.lumberg-automation.com  or e-mail mailto:lac-info@belden.com  for product inquiries.

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