I/O unit connects switching devices to wireless systems

12 May 2015

A new I/O unit from Steute enables existing mechanical switching devices, such as cam switches in machine tools, to be integrated in wireless systems.

Up to four such switching devices can be connected to the I/O-Box. Power is supplied by battery or 24V DC connector. The wireless system facilitates signal transmission to and from moving parts without the need for sensitive signal lines. This is said to increase the availability of the overall machine or plant, and also simplifies construction.

The vendor-independent I/O-Box collects signals from up to four mechanical switching devices. The only prerequisite is that the devices do not need their own power supply. The I/O-Box can also process signals from all commercially available 24V PNP sensors.

With this new development, steute aims to assist applications which traditionally have required cabled switching devices on moving machine components, requiring a power supply which is then susceptible to wear and tear. Another potential field is for very compact machines, where cable ducts are inconvenient. 

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