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Balluff Distributed Modular I/O with IO-Link How it works
A Distributed Modular I/O system has a communications head that talks over the desired industrial network on one side and the right hand side acts as a data collector. In lieu of a backplane, each device is connected to an industry standard M12 port utilizing a basic 3-wire sensor cable for IO-Link communication. With the ability to be installed within a 20 meter radius from the data, collector devices can be easily distributed across the machine.
The backplane of Distributed Modular I/O =
Utilizing a widely accepted and open point to point technology, IO-Link, a Distributed Modular I/O system is fieldbus independent, is easily configured and is vendor neutral. Process data shows up as simple packets of bytes in the controller for easy integration. The parameterization data allows the devices to be quickly configured using simple read/write commands, and best of all, there is no “sub-bus” to cause headaches, nor is there some new protocol to be educated on. The digital signal is carried over pin 4 of a standard cable and 24V power is provided to the device in a standard configuration. If required, the IO-Link port can be used for a standard I/O point.
Advantages of IO-Link at a glance
- Maximum machine availability through extremely fast and error-free replaceability and commissioning
- Demand-oriented maintenance thanks to advanced diagnostics
- Efficient operation through the installation of IO-Link sensors direct at the working area
- Simplified installation through uniform standard interface and 3-wire standard cable as typically used in industry