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Balluff Industrial Networking Overview
Discrete I/O, analog channels, and valve control over an industrial network with all cables required for controls applications
You can gain significant advantages when evolving to more technical I/O architectures. When moving from hardwired I/O to distributed I/O you gain faster setup/tear-down and shorter cable runs and everything becomes easier to troubleshoot.
When transitioning from distributed I/O to network I/O, you gain all of the benefits of distributed I/O plus easier setup repair in the hardware side and easier troubleshooting from diagnostic data in the software side. Finally, if you move from networked I/O to decentralized I/O using IO-Link you gain more diagnostic as well as the ability to change parameters of smart devices on the fly.
Distributed Modular I/O (IO-Link)
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. A damaged sensors such as a photoelectric switch can be replaced and its setttings automatically loaded to the new switch or multiple settings on a switch can be changed for different parts.