Belden enhances LioN-Power family for streamlined IIoT
Automation tools in the Lumberg LioN-Power family streamline the path to Fieldbus-independent and one-device automation, declares Belden. It has expanded Lumberg Automation LioN-Power product family to help industrial manufacturers address exploding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity needs through simplified device automation. The updates and additions bring added flexibility through universal digital I/O modules, as well as holistic solutions through new IO-Link system devices, says Belden.
“Manufacturers need economical, straightforward ways to connect legacy systems and build out new networks. And they need the flexibility to manage a wide range of complex in-field automation and control tasks,” said Paul Just, product manager of I/O systems at Belden. Of the updates, he added: “ In addition to leveraging standardised protocols, the products feature user-friendly integration and configuration tools that eliminate the need for specialised programming skills.”
Enhancements to the LioN-Power product portfolio include the upgraded LioN-Power Multi-protocol I/O modules. The addition of 16 universal digital input/output (16DIO) channels, paired with cross-protocol functionality spanning Profinet, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT, make them the most versatile I/O modules on the market, claims Belden. Flex-Bit Technology also makes connecting legacy machines with different bitmaps incredibly simple, adds the company.
Lumberg Automation’s IO-Link System has expanded with the LioN-Power IO-Link Hub with 16 digital inputs. Now, IO-Link devices, masters and hubs can be easily connected to efficiency process up to 132 I/O signals per system. Upgrading from passive to active systems, or for distributed environments to collect many digital signals are target applications. Integration and configuration of IO-Link devices is also made effortless through the TMG IO-Link Device Tool.
Another enhancement is that the LioN-Power DCU1, the first multi-protocol distributed control unit with M12 power L-coding technology, now offers a 16DIO version. With UL 61010-1 approval, the LioN-Power 16DIO DCU can couple new and existing machines to an Ethernet network across Profinet, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT protocols – quickly transforming fieldbus machines into IP-ready devices. By delivering customised performance of automation functions within a single device, the DCU1 improves overall automation security and simplifies machine transparency.
All LioN-Power System components are designed to operate in the harsh and confined environments typical of robotics; machine and material handling, automotive and food/beverage manufacturing; transportation and other industrial sectors.