RS Components quadruples its IO-Link range stock

Offering data capabilities down to sensor and actuator level, the IO-Link-compatible hardware and ancillaries available from distributor RS Components has increased dramatically over the last six months.

The range of IO-Link compatible hardware and ancillaries has more than quadrupled the stock of IO-Link compatible devices, says RS Components.

IO-Link is the first standardised IO technology (to IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators. It is expected to play an important part in the creation and adoption of connected solutions based around Industry 4.0 and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) concepts.

RS Components believes that machine and panel builders, designers, research and development engineers and maintenance personnel will all gain from IO-Link’s flexibility and its standardisation on M5, M8 and M12 connectors. The majority of IO-Link devices are equipped with M12 connectors, which can be used without any restrictions for IO-Link’s switching mode and communication mode.

Created by a collection of sensor manufacturers including Sick, Omron, ifm technology, Balluff, Baumer, Rockwell Automation and Pepperl + Fuchs, IO-Link’s Fieldbus-dependent, point-to-point communication is based on established three-wire sensor and actuator connections, without additional cable material requirements.

Each port of an IO-Link master is capable of processing binary switching signals and analogue values, with serial IO-Link communication taking place via the same port. Easy wiring, automated parameter-setting and extended diagnosis add even more functionality, says RS Components.

All of these features combine to deliver multiple benefits, including reduced design and installation efforts and costs, reduced complexity, enhanced design flexibility, and standardisation of cabling and interfaces. Of particular importance to the IIoT-based smart factory, IO-Link sensors can exploit the new data-capable connection paths down to the lowest automation level.

Typical applications will be in motion control, robotics, machine safety and process solutions, across a range of industries, including transportation, assembly, food and beverage and packaging.


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