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IO-Link enables communication down to the sensor level

Our first round of IO-Link products includes Photoelectric Sensors, Color Mark Sensors, Proximity Sensors and IO-Link Masters. By connecting Sensors and Controllers via IO-Link, all necessary information for stable sensor operations, such as incident light levels, are visible. Now, monitoring and error detection at the sensor level is possible, reducing downtime, aiding in predictive maintenance and decreasing commissioning time.

What’s new here?

IO-Link, which is specified as international standard IEC 61131-9, is an open information technology (interface technology) between the Sensor/Actuator and the I/O Terminal.  It collects information from the sensor/actuator through the IO-Link Master via a fieldbus network into the host controller.  IO-Link enables communication within the whole system and reduces time required for commissioning and maintenance.

  • Fault detection for quick recovery
  • Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance
  • Component identification for reduced man hours

Communication technology that conveys information at the sensor level

  • Open international standard
  • Communicates ON/OFF signals and sensor information
  • Uses 3-wire unshielded cable
  • Capable of intermixing IO-Link sensors and standard sensors
  • Masters and sensors can be chosen to match the application
  • Communicates cable disconnections, sensor status and fault conditions

Available IO-Link Components

  • IO-Link Master Unit – GX-ILM08C
  • IO-Link Master Unit – NX-ILM400
  • Color Mark Photoelectric Sensor – E3S-DCP21-IL
  • Photoelectric Sensor – E3Z-[]-IL
  • Proximity Sensor – E2E-[]-IL 
  • Spatter-resistant Proximity Sensor – E2EQ-[]-IL

Target Markets and Applications

  • Automotive
  • Semiconductor
  • Food and beverage packaging
  • Consumer goods packaging
  • Pharmaceuticals packaging
  • Health and beauty packaging

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