I/O Systems Resource Center
Controls engineers, and that includes industrial machine controls, need a variety of information on device connectivity via their input/output, I/O modules and components on topics such as terminal blocks, remote I/O devices, distributed I/O devices and sensor networks, signal conditioning, cabling, wiring, connectors and cordsets.
Terminal blocks, available as spring clamp terminal blocks, screw clamp terminal blocks, and newer insulation displacement terminal blocks (IDC) are the most popular choices.
A type of industrial I/O modules known as Remote I/O provides an ability to distribute control closer to the components and share the overall control responsibilities. These modules are frequently called Distributed I/O or industrial distributed I/O.
Industrial Machine mount I/O, a sub group of remote I/O, is growing is popularity as it provides flexibility and faster reconfiguration with reliable connection using connectors and cordsets, while avoing the costs of protecting the industrial I/O within panels and cabinets.
As machine data becomes more critical to overall operations, signal conditioners and other signal conditioning devices increase in importance by helping ensure data signals are clean and uncorrupted.
The growing use of industrial digital networks, particularly starting with sensor-level networks and device-level networks, provides faster, less expensive, easier to maintain and troubleshoot data transmission.
Timely news, back-to-basics primers, feature articles, technical white papers and descriptions of the latest products all provide valuable insights that can be used in designing and building machine controls.