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.


White Papers: In Depth Research

  • Next Generation IPCs

    Author: Advantech

    This white paper will examine the technology powering these new IPCs and why cPCI IPCs have arrived as the best option for many of the most demanding automation applications.

  • Tips for Using Multi-Function Safety Relays in Automation Industries

    Author: AutomationDirect

    One or more multi-function safety relays can often be used to replace many basic single-function safety relays, simplifying installations and saving money.

  • Market Intelligence Report: I/O Modules

    Author: Industrial Networking Staff

    An electronic survey of Industrial Networking readers was conducted in February, 2014, in order to identify usage and application trends of I/O modules among the magazine's readership .

  • Haswell Microarchitecture Boosts Industrial Performance

    Author: Intel

    Get details on how manufacturers are using this new architecture to increase production, lower costs, consolidate equipment and minimize downtime.