IO-Link is highlighted as a standardized I/O technology for communication with sensors and actuators, offering streamlined and cost-effective solutions for the industry. Its benefits include simplified installation through standardized interfaces, automated parameter settings for easy setup and device replacement, extended diagnostics and fieldbus independence.
It also supports the miniaturization of smart sensors and actuators, making it suitable for data-centric applications like predictive maintenance and advanced diagnostics. Several automation technology providers, including Siemens, Balluff, Banner Engineering, Beckhoff, Rockwell Automation and Festo, support IO-Link, making it a valuable choice for controls engineers.
Partner publication Automation World provides insights into how three different companies are leveraging IO-Link to their advantage, such as how LJ Welding Automation uses IO-Link to simplify sensor connections, reduce inventory and streamline procurement for its welding equipment. Read the full article here.