At first, I had a hard time understanding what I/O devices were and what they did.
When it comes to the computing world, a keyboard or a mouse could be an input device for a computer, where those input signals are processed, and monitors and printers are the output devices. I could see that.
Expanding an A-B PLC System With Intelligent Remote I/O
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Overcoming Concerns About Wireless PACs and I/O in Industrial Automation
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Evolution in Motion
The machine automation controller (MAC) meets market needs more effectively than previous controller solutions.
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What are the choices users make when deciding the course of action for implementing this technology on the factory floor? Read on and find out, or visit our I/O Systems Resource Center at www.ControlDesign.com/iosystems to get the latest articles, whitepapers, products and news stories covering this subject.
In the industrial machine world, there are different types of industrial I/O modules such as remote I/O, distributed I/O and machine-mount I/O. With technology being so advanced today and industrial systems becoming more wireless than before, remote I/O systems have taken center stage. Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert recently wrote an article about this.
Modular I/O Distributes the Data
Use modular I/O to maximize efficient use of spares.
Signal In/Signal Out
Products that connect the "dots" to enhance machine control systems.
Switch to Machine-Mount I/O?
Is it better to switch to machine-mount I/O, or stick with cabinet-mount?
Our editors, in conjunction with Jeff Hanna, manager of control product development at Intelligrated, and Lee Hilpert, president of HilTech, put together a video report based on a Control Design survey of how industrial users employ I/O points, modules and related devices. We asked our readers to choose their preferences on a number of topics—centralized vs. distributed, hardwired vs. fieldbus, reliability vs. compatibility, PLCs vs. PCs. Watch the results and analysis at www.ControlDesign.com/MIR-IO.
When it comes to distributed I/O systems, we know that when these are connected to an industrial network, they allow for I/O data to be spread across the machine and outside of the cabinet, reducing the total component and hardware costs of the system. New developments in distributed I/O technology have lowered the cost per point of the controls design, and have reduced the time to integrate. If you are still using anything other than distributed I/O systems, you should read this to learn five reasons why you should make the switch.
Now, back to my initial uncertainties about I/O. You can help me understand even more about how I/O choices help the machine builder at work.