Balluff I/O hubs with M8 connectivity
These I/O hubs deliver M8 quick-connect to enable resilient distributed modular architecture for compact footprint machines and end effectors. This portfolio enables Balluff IO-Link masters to host as many as 248 discrete sensors on a single network node. This replaces the need for up to 16 network blocks and eliminates the associated costs for integration. Use of M8 sensors and actuators are geared primarily toward compact footprint machine designs or lightweight designs. The hubs simplify integration with direct M8 connectivity and an expansion port strategy—ports on the hub can be configured as input or output, providing short-circuit and overload protection per port.