The new IO-Link SmartLight from Balluff is claimed to be the first signal light that can be flexibly adapted to nearly every requirement without complex configuration via hardware. The otherwise typical costly combination of different-coloured modules to form a light is no longer needed, as this device can also be adapted to its new task ad hoc on-the fly via the controller. Even systems that can be set by means of DIP switches are not much of an alternative as they cannot be changed during running operation.
The Balluff SmartLight can do much more than signal predefined operating states with fixed colours; even tendencies, developments and trends of physical values can be represented. Temperature states, fill levels of systems or even the position of a carriage via a position sensor system can be visualised on the column, which may be up to 20 LEDs tall.
For connection and installation, just one simple, unshielded, three-wire sensor cable – as is typical for IO-Link – is needed, and already the LED signal column offers functionality and previously unimagined possibilities with its three operating modes: Segment mode, with different colour segments, Level Mode colour gradients, for example level or temperature values, and Running Mode, automatic freely configurable foreground and background colour.
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