OEM Automatic offers its insights on how IO-Link simplifies communication with sensors and actuators
IO-Link, the interface for communication with sensors and actuators, is an international standard that many are embracing. OEM Automatic, which is deeply involved in the development of the automation industry, is committed to helping organisations develop and streamline their process, it states.
In this article, OEM Automatic take an in-depth look at IO-Link.
WHAT IS IO-LINK?
In short, IO-Link is an interface that simplifies communication with sensors and actuators.
WHAT MAKES IO-LINK DIFFERENT TO OTHER INTERFACES?
IO-Link is different from most similar interfaces, as it is standardised internationally, making this their most prominent feature. So, there is no need to think about whether different components from different manufacturers are compatible.
HOW IO-LINK WORKS
The pyramid featured here shows how different products can communicate to the same master, which passes this information on to software, which then refines the information. It is also possible to send information directly from sensor level to software.
LEVEL 3: THE INFORMATION IS PROCESSED/SENT
The information from level 1 or 2 is used to make calculations regarding efficiency, operating time and future maintenance with the help of software that compiles the information. From here, you can also control and configure your devices further down the chain.
LEVEL 2: INFORMATION COLLECTED
Information is collected with the help of a master. For example, a PLC can be placed in the industry; this means that you do not have to configure your long wiring to the machine level. You can also configure the sensors remotely, so you don't have to go out to the site to adjust the settings.
LEVEL 1: SENSORS
Smart sensors in the industry communicate information to level 3 efficiently, thanks to IO-Link. The sensors can also be configured remotely, making the products ‘Smart’.
5 ADVANTAGES OF IO-LINK
IO-LINK AT OEM AUTOMATIC
“At OEM Automatic, you will find a wide range of different IO-Link products, cutting-edge knowledge in different areas and a partner who has a great understanding of integration,” concludes the company. “In addition to knowledge, we also have a great interest in developing the industry and want to offer you the best products for you and your process.
“We collaborate with partners that add a lot of knowledge and experience with integration, which is about connecting different smart products that can deliver information. You also want to manage this information to benefit your process and configure your products.”
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