When connected to an IO-Link master, IO-Link devices offer a variety of benefits to the control systems in a plant, such as online configuration and parameterization, simplified device exchange, and even data acquisition via OPC UA and MQTT. For commissioning and test reasons, however, you may wish to configure and parameterize an IO-Link device outside the plant. This blog article supports you in offline parameterization of IO-Link devices using PACTware.
With the ENA**TL-**IO-Link, Pepperl+Fuchs was one of the first manufacturers to launch an absolute rotary encoder with IO-Link interface. Learn how you can benefit from easy configuration and integration with this IO-Link rotary encoder, while at the same time monitoring the status of your plants in a cost-effective manner.
The use of RFID for machine access control and operation is nothing new. Depending on the application, different frequency ranges are used, either LF, HF, or UHF. Recently, there has been a trend that HF read/write heads with IO-Link are increasingly being used for precisely these applications. In this blog article we take a closer look at this topic and show you possible use cases.
Industry 4.0 applications require sensors that are able to communicate with PLCs and higher-level SCADA or cloud systems. Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link masters with MultiLink™ technology enable smarter factories.
4 Ways to Digitalize Your Factory Digitalization can be daunting. But with the right technologies, you can take the following steps to prepare your factory for Industry 4.0: 1) Connect Your Serial Devices to Ethernet If your factory uses barcode scanners, weight scales, RFID readers, or other equipment with a serial interface, a serial-to-Ethernet gateway will enable you to connect these devices to your system network. This gives you the ability to control, monitor, and communicate with the serial devices in your plant from a PLC or industrial PC. With web-based configuration, example programs, and windows-based management application, [...]
IO-Link master with OPC UA interface create a uniform basis for continuous information exchange from the field to the cloud. In this article, we will show you what applications are possible with the open data exchange standard.
IO-Link: 8 Advantages Simply Explained The IO-Link communication protocol has become a recognized standard in almost every branch of industry. The microcontrollers used make the sensors even more intelligent and can store parameter settings and provide additional information about device status and signal quality. This makes it easy to replace defective sensors since stored settings can be automatically transferred to new sensors during operation. IO-Link can be integrated into any network independently of the fieldbus via point-to-point connection and 3-wire standard cabling. An IO-Link master can also be used to operate both IO-Link and conventional switching signals with [...]