B&R has achieved an intelligent sensor / actuator by integrating IO Link in the X20 System. This is made possible by the X20 digital module DS4387.
All four channels are IO Link channels, but can also be used as standard inputs or outputs. The specified 3-line connection can be ideally implemented thanks to the connector system with 12 terminal points per module that is only available with X20. All specified baud rates are also supported. The unrivaled component density of X20 saves a considerable amount of space compared to conventional I/O systems.
IO Link doesn’t stop at the I/O module. It must be integrated in the higher-level bus system to fully utilize the benefits. POWERLINK provides access via device description files in XML format.
Filed Under: Factory automation, I/O modules, Networks • connectivity • fieldbuses, Sensors (position + other)