The IO-Linkâ€šÃ¢â€žÂ¢ system enables quick and easy expansion or simplification of Profibus and Profinet networks. An IO-Link Expansion module attaches directly to the Profibus or Profinet network, either as a new node or substituting for an existing node. Then, using standard low cost 3-conductor M12 cordsets, you can attach up to four intelligent IO-Link sensors up to 20 m from the expansion module. Hardware includes network expansion modules, sensor hubs, standard M12 non-shielded 3-conductor cordsets, standard sensors, and intelligent IO-Link sensors. These sensors are available in a range of different sensing technologies, including distance feedback, RFID, pressure monitors, etc. The product provides less expensive Profibus/Profinet configurations for new and retrofit machines with an overall cost savings in components, cabling, installation, and integration effort.
For example, one Profibus IO-Link expander and 4 discrete sensor hubs can replace 5 discrete Profibus modules, with 30-40% savings including; network components, network cabling, and integration time while providing 78 inputs.
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