Communications & Networks
Balluff debuts machine mount IO-Link mini-masters for industrial Ethernet
April 13, 2017 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Apr. 13, 2017 – Balluff says its four-port IO-Link masters can connect a multitude of smart devices over IO-Link to build a “truly distributed machine mount controls architecture for today’s automation.”
With an IP67 housing, theIO-Link masters can be mounted directly on the machine closer to the sensors and actuators, keeping short cable runs and adding enhanced diagnostics, says the company. EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and EtherCAT version of the masters are available. The Balluff Type A IO-Link mini-master can host up to 120 configurable discrete I/O when connected to Balluff IO-Link I/O hubs with an expansion port, says the company, adding that it offers add-on instructions and function blocks to promote ease of IO-Link into the existing controls architecture.