Parker adds Smart IO-Link Connectivity to its valve portfolio
September 8, 2017 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Sep. 8, 2017 – As part of its global focus on factory automation, Parker Hannifin has added smart connectivity of its pneumatic valve islands to machine controllers by introducing IO-Link modules that can be integrated with existing Parker valve ranges.
Ethernet-based protocol independent and vendor neutral, the new module offers plug-and-play valve compatibility for customers currently using Industrial Ethernet, meaning they can benefit from similar performance and reduced system complexity at a lower cost, says the company. According to Parker, this communication technology allows devices to be simply and easily integrated in the same way as all commonly used fieldbus and automation systems — users do not need to be trained in a new protocol. In addition, the network configuration can be stored or written into the code and downloaded to the device without programming. Parker says the module offers many benefits over the use of 25 pin/D-sub connectors as terminating and troubleshooting multiple points of failure is both time consuming and costly, adding that using standard, non-shielded, five-pin proximity switch cables and connectors help to reduce inventory levels and costs.