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PI North America to promote IO-Link technology in Canada, US


PI North America, the trade association for industrial networking technologies, will represent the IO-Link community in Canada and the United States.

The non-profit organization has signed a contract with IO-Link facilitator PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation (PNO) to become a Regional IO-Link Interest Group (RIOLIG).

PI North America will promote IO-Link technology, offer member registration services, organize seminars and workshops, technical training, and trade fairs, and manage the related product test and certification services and other technical support for North America enterprises and users.

IO-Link is an international standard for industrial communication at the device level, developed in cooperation with a wide range of automation technology manufacturers.

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The technology, also known as the “USB of Automation,” helps users to create simple configurations and flexible applications in components and software for automation systems. Due to the openness, which is unique in the industry, integration into existing and new automation systems is guaranteed.

The IO-Link community will support RIOLIG North America in its IO-Link related activities by providing technical expertise, marketing materials, and expert presentations for events.

A new website is available for the RIOLIG in North America at io-link.us.