Hot on the heels of Lean Manufacturing the focus has once again changed.
With the goal to improve manufacturing performance, using more automated operations and the use of data analytics, Smart Manufacturing (SM) is today’s Holy Grail. This technology-driven approach, using internet connected machinery to monitor the production process, has seen the development of smart machine components.
SMC IO-Link sensors, IO-Link master and IO Link actuators are just some of our smart products that can help improve your productivity and reduce your costs.
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New technology enables sensors and actuators to become smarter but…
IO-Link (IEC61131-9) is an open standard serial communication protocol that allows the bidirectional exchange of data from sensors and devices that support IO-Link and are connected to a master. The IO-Link master can transmit this data over various networks, fieldbuses, or backplane buses, making the data accessible for immediate action or long-term analysis via an industrial information system (PLC, HMI, etc.). Each IO-Link device has an IODD (IO Device Description) file that describes it and its IO-Link capabilities.
IO-Link is not another fieldbus. It is a point-to-point communication between a compatible IO-Link Master and a field device. Because IO-Link is an open standard, Master devices are available for virtually any fieldbus or automation system (PLC).
1. Increased data availability
2. Product diagnostic
3. Standard wiring
4. Remote access
5. Easy device replacement
6. Tamper free
There are three primary data types made available, which are categorized into cyclic data (data automatically transmitted on a regular basis) or acyclic data (data transmitted as needed or upon request).
No need to wait for a process failure to replace a sensor.
Devices are always being monitored to know the state of their health with Event Data.
Depending on the device, you can track if they are suffering excessive temperature, pressure, if they are out of range, internal default, etc.
The entire measured value transmission is digital, thus, all device parameter are stored in the IO-Link master. The data transfer is based on a 24 V signal and the shielded wires are not required.
Customised solutions force a continuous change in parameters. The overall setting control from the control system (PC) minimises time, increasing machine availability.
Plug & play replacement simplifies the connection: a common connector for communication and power. Parameters are saved in the master, enabling automatic setting once the device is connected.
The key-lock function keeps unauthorised persons from tampering with the settings.