Balluff introduces IO-Link™ PROFIBUS/PROFINET modular expansion system

Balluff introduces IO-Link™ PROFIBUS/PROFINET modular expansion system


 


Florence, KY (April 2010):  Balluff’s new IO-Link™ system enables quick and easy expansion or simplification of Profibus and Profinet networks.  Users and OEM equipment builders can now achieve a higher level of flexibility and easier system modification for their networks at significantly lower costs.


 


The Balluff System:


A Balluff IO-Link Expansion module attaches directly to the Profibus or Profinet network, either as a new node or by substituting it for an existing node.  Then, using standard low cost 3-conductor M12 cordsets, attach up to four intelligent IO-Link sensors up to 20 meters away from the Balluff IO-Link 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.  This provides less expensive Profibus/Profinet solutions for automation customers to build and retrofit machines with an overall cost savings in components, cabling, installation and integration effort.