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IO-Link Enables Communication Down to the Sensor Level

July 01, 2016

Omron's first round of IO-Link products includes Photoelectric Sensors, Color Mark Sensors, Proximity Sensors and IO-Link Masters.

What’s New Here?

IO-Link, which is specified as international standard IEC 61131-9, is an open information technology (interface technology) between the Sensor/Actuator and the I/O Terminal.  It collects information from the sensor/actuator through the IO-Link Master via a fieldbus network into the host controller.  IO-Link enables communication within the whole system and reduces time required for commissioning and maintenance.
  • Fault detection for quick recovery
  • Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance
  • Component identification for reduced man hours

Communication Technology that Conveys Information at the Sensor Level

  • Open international standard
  • Communicates ON/OFF signals and sensor information
  • Uses 3-wire unshielded cable
  • Capable of intermixing IO-Link sensors and standard sensors
  • Masters and sensors can be chosen to match the application
  • Communicates cable disconnections, sensor status and fault conditions

Available IO-Link Components

  • IO-Link Master Unit – GX-ILM08C
  • IO-Link Master Unit – NX-ILM400
  • Color Mark Photoelectric Sensor – E3S-DCP21-IL
  • Photoelectric Sensor – E3Z-[]-IL
  • Proximity Sensor – E2E-[]-IL 
  • Spatter-resistant Proximity Sensor – E2EQ-[]-IL

Target Markets and Applications

  • Automotive
  • Semiconductor
  • Food and beverage packaging
  • Consumer goods packaging
  • Pharmaceuticals packaging
  • Health and beauty packaging
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