IO-Link is an intelligent, manufacturer-independent and universal point-to-point communication system (according to IEC 61131-9), that enables transparent cyclic and acyclic data access from the upper level communication systems or PLCs to the actuator/sensor level. It is an open, standardized and cost-effective system, that ensures greater efficiency at all levels.
Due to its fieldbus independence, IO-Link can be integrated into all common fieldbus or Industrial Ethernet networks.
In addition to process data, diagnostic data can also be transmitted during ongoing operation. Time-consuming troubleshooting and machine downtimes can thus be minimized.
Each IO-Link device comes with a so-called IIOD (IO Device Description), which contains information on device parameters & process data, among other things. Parameter data can be stored directly in the IO-Link master and, when replacing a sensor, for example, can be adopted directly for the replacement.
Industry-standard three- or four-core unshielded cables and standardized plug connections (e.g. M12 connectors) minimize installation errors and installation effort.
Our solutions for IO-Link integration
We offer various solutions for IO-Link integration into your devices. For IO-Link, the development toolkit for IO-Link Master and Device development is available. For IO-Link wireless, in addition to various development toolkits, compact system-on-modules are also available that allow even faster and easier integration.
Your partner for IO-Link integtation
A reliable partner who knows its business is your key to success. We are the experts in industrial communication and develop a wide variety of fieldbus and industrial Ethernet protocol stacks for major automation companies since years.
Hardware has to be powerful, reliable and future-proof. That`s why we decided to design our stack solutions for the SimpleLink and Sitara microcontroller family from Texas Instruments.
Even though each of our evaluation kits comes with extensive documentation and sample code, we know that learning new technology is always difficult at the beginning. That is why we do not leave you alone. All evaluation kits always come with a fixed number of free support hours.
We are the only company to offer all IO-Link protocol variants including the connection to the higher fieldbus level. You get everything from one source and no longer have to worry about compatibility problems.