Flexible production processes and precise product tracing require a seamless communication network up to the sensors and actuators. The fieldbus-neutral communication standard IO-Link is the solution for these demands.
Devices which had to be mounted in well accessible places for operation, can now be mounted precisely where needed, thanks to IO-Link. The devices are configured via the central control system and parametrized either via the control system or via engineering tools such as FDT/DTM for example. Costly commissioning times are thus considerably reduced.
Thanks to the seamless communication, the operator is now able to respond flexibly to new production events during operation. Configuration settings for product changeover are changed remotely via IO-Link, for instance. The same applies to the exchange of IO-Link devices for maintenance purposes. Parameters as well as configuration data are directly transferred to the new nodes.