Fieldbus & Industrial Networking


IO-Link master with OPC UA interface

April 2022 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

The combination of the IO-Link sensor interface and the OPC UA communication protocol in a single device gives Pepperl+Fuchs new opportunities to offer complete, seamless and transparent communication from the sensor to the cloud.

Continuous data communication from the lowest sensor/actuator level to the cloud is becoming increasingly important across the entire industrial environment. For the logistics sector in particular, where adherence to deadlines is a key requirement, it is essential to know where packages are located, how long processing will take, and where potential plant malfunctions can lead to delays.

The IO-Link sensor interface represents the first step toward this level of transparency. In addition to process data from the sensor, IO-Link provides information for identifying, configuring parameters and diagnosing the sensor. Combining IO-Link and OPC UA allows this data to be easily transferred to higher-level computer- or cloud-based systems. This is the second and most decisive step toward complete data transparency, since the data is accessible beyond the central control system and decision-makers can access it without the need for complex workarounds.


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