At the last technology evening, Robert de Scande from SICK Automation gave a presentation on the subject of IO-Link. IO-Link offers new options for communication between the system control and field levels: sensors and actuators become active process participants in an end-to-end automation network. As senders, they independently report errors and statuses to the control.
Jannie Claasens (left) thanks Robert de Scande for the presentation.
It involves a point-to-point connection that may be located underneath any given architecture for communicative integration of the lower field level. Sensors are integrated into the overall automation system through an IO-Link master, the device description and function blocks. IO-Link is integrated as a fixed feature in smart sensors with features that create the foundation for a forward-thinking automation system in the context of Industry 4.0.
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