Fieldbus & Industrial Networking


Modbus to IO-Link converters

May 2021 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

The Turck Banner S15C Modbus to IO-Link converters can be used at the end of a Modbus communication line, very near the IO-Link master. Now, the 20 metre IO-Link communication line constraint is not a factor. The S15C converters make it easy to deploy both existing and new sensors to access the data that is vital to OEE (overall equipment effectiveness) initiatives. Additional converter benefits include remote configuration and more efficient sensor replacements when needed.

Models for Modbus and analog sensors

The eight new models of the S15C Series of in-line converters were designed to redeploy existing Modbus and analog sensors as IO-Link devices. There are six Modbus to IO-Link converters that can be used with Turck Banner’s line of Modbus sensors, including vibration/temperature, temperature/humidity, ultrasonic, measuring light curtain and GPS. There is also a configurable generic converter that permits most any Modbus device to be deployed as an IO-Link device. The two analog sensor models will convert 4-20 mA or 0-10 VDC signals to their digital values and recast them as IO-Link data.

Small, rugged housing for easy installation

The S15C converters are designed to plug directly into a sensor and begin operating immediately. The small (15 mm) tubular design and M12 connectivity enables easy installation in tight, space-constrained deployments. The converter also uses the same power supply as the sensor, keeping wiring simple. A rugged, over-moulded IP68 housing ensures reliable performance, even in harsh manufacturing environments.

Applications: these converters are used where IO-Link systems are being added to existing production lines or processes for OEE initiatives, or where the digital value of the analog sensor needs to be communicated via IO-Link, such as:

• Condition monitoring.

• OEE initiatives.

• Remote monitoring.

• IO-Link systems.


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