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IO-Link Master and Sensors

The new IO-Link master for the Allen-Bradley POINT I/O system and IO-Link enabled sensors from Rockwell Automation go beyond detecting machine problems to help enhance machine productivity. These enhanced sensors simplify configuration, monitor machine health, and communicate data and diagnostics in real time via the global IO-Link communication protocol.

Traditional sensors merely send information stating if they are on or off. If a sensor fails, users know only when an operation goes awry downstream. IO-Link-enabled sensors provide a continuous flow of diagnostic information from the production line, helping better predict maintenance needs.

The new sensors featuring embedded IO-Link act the same as standard I/O sensors until connected to a master. Once interfaced with an IO-Link master, users can access advanced data and configuration capabilities while using the same three-wire cables.

Rockwell Automation is the only company that offers controllers, an IO-Link master and IO-Link sensors that, when applied as a complete system, provide simplified integration plus enhanced features and functionality. The IO-Link master streamlines communication from sensors to the controller.

The sensors talk via simple IO-Link protocol to the master and the POINT I/O system communicates with the controller via EtherNet/IP. This allows users to have an Ethernet-like experience in managing their sensors at an affordable cost.

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