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IO-Link® is at the heart of the manufacturing revolution, with the IO-Link master as an intrinsic piece, bringing intelligence to the edge with its ability to transform traditional sensors into smart ones. IO-Link can help manufacturers bring their factories into the modern era without gutting and replacing their equipment. Acting as the brains of the operation, the IO-Link master brings flexibility and configurability to the factory floor by enabling self-commissioning sensors and actuators.

In the manufacturing environment, all manufactured products require an array of sensors working in unison to help machines determine distance to an object, detect the object, identify colors and composition of an object, as well as to monitor the temperature and pressure of the object. Analog Devices’ IO-Link helps manufacturers save on time and the most costly part of manufacturing floors by eliminating the need for sending technicians to the factory floor to manually change and recalibrate sensors. In making sensors and actuators self-commissioning and enabling bidirectional communication, our IO-Link technology optimizes the production line and streamlines the manufacturing flow.


Value and Benefits

The IO-Link master provides high-speed, bidirectional, digital data communication out to sensors and actuators at the very edge of the factory floor. This communication enables intelligence in both sensors and actuators, opening the door for new ways to measure, monitor, and influence every phase of the manufacturing line. Adding bidirectional communication abilities, IO-Link keeps sensors, actuators, and IO-Link gateways in constant communication with the main PLC. Real-time diagnostic information and updates allow engineers to identify and quickly address problems before they impact manufacturing flow. To connect the IO-Link master to the Ethernet network, our industrial Ethernet platform solution, the RapID Platform Generation 2 (RPG2), is pretested and certified for conformance to the industrial Ethernet protocol vendor’s test standards. A design using RPG2 will operate problem-free on any supported industrial Ethernet network, resulting in simplified development and reduced time to market.

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Brings intelligence to the edge

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Reduces factory downtime

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Simplifies installation, interface, and Ethernet connectivity

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