| January 28, 2013
On-Machine, Flexible Block I/O Simplifies Communication Needs for Industrial Ethernet
The BL compact on-machine, flexible block I/O for Industrial Ethernet makes it possible to collect a variety of signals in a single, rugged node on a network.
Rather than routing all signals through a control cabinet, the device makes it possible to obtain analog, digital, thermocouple, RTD, serial, RFID or a mixture of signal types in a compact, machine-mountable device over Ethernet. Up to two signals types can be combined in any combination, including, but not limited to, RFID and analog and digital and serial. The unit may be customized to suit a user's specific needs, allowing devices to be added to an existing network and signals gathered on the machine without an enclosure. This drop-in solution can be used to connect up to 16 devices, which significantly reduces the time it takes to run wires for each device back to the control cabinet and the potential for wiring errors. It is currently available with four, eight or 16 ports in an environmentally rugged package that is rated for IP68 and IP69K protection. M8 or M12 connectors for bus communication and auxiliary power facilitate easy installation into any application, existing or new.
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