The units are constructed with fiberglass reinforced composite (polypropylene sulfide) that inherently resists weld spatter while effectively combating grounding loops and electromagnetic interference (EMI). They enable users to build controls architecture around the weld cell that was previously a challenge. The network node with IO-Link master on the Weldblock communicates over EtherNet/IP with the PLC or the controller of the machine, while the IO-Link ports can be connected to a variety of IO-Link enabled smart sensor devices or the company's IO-Link I/O hubs. The family also includes I/O hubs with expansion ports to expand the total configurable I/O count per IO-Link port to 30, or the entire I/O count per network node to 240. The I/O blocks are equipped with a built-in enhanced web server and port diagnostics to ensure quick troubleshooting. Add-On-Instructions for ease of integration with various controller platforms are also available online for free from the company's web site.
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