With their IP67 housings, these industrial Ethernet based IO-Link masters can be mounted directly on the machine closer to the sensors and actuators — keeping cable runs short and adding enhanced diagnostics. EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and EtherCAT version of the masters are available. Full service webserver for EtherNet/IP and PROFINET IO-Link masters enable remote diagnostics and configuration of the master as well as attached IO-Link devices. With SNMP on board, the IO-Link master and all IO-Link devices are discoverable for network management systems for critical data gathering. This is made possible with the virtual IP address allocation feature of the master device. Ease of maintenance with parameter server data on the IO-Link master allows storing IO-Link device parameters for each port, so that when devices need to be changed the parameters can be automatically downloaded making smart devices plug-&-play. The unit can host up to 120 configurable discrete I/O when connected to the company’s IO-Link I/O hubs with an expansion port. The company offers add-on instructions and function blocks to promote ease of IO-Link into the existing controls architecture.
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