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Master Gateway and Software Tool for Component Commissioning

The Smart Communication Module (SCM) and the guideZ commissioning software from Zimmer Group make possible easy parameter configuration and commissioning while also permitting the advantages and functions of IO-Link components.

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The unit as a master gateway is available in two versions—for control cabinet installation (protection class IP20) or for direct fitting on the robot flange (IP54). Both versions are designed for connecting two IO-Link components and can program the individual parameters of the components. In this process, they continuously take on the implementation of the bus protocol from digital I/O to IO-Link. During parameter configuration they also require a temporary Ethernet connection, though. Thus, despite the relatively limited capabilities that many robots have regarding the digital I/O transmission infrastructure, it is possible to use virtually all functions of the company’s IO-Link components. “guideZ” is a software tool for commissioning components quickly and easily; it enables user-guided implementation and commissioning for truly anyone. In this process, users can switch between wizard or beginner mode and expert mode. The parameter data of this seven-step commissioning process can be quickly and easily adapted to any PLC control or even small controls.

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