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Balluff has introduced sensor/actuator hubs with IO-Link interfaces that help with the installation, maintenance and operation of machines and equipment.

The company is offering M12 versions with IP 67 protection in a metal housing with 16 binary inputs and outputs.

The rugged versions in fully potted full jacket housings are ideal for the very harsh industrial environments found in steel plants, for example.

Like Balluff’s hubs that feature plastic housings, the latest versions offer the same typical IO-Link advantages for M12 sensors and actuators, simplifying the wiring of machines and equipment.

While it used to be that bringing together and passing along different signals to the control level quickly resulted in an arm-thick bundle of cable, a simple three-conductor cable now suffices.

Special cables and additional boxes are no longer needed.

The new M12 metal sensor hubs collect the signals from up to 16 switching sensors depending on the version, making them available via IO-Link to the machine controller using a three-conductor cable.

The M12 hubs are simply connected to a Profibus/IO-Link distributor box using a three-conductor standard cable.

Profibus then makes the input signals for port-specific, single-channel monitoring available as well as diagnostic data such as short circuit and overload.

Each input can be easily parameterised for normally open or normally closed using a parameter set.

Additional features include a flat, space-saving profile with rounded edges and easily visible Status LEDs as well as dual input points for each connector that are made accessible using V-splitters.

Pin 2 also provides a Desina output if desired.

With up to 2A of output current, the new Balluff output modules can drive virtually any load.

Each output also offers overload protection with an LED indicator.

Balluff has over 50 years of sensor experience and is a leading global sensor specialist with its own line of connectivity products for every area of factory automation and industrial control.

Everyday, all over the world, Balluff sensors are increasing production throughput and product quality for thousands of satisfied users striving to improve their manufacturing processes and lower their costs. No matter what the application, Balluff has the practical experience, expertise, and product range to make that improvement. Products include:

  • inductive, photoelectric, magnetic field, ultrasonic, capacitive, vision sensors 
  • linear transducers, linear encoders systems 
  • distance  measurement and level sensors
  • industrial RFID 
  • power supplies
  • connectivity and bus systems.

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