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Balluff has developed input/output (I/O) modules for the CC-Link fieldbus network that are ideal for use in machine tools, machining centres and manufacturing equipment within the automobile industry.

The CC-Link I/O modules enable the installation of distributed automation networks without complex wiring and switchgear cabinets, according to the company.

Sensors and actuators such as valve manifolds and other devices are connected directly to the module with pre-assembled standard cables and communicate with a programmable logic controller (PLC) via the deterministic fieldbus network.

The I/O modules are certified by the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and provide a robust design that combines M12 connector technology with vibration-proof electronics, including the CC-Link interface, all fully potted and enclosed in a die-cast zinc housing.

The modules are very compact, measuring 224mm in length, 68mm in width and 30.9mm in height, and have an IP67 ingress protection rating (dust tight and protected against temporary submersion in water).

This allows them to be used in challenging industrial environments, including areas where they will be exposed to dust, water, oil and mechanical stresses.

The slim design with rounded corners saves space and also provides a good view of the generously dimensioned labels for the connection terminals on the side.

The CC-Link modules have large coloured light-emitting-diode (LED) indicators for local diagnostics and an integrated display with two keys to facilitate configuration of the station address and the data transfer rate.

Setting up the modules for operation takes a few key presses.

On start-up, the display shows the unit’s hardware and software version numbers.

In operation, it shows the current operating parameters.

A key icon indicates when data entry mode is active and the configured values are locked by the controller.

This prevents operator errors and protects the connected systems and machinery against unauthorised access and abuse.

Other indicators for the general module functions provide information on current status and enable fast troubleshooting.

Two additional LEDs in the display panel of the module are freely programmable via the I/O registers of a PLC and can be used to support users for a range of tasks, including installation, error warnings and preventive maintenance and service.

The new range encompasses four potted CC-Link modules, each with different I/O combinations (16 inputs; eight outputs; 16 user-programmable inputs and outputs; eight inputs/eight outputs).

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:

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