Product Details Supplier Info More products

Balluff’s new IO-Link system enables quick and easy expansion or simplification of Profibus and Profinet networks.

It allows users and OEM-equipment builders to achieve better flexibility and simplifies the modification of networks at lower costs.

The IO-Link Master, a Balluff IO-Link expansion module, attaches directly to the Profibus or Profinet network, either as a new node or by being substituted for an existing node.

Using standard three-conductor M12 cordsets, four intelligent IO-Link sensors can be attached up to 20 metres away from the IO-Link Master.

Hardware includes network-expansion modules, sensor hubs, standard M12 non-shielded three-conductor cordsets, standard sensors and intelligent IO-Link sensors.

The sensors are available in a range of different sensing technologies, including distance feedback, RFID and pressure monitors.

This provides cheaper Profibus/Profinet solutions for automation customers.

For example, one Balluff Profibus IO-Link expander and four discrete sensor hubs can replace five discrete Profibus modules, providing 78 inputs while offering 30 – 40 per cent savings, including: network components, network cabling and integration time.

The Balluff IO-Link saves money in planned and unplanned downtime with centralised parameter storage, which can be used for automatic re-parameterisation of replacement IO-Link sensors.

An intelligent sensor can be swapped as easily as a discrete sensor.

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.

Our manufacturing, sales, and service offices are located around the world. That means the excellent service we provide in England, Germany, or Brazil is the same as we offer in the United States, Japan, or India.

Fast delivery, global pricing, attention to detail and the ability to lower our customers’ costs, no matter where our customers are located. Although our programs are global, our customer relationships are local.

View full profile