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Balluff is a global supplier of pre-engineered, kitted dynamic zone limit systems for robots. Systems are designed to be control-reliable when used with appropriate safety monitoring relays and circuits. Rotary Axis 1 kits are available with up to three independent diverse, complementary, redundant zones. Axis 2 & 3 kits are available with one zone. Multi-zone linear systems are also available for toploader and RTU applications. Balluff also provides discrete , linear, and rotary sensors and encoders, including inductive, photoelectric, vision, RFID, capacitive, magnetic, magnetoresistive, magnetostrictive, magneto-inductive, magnetic incremental, and electromechanical technologies. Balluff provides one of the broadest lines of sensors available to give you more technological and application-driven solutions than any other supplier. All Balluff lines reflect the latest in high technology coupled with real-world design to survive in the toughest industrial environments.

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New Slim IO-Link Master from Balluff

POSTED 08/13/2018

Balluff is pleased to introduce a new breed of IO-Link masters that enhances their broad portfolio of IO-Link masters & devices. The new IP67 protection rated, machine-mount, 4-port slim IO-Link master has the same functional features as the popular Balluff 8-port IO-Link master series in a more compact format. This module is available on three popular industrial networks: EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and EtherCAT. In addition, Balluff again expands their wide portfolio of IO-Link masters by offering these form factors with IO-Link Type A or IO-Link Type B port functionality, as per the IO-Link consortium specifications.

"The IO-Link Type A and the Type B slim masters from Balluff are specifically designed to ensure that our customers get the most utilization out of each of the modules and that the masters fit well for their specific automation applications" says Shishir Rege, Marketing Manager for Networks and Safety products at Balluff Inc.

The Type A and Type B functionality for the IO-Link port differs in the way output-power (or aux-power) is configured for each IO-Link master port. With 9A of total available current at 24VDC, the Type A master can host up to 124 configurable I/O points or 4 IO-Link enabled smart sensors and 4 additional I/O. The Type B Slim IO-Link master, with the same power capacity, is ideally suited for connecting IO-Link valve manifolds or devices that require galvanic isolation for output power like needle gippers.

Functional Features: 

  • 2A of output current per channel with 9A max output current
  • Output power is separated from device power on both Type A and Type B port IO-Link masters, enabling switching it off in case of safety breach without losing device state
  • Rugged machine-mount design with IP67 protection rating for harsh industrial use
  • Built-in switch for daisy chaining & ring topology networks
  • State-of-the art webserver functionality for IO-Link configuration using IODD files
  • Ease integration with Add-On-Instructions and function blocks available for download.

About Balluff Inc.: Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID systems, and networking products. Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical, and electronics.