Dates have been set for the first two user workshops of the IO-Link member community in 2016. Interested parties will receive comprehensive insight into the IO-Link technology in Germany on March 3 in Bad Rappenau and on June 23 in Essen. The practice-oriented presentations will impart basic knowledge about standardized point-to-point communication with sensors and actuators in the field. After the general overview of IO-Link, speakers will address topics such as device profiles, IODD, engineering options, and integration in automation systems. The free one-day workshops will also answer questions about the benefits of IO-Link for users, the function of the IO-Link system, and the selection of suitable products. Leading manufacturers of sensors, actuators, and controllers will present their interoperable IO-Link solutions at the accompanying microfair. Employees of these manufacturers will be happy to personally provide you with helpful tips and recommended solutions. To register for the workshops, go to registration.
IO-Link is the first IO technology for communicating with sensors and actuators to be adopted as an international standard (IEC 61131-9). The powerful point-to-point communication is based on the well-established 3-wire sensor and actuator connection technology and poses no additional requirements for the cable material. IO-Link is thus not a fieldbus but rather an evolution of the previously well-proven connection technology for sensors and actuators. As open technology of the lower field device level, IO-Link brings added value and provides new solution possibilities for machine builders, system integrators, and plant owners.