Industrial automation: multiprotocol I/O modules simplify installation

November 26, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Compact I/O modules from Lumberg Automation meet EtherNet/IP and PROFINET specifications, creating an all-in-one solution.

Belden's LioN-Power Active I/O modules embed a multiprotocol solution that meets both EtherNet/IP and PROFINET specifications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and detects both input and output data directly in the machine. This provides an all-in-one solution for robotics, machine handling, manufacturing, food and beverage, packaging and automotive applications.

“Engineers previously needed both PROFINET and EtherNet/IP modules, which required two products with very different power components,” said Paul Just, product manager at Belden. “The new modules are designed so engineers only need one solution to meet both protocols, which reduces space and wiring requirements for installation and contributes to better cost efficiencies and network performance.”

The IO-Link Master, with class A and B ports, provides options for eight IO-link interfaces and 16 direct inputs (DI) or eight direct outputs (DO) for increased flexibility and functionality.

L-coded M12 power ports with compact design and optimised arrangement simplify plant installation and give engineers more options for connecting additional Lumberg Automation LioN-Power products.

The LioN-Power Active I/O modules meet application-specific regulations, including Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 61010-1 certification for safe implementation of electrical test and measurement equipment, and IP66 and IP67 ratings for protection against dust and immersion in water.

Belden/Lumberg; www.lumberg-automation.com/en/Lumberg_Automation/news/lion-power