Consistent cost reduction, high plant availability, and transparency – the requirements of point-to-point industrial communications are constantly increasing. At the same time, the actuators and sensors employed are becoming increasingly intelligent. This is where the open IO-Link communication standard comes in, enabling you to complete the final steps in the process – with data transparency from the sensor/actuator level all the way to the automation level. Not only do you benefit from a simple, consistent and inexpensive point-to-point connection, through which sensors and actuators can be linked to the control level, but also from systematic diagnostic concepts and efficient handling of parameter data on all levels of the automation system. IO-Link is the ideal basis for creating efficient transparency – not only in the control cabinet but also at field level.
To link IO-Link devices with your automation system, Siemens offers you a choice of IO-Link master devices for non-central peripherals, the SIMATIC ET 200 and the SIMATIC S7-1200 controller. These IO-Link master modules integrate fast and simple IO-Link communication with sensors and actuators in the established PROFIBUS and PROFINET field bus systems, and thereby in Totally Integrated Automation.
IO-Link masters from Siemens can be used to link IO-Link-certified sensors and actuators in all areas of production automation. Project planning of IO-Link channels can be performed easily, quickly and conveniently using the S7-PCT port configurator tool, which is integrated in STEP7 Engineering and is also available as a separate tool.
Siemens industrial switchgear includes everything you need to integrate actuators into your automation system via IO-Link – easily, efficiently and reliably.
Whether compact starters, function modules for attaching to contactors, power contactors for motor switching, monitoring and temperature-monitoring relays, electronic overload relays or an electronics module – SIRIUS supplies you with all products with an IO-Link interface.
Even SIRIUS ACT commanding and signalling devices can be connected to IO-Link. This includes the electronic SIRIUS ACT ID key switch, incorporating the latest RFID technology. This ensures that only authorised persons are able to operate the plants and machinery. It is also possible to quickly and safely connect SIRIUS ACT push buttons and light signalling devices to IO-Link, using special electronics modules for IO-Link.
IO-Link software tools and functional modules ensure the standardised and efficient engineering and visualisation of diagnostic information. For instance, the PC-based S7 port configuration tool simplifies the parametrisation of Siemens IO-Link master modules and IO-Link devices from any manufacturer. In addition, Siemens supplies IODD device description files as well as functional modules and UDTs for all IO-Link devices in the Siemens portfolio that harmonise and simplify communication between IO-Link devices.