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IO-Link Masters Make Factories Smarter

Posted by Jordan Prindle on Tue, Apr 28, 2020

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Industry 4.0 applications require sensors that do more than just deliver process data to the PLC. Sensors must also be able to communicate with PLCs and higher-level SCADA or cloud systems. Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link masters make this possible.

There are two different product versions available:

ICE2 Series:

  • EtherNet/IP for PLC control
  • MODBUS TCP for PLC or HMI
  • OPC UA and MQTT for SCADA and cloud systems

ICE3 Series:

  • PROFINET for PLC control
  • MODBUS TCP for PLC or HMI
  • OPC UA and MQTT for SCADA and cloud systems

These platforms merge the benefits of IO-Link with the flexibility of control and monitoring through MultiLink™, which allows users to run multiple protocols simultaneously to send data to separate systems. This results in advanced access to process data, service data, and diagnostics. With this information, plant operators can reduce downtime, optimize maintenance planning, and increase efficiency.

IO-Link masters ICE2 and ICE3 Series from Pepperl+Fuchs

Reduced Downtime

With automatic device replacement / data storage, your IO-Link device can be automatically configured using previously stored values. Quick and easy replacement of failed or damaged sensors and actuators reduces downtime and maintenance costs. Pepperl+Fuchs is able to link device replacement with PortVision DX to clone a module configuration or store it as a back-up.

Simplified Installation and Configuration

Field-mount ICE2 and ICE3 modules connect with nearby sensors. Instead of running each sensor back to a cabinet, users need only supply power and Ethernet to the block. Sensors can be connected from up to 20 meters away from the modules. This simplifies installation and configuration. For applications that still rely on cabinets, Pepperl+Fuchs does also offer DIN-rail mountable IP20 IO-Link masters.

Increased Efficiency

Being able to integrate new devices into the existing infrastructure is crucial. IO-Link masters from Pepperl+Fuchs are perfectly suited for this with their protocol options and native support for IO-Link and digital inputs or outputs. Numerous digital IOs can also be added with hubs.

With MultiLink™ technology and an OPC UA interface, new applications that are less time sensitive can be mapped easily and cost effectively via HMI, SCADA, or cloud-based systems. This eliminates the need to adjust the existing PLC code. IO-Link can be used without having to replace older, but otherwise powerful controllers.

At a Glance

Pepperl+Fuchs IO-Link masters offer numerous advantages. They make plants more efficient by helping to reduce downtime and streamline maintenance planning. And with incorporated MultiLink™ technology, IO-Link devices can access controllers as well as modern computer- and cloud-based systems simultaneously.

For more information about integrating this and other smart factory solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs, visit our technology product page.

 

More Information

Product Overview ICE2 Series

Product Overview ICE3 Series

Product Overview of all Ethernet IO Modules

Topics: PLC, IO-Link, industry 4.0, iiot, opc ua

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