Linking Automation and IT
13 May 2019
IO-Link master for the automation and IT world
New AL19-series panel-mount master units from leading automation company ifm electronic act as a gateway between intelligent sensors and the field bus, and at the same time create a link to the IT world. This means a manufacturer can control production but also monitor the process and machinery with asynchronous diagnostic data.
The IT network is accessed via the IoT Ethernet socket on the unit completely separately from the automation network. Sensor information is transferred to the IT world via the established TCP/IP JSON interface, keeping automation data isolated and free from interruption, because machine uptime is of highest priority. This means that the other priority, of collating system information for maintaining productivity, can be safely sent to the IT and ERP systems.
Full IO-Link 1.1 functionality, e.g. parameter saving, is an integral part of the AL19 series, which are designed to work with common industrial field bus systems (Profinet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat).
ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.