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IO-Link master and sensors for smarter manufacturing

The new IO-Link master for the Allen-Bradley POINT I/O system and IO-Link enabled sensors from Rockwell Automation go beyond detecting machine problems to help enhance machine productivity. 

These enhanced sensors simplify configuration, monitor machine health, and communicate data and diagnostics in real time via the global IO-Link communication protocol.

The new sensors featuring embedded IO-Link act the same as standard I/O sensors until connected to a master. Once interfaced with an IO-Link master, users can access advanced data and configuration capabilities while using the same three-wire cables.

The IO-Link master streamlines communication from sensors to the controller. The sensors talk via simple IO-Link protocol to the master and the POINT I/O system communicates with the controller via EtherNet/IP. This allows users to have an Ethernet-like experience in managing their sensors at an affordable cost.

Additionally, users can program sensors and controllers in the same design environment. The Rockwell Software Studio 5000 Logix Designer software combines design and engineering elements in a single interface, enabling users to access I/O and configuration data across the Integrated Architecture system.

With automatic device configuration, settings for the master and sensors are saved and can be downloaded from the controller when switching operations or replacing a component. The system streamlines changeover operations on a manufacturing line, reducing the possibility of human error.

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