Rockwell Automation has released the IP67-rated Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master, which can access detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh operating environments. The product stores up to 40 timestamps of sensor events on each channel. This event history can help users track changes and more easily diagnose issues. Input timestamps of all sensor data can also be sent to the controller upon a change of state. According to the company, these and other diagnostics available through the device can reduce issue-resolution time by as much as 90 per cent, improve preventative maintenance and optimise overall system performance.
The product includes connectivity for up to eight IO-Link sensors. The master and sensors share an IP address, helping end users reduce the cost and time to commission equipment.