IO-Link in maintenance and repair
Maintenance is placing increasingly strict demands on the quantity and level of training of personnel. IO-Link simplifies equipment replacement, reduces maintenance costs through better diagnostics and prevents downtimes.
With IO-Link the last meter between the field level of automation and the sensor/actuator level becomes communication-capable. This means that in addition to the process variables, information about identification, parameters and the status of the device can also be sent . Now you have information available for avoiding replacement with the wrong device model. The parameters for the actuators and sensors can be stored in the controller and automatically transferred when the unit is replaced. No programming device is required.
IO-Link reduces maintenance costs while increasing equipment uptime
IO-Link devices can provide information about their basic status. For example, the increasing contamination level of an optical sensor can be reported and maintenance requested. Downtimes are consistently avoided. Instead of unnecessarily frequent preventive maintenance, service is need-based.