IO-Link in Operation
One of the most important operating criteria is equipment availability. This is increased by the maximum transparency using IO-Link right down to the sensor/actuator level, greatly raising the degree of efficiency of a machine.
The machine is running and the deadline for shipping the finished products has also been set. Now the last thing you need is a machine failure, especially due to a dirty sensor or safety light barrier. Here is where IO-Link comes into the game, because this new technology has diagnostics mechanisms built right into it. You are warned before a safety light barrier becomes completely obscured, and you can make it more sensitive while the machine is running so as not to compromise production for the all-important customer. This guarantees greater equipment up-time and better utilization of the machine.
Application example: Tire production with automatic parameter setting using IO-Link
If the color sensor reports a defect during production, it can be easily replaced. The new color sensor gets its parameters from the PLC or a data server while the machine is still running.