By Design Engineering staffMotion Control Machine Building
Balluff’s compact, 4-Port IO-Link master supports EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and EtherCAT networks.
Balluff introduced a 4-port version of its 8-port IO-Link master that is available for EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and EtherCAT industrial networks. The IP67 protection rated, machine-mount, 4-port slim IO-Link master is offered in IO-Link Type A or Type B port configuration. Functionality between Type A and Type B differs in the way output-power (or aux-power) is configured for each IO-Link master port. With 9A of total available current at 24VDC, the Type A master can host up to 124 configurable I/O points or 4 IO-Link enabled smart sensors and 4 additional I/O. The Type B Slim IO-Link master, with the same power capacity, is suited for connecting IO-Link valve manifolds or devices that require galvanic isolation for output power like needle gippers.