AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has added STRIDE & Murrelektronik IO-Link master modules and hubs to their existing field I/O product line. IO-Link is a powerful field I/O protocol capable of handling traditional field I/O signals along with diagnostic data from intelligent field devices, including device health, configured parameters, and performance.
IO-Link master modules are the interface between field devices and higher-level controllers/information systems, and they also control data traffic between the connected devices. Two IO-Link master modules are now available that convert IO-Link signals to/from EtherNet/IP, OPC UA, and MQTT:
- The STRIDE IO-Link master will convert IO-Link data to EtherNet/IP messages for better insight into system performance using a well-established fieldbus protocol
- The Murrelektronik premium master module provides the same advantages as the lower-cost STRIDE version, with the added capabilities of OPC and MQTT
IO-Link hubs provide up to 16 multifunctional DIO channels that allow several standard sensors and actuators to connect to an IO-Link master using a single cable. IO-Link hubs offer an economical solution for a highly decentralized installation.