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One of Omron's main focuses with respect to sensor innovation is to incorporate more "intelligence" - that is to say, more ways to gather meaningful data - into their latest sensor lines.

Smarter sensors mean better insights into what’s really going on at the machine level, and these insights lead to better decision-making and less downtime. Setup, predictive maintenance, and reconfiguration are all great ways to use IO-Link. Let’s take a look at what IO-Link is and how you can use this powerful protocol in your applications.

What’s IO-Link?

IO-Link is an open-network point-to-point communications protocol. IO-Link-enabled sensors communicate to master devices through IO-Link based on a certain standard, and from there on, they’re open-network to whatever fieldbus protocol you’re using. The international standard used by IO-Link is IEC 61131-9.

IO-Link allows you to pull a greater variety of information out of discrete sensors that would normally just tell you whether they’re on or off. The protocol was started by a consortium of different companies involved in automation who wanted a standard, open-network solution for getting more information out of I/O spread throughout the factory floor.

Employing IO-Link for predictive maintenance and better troubleshooting

Lots of early IO-Link adopters found value in the protocol for real-time condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. If you’re operating in a weld environment, for example, and slag is starting to cake onto your proximity sensor, the IO-Link functionality can tell you the detection strength so the sensor can be cleaned before the slag causes false trips.

If you’ve got dozens of sensors on your line, and you’re starting to notice a sensor-related quality issue, using IO-Link means that you don’t need to stop the line and inspect each sensor individually. A quick check will tell you which I/O port has a down sensor on it.

Trying to reduce downtime in your plant? Check out Omron's predictive maintenance solutions portfolio here.

Supporting flexibility and scalability with faster reconfiguration

Given the market pressures driving manufacturing today, many facilities are producing multiple different parts on the same production line. This creates a need for scalable technologies that support faster changeovers. IO-Link addresses this need by speeding up sensor reconfiguration and helping a smaller team do more with their time.

With some of our newer IO-Link sensors, you can set different levels that you want them to output at. If one sensor gets broken, you simply replace it, and your IO-Link master can push the configuration to that sensor. You don’t have to waste a bunch of time reconfiguring the whole thing.

Want to start gathering more meaningful data from your sensors? Discover Omron's IO-Link series here.

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What are the advantages to using busbars in your panels?

The busbar is a very efficient part in the electrical panel that collects and transmits electrical energy as a conductor.  This conductor can pass very large currents.

Busbar allows for: 

  •    -   Reductions in the use of space relative to the panel and enclosure           (reduction in the amount of wiring). So, more equipment and parts             can be used in a panel.
  •    -   Easy troubleshooting in the event of switchgear interruption or                   failure.
  •    -   Time savings during both installation, maintenance, or upgrades               (ex.busbars are mostly used for branching inside panels, and,                   branching will be done by holes and bolts without using terminals).
  •    -   Integration of supplemental panel or enclosure elements to enhance or augment performance
  •    -   High electrical and mechanical strength. They last longer and don’t require regular replacement. They distribute power             more efficiently. Thus, reducing energy consumption.
  •    -   They’re also easily adaptable for renewable energy integration while offering extreme versatility for easy consumption                for many purposes.

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