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Article | March 1, 2009
Balluff: Modular sensor expansion system
Balluff's IO-Link system enables quick and easy expansion or simplification of Profibus and Profinet networks.
An expansion module attaches directly to the Profibus or Profinet network, either as a new node or by substituting it for an existing node. Then, using standard low cost 3-conductor M12 cordsets, attach up to four intelligent IO-Link sensors up to 20 meters away from the Balluff IO-Link expansion module. Hardware includes network expansion modules, sensor hubs, standard M12 non-shielded 3-conductor cordsets, standard sensors, and intelligent IO-Link sensors. Sensors are available in a range of different sensing technologies, including distance feedback, RFID, and pressure monitors.
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