The newest addition to the Comtrol line of IO-Link Master products, the DR-8-EIP, enables plug and play communication of up to eight intelligent IO-Link devices to EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP networks deployed across factory and industrial environments.The DR-8-EIP master supports the IO-Link 1.1 standard for full IO-Link device compatibility and provides Comtrol’s innovative “QuickLinx” embedded IODD file storage application. The new IO-Link DR-8-EIP master features software and web interfaces that pair the most advanced sensor and diagnostic information with the easiest setup in the industry.
“Our new IO-Link master’s DIN rail form factor, screw terminal connections, and additional digital I/O points make it one of the most flexible IO-Link master modules available– perfectly suited for panel builders and applications such as automobile manufacturing where the DIN-rail design is widely preferred,” states David Boldt, Comtrol Director of Product Management,“Until now, IO-Link products have focused on M12 connectors and machine-mount enclosures. The compact DIN-rail design of the DR-8-EIP is a response to our many customers seeking a higher port density, panel-mountIO-Link master for integrating digital and IO-Link sensors, actuators, and other devices.”
The IO-Link Master DR-8-EIP simultaneously connects IO-Link devices to EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP industrial networks, providing PLCs, SCADA systems, or HMIs access to sensor process, event, and service data. It incorporates eight IO-Link ports, twelve digital IO connections and dual 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports for upstream network communication. Standard features like the comprehensive web-based user interface, PortVision DX configuration software, automatic device discovery and data storage, and simplified PLC integration make the DR-8-EIP the complete IO-Link gateway solution for EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus TCP industrial networks.