Industry 4.0 plays an important role in how companies can significantly improve their productivity, as well as making the workplace safer. Industry 4.0 allows companies to take advantage of the latest developments in edge-to-cloud computing, software configurable systems, analytics, and much more. This can all be achieved by using the IO-Link communication interface. However, companies that are still using analogue systems will need to upgrade in order to future-proof themselves.
How Is IO-Link Different from Analogue Systems?
IO-Link communication devices and systems are very different from analogue systems in that they can transfer and convert analogue data. Any analogue data gathered on an analogue system at the sensor level has to be converted to digital data prior to reaching the programmable logic controller (PLC). The IO-Link communication interface minimises the number of conversions needed and therefore reduces potential accuracy losses.
How the Conversion Process Works
It’s a common practice for engineers and system designers to install IO-Link communication sensors and masters to replace older analogue sensor technology. This new technology produces a universal signal using the IO-Link communication interface. It produces better precision and signal quality, especially when compared to the 8- to 16-bit accuracy of traditional analogue systems. Using the IO-Link communication interface allows users to transmit status and diagnostic data at the same time while ensuring that data accuracy is not affected.
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