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Valve Control handles up to 24 output positions per manifold.

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Press Release Summary:

November 29, 2012 - Using industrial network and Balluff Distributed Modular I/O valve manifold connector, installation and repair time can be reduced by changing 25 conductor terminations into M12 4-wire connection. Valve manifold connectors work with multiple valve brands, and valve control solutions are compatible with EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, DeviceNet, Profibus, and CC-Link networks. By utilizing vendor-neutral communication standard IO-Link, any combination of networks and valve brands can be specified.

Original Press Release

Vendor Neutral Valve Control Solutions from Balluff

Press release date: November 15, 2012

Simplify valve manifold control using Distributed Modular I/O

Florence, KY: Typical valve manifold installations that require terminating 25 wires and troubleshooting multiple connections can be time consuming and costly. By utilizing an industrial network and a Balluff Distributed Modular I/O valve manifold connector, cost and time of installation and repair can be dramatically reduced by changing 25 conductor terminations into a simple M12 4wire connection.

Balluff’s new valve control solution provides multiple advantages: 25-pin D-sub manifolds are lower cost than their networked counterparts, they are plug-and-play with distributed modular I/O, and they are typically standard off the shelf components so they are easy to specify, source, and repair.

Balluff valve manifold connectors are compatible with most major valve brands including: MAC, SMC, Festo, Parker, Bosch Rexroth, Norgren and Numatics. Balluff valve control solutions are compatible with  EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, DeviceNet, Profibus, and CC-Link networks.  By utilizing the vendor neutral communication standard, IO-Link (, virtually any combination of networks and valve brands can be specified by the customer regardless of what is offered from the valve manufacturer alone.

• Up to 1.1A at 24V total can be active at once
• Up to 24 output positions can be controlled per manifold
• Up to 4 manifolds or slave devices can be controlled per master device
• Any combination of manifolds or other IO-Link devices can be hooked to each master device
• Other Balluff IO-Link Components Available:
- Discrete I/O hubs
- Analog channels
- Read/Write RFID Heads
- Smart Sensors

Four manifolds can be controlled on one EtherNet/IP master and the manifolds can be distributed up to 20 meters from the master device.

More information on Balluff’s Valve Control Solutions

About Balluff:
Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID systems, and networking products.  Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical, and electronics.

Direct reader service inquiries to:  Kelly Panko, Balluff Inc, 8125 Holton Drive, Florence, KY, Phone 1-800-543-8390, or

In Canada only, contact Norman J. Clarke, President, Balluff Canada, 2840 Argentia Road, Unit # 2, Mississauga, ON  L5N 8G4, Phone 1-800-927-9654 or Tel: 905-816-1494, 905-816-1411, E-mail:

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