Machine Mount I/O Blocks are based on CC-Link IE Field network.

Press Release Summary:

IP67-rated machine mount I/O devices and IO-Link masters, based on 1 GBPS industrial Ethernet network, are CLPA conformance tested and approved. Distributed modular architecture utilizes IO-Link to enhance controls architecture while integrating smart devices into architecture. Module with 8 IO-Link ports hosts up to 8 IO-Link smart devices, including RFID, SmartLights, flow or measurement sensors, or analog I/O. Said module could otherwise host up to 240 configurable discrete I/O points.

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Balluff Introduces Industry's First CC-Link IE Field Machine Mount I/O Blocks

Florence, KY:  Balluff is pleased  to announce the new family of network solutions based on the Industry's newest and fastest industrial Ethernet network – CC-Link IE Field.

CC-Link IE is a gigabit (1GBPS) network for industrial automation. With its deterministic performance characteristics using token passing technology and high speed, CC-Link IE offers tremendous potential for applications in a multitude of industries.

"CC-Link IE realizes the next generation of industrial applications that require large bandwidth for data without compromising deterministic performance. We are proud to be the first in the industry to offer CLPA conformance tested and approved CC-Link IE Field network I/O modules," states Tom Rosenberg, Director of Marketing at Balluff Inc. "CC-Link IE Field modules enable our customers to utilize the benefits of distributed modular architecture in applications that were not possible before."

Balluff's CC-Link IE network portfolio consists of IP67 protection rated machine mount I/O devices and IO-Link masters.  The distributed modular architecture utilizes IO-Link to enhance the controls architecture in a cost effective manner while integrating smart devices into the architecture.  IO-Link is the first sensor-actuator communication standard specified in IEC61131-9 and utilizes standard M12 sensor cables for communication of process data, parameter data, and events on the same line.

"CC-Link IE Field devices combined with Balluff's industry leading portfolio of IO-Link devices provides our customers the flexibility and modularity to build a wide variety of application specific architectures," says Shishir Rege, Marketing Manager for networking at Balluff Inc. "As an example, the CC-Link IE Field network module with 8 IO-Link ports can host up to 8 IO-Link smart devices including RFID, SmartLights, flow or measurement sensors, or analog I/O. Or the module could host up to 240 configurable discrete I/O points," adds Rege.

With the addition of CC-Link IE into Balluff's networking suite, Balluff can now offer its customers the same architectural scalability with CC-Link IE that it has been offering for other networks including EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, and CC-Link.

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About Balluff Inc.

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.

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