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New IO-Link Master Brings Smart Diagnostics to Control Systems and Business-Level Enterprise Systems

Sensor data gathered with ArmorBlock IO-Link master improves decision-making

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MILWAUKEE, Aug. 8, 2016 — Manufacturers and industrial operators can now access more detailed sensor diagnostics using the machine mountable, IP67-rated, Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master from Rockwell Automation. The module builds on the company's IO-Link portfolio with event and process timestamping capabilities for on-machine applications.

The new IO-Link master supports up to eight IO-Link devices, and is based on the IO-Link specification V1.1. It is capable of storing up to 40 timestamps of sensor events on each channel. This event history can help users track changes and more easily diagnose issues. Input timestamps of all sensor data also can be sent to the controller upon a change of state. These and other diagnostics available through the module can reduce issue-resolution time by as much as 90 percent, improve preventive maintenance and optimize overall system performance.

"The ArmorBlock IO-Link master with IO-Link-enabled sensors can aid end users in creating smarter operations without a complete overhaul," said Chan Wai, product manager for Distributed I/O, Rockwell Automation. "They can deploy the technology to monitor temperature, and margin-indication or proximity parameters in critical processes. They can also target problem areas where better diagnostics are needed to remedy issues."

While the new ArmorBlock IO-Link master is ruggedized for use in harsh applications, the Rockwell Automation portfolio also includes an in-cabinet solution for use in decentralized control boxes. The on-machine option allows you to mount the module right next to the sensors, minimizing the number of components in the cabinet, reducing wiring time and resulting in increased uptime and lower costs.

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