The Best Way to Communicate with Smart Sensors

When I am discussing with customers the use of smart sensors and smart devices in industrial automation, I always get posed with these questions:

  • How do the smart sensors interface with the controller?
  • How do you configure the device?
  • How do you get diagnostics out of it?
  • What other information can it provide?

This is sort of solved in a muddled world of proprietary communications or expensive network enabled sensors.  But John and I have been talking for a long time about IO-Link, which can easily and cost effectively answer all these questions!

IO-Link is getting more and more interest from automation professionals for a couple of reasons:

  • Open standard
  • Not tied to one controller or fieldbus brand
  • Configurable parameters allow for on-the-fly flexibility

I recently was asked to be a panelist on a webinar hosted by DesignNews; we discussed the advantages of smart sensor technologies, and specifically focused on IO-Link.

The topics covered in this webinar:

  • Smart Sensor Trends
  • Advantages of IO-Link for Smart Sensors
  • Why IO-Link versus Ethernet connectivity
  • Application Examples: smart sensors and other intelligent devices
  • Design Challenges
  • What the Future Holds

I encourage you to watch this 25-30min discussion (available on-demand) that clearly demonstrates many of the key benefits of smart sensor technologies.

Will Healy III is enthusiastic about smart manufacturing & workforce development. A Purdue University mechanical engineer, Will loves to share his passion for automation as a leader with Balluff Worldwide & Cincinnati's Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership. He speaks from experience about creating value through workforce, IIoT, sensors & automation solutions.

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