Machine Mount I/O: Get out of the Cabinet

In April, Jim Montague of Control Design wrote an interesting article on Machine Mount I/O entitled “Machine-Mount I/O Go Everywhere.”  I think the article makes some very good points as to the value of why someone wants to move from inside an enclosure, or controls cabinet, to mounting I/O products directly on the machine.

He summarizes, with the help of a number of industry experts, the below points:

  • Same or Better control performance out of IP67 products versus IP20 products.  
    • Installation time alone “is reduced by a factor of 5 to 10”
    • Assemble more controls equipment faster with the same people & workspace
  • Smaller & Simpler components take up less real-estate on the machine
    • Smaller Controls cabinets are needed
    • Less terminations required 2 versus “4 or more” for one connection
    • standard & simple quick disconnect i/o and network cables
  • IO-Link is being employed with intelligent sensors and devices to improve performance
    • requires fewer conductors and simplified cabling with standard sensor cordsets
    • allows you to get the same information out of your devices as standard control components
    • is typically machine mount IP67 rated utilizing the standard M12 connector

As the need for automation equipment grows so will the need to make machines smaller, more intelligent, and with good control performance.  Machine Mount I/O allows all of this to happen very simply.

Check out IP67 Machine Mount I/O products for industrial networks.

Will Healy III is the Industry Marketing Director at Balluff Inc. in Florence, Kentucky and he is enthusiastic about smart manufacturing, automation and STEM education. Will graduated from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering and has been sharing his passion for automation for more than 10 years in a variety of industries. He is published and quoted in various trade magazines, works as an industrial adviser for multiple universities and has widely presented on the value sensors, networking and IIoT bring to manufacturing.

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