IO-Link Technology Enables Smarter Factories
A key enabler of Industry 4.0 is IO-Link. An IEC standardized bi-directional communication protocol, IO-Link brings data from the factory floor to the plant level for factory efficiency, sensor diagnostics, maintenance, and more. With IO-Link, plant managers can easily receive sensor health updates and plan for upcoming sensor maintenance or replacement. Factories can easily upgrade production lines to IO-Link as it is backwards compatible to existing standard Input/Output (SIO) installations and can utilize its existing 3-wire, unshielded cabling to minimize overhead setup.