Industry White Paper

Avnet Silica IO-Link Handbook

April 12, 2021 by Avnet Silica Download PDF

White Paper Overview

Today’s fanless programmable logic controller (PLC) and IO-Link® gateway systems must dissipate large amounts of power depending on the I/O configuration (IO-Link, digital input/output, analog input/outputs). As these PLCs evolve into new Industry 4.0 smart factories, special attention must be considered to achieve smarter, faster, and lower power solutions. At the heart of this revolution is an exciting new technology called IO-Link, enabling flexible manufacturing to improve factory throughput and operational efficiency. This exciting new technology allows traditional sensors to become intelligent sensors.

IO-Link is a powerful technology that will play a pivotal role over time in factory process automation and other industries. It will save manufacturers billions every year and expand new markets for more customization of products.

This handbook from Avnet Silica provides a detailed description of the following topics:

  • The IO-Link environment
  • Designing an IO-Link Sensor
  • Designing an IO-Link Master
  • Improving System Performance
  • IO-Link Solutions

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