Powelectrics and Di-Soric’s IO-Link and Industry 4.0 Seminar Day
Powelectrics were delighted to welcome Ugur Gül from Di-Soric to the UK this week! Some of the Powelectrics sales team attended the recent Di-Soric Partners’ Meeting in Dusseldorf and Ugur came to train the rest of the team on the latest developments and to co-host an IO-Link / Industry 4.0 Seminar held for our factory automation customers.
Our guests included delegates from global automotive suppliers, engineering service providers, automation distributors and OEMs.
Ugur led a session on IO-Link, which was very big news at the SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg last November. di-soric are in engaged in an ongoing process of re-designing key ranges to incorporate IO-Link. He described how IO-Link is an industrial communications networking standard (IEC 61131-9) . IO-Link provides a point-to-point connection within any network, fieldbus or backplane bus. It allows sensors and actuators to produce and consume enriched sets of data and optimize industrial automated operations. It makes sensors smart!
Ugur’s data showed the near exponential uptake of IO-Link sensors. There are already 7000 different devices available worldwide incorporating IO-Link, with many more in development. New versions of older di-soric sensors with IO-Link are retrospectively compatible and can replace their predecessors ie: the IO-Link element does not need to be used, but will be ready when the user wants to take advantage of the many benefits.
Benefits include the possibility to only stock one sensor, whether the ultimate set-up will be PNP, NPN or IO-Link, and to change how the sensor behaves, perhaps switching from high power to lower power, or to change from fast to slow response, or alter the sensitivity or introduce a time delay.
The IO-Link master can be connected to your computer and used to configure the device, or it can be an online device that communicates the real time data and can re-configure the sensor whilst it’s on the machine.... or quickly configure a replacement, as the relevant data can be stored within IO-Link master.
IO-Link masters from any sensor manufacturer will support IO-Link sensors from any manufacturer. Sensors can often perform multiple functions or support very speedy adaptation, which dramatically reduces the number of different sensors a business needs to stock as spares and reduces set-up time on the factory floor.
Ugur also gave us an overview of di-sorics vast product range of products. di-soric have designed solutions in industrial image processing and identification for over 30 years. They now offer high-value LED-lighting, machine vision and ID systems, laser distance sensors, fork & frame light barriers, colour and movement sensors and vision systems. Details can be found HERE
Several of our guests were impressed by the CS50 vision sensor, an image processing system optimised for specific tasks. Despite being the world’s smallest industrial vision sensor, a process speed of up to 2,500 component inspections per minute is possible and just this one sensor can locate, count, detect presence/absence, measure and combine results to inform outputs.
Dave Oakes, Powelectrics MD, talked about Industry4.0 and how Powelectrics act as a conduit between the world of sensors and the Industrial Internet of Things.
With 25 years’ experience in sensing and telemetry, proven solutions, broad application experience and relationships in a wide range of sectors, Powelectrics have become a key member of a ‘connected sensor community’, uniting sensor manufacturers and developers of software-based IoT data management solutions.
Thank you very much to Ugur for travelling to participate in our seminar and sharing so much valuable information and also to our guests for joining us and participating so fully.
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