North American Workshop
Comtrol recently hosted the 2015 IO-Link North American Competency Workshop. The workshop highlighted presentations and panels from recognized experts on the use and deployment of IO-Link, showcased manufacturers from all around the world, and was attended by many network engineers, system integrators and ultimate end users of this new standard in point-to-point serial communication protocol used to communicate with sensors and/or actuators. If you are not familiar with it, IO-Link allows three types of data to be exchanged –– Process data, service data, and events. View a short clip of the workshop:
On October 22nd – 23rd, 2015 IO-Link experts met in Prague for the 15th Interoperability-Workshop. With more than 50 participants from 21 companies, this was a new record participation. At this plugfest – organized by the IO-Link community – participants tested and ensured interoperability of products, interfaces, and tools under real-life conditions.
Subjects of test were the latest developments of sensors, actuators, and gateways in terms of the IO-link interface as well as the integration into different engineering tools. During the 2 days, the complete IO-Link spectrum of sensors, actuators, fieldbus specific masters as well as diagnostic tools and mobile integrations into IOS were seen.
In addition three expert groups went along with the workshop for discussions about the special topics “test systems, system integration and data storage”. As always, there was a lot of room for discussing of ideas and exchange of experiences.