PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link news from around the world

New Products – October 2019

There are lots of new products to announce this month from the following companies:

  • Balluff
  • Bürkert
  • Encoder Products Company
  • KEB
  • Micro-Epsilon
  • ProSoft
  • PROVERTHA
  • Siemens

Click a headline or picture below to learn more about a given new product.


Compact I/O Modules with M8 Connectivity

Shielded cables and interface cards result in high field installation costs. Help is here with IO-Link sensor/actuator hubs with M8 connectivity from Balluff. New are an input module for 16 inputs and a configurable I/O module with 16 in-/outputs in an especially compact form factor. They feature a rugged IP67 metal housing for harsh conditions and an expansion port for connecting an additional IO-Link hub.


Valve Islands for Highly Available PROFINET Environments

The AirLINE SP Type 8647 valve island by Bürkert Fluid Control Systems can be integrated directly in distributed peripheral systems from Siemens. For the first time, valve islands in highly available (up to R1 redundant) PROFINET environments can be operated using the PROFIsafe protocol directly in a distributed peripheral system.


Absolute Encoders now with PROFINET Communications

Encoder Products Company (EPC) Model A58HE and Model A58SE are Ethernet-ready, multi-turn absolute encoders designed for harsh factory and plant environments. They now offer PROFINET communication capability up to Conformance Class C (CC-C), the highest Conformance Class available.


Servo Drive Available with PROFINET

The compact servo systems COMBIVERT S6 from the company KEB now also supports PROFINET as standard as an easy-to-select variant in the interface application. The user thus has identical hardware that is flexible and convenient without the need for time-consuming separate orders for additional communication modules or double warehousing, and also standardizes the tool for commissioning.


PROFINET Interface Module for Sensors

The IF2030/PNET interface module is designed for easy connection of Micro-Epsilon sensors to PROFINET controllers, e.g., plant controllers. Providing two network connections for different network topologies, it is compatible with sensors that output data via an RS422 or RS485 interface and operates at up to 4 MBaud. Installation in switching cabinets takes place via a DIN rail.


High-Performance PROFIBUS DP Gateways

ProSoft Technology has released new Master and Slave PROFIBUS DP gateways. The modules feature a built-in PROFIBUS DP packet capture utility, allowing for troubleshooting communications on a PROFIBUS DP network without the use of additional software.


M8 PROFINET Connectors with Robust Crimp Termination

M8 crimp CF connectors with 360-degree shielding and D coding in protection class IP67 are now available from PROVERTHA. The compact 4-pin M8 connectors are specified by PI according to the PROFINET guidelines and enable robust and space-saving solutions for PROFINET networks.


New Plug-In Connector for On-Site Assembly

Siemens is extending its FastConnect cabling technology offer to include a new X-coded IE FC M12 Plug Pro connector. The new plug-in connector has a robust metal housing and is suitable for use in harsh industrial environments due to its IP65/67 protection class.

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