2015 ended successfully for IO-Link. At SPC IPC Drives, 39 members of the IO-Link member community presented 170 devices and components under the motto “Enabler for Industrie 4.0“. The various sensors, actuators, masters, and services illustrate the possibilities of high-performance point-to-point communication. More and more companies are convinced of the benefits. This is demonstrated by the member count, which increased by 36% in 2015 to 112 members, and by the increasing number of installed nodes, which is now well over the 3 million mark. At the end of 2014, there were only 2.19 million installed nodes.
The interest in IO-Link is growing internationally as well. Evidence of this can be seen in the strong attendance numbers at workshops held in 2015 in the U.S., the Netherlands, Poland, Milan, and Prague, among other locations. The IO-Link member community wants to continue its successful concept in 2016.