Machinery builders who utilize pumps and valves in their equipment have various options when it comes to monitoring and controlling these industrial devices. In addition, when working with fluids and gasses, there is the need to monitor the state of the process using temperature, pressure, and flow measurements or even valve position feedback. The controls engineer is responsible for maintaining the cost effectiveness of the controls equipment while providing flexibility and monitoring in a highly competitive and increasingly global marketplace.

The development of the distributed modular I/O architecture has lowered the cost per point of the controls design and has reduced the time to integrate. The distributed modular I/O architecture utilizes the vendor-neutral industrial standard, IO-Link (www.IO-Link.com), which allows for easy, universal, smart devices to be integrated. It uses low-cost standard M12 4-wire unshielded cables which help keep the cost of communication low even while maintaining noise immunity. By implementing a master/slave relationship, up to 8 devices can be connected to one address of an industrial network. Distributed modular I/O architectures are IP67 which means they provide I/O that is machine mounted and can withstand all but the most hostile industrial environments in non-hazardous applications.
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