Networked Automation Systems & Instant Condition Monitoring Information With IO-Link

Industrial networks are used to communicate input and output data from individual devices over simple media and hardware. Balluff quality will help you complete setup and maintenance tasks and reduce machine downtime with ease. The extra-flat profile of Balluff network technologies reduces potential dangers posed by cables, while rounded corners offer highly visible locations for channel markers. Additionally, IO-Link technologies offer further advancements through the implementation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities, digitizing your automation systems for easy access from anywhere.

Networking Product Lines

At the heart of Balluff’s networking line are the I/O network blocks. These blocks have a low initial cost per point and are designed to save money over the lifetime of the system with maximum uptime and easy maintenance. With versatile networking capabilities including EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, CC-Link, and CC-Link IE Field, Balluff solidifies the interoperability of their network blocks.


Balluff offers 4-port, 8-port, and 16- port IO-Link master blocks with various fieldbus/network interfaces. Each IO-Link port can be configured as a standard two-channel I/O (input or output), or as IO-Link to connect to a wide variety of IO-Link devices. If the IO-Link device connected does not require additional power, the second that port can be used for either standard input or output as well.

Balluff Network Blocks

Balluff’s line of passive connectivity products offers a full complement of options to establish standard sensor and actuator solutions in the automation environment. These components provide a high level of reliability and confidence, enabling accurate and repeatable connection IP ratings during maintenance. The introduction of non-contact connectors has increased the versatility and durability of networking, when it comes to transferring both power and data between moving machine parts you are on the safe side with Balluff non-contact inductive couplers.

Networking Can Be Complicated

When it comes to designing an automated network system, the architecture of the system is dependant on many factors. It is important to consider the quantity and type of I/O (digital or analog) in your system, as well as the power requirements of these components, and the location of the system in relation to the PLC.

Our technical experts are here to assist you in the development of your network architecture, taking the hardships of design out of your hands to simplify and accelerate the integration of your trailblazing new automation system.

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