In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Yuen Li from IFM Efector to learn what IOLink is, and why you should consider using it on your next project:

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  1. Awesome presentation for the benefits of IO-link.
    Big cost saving opportunity is to use the IO-link master (usually a couple bucks more than a regular fieldbus m12 block) and run up to two 16pt input blocks from each io-link port. These IO-link 16pt slaves are only a couple hundred bucks and will save huge on high IO count projects.
    Also ran into a project recently where analog measurement probes were needed.. we integrated IO-link ‘reed switches' for a negligible additional cost with no hardware or LVDT probe analog cards required.

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  1. Some additions:
    – It is possible to use repeaters if the distance is more then 20m. Look at IFM E30444. The 20m limit was for me the biggest backdraw to use IO-link.
    – Rockwell also has IO link mastcards and sensors: the 1734-4IOL and 1732E-8IOLM12R. Search for “iolink-br001_-en-p.pdf” for more info.
    – People using IFM products probably altready have IO-link sensor without knowing it. A lot of IFM products come factory standard with IO-link.

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