Rockwell IO-Link Products Shown At Automation Fair 2014

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As we previously discussed in this article, Rockwell unveiled support for IO-Link at this year’s Automation Fair.

In today’s article we’ll take a look at some of the actual products supporting IO-Link that Rockwell displayed at the show.

1734-4IOL

Rockwell IO-Link 1734-4IOL 1In a Rockwell IO-Link system, the choice for a IO-Link master device will initially be limited to a 1734-4IOL Point I/O module. This module also must be used in conjunction with a series B 1734-AENT(R)

Each of the 1734-4IOL’s four channels can be configured as either an input, output, or IO-Link device connection independently.

When used as with an IO-Link device, the user also must specify an IO-Link IODD file for it. This enables the devices parameter tab, as well as creates structured I/O tags for the device in Studio 5000.

42EF RightSight

Rockwell IO-Link RightSightThe 42EF RightSight product from Rockwell Automation is a general purpose presence sensing photoeye which comes in multiple sensing modes.

It’s designed for medium duty applications and is housed in a small package with 360 degree viewable status indicators.

For more information about the RightSight, check out the below Rockwell documents:

 42JT VisiSight

Rockwell IO-Link VisiSightThe 42JT VisiSight product from Rockwell is a presence sensing photoeye that comes with either a visible red or class 1 “eye Safe” light source.

It’s designed for more demanding applications and comes in several models including clear object detection, as well as color and contrast detection.

The 42JT also supports “auto PNP/NPN” outputs to simplify installation and reduce the number of models needed to support multiple applications.

When the 42JT is used in IO-Link mode, the user not only gains access to the product’s parameters, but the VisiSight also provides a low margin bit which typically indicates a dirty lens.

For more information about the VisiSight and it’s IO-Link support, check out the below Rockwell documents:

45CRM Color Registration Mark Sensor

45CRMThis color registration sensor uses three LED emitters (red, green and blue) to reliably sense registration
marks.

Not much is currently published about this models IO-Link feature list, but at a minimum support for parameter access as well as product specific IO Tags is expected.

For more information about the 45CRM and it’s IO-Link support, check out the below Rockwell documents:


45LMS Laser Measurement

45LMSThe 45LMS is an economical mid range high performance laser measurement sensor.

Like the 45CRM, not much is currently published about this models IO-Link feature list, but at a minimum support for parameter access as well as product specific IO Tags including current distance is expected.

For more information about the VisiSight and it’s IO-Link support, check out the below Rockwell documents:

Well that’s all the Rockwell IO-Link products I found at Automation Fair 2014.

If you know of additional models coming, or if you have any comments, questions, or corrections, please don’t hesitate to share them with us by filling out the “leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
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