A splitter box enables a source signal to be split so that the data from the source can be sent to two or more separate outputs. The complete data set is received at all outputs; there is no splitting of the data between the outputs.
Splitter boxes can be inserted into an existing network at any point along the channel. The main restriction on their use and position is caused due to the optical loss within the splitter. With a broad range of product options available, it is possible to make a cable that matches the requirements.
ifm offers a wide range of splitter box options, and have a new range specifically designed for safe use in wet areas in the food industry. The features are …
4 or 8 IO-Link ports with full V1.1 functionality
IP 69K field module for the food industry
Master and devices configurable via the LR DEVICE software
Industry 4.0 ready via LR AGENT EMBEDDED
Voltage supply via standard M12 sensor cable
The decentralised IO-Link masters are used as gateways between intelligent IO-Link sensors and the fieldbus. Thanks to their special housing materials and high ingress resistance (IP 69K), they can be used directly in wet areas in the food industry.
The materials and production methods are identical to the ifm jumper cables of the tried-and-tested EVF product series. The ecolink technology guarantees reliable, permanently ingress resistant M12 connections of the connection cables.
High-quality materials especially suited to the application and intensive monitoring during and after production guarantee maximum quality standards.
The advantages are customer benefits include …
Configuration of sensors with LR DEVICE: The intuitive software finds all IO-Link masters in the network and creates an overview of the whole plant. Besides, all sensors connected are indicated with the respective parameters. This means that parameter setting of all sensors in the system is possible from one central point.
Use as masters for the food industry: These masters can now also be used in hygienic applications due to the materials used and their innovative housing design.
Easy sensor connection: The sensors and actuators are connected via standard M12 connection cables without screening. Depending on the device type, up to 4 or 8 IO-Link sensors can be connected and supplied with up to 3.6A. The cable can be up to 20m long.
Reliable digital data: The sensor data is transferred digitally. Unlike analogue signals, contact resistance and EMC interference cannot corrupt the signals.
Direct connection to the IT: The integrated LR AGENT EMBEDDED can transmit the process values directly to ERP systems, without detour via the PLC. This second communication path is available in parallel to the fieldbus via the bus wiring.
If you are interested in finding out more about ifm Splitter boxes for hygienic areas, or any other ifm products, please call 01244 288138 or email [email protected].