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IO-Link technology revolutionises actuator switch

06 December 2017

IMI Precision Engineering has transformed its magnetically operated, solid state M/50 switch to include IO-Link capability.

To enhance effective installation and improved connectivity, the new IMI Norgren M/50/IOP switch incorporates an orange LED indicator to allow for optimum installation relative to the cylinder magnet, with an additional green LED which acts as a ‘power on’ indicator. With the inclusion of IO-Link technology, the functionality of the switch has been developed to enable the monitoring of the current temperature, maximal temperature, counter and operating mode variables.

“Our new generation of switches provides the ideal solution for the connectivity requirements of industrial automation and makes installation easier than ever before,” says Simon Gass, Global Product Marketing Manager for Actuators at IMI Precision Engineering. “With state-of-the-art functionality provided through the inclusion of standardised IO-Link technology, actuators and sensors can easily become active participants within the overall system, delivering optimised data transfer, condition monitoring and system performance.”

The IMI Norgren M/50/IOP makes accurate installation as simple as possible, with an orange LED light which remains on when the switch is located within the optimal position. If the switch is located within the marginal position towards the outer edges of the magnetic field, the light flashes to indicate that further attention is required during the installation process. 

Simon Gass concludes: “Incorporating IO-Link technology into the design of our market-leading switches is a demonstration of our commitment to the automation of industrial processes. We pride ourselves on understanding our customers’ requirements and how their markets are evolving, so that we can bring to market products which will support the growth of their business and sector.”

Certified globally

Maintaining global certification standards, the newly launched switch meets all relevant CE and UL (American certification) guidelines and conforms to programmable controllers legislation under IEC 61131-9. The new model is compatible with all IMI Norgren actuators, comes with a 5m cable or M8 connector and can operate within a temperature range of between -40°C and +80°C.

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