I/O modules with integrated display and tamper protection
21 March 2012
Balluff claims to be the first to offer fieldbus I/O modules with an illuminated LCD display. This not only makes addressing in the network simpler, but also provides a variety of additional functions, including lock bit, search&rescue and device identification. Machine and systems operators profit from significantly improved tamper protection, more convenience and transparency in terms of maintenance, greater availability and productivity.
Mechanical attachments such as damage-prone rotary switches are avoided, making the new IP 67 generation even more rugged and reliable than the previous series.
The display provides indications of baud rate, node address and both hardware and software status. Menu guidance on the display is easy to use and self-explanatory, with just two keys used for entering and displaying the individual menu points. A special feature is integrated tamper protection, meaning the display can be locked out by the PLC, preventing unauthorised access.
Integrated search&rescue features two LEDs, controlled by the PLC, which allow pre-defined events which are not module- or port-specific to be visualised.
A specific feature of the Ethernet/IP and Profinet module versions is an integrated web server. Using a standard web browser the user has access to comprehensive diagnostics functions such as the display of all LED indicators located on the module.
The new module generation is now available for CC-Link, Ethernet/IP and Profinet. Versions for the other commonly used fieldbus systems will also be available soon.
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