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21. april 2016

Easy to Use – IO-Link by Murrelektronik

Fast integration, short commissioning times, yet maximum flexibility – Murrelektronik IO-Link MVK Metal and Impact67 fieldbuses take you there directly. They are ideal for easily integrating IO-Link devices into installation solutions.

Jörg Krautter, Vice President Automation, and Bernd Waser, Head of R&D

Why is integration so easy? The main idea is called 'IODD on Board' an advanced technology by Murrelektronik. The sensor and actuator data stored in the IODD (IO Device Description) are directly incorporated into the GSDML files of the Murrelektronik MVK Metal and Impact67 fieldbus modules. If devices (e.g. IO-Link sensors or valve terminals) are connected, you can access this data directly and very conveniently via your PLC software tools, with no need for manual parameter setting or special tools.

This, of course, greatly simplifies matters, as to date every new IO-Link device had to be integrated into the software individually, a time-consuming process. In fact, it could become very tedious, as the same steps had to be completed for each new device. This is now past history, and once created, configurations can be duplicated over copy & paste. This is a major benefit for manufacturers of series machinery.

However, the new freely configurable modules offer great advantages for non-standard machinery as well: the Murrelektronik auto-configuration mode makes speedy commissioning a reality. Setting parameters for digital inputs/outputs is eliminated; the channels act according to the control system commands.

However, if the emphasis is on maximum flexibility, opt for expert mode: values can be freely set individually with the help of Murrelektronik IO-Link device tool. One of the tool benefits is that individual values are not only displayed in hexadecimal form, but are also converted into the format of your choice for easy capture.

"Series machinery manufacturers benefit because once they've created configurations, they can copy & paste them any amount of times to other systems and machine controls."
Jörg Krautter | Vice President of Automation

"Expert mode allows maximum scope for flexibility: we can freely set every single value over our IO-Link device tool."
Bernd Waser | Head of R&D