Category Archives: IO-Link

IO-Link Hydraulic Cylinder Position Feedback

Ready for a better mousetrap?  Read on….. Some time ago here on Sensortech, we discussed considerations for choosing the right in-cylinder position feedback sensor.  In that article, we said: “…….Analog 0-10 Vdc or 4-20 mA interfaces probably make up 70-80% of … Continue reading

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3 Smart Applications for Process Visualization

Stack lights used in today’s industrial automation haven’t changed their form or purpose for ages: to visually show the state (not status) of the work-cell. Since the introduction of SmartLight, I have seen customers give new meaning to the term … Continue reading

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JSON Objects and How They Can Streamline an IIoT Application

In web development, JSON objects are a programmer’s dream come true. JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is much similar to XML (EXtensible Markup Language) in that it’s used as a standard format to organize and transfer data across multiple programming … Continue reading

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Linear Measurement Sensors for Short Stroke Applications

We’ve posted numerous articles here on the Sensortech blog about linear position sensors used for applications such as hydraulic cylinder position feedback, plastic injection molding machinery, tire manufacturing machinery, etc.  What all of the applications have in common is that … Continue reading

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IMTS 2016 Review: IO-Link Enables Industry 4.0 Installations

We have been talking about IO-Link for a long time.  The benefits to manufacturers like “hot-swapping” a smart device.  One of the benefits for machine builder is reducing commissioning time.  So it was not surprising to me to find IO-Link on the exhibit floor … Continue reading

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Three Things to Know About IO-Link

IO-Link has become synonymous with the term “distributed modular I/O”. We know it is universal, smart, and easy, but what exactly is IO-Link? In a nutshell, by utilizing a standard sensor cable, the IO-Link slave device speaks point to point … Continue reading

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How do I see PLC data from my smartphone?

From my smartphone, I can do anything from making coffee to adjusting my home thermostat. This wave of appliances and other physical devices connecting and communicating through a network is known as the Internet of Things and it’s playing a … Continue reading

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Is IO-Link only for Simplifying Sensor Integration?

On several occasions, I was asked what other applications IO-Link is suitable for? Is it only for sensor integration? Well the answer is no! There are several uses for IO-Link and we are just beginning to scratch the surface for … Continue reading

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The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Things to Avoid and Pursue There is a long list of activities Control Engineers and Plant Managers avoid like the plague… Modifying PLC code Adding an HMI Modifying HMI screens Adding additional Indicators On the other side, there is a … Continue reading

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Enabling the Visibility Provided by the Industrial Internet of Things

One of the promises of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 is the visibility provided to the manufacturing plant floor. But what information is important and from what type of field devices? So we asked those two … Continue reading

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