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Enhancing actuator systems with an IO-Link interface

Electric linear actuators already play an important part in industrial automation. With the LINAK IO-Link interface, however, integration with existing Fieldbus systems has never been easier.

If you operate in manufacturing or processing, IO-Link is most likely an important tool in your business already. This universal interface is a well-established standard that is smart and easy to use. However, up until now it has mainly been used for sensors and similar devices in industrial automation.

At LINAK®, we want to change that. We wish to bring forward the many benefits that IO-Link offers in new fields of applications, using linear movement. That is why we have developed electric actuators with IO-Link, built on the pillars of the underlying technology; simplified installation, automated parameter setting, and expanded diagnostics.

 

Increase efficiency of your machinery
Many types of machinery, for example, in the process industry already utilize the many options available with IO-Link. But finding the technology used in machine tools, packaging systems, handling assembly automation is also quite common.

Regardless of the set-up and situation, it relies upon numerous sensors, ensuring maximum production output, high quality and reduced down-time. Introducing linear actuators to this ecosystem allows you to automate several processes, either to increase safety or simply to do things smarter. Whether it is in automated gate openers, hood lifts, valves, belt tensioners, conveyor adjustments, the opportunities are endless.

LA25 actuator with IO-Link interface
 
 

So advanced, yet so easy to integrate
The first actuator with IO-Link was our LA25. It is a compact and robust actuator capable of handling loads up to 2,500 N or speeds up to 25 mm/s. With IO-Link’s innate two-way communication option, you can control and adjust a number of things with your actuator(s). For instance:

Command

  • Desired speed (0-100%)
  • Run in/out to specified position
  • Current limit (A) to protect machinery

Read out data

  • Position (mm)
  • Current consumption (A)
  • Status (running out/in or fully extended/retracted)
 
 

The benefits LINAK IO-Link solutions bring are obvious

  • They are easy to integrate into existing automation systems
  • The available status and diagnostics data will help you reduce downtime
  • With remote configuration you can create smarter movement
  • You maximize uptime, as LINAK actuators are fast and easy to replace if necessary

We see a great potential for IO-Link in linear movement – as do some of the key players in world of IO-Link.

 
 

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What is IO-Link?
IO-Link is the first standardized IO technology worldwide used for connecting sensors and actuators to an industrial fieldbus or industrial ethernet. The objective of IO-Link is to provide a common platform for rapid development and easy integration of sensors and actuators. The point-to-point communication is based on three-wire unscreened cables, which makes it very attractive from a cost perspective.

 
 

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“I have worked with IO-Link components for 8 years and know how important it is to also have both actuators, valves and drives with IO-Link communication.

When I consult OEMs and end-users about automation solutions, the conversation always ends with the question: “What is the easiest way to control and monitor our automation components?”

LINAK's new actuator with IO-Link communication fits in perfectly with the customer who wants to build a digital factory, where downtime is minimized with condition-based maintenance – driven by data.

The machine builder gets the opportunity to offer remote diagnostics on component level (sensors or actuators), when all the components are integrated in the IO-Link system of the digital factory”.

Jens-Christian Praestegaard – Sales Engineer, IFM Electronics

 
 
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"As a pioneer in the IoT and IO-Link world, SICK acknowledges the importance of introducing the physical motion world to the IoT market. Therefore, we welcome LINAK to the world of IO-Link and we look forward to seeing the impact their motion solutions have on customers' needs for sensor technology.

It is now possible to setup smart sensors, which instantly detect, measure and react to sudden changes. Via the IO-Link communication, these sensors inform LINAK actuators to move to a specific position at a desired speed, to improve the customer's production. One of our main goals is to increase customers' OEE figures and here major players like LINAK can help us reach this goal."

Henrik Bostrup – Market Product Manager, SICK Denmark

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