Machine-mount I/O accessories simplify installation
Beckhoff Automation's new ZK1020 IP-Link Bridge connectors and ZS5300 I/O mounting rails are designed to simplify the installation of Beckhoff Fieldbus Box I/O. They are claimed to be well suited for applications requiring rugged, IP67-rated I/O-terminals mounted outside of a cabinet and directly on machines in the processing and packaging industries.
ZK1020 IP-Link Bridge connectors provide for high-density, side-by-side Fieldbus Box I/O mounting where modules are 0-5 mm apart. Beyond reducing the amount of exposed cable, the connectors integrate standard IP-link fiber and are said to be shock and vibration resistant.
ZS5300 mounting rails help ease Fieldbus Box extension-module installation. Stainless-steel rails 1.5-mm-thick have pre-cut M3 threads to attach the I/O modules. Rails can be mounted on machines with M5 screws (5.3 mm slots). Rails come in 500-mm-long increments, suitable for up to 15, Beckhoff Fieldbus Box, extension-modules with 2 mm between each module.
—Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering,