Sensor diagnostics tool for harsh operating environments

Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master is IP67-rated and is designed for event and process timestamping capabilities for on-machine applications.
By Rockwell Automation August 11, 2016

Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master is IP67-rated and is designed for event and process timestamping capabilities for on-machine applications. Courtesy: Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master is IP67-rated and is designed to provide more access to detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh environments for manufacturers and industrial operators. The device is designed for event and process timestamping capabilities for on-machine applications. The IO-Link master stores up to 40 timestamps of sensor events on each channel. This event history can help users track changes and more easily diagnose issues. Input timestamps of all sensor data also can be sent to the controller upon a change of state. These and other diagnostics available through the device can reduce issue-resolution time by as much as 90%, improve preventive maintenance, and optimize overall system performance.

The ArmorBlock IO-Link master is ruggedized for use in harsh applications, but it also includes an in-cabinet solution for light applications. The on-machine option requires only a single cable from the cabinet, reducing the number and length of cable runs and potential failure points. The ArmorBlock IO-Link master includes connectivity for up to eight IO-Link sensors. The master and sensors share an IP address, helping end users reduce the cost and time to commission equipment.

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