Combining standardized IO Device Descriptions (IODDs) and Pepperl+Fuchs’ software tools makes configuration, integration, and diagnostics of IO-Link devices easy. Users can perform both comprehensive parameter setting and use the device’s diagnostic capabilities. This transparency down to the field level lays the foundation for predictive maintenance.
With the help of the cross-vendor and cross-fieldbus operator software PACTware, IO-Link devices are easy to configure and operate from outside the plant (i.e., from your desk). In addition to the readily available IODDs, device-specific DTMs (device type managers) are available for several IO-Link sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs. They enable convenient sensor operation through a graphic user interface.
IO-Link system configuration inside the plant consists of several steps. First, the IO-Link master is integrated into the automation system and configured. Second, the device parameters are set using an IO-Link configuration tool, which displays the entire system architecture from the control system down to the field level.
The SmartBridge interface is either integrated into the feed line between the IO-Link master and the IO-Link field device (monitor mode) or acts as an IO-Link master itself (master mode). The Pepperl+Fuchs SmartBridge app makes IO-Link information delivered by the interface available on tablets and smartphones.