After a complex design and product development phase, Comtrol has officially released the IO-Link Master 4-EIP! It is easily integrated into a system network, and is compatible with existing and new industrial Ethernet installations. Designed for harsh environments and supporting a wide operating temperature from 0° to 55°C, its machine-mount design uses industrial grade components.
- Connecting IO-Link sensors and actuators to the factory network while effectively shielding PLC programmers from IO-Link complexities. This connection results in simplified EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP interfaces, which decrease system development time and installation efforts.
- Providing EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP access to IO-Link sensor process, event and service data, and features a rugged IP67 slim-line design incorporating two Fast Ethernet ports and four IO-Link ports with M12 connectors.
- Utilizes IODD auto-recognition – which uses stored IODD files for automatic discovery and default configuration of known sensors, and simultaneous communication between both EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP based controllers to IO-Link devices, sets the IO-Link Master 4-EIP apart to provide a complete IO-Link gateway solution for EtherNet/IP networks.
Comtrol has also been chosen as North America’s IO-Link Competency Center. With increased developments in IO-Link technology, the need for Competency Centers has grown from locations in Germany and the Czech Republic to the USA. Competency Centers are “labs” where technical expertise and support are available and offered to IO-Link manufacturers and vendors.
Offical press release to follow!