Omron extends NXR-Series IO-Link for industry 4.0

Omron has expanded its NXR-Series IO-Link controller and IO-Link I/O hubs, with IO-Link bi-directional controller and digital I/O capabilities to bring intelligence to manufacturing production lines. The controller and hubs use Maxim Integrated’s MAX14819A dual IO-Link controller and MAX14827A IO-Link device, with MAX14912 and MAX14915 digital output devices.

Omron’s NXR-Series allow continuous diagnostics and monitoring of the health and status of manufacturing equipment at production sites. IO-Link’s bi-directional links bring intelligence to sensors and actuators, enabling equipment to adapt to product changes on-the-fly and make decisions in real time.

Omron has added the first remote digital output IO-Link I/O hub (NXR-CD166C-IL2 module), extending the use of IO-Link beyond sensors, says Maxim Integrated.

Omron analysed unnecessary and inefficient work in production processes and developed the NXR Series which is equipped with functions to save time and lower a production line’s downtime. The company has achieved a 90 per cent reduction in set up and commissioning times by using the NXR IO-Link controller (NXR-ILM08C-EIT) and IO-Link I/O hub (NXR-[]D166C-IL2). The IO-Link controller and I/O hub products also reduce downtime by leveraging the smart diagnostics capability to gather real time operational information across the manufacturing line, adds Maxim. The devices are also built for reliability with inherent wire-break diagnostic and robust protection technologies.

IO-Link is the first standardised I/O technology worldwide (IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators. The point-to-point communication is based on the long established three-wire sensor and actuator connection using existing cables.

Maxim Integrated has a broad portfolio of high performance semiconductors, combined with tools and support, to deliver analogue solutions including efficient power, precision measurement, reliable connectivity and robust protection along with intelligent processing. Designers in application areas such as automotive, communications, consumer, data centre, healthcare, industrial and IoT are Maxim’s customer base.

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