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Boost my light: IO-Link for CT5 and PC7

Auer Signal's flagship tower lights CT5 and PC7 are now available for IO-Link control.

The new PC7MC5IO and PC7BLVIO base modules as well as CT5MC5IO and CT5KR1IO enable the implementation of our PC7 and CT5 signal towers into IO-Link communication systems. 

       
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PC7MC5IO
IO-Link base
with M12 5-pin

PC7BLVIO
IO-Link base
with terminal
CT5MC5IO
IO-Link base
with M12 5-pin

CT5KR1IO
IO-Link tube
base with terminal

 

Key benefits of Auer Signal IO-Link solutions

  • Clever engineering in combination with highest demands on quality and design
  • Most cost effective and user friendly IO-link signal tower solution on the market
  • Simplest operation for IO-Link application
  • Integration of IO-Link technology directly into the base

 

UPGRADES FOR STEADY LIGHT MODULES

With the use of the new IO-Link bases, existing steady light modules of the PC7 (PC7DC) and CT5 (CT5DC) can benefit from the full potential of modern LED technology: The functions flashing, strobe and double strobe light can be additionally reproduced with the cost-effective standard steady light modules. This solution optimizes the procurement process, increases flexibility and minimizes the costs for you signal tower despite the highest level of functionality. 

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EASIEST PARAMETERIZATION ON THE MARKET

Signaling devices are an important component in automation. For this reason, our IO-Link solution relies on the lowest possible process data with just 3 bytes for full range of functions. This low demand for process data and the particularly simple programming make it possible to maximize the potential of the surrounding automation landscape. 3-Bytes_EN

 

IO-LINK INTEGRATION DIRECTLY INTO THE BASE

The IO-Link technology is integrated directly into the base and follows with this approach the principle of value engineering: Thus, neither an additional IO-Link module is necessary, nor is there any additional effort for assembly, order processing or stock keeping. The visual appearance of the signal tower is identical to that of a conventional tower light without IO-Link control. 

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EASY CHANGE-OVER OF EXISTING SIGNAL TOWERS

Currently implemented PC7 and CT5 signal tower modules are compatible with the new IO-Link bases. A simple upgrade from conventional control to IO-Link control is easily possible. The purchase of a new signal tower is not necessary. The conventional terminal connection makes the change-over process particularly suitable for retrofits.

 

 

Configure your IO-Link signal tower

The signal tower configurators on our website let you configure your customized IO-Link signal tower according to your requirements. You will get the selected part numbers while configurating and can download the 3D-models, save the product to your bookmarks or send an inquiry directly from the configurator to our Customer Service.

 

 

What is IO-Link?

IO-Link is an automated communication system for industrial applications. The communication takes place via a standardized system (IEC 61131-9) and can therefore be used worldwide. It can also be easily integrated into existing systems. 

 

What does IO-Link stand for?

The abbreviation IO stands for Input and Output. Through this abbreviation it is made clear that IO-Link systems are bidirectional communication signals that are processed and controlled.

 

How does IO-Link work?

As the abbreviation IO indicates, IO-Link communication systems are signals that are processed and controlled. 

A central role in IO-Link communication systems play: 

  • IO-Link master
  • IO-Link sensors
  • IO-Link actuators
  • Unshielded standard cable
  • Software for parameterization

In an IO-Link network, the IO-Link master establishes the connection to all existing IO-Link devices (sensors and actuators). Each of these devices is connected to the IO-Link master via an IO-Link port. IO-Link is therefore not a fieldbus system, but works via point-to-point communication. 

The IO-Link master receives the signals, i.e. the IO-Link protocol of the IO-Link sensors and actuators, processes them and can then transmit them back to the sensors and actuators to issue commands. This bidirectional communication works via the 3-wire connection and M12, M8 or M5 connectors.

 

Advantages of IO-Link

IO-Link as a further development of conventional fieldbus systems offer a variety of advantages: 

  • The 3-wire technology enables communication over long distances, which is particularly advantageous in industrial plant engineering or in large buildings. 
  • IO-Link communication systems are fieldbus-independent and thus compatible with existing fieldbus systems.
  • Particularly simple wiring thanks to unshielded three-core cables. 
  • In an IO-Link system, all parameter data is processed decentrally on a server and read by the master. This enables simple and fast parameterization of devices. Time-consuming parameterization on the device directly is therefore not necessary. 
  • Due to the decentralized system, simple remote maintenance is possible. 

 

What do IOD and IODD stand for?

When it comes to IO-Link systems, the abbreviations IOD and IODD often come up. They stand for devices that are integrated into an IO-Link network and for their product descriptions.

IOD = IO-Device
IODD = IO Device Description

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