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IO-Link Mapping Guide for Sercos Released

Sercos International published a new guide for the standardized mapping of IO-Link devices to the Sercos automation bus. IO-Link is a low level, point-to-point communication interface technology for interconnection of binary and analog sensors and actuators. This user guide helps the automation engineer to uniformly connect and integrate sensors and actuators equipped with an IO-Link interface into a Sercos system.

An IO-Link master can be realized either as part of a modular Sercos slave I/O device or as a stand-alone Sercos III slave. The cyclic data of all inputs and outputs of IO-Link slaves are either transmitted completely within a cyclic IO container or alternatively as separate parameters. The Sercos parameter channel can be used in order to execute acyclic read/write access with regard to the addressed IO-Link slave devices.

On the joint Sercos booth at Hanover Fair (Hall 9, Booth D80), Sercos member Hilscher GmbH will present a development board with an integrated IO-Link master controller supporting 8 IO-link channels and a Sercos III slave interface. The board is based on a Hilscher netX 51 network controller and is designed for fast and cost-efficient realization of customized automation solutions.

The IO-Link mapping user guide can be accessed by registering on the Sercos specification server: https://www.Sercos.org/accredit/en/