MOTION CONTROL:TURCK’s BL Compact system is a revolutionary modular I/O solution for collecting a variety of signals in a single, rugged node on a network. Rather than routing all signals through a control cabinet, this device makes it possible to obtain analog, digital, thermocouple, RTD, serial, RFID or a mixture of signal types in a compact, on-the-machine device over DeviceNetTM, CANopen and PROFIBUS-DP®.
Up to two signal types can be combined in any combination in the BL Compactsystem, including RFID and analog, digital and serial - and more. The BL Compact system may be customized to suit a user’s specific needs, so that devices may be added to an existing network and signals may be gathered on the machine without an enclosure. This drop-in solution can be used to connect up to 16 devices - drastically reducing the time it takes to run wires for each device back to the control cabinet and the potential for wiring errors.
The BL Compactsystem is currently available with four, eight or 16 ports in an environmentally hardened package that is rated for IP 67 and 69k protection. M8 or M12 connectors for bus communication and auxiliary power facilitate easy installation into any application, existing or new.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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