Naperlou, it looks like IO-Link is independent the actual network protocol, so could run on any modern fieldbus or Ethernet system. It could run on an EtherCAT or Eithernet/IP network and do its wireless portion via plain old Wi/Fi.
Lauren, the wireless sensor module is very interesting. I guess I could look it up, but I wonder what protocol(s) it uses. Actually, the ability to set up wireless sensor networks is a great cost saving approach. When I was first introduced to it I had one of my electrical contractors with me. We were being briefed at a manufacturer's plant. When the presentor talked about eliminating wiring (and rewiring) the contractor said "Not so fast, there". It is their worst nightmare.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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