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.
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.
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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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