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Flexible block I/O aimed at industrial Ethernet

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:industrial Ethernet? BL compact? block I/O? EtherNet/IP? Modbus TCP?

Turck has unveiled a flexible block I/O for Industrial Ethernet. According to the company, BL compact is an I/O solution for collecting various 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 analogue, digital, thermocouple, RTD, serial, RFID or a mixture of signal types in a compact, machine-mountable device over Ethernet, added the company.

Up to two signals types can be combined in any combination in BL compact, including, but not limited to, RFID and analogue and digital and serial. BL compact may be customised to suit a user's specific needs, allowing devices to be added to an existing network and signals gathered on the machine without an enclosure. This drop-in solution can be used to connect up to 16 devices, which significantly reduces the time it takes to run wires for each device back to the control cabinet and the potential for wiring errors.

BL compact is part of Turck's unified Multiprotocol product portfolio, which enables users to employ one device for two Ethernet protocols, including Ethernet/IP and�Modbus TCP. This simplifies operations by allowing multiple protocols to exist within a single device, yet only permits one Ethernet master to control the outputs while the input and diagnostic data is available to the other protocols. BL compact provides several I/O configuration options, including 16 M8 connectors for digital I/O with no splitters and an eight port M12 station for flexible operation.

BL compact is available with four, eight or 16 ports in an environmentally rugged package that is rated for IP68 and IP69K protection. M8 or M12 connectors for bus communication and auxiliary power facilitate easy installation into any application, existing or new.

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