Balluff (Florence, Ky.) has developed a Distributed Modular I/O valve manifold connector, which simplifies the process of terminating valve manifold installations. Oftentimes, these installations require terminating 25 wires, and troubleshooting multiple connections can be time-consuming and costly. Balluff says the connector utilizes an industrial network to simplify the cost and time of installation by changing those 25 terminations into a simple M12 4wire connection. The company’s manifold connectors are compatible with most major valve brands, including MAC, SMC, Festo, Parker, Bosch Rexroth, Norgren and Numatics. The control solutions are compatible with EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, DeviceNet, Profibus, and CC-Link networks. Additional features include:
- Up to 24 output positions that can be controlled per manifold.
- Up to 4 manifolds or slave devices can be controlled per master device.
- A combination of manifolds or other IO-Link devices can be hooked to each master device.
To learn more, visit www.balluff.com.