The IO Link system was built with automation in mind. It has a simple master-slave structure, hubs that can be used to share signals with the master and either actuators (outputs) or sensors (inputs) can be plugged in through a handful of standard plug configurations. Sensors and actuators can be configurable to report information that can be used for diagnostics and/or analysis for preventative maintenance programs. Products can be reconfigured on the fly. Performance parameters can also be stored in the IO Link Master so that a replacement sensor can be readily configured after replacement. The BEI Sensors brand supports Industry 4.0 objectives and the 24 volt standard. It also uses the highest allowed communication speed (COM3) under IO Link protocol with a baud rate of up to 230.4kbaud.

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