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New I/O System Field provides dependable, cabinet-free automation

Don Horne   

WAGO introduces their new I/O System Field designed to meet the requirements of modern decentralized production facilities providing maximum performance and high level connectivity.

This system is IP67 rated and offers superior flexibility with two types of housings:

  • Cast zinc housings with encapsulated electronics for harsh environments
  • Non-encapsulated plastic housings with low mass for mobile applications such as robots

Both types of modules are equipped with innovative load management.  Current and voltage levels can be recorded and evaluated, and overload limits and alarms can be set for each channel providing system reliability.

The cast zinc housing devices have input and output power ports for use with daisy chained modules and are Profinet based. Future releases will be able to support EtherNet/IP and EtherCat protocols. These modules are also designed for the time-sensitive networking (TSN) standard, support OPC UA and MQTT communications and can be configured via smart device app using Bluetooth technology.

The non-encapsulated lightweight modules are IO-Link hubs for versatile connection to an IO-Link Master.  These hubs come in either 8 or 16 configurable DIO ports and each channel is configurable for a 24 VDC digital input or output rated at 2 amps per channel.


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