Motors & Motion
Wago I/O system field promises dependable, cabinet-free automation
By Anthony Capkun
August 5, 2020 – Wago says its new I/O system field is designed to meet the requirements of decentralized production facilities with providing performance and connectivity. The system is IP67 rated and offers flexibility with two types of housings: cast zinc with encapsulated electronics for harsh environments, and non-encapsulated plastic housings with low mass for mobile applications (such as robots).
Both types are equipped with load management; current and voltage levels can be recorded and evaluated, and overload limits and alarms can be set for each channel. The cast zinc housing devices have I/O power ports for use with daisy-chained modules, and are Profinet-based. (Future releases will be able to support ethernet/IP and EtherCat protocols. They are designed for the TSN standard, support OPC UA and MQTT communications, and can be configured via Bluetooth.
The non-encapsulated modules are IO-Link hubs for connection to an IO-Link Master. They come in either 8 or 16 configurable DIO ports, and each channel is configurable for a 24 VDC digital I/O rated at 2A per channel.