New generation of IO-Link-enabled smart sensors

IO-Link inductive sensors with Smart Sensor Profile are easier to integrate into existing systems and can enhance maintenance strategies

Contrinex announces a new generation of cloud-ready sensors that takes standardization to the next level. Thanks to their Smart Sensor Profile (SSP), data from these new inductive IO-Link sensors has a highly uniform structure for greater ease of integration into existing systems. In addition, they provide a range of pre-defined functions to enhance customers’ preventive or predictive maintenance strategies.

Designed according to IO-Link Smart Sensor Profile (SSP) 3.3 , Contrinex’s new inductive sensors meet the industry standard for uniformity of data. As digital measuring sensors with a disable function, their performance is equivalent to a conventional analog output sensor, but with a digital data output. Devices have a standard 24-bit process data input (PDI) and 8-bit output (PDO). For example, distance, switching counter and temperature measurements can be assigned 16-bit values while the output switching signal, switching signal and configurable alarms can have 8-bit values.

Users can define many aspects of the sensor’s IO-Link configuration for themselves, including distance, counter and temperature. They can also select from a range of switch-point modes (Deactivated, Single Point, Windows Mode, Two-Point Mode) and pre-defined preventive maintenance functions (operating hours over sensor lifetime/since last power-up, switching counter over sensor lifetime/since last power-up, sensor autodiagnostic alarm).

The new generation will roll out first across standard inductive types in both cylindrical (M8 to M30) and cubic housings (C8 and C44).