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Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems An open-access peer-reviewed journal
J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 7, 131-142, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/jsss-7-131-2018
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Regular research article
06 Mar 2018
IO-Link Wireless enhanced factory automation communication for Industry 4.0 applications
Ralf Heynicke1, Dmytro Krush1, Christoph Cammin1, Gerd Scholl1, Bernd Kaercher2, Jochen Ritter2, Pascal Gaggero3, and Markus Rentschler4 1Helmut-Schmidt-University, University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg, Germany
2Festo AG & Co. KG, CRC-MC, Mechatronic Components Research, Ruiter Str. 82, 73734 Esslingen, Germany
3Balluff AG, Innovation Management, Keltenstr. 49, 2564 Bellmund, Switzerland
4Balluff GmbH, Business Unit Networking, Schurwaldstr. 9, 73765 Neuhausen a.d.F., Germany
Abstract. In the context of the Industry 4.0 initiative, Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) or Cyber Manufacturing Systems (CMS) can be characterized as advanced networked mechatronic production systems gaining their added value by interaction with the ambient Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In this context appropriate communication technologies and standards play a vital role to realize the manifold potential improvements in the production process. One of these standards is IO-Link. In 2016 more than 5 million IO-Link nodes have been produced and delivered, still gaining increasing acceptance for the communication between sensors, actuators and the control level. The steadily increasing demand for more flexibility in automation solutions can be fulfilled using wireless technologies. With the wireless extension for the IO-Link standard, which will be presented in this article, maximum cycle times of 5 ms can be achieved with a probability that this limit will be exceeded to be at maximum one part per billion. Also roaming capabilities, wireless coexistence mechanisms and the possibility to include battery-powered or energy-harvesting sensors with very limited energy resources in the realtime network were defined. For system planning, setup, operation and maintenance, the standard engineering tools of IO-Link can be employed so that the backward compatibility with wired IO-Link solutions can be guaranteed. Interoperability between manufacturers is a key requirement for any communication standard, thus a procedure for IO-Link Wireless testing is also suggested.
Citation: Heynicke, R., Krush, D., Cammin, C., Scholl, G., Kaercher, B., Ritter, J., Gaggero, P., and Rentschler, M.: IO-Link Wireless enhanced factory automation communication for Industry 4.0 applications, J. Sens. Sens. Syst., 7, 131-142, https://doi.org/10.5194/jsss-7-131-2018, 2018.

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In the context of the Industry 4.0 initiative, Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) or Cyber Manufacturing Systems (CMS) can be characterized as advanced networked mechatronic production systems gaining their added value by interaction with the ambient Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In this context IO-Link is one of the actual communication standards. This article presents IO-Link Wireless as the wireless extension to IO-Link.
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