Endress+Hauser completes its IO-Link product range with the smartec CLD18 compact conductivity transmitter designed for the food industry.
IO-Link is enjoying increasing popularity, with the demand for this communication standard growing rapidly, especially in the food industry. Independent fieldbus technology for point-to-point communication is easy to use and is a cost-effective way to digitize industrial facilities.
Endress+Hauser, one of the industry's leading suppliers, offers a wide range of IO-Link products for a wide range of parameters.
Several products have recently expanded its portfolio of IO-Link-compatible instruments for measuring a wide variety of process parameters. In particular, the company introduced the Smartec CLD18 compact conductivity sensor, the IO-Link versions of the PMP51, PMP55 and PMC51 pressure transmitters, and the Deltapilot FMB50 level transmitter.
The new Smartec CLD18 conductivity transmitter has been designed to meet the strictest requirements of food manufacturers. It is ideally suited for cleaning-in-place (CIP) and phase separation applications. Its unique and hygienic design (certified by 3-A and EHEDG) prevents contamination. Its compactness also allows it to be easily installed on the process equipment to be controlled. Its installation is all the easier as the Smartec CLD18 has IO-Link communication capabilities that simplify and accelerate its configuration and integration into the plant's existing infrastructure.
IO-Link is considered an established standard for measuring devices with basic functionalities, offering benefits such as data transparency and additional control through digital technology. The integration of IO-Link-compatible sensors and actuators is particularly appreciated by suppliers of machinery or skids for the food industry. Devices with basic functionality are particularly well suited.
An extensive offer for the beverage and food industry
Endress+Hauser is one of the world's leading suppliers of process instrumentation for the beverage and food industry. "No other manufacturer offers such a wide and deep range of products and services. Our comprehensive IO-Link portfolio clearly illustrates this position. As a strong partner for process automation, we support our customers with IO-Link sensors in many application areas," says Rob Sips, Head of Strategic Accounts for the Group's international business.
Analog signals and digital communication
The majority of IO-Link sensors can be operated in analog mode (4-20mA) by simply changing the instrument configuration, which helps maintain workflows. If additional information such as diagnostic and service data is needed, in addition to the actual process parameters, an installed IO-Link compatible instrument can be simply switched to a digital signal.
A simple path to Industry 4.0
"Although IO-Link is not the most powerful communication standard for process engineering, the technology is cost-effective and has enormous potential for the digitization of processing facilities," explains Oliver Hansert of Endress+Hauser Digital Solutions.
Endress+Hauser instruments with IO-Link interfaces support the acyclic transmission of useful metadata to ensure stable and efficient production. In addition, the smart sensor profile is designed for simple engineering, which reduces the effort required by plant operators to integrate the sensors into their systems.
New additions to the IO-Link portfolio
Endress+Hauser offers a complete range of IO-Link compatible instruments for all relevant process parameters. The company recently introduced the IO-Link versions of the PMP51, PMP55 and PMC51 pressure transmitters, the Deltapilot FMB50 level transmitter and the Smartec CLD18 compact conductivity sensor. According to the company, with these new additions to the IO-Link portfolio, customers can profitably exploit the benefits of digitization.
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