The degree of automation in production plants in the food, dairy and beverage industry is constantly increasing, driving to higher demand for intelligent field devices. However, it also leads to a multitude of interfaces with different mechanical and electrical characteristics. To address this challenge, GEA developed the T.VIS actuators and equipped it with IO-Link technology.
In addition to the 24V, AS-I and DeviceNet communication types already available in the T.VIS range, the IO-Link technology will enable GEA valves to make the step into the Industrial 4.0 world. IO-Link provides users with a solution that simplifies installation, and offers extended diagnostic and parameterisation capabilities.
The sale of this solution will commence this July.
The T.VIS actuator range for GEA valves offers efficiency benefits in the design and operation of food, dairy and beverage production and processing plants. Real-time diagnosis of data and direct access to sensor parameters, especially during valve setup and maintenance, improve the handling and operability of the valve unit. Problems can be anticipated before they escalate. The technology also enables greater plant effectiveness, identification of performance trends, and reduction of downtime.
With the T.VIS control head with IO-Link technology, GEA presents the further development of the previous connection technology for sensors, actuators, and thus also for control heads of the latest generation. IO-Link communicates with sensors and also actuators down to the field level. The point-to-point communication is based on the three-wire sensor and actuator connection without additional requirements on the cable material.
An IO-Link system consists of an IO-Link master, and one or more IO-Link devices. The IO-Link master represents the interface to a higher-level control level (PLC), and controls the entire communication with the connected IO-Link devices.