IO-Link Sensors & Lighting

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In recent years IO-Link systems have become widespread within industrial automation. IO-Link is an open standard serial communication protocol that allows for the bi-directional exchange of data from IO-Link supported sensors that are also connected through a master.

There are many advantages to using an IO-Link system including standardized wiring, remote configuration, simple device replacement, advanced diagnostics, and increased data availability.  Because IO-Link systems are open standard, the devices can be integrated in almost any fieldbus or automation system. 

Simplified Wiring

IO-Link sensors do not require any special or complicated wiring. Rather, IO-Link sensors can be connected using cost-effective standard 3-core cables.  In addition, IO-Link also eliminates the need for analog sensors and reduces the variety of interfaces for sensors, which saves inventory costs.  

Remote Monitoring

The IO-Link master transmits data over various networks, fieldbuses, or backplane buses, making that data accessible for immediate action or long-term analysis via a controller such as a PLC or HMI. This gives users more information about their devices and enables remote monitoring of machine performance.

Reduced Costs and Increased Efficiency

Together, the capabilities afforded by IO-Link result in reduced costs, increased process efficiency, and improved machine availability. These benefits are especially significant in applications that have frequent changeovers and are heavily influenced by extended and unplanned machine downtime.


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Banner offers a variety of products that are available with IO-Link capabilities. 

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  1. Q4X Series Rugged All Purpose Photoelectric Sensor

    This photoelectric sensor solves many challenging applications and comes in a rugged IP69K rating with FDA food grade stainless steel casing.

  2. QS18 Series All Purpose Photoelectric Sensor

    All purpose photoelectric sensor with universal housing design and 18 mm threaded barrel is an ideal replacement for hundreds of other sensor styles.

  3. Fiber Optic Amplifier: DF-G1 Series

    High performance dual-display fiber amplifier, features simple set-up and configuration. Output options include NPN, PNP, or PNP with IO-Link Communication.

  4. Fiber Optic Amplifier: DF-G2 Series

    Designed to achieve the world’s fastest response rate, the DF-G2 fiber optic amplifier can achieve 10 microsecond response time with 5 microsecond repeatability. Output options include discrete, dual discrete, and IO-Link communication.

  5. Fiber Optic Amplifier: DF-G3 Series

    Developed to provide world-class long-range detection, DF-G3 fiber amplifiers are advanced sensors featuring dual digital displays for use with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies. Output options include analog, discrete, dual discrete and IO-Link communication.

  6. LTF Series Long-Range Time-of-Flight Laser Sensor

    High-performance LTF Series Sensors detect targets regardless of color, material or sheen from up to 24 meters away, straight-on or at an angle.

  7. LE Series 1 m Range Laser Displacement Sensor

    LE's measurement accuracy, ready to measure distances of 100 to 1000 mm, is suitable for controlling, sorting, and inspection tasks in quality control.

  8. Measuring Arrays: EZ-ARRAY Series

    EZ-ARRAY excels at high-speed, precise process monitoring and inspection, profiling and web-guiding applications with quick and simple installation.

  9. 50 mm Tower Lights: TL50 Series

    Banner's TL50 Tower Lights are designed to be exceptionally bright with a long, visible indication range, providing excellent operational status for workers and supervisors. Models featuring IO-Link communication are easy to integrate into most industrial networks and can be remotely controlled and monitored.