IIoT connectivity enhanced

Louise Smyth

Belden has expanded the Lumberg Automation LioN-Power product family to help industrial manufacturers address exploding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity needs through simplified device automation. The updates and additions bring added flexibility through universal digital I/O modules, as well as holistic solutions through new IO-Link system devices.

“Manufacturers need economical, straightforward ways to connect legacy systems and build new networks. And they need the flexibility to manage a wide range of complex in-field automation and control tasks,” said Paul Just, product manager of I/O systems at Belden. “The updates to the LioN-Power family offer maximum versatility and cost-effectiveness. In addition to leveraging standardised protocols, the products feature user-friendly integration and configuration tools that eliminate the need for specialised programming skills.”

The upgraded LioN-Power Multi-protocol I/O Modules take fieldbus-independent automation capabilities to the next level. The addition of 16 universal digital input/output (16DIO) channels, paired with cross-protocol functionality spanning profinet, ethernet/IP and etherCAT, make them the most versatile I/O modules on the market. Unique 'Flex-Bit Technology' also makes connecting legacy machines with different bitmaps incredibly simple.

All LioN-Power System components are designed to operate in the harsh and confined environments typical of robotics; machine and material handling; automotive and food/beverage manufacturing; transportation; and other industrial sectors.