IO-Link was introduced in factory automation in year 2009 as a new communication interface for small sensors and actuators. By now more than 50 companies are using IO-Link in their products and are supporting IO-Link technology. This communication technology allows integration of small devices from different vendors into any field buses or PLCs. The actual IO-Link Version is V1.1 and is being standardized in IEC 61131-9. Because of the interest of user, ODVA has formed an IO-Link Integration SIG to consider the specifications for integration of IO-Link devices into a CIP Network.
Paper and presentation from the 2012 ODVA Industry Conference & 15th Annual Meeting
Frank Moritz, SICK AG