Out-door Capable IO-LINK Control Box from RAFI Simplifies Integration, Customization
December 6, 2021
RAFI has developed an outdoor-capable E-BOX control unit for the IO-Link interface. Using standardized M12 plugs, users can easily integrate the E-BOX control unit into new or existing IO-Link systems. The E-BOX IO-LINK makes it possible to integrate switches and key switches for simple control tasks in any field bus. Easily connected and individually parameterized, the IP65-rated control unit offers a wide range of possibilities that equip users for current and future challenges.
The IO-Link device identification prevents errors because incorrectly installed devices are reported to the control unit. The IO-Link Master automatically transfers saved parameters to replacement devices. Thanks to integrated tactile switches from the MICON 5 series, the illuminated pushbuttons of the E-BOX provide excellent tactile feedback. They be customized via IO-Link with a large range of functions to suit the application. Included among the options are night mode with various brightness levels, the flexible choice of white, red, green, blue, and yellow illumination, or three RGB colors that can be selected by the customer. Furthermore, the buttons can be configured with four different flashing modes for different application cases.
RAFI supplies the E-BOX IO-LINK equipped ready for commissioning with one or two switching or indicator elements from the RAFIX 22 FS+ series. For individual marking of the control components, printed or unprinted FLEXLAB labelling sheets are available. With their compact dimensions of 123.2 mm x 40 mm x 35.6 mm, the control units are ideal for assembly on 40 mm profile rails on production lines or safety fences. The accessories include a fixing clip that can be attached to profile rail grooves and other mounting surfaces. The E-BOX simply snaps onto the clip.
The E-BOX IO-LINK is commonly used in measurement-control-regulation, mechanical and system engineering, construction machinery, industrial robots and other heavy-duty applications.