I/O modules should be high density, easy to wire and configure, and reliable: Opto 22

Opto 22 says density, ease of wiring, reliability, and auto-recognition setup software are must-have I/O module features.

02/03/2010


Get I/O Module product research and advice from Control Engineering subscribers .

 
Opto 22 Snap Tex jacketed, pre-wired cables connect modules to field devices, terminal strips, and breakout boards.
Opto 22 Snap Tex jacketed, pre-wired cables connect modules to field devices, terminal strips, and breakout boards.

Opto 22 Snap Terminal Extenders

Opto 22's Snap Terminal Extenders are 6-ft long cables that provide neat, bundled connections from analog and digital I/O module terminals to custom breakout boards. Snap Terminal Extenders snap neatly into the top of Snap I/O modules and terminate with flying leads (pre-stripped and ready for wiring) at breakout boards that facilitate connection to field I/O. By providing snap-in, easy to trace wiring from the module to the device, Snap-TEX cables reduce wiring mistakes, eliminate incidences of loose connections at the top of the module, while also speeding and simplifying initial wiring and subsequent maintenance and replacement. www.opto22.com

 

I/O modules should provide greater density, be easy to wire and configure and deliver high reliability, explains Tom Edwards, senior technical advisor, Opto 22.

Edward says that those buying and specifying I/O modules should consider these topics carefully:

- Density : Ideally customers are looking for greater density to aid them in reducing the required panel space, as well as the per I/O point cost of their industrial automation and control applications.

- Ease of wiring : Wiring, installing, and assembling I/O systems is often expensive and time-consuming. Installers must be careful to avoid mixing terminations, particularly in cases where several hundred devices terminate in a single cabinet. Customers are grateful for any solution that helps them address these issues and reduce the time, expense, and complexity associated with wiring their I/O modules to field instrumentation and devices. Such a solution would include Opto 22's Snap TEX cables, six foot long, jacketed, pre-wired cables that provide neat, bundled connections from modules to field devices, terminal strips, and breakout boards. (See explanation, right.) By providing snap-in, easy-to-trace wiring from the module to the device, these cables reduce wiring mistakes, protect terminal connections from dust and jarring, and also speed and simplify both initial wiring and subsequent maintenance and replacement.

- Ease of module configuration : Customers are always pleased with any type of helping hand they can get in configuring their modules. Having auto-recognition and auto-configuration features in the software they're using can save tons of time and make the often tedious but always necessary first step of module configuration a lot easier.

- Reliability : It goes without saying that customers want durable, guaranteed for life I/O modules.

Also see: Snap-PAC-R1-W Wired+Wireless Programmable Automation Controller .

- Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering , www.controleng.com.





The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
A new approach to the Skills Gap; Community colleges may hold the key for manufacturing; 2017 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Doubling down on digital manufacturing; Data driving predictive maintenance; Electric motors and generators; Rewarding operational improvement
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Power system design for high-performance buildings; mitigating arc flash hazards
Research team developing Tesla coil designs; Implementing wireless process sensing
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me