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Turck’s Compact FEN20 IO Block Simplifies Configuration and Monitoring via IO-Link

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (April 23, 2019) - Turck introduces the FEN20-4IOL industrial Ethernet I/O module, which uses IO-Link to increase device configuration, monitoring and replacement in industrial applications.


The compact block offers four IO-Link stations. It is best for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing where space is at a premium, on robot end-effectors where limited I/O is demanded, and in automotive manufacturing and Tier 1 plants. In addition to the device functioning as an IO-Link master, each of the IO-Link (C/Q) pins can optionally be designed as digital input or output.


The FEN20-4IOL is also a Field Logic Controller (FLC). As an FLC, the module can carry out control tasks at the field level. This allows users to implement simpler applications without the need for an extra PLC. In much more specialized applications, the FLC function supplies the processing requirement for the parent control system. Configuration and programming are carried out via Turck's ARGEE web-based engineering system.


With multi-protocol plug-and-play features, the FEN20 devices are promptly ready for use in PROFINET®, Modbus® TCP or EtherNet/IP™ systems. The device detects the protocol used by paying attention to the communication traffic during the startup period. The FEN20 device measures just 55x62.5x30 mm and carries an IP20 rating, and fits in tiny control boxes, control panels or other existing housings.


The FEN20-4IOL is furnished with an incorporated EtherNet switch and a built-in web server to show diagnostic information and give access to device arrangement parameters. The web page was provided with a responsive design so that even a smartphone can be used for simple diagnostics.

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