IO-Link integration for a commercial sensor product

IO-Link is the new IEC 61131-9 communication standard for connecting automation systems with smart sensors and actuators. It enables device configuration over the product life cycle and adds powerful failure detection and diagnostic methods.


Missing Link Electronics has developed an IO-Link device stack, optimized for portability to a variety of microcontroller architectures. This IO-Link device stack has been extensively tested for IO-Link standard compliance v1.1 with protocol, physical interface and EMC test routines.


Missing Link Electronics is our technology partner for IO-Link. Relying on their expert know-how in both the IO-Link software stack and microcontroller integration matters, we ended up with a new smart sensor that went into production in March 2013, says Thomas Schorpp, project manager at ifm electronic GmbH.


Since the foundation of the company in 1969 ifm has shaped industrial automation by continuous new developments in the field of sensors, controllers and systems. ifm is meanwhile one of the world's leading manufacturers in the automation industry.acturers in the automation industry.