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Box converts standard switches to wireless operation

26 April, 2015

The German wireless and safety specialist steute has developed a device that allows existing mechanical switching devices, such as cam switches, to be integrated into wireless networks. The I/O-Box, which was demonstrated at the recent Hannover Fair, can collect signals from up to four devices made by any manufacturer, and combine them in a shared wireless signal.

Steute says that the box will be attractive for applications – particularly those involving moving parts – which, to date, have relied on cable connections and require costly power supplies that are susceptible to wear and tear. It could also be used in compact machines where cable ducts would be inconvenient.

The company says that the I/O-Box will simplify the construction of machines and increase their availability.

Steute's I/O-Box converts standard switches to wireless operation

The box can both transmit and receive signals and is powered either by a battery or by a 24V DC supply. One possibility with the battery-powered version is to connect to inductive sensors from a range developed by steute that operate from 3.6V supplies. The 24V version can process signals from 24V PNP sensors.

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