Turck has launched the recent version of its I/Oassistant software, V3.0. “We are happy to announce that our new I/Oassistant V3.0 package is now available for download fully free of charge,” says Nick Clute, product specialist with Turck’s network and interface division.
I/Oassistant is used as a configuration tool when designing Turck’s BL20 in the panel and BL67 on the machine nodes.
I/Oassistant can verify I/O arrangements and make suggestions based on power consumption and part compatibility—all while allowing the user to create a documentation set that includes photos of the station, a list of settable parameters, dimensions of the station for mounting considerations and a complete bill of materials. I/Oassistant It will even generate the fieldbus I/O map for reference.
“I/Oassistant has been an integral part of Turck’s I/O solution for many years and it has undergone a major change,” adds Nick Clute.
“The V3.0 software package incorporates the use of FDT/DTM technology. We have chosen to use PACTware as our suggested FDT, but any FDT should work,” says Nick Clute.
Users may download the BL20 and BL67 DTMs or select the full bundle, with PACTware, DTMs and an instructional video to get started. All downloads are completely free of charge and can be used with or without Turck hardware.
I/Oassistant is also used when commissioning and troubleshooting hardware. Users can automatically import the hardware node or add each module separately.
All Turck BL gateways come equipped with a maintenance port that connects to a computer via RS232, or they may be connected using Ethernet (when equipped). When connected, the system can read inputs, write outputs, read diagnostics and read/change parameters.
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