Fit for the Future with IP67 I/O and OPC UA

SPONSORED BY: WAGO


The WAGO I/O System Field stands for expandable connectivity and platform-independent data exchange. It’s equipped with an OPC UA server, allowing OPC UA clients to use standardized methods to access the widest range of device info (e.g., parameter data, status information, measured values, statistics, identification and diagnostic data), as well as containers, depending on user rights.

A hallmark of the WAGO’s IP67 system is its flexibility when used with the OPC UA server, independent of the controller. The WAGO I/O System Field also provides interference-free operation independent of the machine’s control configuration. The system guarantees sustainability, flexibility and expandability, making it a solid long-term investment.
Modern, decentralized production facilities require automation solutions that ensure the highest level of connectivity while providing maximum performance outside the control cabinet. WAGO developed its I/O System Field with IP67 protection to meet these needs today and tomorrow by being upgradable.

“I/O System Field combines speed with Ethernet-based fieldbuses, technologies such as OPC UA or Webserver and, in the future, MQTT as a communication protocol, for cloud connectivity,” says WAGO automation expert Ludwig Adelmann.

Additionally, the system is ready for TSN, the key technology for end-to-end, flexible, powerful and secure networking.

The I/O System Field supports all major Ethernet, fieldbus and Industrial IoT standards. For superior flexibility, the IP67 system is available in a host of configurations for perfectly adapting to a particular application and machine. Regardless of variant, all have fully encapsulated metal housings for harsh environments, plus lightweight, non-molded plastic housings with low mass for mobile applications. The system includes slim housing variants and lateral mounting options, providing more space and additional protection options.

In combination with IO-Link, the new system fully demonstrates its strengths as a flexible “IO distributor” for both data collection and distribution. The prominent communication standard enables seamless data flow from the sensor level to the control level.

“This considerably simplifies configuration and cabling. Furthermore, completely new possibilities arise for diagnostics, parameterization and device identification,” explains WAGO automation expert Helmut Börjes.