KB007 How can the sensors be connected to PLC systems?

The sensors offer different connection possibilities with the PLC systems available on the market.

Some of these possibilities are listed below:

  • RS-422 interface: Sensor commands (ASCII-based) are exchanged between PLC and sensor via RS-422 interface (see AN2010, example with RS-422 interface and Siemens S7).
  • External PROFIBUS interface: DIMS protocol converter (Dimetix Art.No. 500214) for sensor connection to an existing PROFIBUS interface (see AN2005, example with DIMS PROFIBUS and Siemens S7).
  • Industrial Ethernet interfaces: Newer sensor types have optionally integrated PROFINET, EtherNet/IP or EtherCAT interfaces (see Dimetix website for details).

Other standard integrated sensor interfaces can of course also be used for a connection to a PLC system. More information about the available interfaces of the Dimetix Sensors can be found on the Dimetix website.