REO UK has developed a Profinet I/O module designed for food production machines that can be easily integrated into Industry 4.0 networks. The module returns operational metrics to a supervisory system, allowing for easy monitoring of all production processes. This results in increased operational efficiency and reduced waste by providing accurate feedback on the position of actuators.

Actuators often play essential roles in food processing applications, allowing for increased productivity and a higher degree of quality assurance. However, they are also prone to problems with positioning, caused by a range of reasons from overheating to mechanical fault.

This module provides manufacturers with additional functionality to their standard Profinet, in the form of an analogue input that feeds back the relative position of a mechanical actuator. By having a function to return operational metrics to a supervisory system, the likelihood of wastage is reduced.