Turck is your global partner for factory, process and logistics automation in numerous industries. With our digitally networkable solutions for efficient automation systems, we are one of the pioneers of Industry 4.0 and IIoT. As a specialist in smart sensor technology and decentralized automation, we bring intelligence to machines and ensure reliable detection, transmission and processing of relevant production data from sensor to cloud not only with robust I/O solutions in IP67, but also with user-friendly software and services.
Automation solutions from Turck increase the availability and efficiency of machines and plants in numerous industries and applications, from the food, pharmaceutical or chemical industry to the automotive industry and mobile machinery to intralogistics and packaging. Industry-specific application knowledge gained from an intensive exchange with customers, combined with electronics development and production at the highest level, provides optimal solutions for customers automation tasks.
Inductive sensors detect metallic objects without making physical contact. The wear-free operating principle ensures maximum operational safety and guarantees that the resistant initiators have a long useful lifetime.
Thanks to their extraordinary coil concept, uprox sensors from Turck also offer the largest switching distance, Factor 1 for all metals and unique installation freedoms. Proximity switches can be flexibly installed.
The complete range of inductive sensors includes, among other things, the following product series:
Photoelectric sensors are used in numerous industries such as material transport, packaging, food and beverage or pharmaceutical industries. Even in the high ranges, they detect almost all materials with no physical contact and do so with particularly fast response times. Thus, the sensors are ideal for applications with large numbers and frequencies.
Turck has one of the world's largest ranges of photoelectric sensors – whether in a compact miniature form, with a high range or especially resistant for use in extreme environments.
Whether in the plastics, chemicals or packaging industry – capacitive sensors reliably detect all solids, bulk goods, liquids, metals and non-metals. As they are non-contact, reaction-free and work through container walls, there is no wear. Only limit level sensors from the NCLS product series, which can also be used in the food industry thanks to the hygienic design, come into direct contact with media.
The potential uses of sensors are as diverse as the available designs (threaded barrel, smooth barrel or rectangular). The limit level measurement of liquids is an important application area in addition to object detection and many other applications.
Magnetic field sensors are used, in particular, for the contactless detection of the piston position in pneumatic cylinders. We also offer application-specific sensor types for use in welding or Ex-areas as well as for analog position measuring.
Magnetically actuated proximity sensors in cylindrical form enable large detection ranges of up to 90 mm such as for pig detection in pipelines. Thanks to maximum EMC immunity and protection class IP67, the sensors support high system availability.
By their nature, many media and objects make detection and distance measurement by sensors more difficult. However, metals or non-metals, transparent, liquid or powdery surfaces are usually well suited to be reliably detected by ultrasonic sensors.
To ensure ideal adaptation to the respective application, there are many variants of Turck ultrasonic sensor that feature temperature compensation, interference suppression for external noises and other options.
Radar sensors are ideal solutions outdoors, because wind, rain or fog cannot harm them. Regardless of external influences, the sensors can prevent port machine or forklift collisions, for example.
With the help of the FMCW technology (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) radar sensors such as the QT50R, Q120R or Q240R reliably detect moving and static objects.
Position measurement tasks can be solved with a number of Turck sensors tailored to the requirements of each application. The portfolio comprises, on the one hand, inductive linear position sensors with a wear-free measuring principle. Furthermore, various draw-wire sensors and magnetostrictive linear position sensors are available for position detection in hydraulic cylinders and linear position sensors for the tracking of floats for level measurement.
Dynamic and highly precise: Inductive, magnetic, magnetostrictive or draw-wire can transmit path information of up to 40 meters measuring length to the higher-level control. High sampling rates and precise measurement signals are necessary for demanding motion control.
Encoders are used for any application where rotation speed, sense, position, angle and length are monitored. The Turck range comprises contactless and conventional encoders in various designs, graduated in a range of sizes from 24 up to 102 mm diameter, as versions for incremental or absolute position detection, as hollow or solid shaft variants. Vibration resistance and robustness without compromise are prerequisites for reliable operation of the devices, even in demanding environments.
Innovative technology: Contactless encoders QR24 and QR20 are based on the inductive measuring principle. Users benefit from the wear-free design and interference immunity.
Whether on presses, cooling circuits or storage tanks – pressure that needs to be monitored and measured can be found everywhere. With an extensive range of pressure sensors, Turck offers tailor-made solutions for industrial applications and mobile equipment.
There is also a huge range of different sensor types, process connections and output signals available to users. The sensors are robust even under extreme conditions to ensure long-lasting, reliable operation. With smart IO-Link functions, the PS510 and PS310 series also support the requirements of Industry 4.0.
Turck's product portfolio provides users with flexibility for temperature measurement: Temperature sensors from the TS product series enable quick commissioning and offer a high level of convenience during operation. The TTM/TTMS product series includes a number of compact sensors – with integrated probe or with M12 connector for separate probes. T-Gage infrared sensors measure temperatures from 0 to 300 °C without making physical contact, which can prove to be a distinct cost advantage.
The range is supplemented by quick temperature measuring amplifiers (IMX12, IM34), including particularly narrow interface devices – for more space in a switch cabinet with peak performance at the same time.
Flow rate measurement
In addition to reproducibility, flow-rate measurement demands a defined degree of accuracy. The flow meters continuously and accurately measure a defined volume of a fluid per unit of time and are suitable for applications where qualitatively consistent process results and a steady supply of fluids is essential. We offer flow meters with calorimetric, magnetic-inductive and Vortex measurement principle for various areas of application.
Users can utilize the respective advantages of different measuring principles for limit level detection or continuous level measurement. This depends on factors such as whether granular media or liquids where foam forms on the surface are used. Similarly, special solutions are required for mounting in confined spaces, in areas with explosion protection and in particularly deep containers.
Turck offers a comprehensive portfolio featuring sensors for various media and environments and both medium-contacting and contactless detection. These include capacitive and magnetostrictive sensors, fiber optic, ultrasonic and radar sensors, and devices with a guided microwave.
Condition monitoring sensors are specially designed to record environmental and system variables that allow conclusions to be drawn about the condition of a machine or system. With the help of this information, critical conditions or anomalies can be detected early in order to plan maintenance in advance and increase system availability.
Turck offers condition monitoring sensors for the detection of vibration, temperature and humidity. IO-Link interfaces facilitate system integration and information transfer. Modbus wireless interfaces enable connection to wireless systems, which simplifies retrofitting of the condition monitoring sensors as well as our mounting accessories.
The compact or modular RFID systems from Turck can use proven HF technology and long-range UHF technology in parallel in one identification solution. The Turck RFID system offers data carriers, read/write devices, connectivity solutions and the corresponding interfaces, which can be flexibly combined depending on requirements. Interfaces are available for OPC UA, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, TCP/IP, PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet, CANopen and EtherCAT.
The rugged tags (data carriers) with high protection class are insensitive to dirt and liquids and are available with a max. memory size of 8 kB.
They are passively powered via the read/write head and are maintenance free.
Tags for high temperatures and direct mounting on metal allow flexible use under extreme conditions. Tags for use in hazardous areas and autoclavs complete the product portfolio.
Das Feldbusprogramm umfasst I/O-Module und I/O-Systeme für Anwendungen im Ex- und Nicht-Ex-Bereich. Die Module und Systeme sind sowohl in Schutzart IP67 für die Feldmontage als auch in Schutzart IP20 für die Schaltschrankmontage verfügbar. Bei den Feldbussen besteht die Auswahl zwischen PROFIBUS-DP, PROFIBUS-PA, FOUNDATION fieldbus, DeviceNet, CANopen und Modbus RTU/ASCII sowie den Ethernet-Protokollen PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP und EtherCAT.
Modular fieldbus I/O systems map the signal requirements of each application precisely and highly efficiently thanks to the individual composition of the electronic modules. They offer the advantages of a high level of intelligence, individualization and flexibility. In addition, modular systems shorten planning and commissioning times in project work and allow parallel connection to OT and IT networks.
The Turck BL20 I/O system is optimized for use in the control cabinet. BL67 is the equivalent of decentralized automation directly in the field. The highly available I/O system excom is designed and certified to meet the highest requirements in terms of availability and explosion protection in process automation, especially in the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil or gas industries.
The strength of block I/O modules lies in their simple, distributed wiring. Thanks to Turck's multiprotocol standard, Turck's modules effectively reduce the number of device variants needing to be reserved: International machine and plant manufacturers use these modules in networks with PROFINET, Ethernet/IP or Modbus-TCP control, without modifying them. Their multilingual functionality not only reduces storage costs but also supports the digitization of your production: While the modules are communicating with the controller via PROFINET or Ethernet/IP, status data for preventive maintenance can be accessed via Modbus TCP.
The FOUNDATION fieldbus and PROFIBUS-PA fieldbus systems enable data communication directly between the field device and the control system in process automation settings. Their advantages compared to point-to-point technology are the flexible topology as well as genuine, highly accurate and reliable measured values.
Bidirectional communication with field devices also enables the exchange of diagnostic data for predictive maintenance or for communication with multivariable devices. Another advantage of PA fieldbuses is the interoperability of field devices from different manufacturers both with each other and with external host systems. Turck products can therefore be combined with devices from other manufacturers without any problems. Turck offers a complete range of solutions for both systems from a single source - including customized solutions.
Safety light curtains protect personnel from injury and machines from damage by creating a sensing screen that guards machine access points and perimeters.
We offer intuitive, easy-to-use safety light curtains for a wide variety of safety applications. Type 4 safety light curtains protect personnel from injury and machines from damage by guarding points of operation, access, areas and perimeters.
Industrial HMI touch screens from Turck represent a contemporary and robust solution for your visualization and control tasks. HMI and PLC versions are available in addition to simple HMI models. The all-in-one devices reduce costs, complexity and space requirements compared to the use of a PLC with a separate HMI. Various screen sizes, processors and extension modules are available, including versions with conventional I/Os or a connection to a mobile network. Turck also offers configurations for use in Ex areas, outdoors, in the food and beverage industry and with all-round IP67 protection. Most models have an integrated Ethernet switch that is compatible with Ethernet multi-protocol technology and IIoT, with OPC-UA and MQTT communication, and that has serial interfaces and an SD card slot for maximum flexibility.
EDGE gateways either with cable-bound or wireless connection with WLAN or mobile radio offer you a flexible connection from anywhere, independent of existing Internet connections.
In the wireless I/O version, sensor and actuator signals are exchanged bidirectionally between the participating communication levels. Wireless Serial allows RS485-based bus telegrams to be transmitted. In both cases, the devices are used in lieu of cables. Matching accessories such as antennas, cables, add-on modules, etc. complete the portfolio.
Data radios from the DX80DR series transmit serial data such as Modbus RTU telegrams. They form a self-organizing tree topology, which is extended via repeaters. Sensors and actuators can also be directly connected to the device, whose signal can then be processed via a register access.
On the other hand, smart cameras, like the VE series, are equipped with high-resolution optics and an almost complete image processing set and are intended for more complex inspection tasks.
These are cost-effective systems that are easy to implement. From a simple feature verification to complex inspection tasks, image sensors and smart cameras offer a user-friendly solution.
Most sensors and actuators today are already equipped with microprocessors, which can be used for parameterization, storing configuration data, and controlling indication. The obvious next step is to overcome the bottleneck of the binary standard interface and make additional functions centrally accessible for the automation system.
For this reason a lot of well-known manufacturers from the field of automation have come together and developed a fieldbus independent communication interface for sensors and actuators: IO-Link. Compatibility with existing technologies was the primary objective during development in order to guarantee investment protection.
IO-Link is based on a point-to-point connection between the sensor/actuator and an interface module. Up to now, the binary connection was only designed for transferring switching information, but IO-Link now allows two bytes to be transferred normally in a 2 ms cycle via a combined switching status and data channel. Other information can be exchanged in addition to the process values, such as parameters or diagnostics messages. This enables communication with sensors and actuators down to the last meter to be established for universal communication.
Turck Pick-to-Light solutions provide operators with a visual indication of the required part in an assembly sequence. Actions (correct or false) are indicated by means of lights and optional audible signals. Completed operations can either be automatically or manually acknowledged.
All components in Turck Pick-to-Light systems are perfectly matched ensuring quick and reliable installation and maintenance.
The Profinet protocol is based on Industrial Ethernet and is a communication standard for factory automation. It describes the entire data exchange between so-called slaves such as Turck's multiprotocol I/O modules and a controller, the Profinet master. In this function Profinet is considered the successor to the Profibus fieldbus protocol.
Profinet was optimized in the area of cyclical data exchange and offers several new functions and extensions compared to conventional fieldbuses, particularly in relation to parameterization and diagnostics. Profinet offers users flexibility in the design of their network structures and enables them to transfer both process data in real-time (RT) as well as additional IT data via a single cable.
The system overview provides an initial impression of the network architecture and the different I/O and network components. Connections can be implemented via linear, star and tree structures, or also via a redundant ring topology (MRP).
Turck offers a complete line of industrial Ethernet products, including on-machine, in-cabinet, block, and modular I/O. The multiprotocol technology by Turck is an innovative new approach to Ethernet distributed I/O; multiprotocol I/O devices automatically self-configure to the active fieldbus protocol on each power-up. Supported protocols include Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET.
Industrial Ethernet benefits users by utilizing tools and techniques familiar to traditional office communication systems, and extending them to industrial applications. This facilitates data transfer across the entire plant floor - as well as plant-to-plant and globally - via secure network connections.
With Industrial Ethernet remote maintenance can be established easily. Like this on-site service can be reduces to a minimum, what is good for you and your customer.
Multiprotocol products are simple and intuitive, allowing easy transition between multiple common industrial Ethernet protocols without the need to physically switch parts. An advanced webserver integrated in all Turck multiprotocol devices facilitates simple device configuration and troubleshooting via web-browser. Furthermore, an impressive array of advanced features for each supported protocol has been incorporated into the devices to meet many unique application requirements.
Turcks multiprotocol technology makes moving from one industrial Ethernet protocol to another plug-in simple. Turcks multiprotocol products offer a seamless transition to industrial Ethernet, whichever industrial Ethernet protocol that may be.
The term "Industry 4.0" describes the fourth industrial revolution. In practice it is more of an evolution than a revolution. Business and value creation processes are becoming ever more closely linked and increasingly automated. Industry 4.0 resolves the dichotomy between customized products and mass production. For this to happen, commercial, logistics, and production processes have to be closely interlinked.
Although Industry 4.0 is often portrayed as a blueprint for factories of the future, intelligent applications which allow for customizable, highly flexible production have long since been a reality.
Turck will support you on the path to Industry 4.0 with innovative solutions to acquire, condition and transfer relevant production data.
Whether RFID, IO-link, OPC-UA or Ethernet as a specialist in the key technologies of industry 4.0 Turck paves the way to the intelligent future factory for you.
With the RFID system BL ident Turck has implemented solutions for flexible control of production processes, but also for the spare parts/service business, piracy protection or serialization. Together with the IP67 I/O PLC modules from Turck you have available robust solutions with distributed intelligence for data processing or for control tasks.
Turck offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of IO-Link solutions - ranging from numerous sensors and connection technology to fieldbus and Ethernet I/O systems with IO-Link masters in the protection classes IP20 and I67. How to benefit from intelligent data acquisition and communication solutions from a single source.
Ethernet is the standard for communication, not only in the IT world, but also in the industrial environment. Turck offers especially user-friendly solutions such as the multiprotocol technology that supports the automatic use of I/O systems in the Ethernet protocols PROFINET, Modbus TCP or EtherNet/IP.
OPC-UA is the world's next standard for integrative communication across all levels of the automation pyramid. In close cooperation with science and industry, Turck participated in the development of the standard and has already implemented it in the first products
Demonstrating our commitment to flexible, custom solutions, Turck has developed the next big thing for control: the field logic controller (FLC). Turck's FLC solutions are made possible by ARGEE (A Really Great Engineering Environment), a revolutionary web-based programming environment that allows users to set conditions and actions directly at the field level. By utilizing HTML5, Turck provides a complete engineering environment for users to write, run, simulate, debug, and monitor code, all without requiring the use of a PLC.
Using FLCs, Turck's multiprotocol block I/O products can act as simple I/O devices or as standalone logic controllers. While ARGEE programming is not designed to replace a PLC outright, it can be used to change the way we think about control, allowing FLC devices to:
Using a simple "Condition" and "Action" principle that is integrated into a flow chart user interface, ARGEE allows users with little or no programming experience to easily configure and program their Turck FLC devices.
ARGEE challenges what an I/O device can do by creating a hybrid between simple block I/O and higher level PLCs. The result - Turck's FLC.
Unlike the programming environments of major control manufacturers, the software is independent of the more than 400 hardware manufacturers that use the automation platform. Openness and interoperability of devices and systems from different manufacturers are therefore a fundamental feature of the program. More and more users worldwide appreciate this approach and are reinforcing the system as a whole with their solutions.
The software follows the international standard for PLC programming IEC 61131-3, which in turn guarantees interoperability of Codesys programs with other standardized devices. Programming in Codesys is based on programming languages such as AWL, ST, FUP and others, which ensures smooth communication with other devices and systems.
Codesys allows the use of different fieldbuses/Ethernet protocols in an automation system. When users create applications in combination with Profinet and EtherNet/IP or EtherCAT, they benefit in turn from the openness of the software.
The term condition monitoring refers to the process of monitoring a parameter of conditions in machines and systems. Nowadays, "listening" to motors, electronic devices or areas of a system to check for faults goes far beyond on-site inspections by workers.
Thanks to state-of-the-art sensor technology, intelligent field devices and wireless transmission, condition monitoring can be carried out not just continuously but from absolutely anywhere. On the basis of the collected data, systems can indicate an imminent failure at an early stage. Reliable condition monitoring is therefore essential for predictive maintenance.
Simplify condition monitoring of your plant using products from Turck from sturdy sensors to system solutions with flexible cloud monitoring. Whether the system is in a new build or you want to retrofit the solutions you have in an existing environment all devices can be easily integrated into your existing automation system. Alternatively, decentralized standalone systems can monitor key condition data without affecting the main control unit.
Industrial Ethernet has been a vital networking and communication solution in factory automation for decades. Today, it is quite widespread. The process automation industry presents special challenges due to potentially explosive atmospheres, which have so far not allowed the use of Ethernet. These requirements include intrinsic safety, configuration in run, redundancies for maximum availability and a long cable length, which is limited to 100 meters for industrial Ethernet. When using Ethernet solutions in the process industry, it is important to distinguish applications where they will be used by their respective Zones.
Turck offers its excom I/O system with Ethernet for installation in Zone 2. The system can pick up signals from Zone 1 or 0. To plug and unplug the Ethernet connectors at the gateway in run, users must ensure that the gateways are de-energized or work with a hot work permit. All other components such as power supply units, gateways or I/O modules can be exchanged during operation without a hot work permit
Using Ethernet in Ex Zone 1 is technically more difficult. With interlinked devices, it must be ensured that power levels do not add up. Today, a consortium of companies is working to overcome these hurdles and develop a standard for a two-wire Intrinsically Safe (IS) Ethernet. Communication and power supply take place over the same line. The future standard is usually referred to as Advanced Physical Layer (APL). However, these developments are not yet suitable for broad industrial use in Zone 1 (status 03/2020). One day, APL should enable Ethernet connections up to the field devices. However, classic 4 to 20 mA technology and I/O systems will continue to exist in parallel for cost reasons alone, even after APL has been established.
Cloud solutions provide flexible access to storage, computing power or software. Data is not stored on the local IT hardware, but on servers. This allows users to access information or initiate actions from different web-enabled devices, regardless of location and time.
Unlike business or private clouds, industrial clouds are highly specialized. They need to address vertical integration within specific industries, support standardized communication protocols with bidirectional information flow and meet high security requirements.
In order to process data from machines and sensors specifically in the cloud, filtering in the edge, i.e. at the "outer edge" of a local network, is an important process. In edge controllers, users can define which information should be transferred to the cloud and which should remain in the OT environment instead. This reduces the data density on the servers.
Communication from field level to the cloud can take different paths. In addition to the option of connecting applications via mobile radio, existing Internet access points at the location can be used either wired or via WLAN. Future-proof standard protocols are OPC UA and MQTT, allowing components alongside Turck Cloud Solutions to be integrated into various clouds such as MS Azure, Alibaba or Amazon Web Services.
As part of Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, all manufacturers must assess the risk posed by their products so that people who come into contact with the machine are protected. However, the Machinery Directive does not apply solely in the EU. It is also used in other countries in the European Single Market. Local standards often make reference to European safety standards, which are listed in the Machinery Directive as harmonized standards.
The risk posed by the machine must be reduced to a reasonable residual level. To this end, the manufacturer carries out a three-stage risk assessment. The risk must be reduced through design measures, by applying technical safeguards and by providing user information such as manuals.
In order to assess which technical safeguards are appropriate to the risk in question, manufacturers are guided by parameters that indicate the probability that safety-related components will fail. These parameters are called performance levels (PL). First, the manufacturer determines the required performance level (PLr) of a safety function. After designing a safety control to implement this function, the manufacturer determines the actual performance level. At the end of the process, PL and PLr must be the same. Broadly speaking, there are three types of safety controls.
The core idea of modularity in mechanical engineering is to divide complex machines into modules so that they can be individually assembled with an increasing number of identical parts. The combination of these modules covers the variance of machine types. Thanks to the economies of scale that this achieves, modular machines can be manufactured faster and more cost-effectively. In addition, they can be put into operation more quickly and expanded with greater flexibility.
Standardized interfaces are required to ensure the units can be combined easily and quickly. These include mechanical interfaces, but also those needed for power transmission, communication and, if necessary, compressed air. Modularity is not a characteristic that can be defined with a categorical yes or no. Instead, it ranges from low to absolute modularity.
Consistent modularization is not possible with point-to-point wiring in the central control cabinet. These central structures make it difficult to replace a module or expand a machine. Machine modules require autonomous structures. These can be implemented in small on-site control boxes on the module with IP20 components.
However, wiring and installation are usually more complex than for components with IP67 protection class, which can be mounted directly on the machine without any additional safeguards. However, if certain components are not IP67-rated or if special requirements apply in relation to hygienic design, food conformity or chemical resistance, IP20 solutions in the protective housing are often essential.
IP67 automation components facilitate the interconnectivity of modules. Decentralized I/O components for mounting directly in the field allow signals to be collected directly at the point of generation on the module and coupled from module to module via an Ethernet connection and all without a control cabinet. This reduces installation costs and shortens commissioning times at the end customer's premises.
End-to-end tracking of incoming and outgoing goods, confirming automatically that the intended materials and tools are being used in production, or providing access points with increased security. For such industrial tasks, RFID has proven itself as a powerful Auto-ID technology for Industry 4.0, with contactless transmission of large amounts of information, even over long distances, and easy connection to higher-level systems from PLC to ERP.
HF technology (13.56 MHz) is an important driver of digital production processes, it is based on magnetic near-field communication. However, if higher ranges or bulk readings of 200 data carriers and more are required, users should opt for UHF technology (865...928 MHz). Turck's modular RFID system BL ident enables the parallel operation of read/write heads in the HF and UHF range and thanks to protection class IP67, this can also be done directly on site at the machine or plant. This allows consistently decentralized signal processing in the field.
Communication in logistics and production plants today is divided into hierarchically structured levels. RFID readers with an Ethernet interface establish a direct exchange of information with higher-level systems, such as PLC, SCADA, MES and ERP or the cloud. Thus, goods movements are visible in real time, detected goods are matched with the database or, perhaps, automatic invoices are already created in the accounting software.
The platform-independent communication standard OPC UA simplifies the integration of RFID solutions into PLC, MES, ERP or cloud systems. With the AutoID Companion Specification, it is also possible to exchange devices between Auto-Ident systems from different manufacturers. Turck played a significant role in the development of the standard and has an own RFID interface with OPC UA server in its portfolio. For secure communication, the interface offers mixed operation of HF and UHF read/write heads.