Traceability can help improve overall plant efficiency in a variety of different areas and processes within the manufacturing process. The desire for visibility in the process, customer satisfaction, profits and compliance are pushing many manufacturers to look at traceability as a long-term strategy. Manufacturers have discovered that implementing a traceability program is a proven method to meet their strategic goals. IO-Link from Balluff comprises sensors and fieldbus technology with an extremely wide range of functional principles. Using fieldbus systems like PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CC-Link, CC-Link IE and EtherCAT, we speak IO-Link in all areas of automation. With IOLink, you communicate from the control unit down to the lowest level of automation through a universally applicable standard interface for communication. With IO-Link enabled sensors, I/O hubs and RFID installed on the line, systems can communicate directly to the controller via the network level to guarantee efficiency.