Complete Newbie, how to add a BNI EIP-508-105-Z015

The BNI EIP-508-105-Z015 is an IO-LINK master (If I use the terminology correct, remember newbie here)

It is on the network and you can grab sensor data by going to address/ports.jsn

IO-LINK seems to be a popular standard… but looking around would it normally connect to a PLC before being connected to say ignition ?

Or would a different master be the way to go? This looks pretty straight forward https://comtrol.com/wp-content/uploads/Ignition-via-OPC-UA.pdf

The Balluff EIP Modules are Ethernet/IP modules. Normally they are used as remote IO for a master plc.
Your module supports I/O link sensors in addition to the standard binary IO ports, but the network protocol is still Ethernet/IP.
Maybe @pturmel can tell you if his Ethernet/IP module http://forum.inductiveautomation.com/t/snappy-user-interfaces-with-the-ethernet-ip-module/12617 will work with your device.

So you would normally point ignition at say the Allen Bradley PLC that was connected to the sensors through I/O link.

This gear is new, so if something else should be bought or configured differently I would try and go that route.

Almost. The plc is connected through Ethernet/IP.

If you need to connect I/O link sensors direct to Ignition, an OPC-UA gateway might be a simplier solution. https://comtrol.com/io-link-master-gateways-infographic

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I would expect it to, in scanner mode (premium version). I’d need to inspect the EDS file to confirm.

Follow-up:

This device has been reported to work with this XML configuration. Note that the BNI EIP-508-105-Z015 is also known as the BNI006A.

The config can be cut down a bit to work with the similar BNI004A. It supports IOLink on four of its eight ports, instead of all eight.