Product roundup: PLCs, PACs & PCs get connected

Today's PLCs, PACs and PCs are well-networked and protected to perform anywhere.

IIOT-READY PLC/PA WITH MQTT
EZ AutoEZRack PLC/PAC system with IIoT-ready CPU and MQTT protocol is Sparkplug B-enabled for connectivity to Ignition software platform. It can be programmed through its built-in Ethernet, USB, micro-USB and two serial ports. It supports EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP and RTU, EZRack TCP/IP and ASCII In/Out protocols. EZRack also has an external USB flash drive up to 64 GB, so its supported protocols can be used to connect to other PLCs, drives or any third-party devices for data exchange and I/O control.

EZAutomation
770-889-2858

 50 I/O MODULES FOR 400 I/O POINTS
Automation Direct
Productivity2000 is a modular, rack-based PLC system with a full line of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. It provides 50 discrete and analog I/O modules delivering more than 400 local I/O points. With remote expansion, more than 4,000 total I/O points are available. New DC discrete I/O modules include 8-, 16- and 32-point, 12-24 VDC, sink/source modules with additional isolated commons, as well as two for the 8- and 16-point modules and four isolated commons for the 32-point module.

AutomationDirect

PLC WITH EXPANDABLE I/O
Maple SystemsClass I, Div. 2 PLCs with built-in, expandable I/O share the same configuration software used for Maple’s HMIs and PLCs, and feature digital and analog I/O that support high-speed counters and PWM. Their analog modules support several voltage and current modes, and connect to RTD and thermocouple sensors. Configuration software lets users program these PLCs using native ladder logic or IEC61131-3 programming languages. They also support Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP/IP.

Maple Systems

PANEL PC HANDLES HARSHNESS
Pepperl FuchsVisuNet IND 8200 Series Windows-based, panel-mount PCs are installed directly onto OEM process equipment to interface with the control system. VisuNet IND 8200 are available in KVM, Direct Monitor, thin-client and Panel PC configurations. They feature chemically-resistant 15-, 19-, 21.5- (full HD) or 22-in. touchscreens, and options including LED-backlit, anti-glare, high-bright (1,000-1,200 nit LCD) and hardened resistive glass. They're also fanless, and feature low power consumption and heat dissipation.

Pepperl+Fuchs
330-486-0002

Download: 2016 State of Technology Report on PLCs, PCs and PACs

MIGRATE AND UPGRADE
Softplc CorpSmart PAC lets users upgrade an Allen-Bradley PLC system without reprogramming or rewiring. Its Smart CPU connects directly to existing A-B I/O; it performs automated conversion of ladder logic and program documentation; and it can use existing HMI/SCADA and networks such as Data Highway Plus or upgrade to Ethernet. Smart PAC provides 64 MB memory and 10 communication ports, and can be a drop-in replacement for an Allen-Bradley PLC-5, SLC-500, PLC-2, PLC-3 or even a 1774 PLC.

SoftPLC Corp.
512-264-8390

PLC WITH PROFIBUS INTERFACE
Wago750-8208 PLC is a new member of the PFC200 family, and has a Profibus DP Master interface port. It features a compact size, large memory, and secure VPN and firewall. In addition, 750-8208 also comes with two Ethernet ports, as well as CAN and Serial interfaces. It's also designed to expand the application scope of the PFC200, and extend its capabilities as a reliable and economical gateway between multiple fieldbuses.

Wago
800-346-7245

SMALL, FANLESS, HIGH-PERFORMANCE
Phoenix Contact
BL2 series industrial PCs feature fanless, high-performance, inexpensive CPUs in a small size. They're available in three performance classes, and have optional Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n integration. Their single-board design and M.2 solid-state mass storage aids ruggedness, while their all-metal housing has an integrated VESA 100 mount. BL2 series is available as a blind-node box IPC and as a panel PC with resistive-touchscreen sizes from 12 to 17 in. They can also be combined with BL FPM monitors from 15.6 to 21.5 in.

Phoenix Contact
800-322-3225

INTEGRATION COST-CUTTING PLC
HoneywellControlEdge PLC combines with the Experion DCS, and has native, peer-to-peer integration to the C300 controller, which reduces integration efforts and project costs, and increases security and availability. ControlEdge also has new HART command function blocks; added I/O modules for increased system design flexibility; new ControlEdge Transition R100 migration tool; and safety, security and hazloc certifications. ControlEdge is the first PLC that's ISASecure Level 2-certified for cybersecurity.

Honeywell Process Solutions

MODULAR CONTROL, MANY PORTS
Advantech CorpAPAX-5580 Control IPC PC-based control platform has comprehensive I/O modules, control software, a wealth of communication ports including GbE, USB 3.0, mPCIe and serial ports, and lets users choose their processor. APAX-5580 includes a Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz/Core i3/Core i7 1.7GHz processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, two GbE ports, one RS-232/485/422 port, one mSATA connector, two SD slots, two mini PCIe slots, dual power input, UPS support, and a 10-year lifetime RTC battery.

Advantech Corp. 
800-205-7940

ECONOMICAL INDUSTRIAL PC
SiemensSimatic IPC377E basic panel PC combines an Intel Celeron processor with a long-lasting, robust display with an anti-glare glass front that's analog-resistive with single-touch operation, and is scratchproof and resistant to chemicals. Simatic IPC377E provides a preconfigured, turnkey solution that's well-suited for many industrial applications. The display is available in three sizes with 12, 15 or 19 in. diagonal screens, and each comes without an operating system or with Windows 7 Ultimate preinstalled.

Siemens

SOFTWARE SUPPORT FOR OPERATING SYSTEMS
Iconic IncIoTWorX IIoT software automation suite includes support for multiple operating systems (OS) including Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and Core, and for Linux embedded OSs including Ubuntu and Raspbian. IoTWorX uses Microsoft Azure cloud services to provide global visibility, scalability and reliability, and access to Iconics apps in the cloud, such as Genesis 64, Hyper Historian and AnalytiX. Optional Microsoft Azure services such as Power BI and machine learning can also be integrated to provide analysis.

Iconics Inc.

CODESYS RFID INTERFACE MODULE
TurckTBEN-L-RFID compact interface module with PLC capabilities via CoDeSys streamlines RFID integration and data processing in HF and UHF applications. Its controller function can filter and pre-process RFID data, and link to broader control operations, enabling high-speed dynamic or multi-tag RFID applications. An IP67 rating allows it to be used outside the cabinet. The module offers 256 MB of flash memory and runs on an 800 MHz CPU, which accesses a 128 MB DDR3-RAM.

Turck

HOT-SWAPPABLE SAFETY PLC
ABB Electrification ProdJokab Safety Pluto safety PLC can hot swap for replacement by simply removing the old terminal caps and pushing a button to reload its program. This is available in network, standalone, ASI and analog versions. Jokab Safety Pluto also supports traditional dual-channel and ABB DynLink dynamic-pulse architecture, which requires only one input and one output, reduces wiring points by almost half, but maintains Performance Level e, Category 4 (PLe, Cat. 4) pursuant to ISO Standard EN ISO 13849-1 for up to 10 devices.

ABB Electrification Products
800-816-7809

MICRO PLC WITH UP TO 2,060 I/O
Idec CorpMicroSmart FC6APlus micro PLC has up to 2,060 local I/O, including a maximum 511 analog I/O, when using its 63 expansion I/O modules. Its many I/O, 21-nanosecond basic instruction speed and 800 kB (100K steps) program memory handle complex control programs such as PID, flow totalization and recipes. Two models are available, 16 and 32 I/O, each with 24 VDC input power. FTP communications allow program and logged data transfers by up to 16 users, and it has app access from any iOS or Android device.

IDEC Corp.
800-262-4332

COMPACT, POWERFUL PC
Beckhoff AutomationC6030 compact, multi-core industrial PC measures only 132 x 132 x 67 mm, but integrates 6th- and 7th-generation Intel Core i-series processors to provide maximum performance with up to 3.6 GHz per core. C6030 has an onboard Ethernet adapter with four 100/1000Base-T connectors, four USB 3.0 ports and two DisplayPort connectors. Thanks to a long-lasting, speed-monitored and controlled fan with double ball bearings, C6030 can accommodate an operating temperature range up to +55 °C. 

Beckhoff Automation
877-894-6228

SAFETY IMPROVES PRODUCTIVITY
Rockwell AutoAllen-Bradley GuardLogix 5580 controller, Compact GuardLogix 5380 controller, and Compact 5000 safety I/O comprise a machine safety portfolio that communicate via EtherNet/IP and are tested against safety standards to ease compliance. GuardLogix 5580 and Compact GuardLogix 5380 controllers expand the Integrated Architecture portfolio by bringing safety into the latest generation of the Logix 5000 series controllers. They provide faster system performance and options for meeting SIL 2/PLd safety requirements or higher.

Rockwell Automation

TOUCHSCREENS FOR REMOTE ACCESS
Weintek USA InccMT-iPC10 and cMT-iPC15 industrial, touchscreen flat panel PCs with embedded Windows OS include a 1.75 GHz dual-core, 64-bit CPU; 32 GB sad and 4GB ram. cMT-iPC10 has a 9.7-in TFT display with 1,024 x 768 resolution. cMT-iPC15 has a similar 15-in. high-resolution display. Their operating systems are Windows 7 or 8.1. Users can couple cMT-iPC10/15 with a cMT-SVR, and run EasyBuilder Pro software to work directly via HMI with plant-floor devices, and channel resulting data flows to appropriate analytics.

Weintek USA Inc.
425-488-1100

CYBERSECURE CONTROL FIRMWARE
Bedrock AutoCybershield 2.1 control system firmware provides intrinsic cybersecurity for networks, IIoT and third-party applications; enables authentication and encryption of I/O networks and field devices; and protects compliant networks and applications such as controller configuration, engineering and SCADA with what's reportedly the world’s first ICS certification authority (CA) using public key infrastructure (PKI) and transport layer security (TLS). Cybershield 2.0 is available as an upgrade, and will be standard in future systems.

Bedrock Automation
781-821-0280

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