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Product roundup: Controllers overrun constraints

March 25, 2020
PLCs, PACs and PCs capitalize on innovations to deliver enhanced capabilities.

Arduino-compatible controller platform

ProductivityOpen open-source, Arduino-compatible controller platform has the features of a standard Arduino, plus the power and reliability of an industrial controller. It's also cULus listed, CE approved and backed by a two-year warranty. The processor circuit of the controller's P1AM-100 Arduino-compatible CPU mimics the Arduino MKRZero microcontroller. P1AM-100 is compatible with most available Arduino MKR format shields and/or ProductivityOpen shields, and can use Arduino open-source sketch programs.


Smart device openness, PLC reliability

PLCnext open control platform combines IEC 61131 programming with open-source languages like Linux. Users can access its core via Linux, and use open-source or their own Linux-based applications on its hardened control platform. PLCnext let users program controllers with high-level languages. It's also IIoT-ready, and integrates with Proficloud service for easy access to dashboard data and alarms using time-series data. It can also connect to IoT platforms, and its PLCnext Engineer software allows intuitive development.

Phoenix Contact

Panel combines PLC and HMI

Touch Panel 600 control panel combines the features of a PLC and HMI in a single device. It's equipped with a quad-core processor, which provides high-performance control, as well as immaculate graphic resolution. Touch Paneol 600 also features multiple fieldbus ports, supporting numerous cloud protocols. In addition, this control panel also has four configurable, digital I/O points that provide direct input into the controller, and can be wired to many commonly used devices.

Wago Corp.

¼-DIN predictive PID controller

535 Process ¼ DIN PID process controller has a 10-times-per-second sampling rate, universal process input and modular, field interchangeable outputs. It has an RS-485 serial communications interface, and its Powertune tuning includes three tuning versions: Pretune lets the 535 learn a process and self-set PID tuning parameters. Powerback prevents overshooting of setpoint. Adaptive Tuning lets the 535 continually look for load variances.

Moore Industries-International Inc.

IPC with compact, fanless design

C6025 industrial PC has an ultra-compact, fanless design, and uses low-power, eighth-generation Intel Core i U processors. C6025 measures 82 x 127 x 40 mm, and is Microsoft Azure certified. It has an aluminum and zinc diecast enclosure, and features up to four CPU cores; 4 GB DDR4 RAM (expandable to 8 GB); 40 GB M.2 SSD with 3D flash memory; 1 x DisplayPort video connector; 4 x USB 3.0 ports; on-board Ethernet controller with 3 x 100/1000Base-T ports; and 0 °C to 50 °C operating temperature range.

Beckhoff Automation
877-TwinCAT (877-894-6228)

Control, flow integrated for remote ops

Open Secure Automation (OSA) Remote +Flow platform integrates Flow-Cal algorithms and PLC/PAC/RTU functions in a cybersecure, palm-sized, all-metal module. Using free IEC 61131-3 software, users can configure oil and gas measurements and custody transfers with 10-20 I/O; program I/O and controls in the field; and connect via standard protocols. It also features up to 64GB secure Flash memory, 512 MB program memory, multicore ARM Cortex processors, and a -40 °C to 80 °C operating range.

Bedrock Automation

I/O combines sensing, data processing

groov RIO intelligent, distributed, Ethernet-based, input/output (I/O) combines multi-signal, multifunction sensing with PoE-powered, edge data processing that instantly connects real-world signals to IIoT connections, software and the cloud without intermediary controls or communication hardware. The first shipping version of groov RIO, GRV-R7-MM1001-10, is a standalone, 10-channel, multi-signal, multifunction I/O unit that supports 12 types of field I/O circuits, making it capable of over 52,000 I/O combinations.


Two industrial thin clients

BTC12 and BTC14 thin clients have VisuNet RM Shell 5 firmware for security and stability, and Intel Apollo Lake and AMD Ryzen processors that support workstation setups with up to four monitors. BTC12 has two DisplayPort connections for dual video outputs, supporting 4K (Ultra HD) resolution at 60 Hz. BTC14 has four DisplayPorts for quad video. They're built on an aluminum chassis with a fanless design, and weigh less than five pounds each. They have a safe operating range of 20 °C to 60 °C and no moving parts.


Panel PC puts control room in the field

Experion Panel PC (PPC) is a touch-panel PC that brings Experion control room capabilities the field for the first time. It's interoperability and more efficient operational workflows can reduce annual maintenance and integration efforts by up to 3%. Experion PPC combines proven Experion HMI with touchscreen functionality on an optimized, true-widescreen 1080p display, improving field operator effectiveness by up to 20% in abnormal situations. It's certified for Class 1, Division 2 hazardous locations.

Honeywell Process Solutions

Intuitive temperature control

PM Plus is an enhanced, more intuitive version of the EZ-Zone PM temperature controller, and features an improved user interface for easier set up, programming and readability. PM Plus has a bright, full-color front-panel display with easy-to-read characters and color coding visible from many angles. It also has a smooth-touch keypad, which eliminates legacy rubber buttons that can wear out. The new keypad also eliminates contamination points and creates a better seal on the front of the controller.

800-WATLOW2 (928-5692)

PLC mounts on HMI

Fatek HB1 main unit PLC can be mounted on the back of Fatek P5 HMI, work seamlessly with it, and meet automation requirements with limited space. Despite their compact size, Fatek PLCs have more than 300 instructions that provide a user-friendly, readable multi-input and output function structure. An NC position control is incorporated into the patented system on a chip (SoC) developed for Fatek, which integrates PLC+NC control into one unit to enhance resource sharing and reduce the need for data exchange.

Rohtek Automation

IPC with 42-inch touchscreen

4150 series industrial PC (IPC) has a 42-in. industrial LCD touchscreen option. This NEMA 4X/IP66 industrial system can be mounted directly on the factory floor, enabling operators in processing facilities to easily view critical operational data and control machinery. With up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 4150 can be customized to include a projective capacitive touchscreen, affording operators better visibility, control and access to production line performance; increasing safety, efficiency, performance and production.

Daisy Data Displays

First certified to IEC 62443-4-2

Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller is reported to be the first certified compliant with the IEC 62443-4-2 security standard. Certification by TÜV Rheinland confirms it meets the standard’s security requirements. ControlLogix 5580 achieved compliance by adding security features to its firmware, including: user identification and authentication; continuous monitoring and logging; integrity checks to help ensure the controller hasn't been altered.

Rockwell Automation

Library for apps outside ladder

e-RT3 is an extended version of the FA-M3 PLC that lets users develop solutions outside ladder logic. It uses a Linux-based operating system, and execute applications programmed in C/C++ in conjunction with digital I/O, analog I/O and peripheral interfaces. A library of more than 90 preconfigured applications and open-source resources, such as Apache (HTTP server), PHP (script), TCPDF (ledger sheets), CUPS (printer server), PosgreSQL/SQLLite3 (databases) allow fast development, testing and start-up.

Yokogawa Corp. of America

Data-sensing gateway for edge and IIoT

UNO-420 data gateway has an Intel Atom E3815 processor and three configurable COM ports, two LAN ports (one PoE-in), eight programmable GPIO, one HDMI, and one USB 3.0—all for connecting legacy equipment to new mesh networks. It has a compact form factor (125 x 125 x 50 mm (4.92 x 4.92 x 1.97 in.) and supports a wide operating range of -20 ~ 60 °C (-4 ~ 140 °F). UNO-420 also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G/LTE and NB-IoT wireless modules for long-distance, real-time communications.


Controller has A-B RIO/DH+ port 

SoftPLC NeoPAC is an open-architecture PAC with almost unlimited memory, and GB Ethernet and RS-485 ports configurable for multiple protocols. Its Allen-Bradley “bluehose” port can interface with Data Highway Plus (DH+) or A-B Remote I/O (RIO) networks. NeoPAC can be connected to Ethernet or serial I/O, while also connecting to new and old Rockwell controllers as a peer. This lets A-B PLC user upgrade obsolete devices and other RIO or DH+ devices without changing the A-B controller or buying interface modules.

SOftPLC Corp.
800-SoftPLC, 512-264-8390

IIoT-ready CPU with MQTT

EZRack PLC/PAC with IIoT-ready CPU and MQTT protocol is Sparkplug B-enabled for connectivity to Ignition SCADA software. It has a three-, five- or seven-slot base; is programmed via built-in Ethernet, USB, micro USB and two serial ports; and supports EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP and RTU, EZRack TCP/IP and ASCII In/Out protocols. EZRack does historical and real-time data logging, while its USB port can log data locally. It supports an external USB flash drive up to 64 GB.


Safety PLC hot swaps

ABB Jokab Safety Pluto safety PLC enables hot swapping by removing the old terminal caps and pushing a button. It can also reload its program in seconds by pushing a button. These features are in Jokab Safety Pluto's network, standalone, ASI and analog versions. It also supports traditional dual-channel and ABB DynLink dynamic-pulse architectures, which maintain a Performance Level e, Category 4 (PLe, Cat. 4). It also has advanced diagnostics that allow quick identification of an error’s location.


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