The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is all about the use IoT technologies in the manufacturing sector. According to a recent research report by Gartner, around 25 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020. Therefore, using high-end controllers which can act as an enabler for IIoT is very important for industries.
Today we will be looking at one such controller, the Modicon M580. It’s a smart, connected controller for improved production and maintenance. Modicon M580 high-end controller is the first PAC built for Industrial Internet of Things. It has Ethernet built right into its core.
The Modicon M580 bundles Unity PAC’s existing features with innovative technologies to deliver a complete Ethernet-based PAC. It is designed with an Ethernet backbone to optimize communication and connectivity. It support’s X80 common I/O modules, which can be easily integrated into its architecture. It offers high levels of computation for complex networked communication, display, and control applications. Modicon M580 enables operational efficiency by providing complete flexibility for medium or large process applications in water/wastewater plants, mining, hydropower, oil & gas, and transportation.
Below is a list of features and advantages one can avail by using Modicon M580, a modern Programmable Automation Controller (PAC).
1. High Performance
Modicon M580 comes with a high-performance CPU with a 1 Gbps Ethernet interface. It comes with hot standby CPUs and redundant power supplies, thereby providing affordable, yet high availability solutions for mid to high-end process applications. It has a new generation ARM (Advanced RISC Machines) dual-core processor. Modicon M580 has one dedicated microprocessor core for all communication to minimize jitter.
Modicon M580’s security features are embedded in compliance with IEC62443 standards. As it is Achilles™ Level 2 certified, it comes with all the recent enhancements in the cybersecurity field. To address customers who require traceability in their processes, Modicon M580 comes with larger memory, with error correction code & processing capabilities. This allows new integrated functions to enhance the cybersecurity capabilities & the time stamping of values for variables in process apps.
3. Recommended controller for EcoStruxure
Modicon M580 is the recommended controller for ‘EcoStruxure’ – Schneider Electric India’s collaborative & integrated automation architecture for industrial and infrastructure customers. EcoStruxure transparently connects the control, operation and enterprise levels of the business, from initial design to modernization.
4. Low Downtime
Modicon M580 controller offers an availability rate of up to 99.9996%. The redundant CPU’s and the intelligent redundant power supply helps the Modicon M580 to achieve the high availability rate.
5. Easy Modernization
A step by step modernization plan is already available for the existing Modicon Quantum and Modicon Premium Platforms. The Unity Pro software platform can help the businesses smoothly transition from legacy PLC’s to state-of-the-art PAC’s. This makes the migration process seamless, as it will not require you to completely change the existing system. As a result, the migration process becomes an affordable affair, and not so risky for businesses.
When combined with the future-proof solutions offered by the Modicon M580 ePAC, technology can enable businesses to meet many of the pressing challenges in the industry.