IP67 rated industrial controller

04 December 2017

NI’s latest industrial controller offers an IP67 rating. The IC-3173 is designed to act as an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) edge node in extremely harsh locations, including spray down manufacturing environments, test cells and outdoor locations without the need for a protective enclosure.

The IP67 rating helps ensure reliable operation in the presence of dust and water, in accordance to IEC standard 60529.
The industrial controller range from NI are fanless devices designed to provide processing power and connectivity in automated image processing, data acquisition and control applications in extreme environments. The controllers feature up to a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 64 GB storage, four Power over Ethernet (PoE) GigE ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two DisplayPorts in a rugged design with no moving parts –  and now with an IP rating up to IP67. The industrial controllers also include a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, which is said to improve system performance by providing custom I/O timing, synchronisation, control and image co-processing capabilities.
Industrial controllers are part of a growing number of products from NI that support Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), the next evolution of the IEEE 802.1 Ethernet standard that delivers distributed time synchronisation, low latency and convergence of time-critical and general networking traffic. In addition to using TSN for controller-to-controller communication, engineers can also integrate highly synchronized sensor measurements using the new TSN-enabled CompactDAQ Chassis released earlier this year. 
To learn more about how Industrial Controllers can help engineers build better image processing, data acquisition or control systems visit www.ni.com/en-us/shop/data-acquisition-and-control/what-are-industrial-controllers.html.

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