Compact PLC promises cost-efficient integration in machine building

18 December 2012

Eaton Corporation has launched a new compact PLC which supports intelligent and modular automation concepts with local PLCs and a variety of communication interfaces such as SmartWire-DT, CANopen, RS232, RS485 or Profibus and Ethernet.

The XC152 provides a cost-effective solution for PLC applications with a need for interface flexibility. It runs on the Windows CE 5 operating system featuring a CPU implemented with a 32-bit 400MHz RISC processor. In addition to a 64MB internal memory (OS, program, data), an SD slot is provided for external storage. A Run Stop switch, Ethernet interface and USB Host are also included.

The PLC is provided with either a CANopen or Profibus interface with an optional SmartWire-DT master device also available. The compact PLC with WEB/remote server features an RS232 and/or RS485 interface depending on the communication interface variant.

The new PLC offers the modular machine building sector with standard automation solutions benefits such as high performance (with the CoDeSys-based xSoft-Codesys-2 programming system 2, programmable as a PLC in accordance with IEC61131-3), compact design and a wide range of communication options.

With the SmartWire-DT option, the I/O level is integrated directly into the switching devices, enabling the PLC to access the digital and analogue data directly from the control circuit device right through to the circuit-breaker. Gateways and I/O level are no longer required, allowing the creation of flexible, streamlined automation solutions with fewer components and little engineering outlay.

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