Schneider Offers Modicon M580 ePAC for Connected Automation

Schneider Electric is calling its Modicon M580 ePAC controller the first
 Process Automation Controller (PAC) ready for the Industrial Internet 
of Things (IIoT).<br><br>The device, Schneider says, is aimed at helping
 manufacturers improve machine performance, increase cybersecurity and 
apply the functionality of a safety programmable logic controller to 
existing machine processes to reduce costs, improve reliability and 
sustainability, manage operating risks and share ever-increasing amounts
 of raw operating data wirelessly throughout a factory floor. Schneider Electric

James R. Dukart

Schneider Electric is calling its Modicon M580 ePAC controller the first Process Automation Controller (PAC) ready for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

The device, Schneider says, is aimed at helping manufacturers improve machine performance, increase cybersecurity and apply the functionality of a safety programmable logic controller to existing machine processes to reduce costs, improve reliability and sustainability, manage operating risks and share ever-increasing amounts of raw operating data wirelessly throughout a factory floor.

The Ethernet-programmable Modicon M580 does so by offering connected automation, allowing access to process data wirelessly via pad computers or smartphones anywhere in the plant. Control engineers can interact with process applications via a Web browser to adjust processes to maximize raw material usage, reduce process energy consumption or increase process efficiency.

The M580 is best utilized inside Schneider’s EcoStruxure Plant IIoT platform; a combination of the M580 ePAC itself, Modicon X80 Modules for various machines throughout the factory floor, and its Unity Pro IEC programming software for Modicon PACs.

Jose Bonomo, Vice President, Edge Control Offers for Schneider, says the result is an IIoT-enabled controller that “does not compromise safety performance for the sake of process control, nor process control for the sake of safety.”

“It means we can provide better flexibility and communications in a safety controller that has dual TÜV certification for process and machine safety, is compliant with most fire and gas standards, and is certified at Achilles Level 2 for better cybersecurity protection,” Bonomo said.


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