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Controllers | product spotlight INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 47 Edge programmable controller The "groov" EPIC system combines I/O, control, data processing, and visualization into one secure, maintainable, edge-of-network industrial system. Combining intelligent I/O with an embedded Linux real-time controller, gateway functions, and an integrated dis- play, the device will be of particular interest for process control, machine control, original equipment manufacturers, manufactur- ing, SCADA/RTU, building and facilities, and IIoT applications. Com- mercial, retail, warehous- ing, and distribution cus- tomers will also find that the system opens a variety of options for tracking, stor- ing, and visualizing data. Optional access to the Linux operating system through secure shell (SSH) is available. This access, along with toolchains and interpreters for Java, C/C++, Python, and JavaScript/Node.js, allows OEM developers to execute custom-developed applications on this edge processing control system. The system is also approved for UL hazardous locations, is ATEX compliant, and has an integrated color touchscreen with HDMI output for an optional external monitor. It has an integrated power supply and dead-front design. There is onboard system configuration, commissioning, and troubleshooting and remote configuration and troubleshooting from any Web browser on any device. Opto 22 Dual-redundancy controller The PACSystems RX3i CPE400 has dual redundancy and can function in high tem- peratures. The CPE400 is suitable for ap- plications in oil and gas, water and waste- water, and other infrastructure industries with assets requiring smaller footprints. The CPE400 is also effective in applications requiring rugged controls; it operates in a temperature range from –40°C to +70°C and supports a conformal coated option for corrosive environments. The redundancy is powered by the PACSystems High Avail- ability solution over Profinet and uses embed- ded Ethernet technology. The controller also provides a secure, authenticated data transfer from the industrial asset to the cloud over encrypted channels. It is differentiated by not only its processing capability, but also by a con - trol dual-redundancy solution that makes it possible to perform maintenance and applica - tion updates while the application is running. GE Industrial controller The IC-3173 industrial con- troller is the c o m p a n y ' s first IP67-rated controller and is suited to act as an IIoT edge node in harsh locations, in- cluding spray down manufacturing environments, test cells, and outdoor locations without the need for a protective enclosure. These controllers have 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 display ports in a design with no moving parts. Industrial control- lers also include a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, which improves system performance with custom I/O tim- ing, synchronization, control, and image co processing capabilities. National Instruments Programmable logic controller The MicroSmart FC6A Plus is a PLC with up to 2,060 local I/O. With its expanded I/O capac- ity, the FC6A Plus can control and monitor machines or small- scale manufacturing facilities. It can execute basic instructions in 21 nanoseconds, and program memory is 800 kB (100 K steps), so the FC6A Plus can handle large programs with complex control requirements, such as PID, flow totalization, and recipes. Two models are available, each with 24 VDC input power. The 16 I/O model has eight inputs and eight relay or transistor outputs. The 32 I/O model has 16 inputs and 16 transistor outputs. Each model also includes an integral 0–10 VDC analog input with 12-bit resolution and can accommodate up to three plug-in discrete, analog, serial communication, or Bluetooth cartridges. Each discrete cartridge has four discrete I/O points, either four inputs or four outputs. Each analog cartridge has two analog I/O points, either two inputs or two outputs. IDEC Corporation

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