MKS Instruments, Inc. (www.mksinst.com) is proud to announce the new Ethernet Control Module (“ECM”) programmable automation controller that is ideal for high-density industrial and commercial applications, as well as for remote monitoring applications including high I/O point counts. The new ECM can be enforced as a complete control platform for a complete manufacturing line or a single location. With its ability to do detailed execution tasks through cLogicTM engine and to operate certified programmable safety interlocks, the ECM can be utilized to neatly manage I/O through its custom distribution board.
According to case studies, the compact footprint Ethernet Control Module can usually save operators 15 to 40 percent on their control and automation costs against other solutions. Additional to lowering cost, the flexibility of the expandable design allows operators to add I/O following installation by using the additional expansion slots.
The new ECM has a compact, high-density design, which reduces the number of controllers required to save cost and tool real estate. It is designed with interlock, digital and analog I/O connectivity in one controller. The ECM features reuse and adjust interlocking schemes on the fly to save costs and engineering time.
It features a cLogicTM that distributed real time logic engine allowing operators to control faster and more tightly than the original control scheme. It also features a data monitoring and control interfaces using Web browser, EtherCAT, DeviceNet, or Modbus/TCP for flexibility and migration. It has an expanded front panel LCD display that shows basic diagnostics and IP address, as well as status. With TOOLwebTM Interface, the new ECM can collect and analyze data. Through the standard Web browser, configuration and remote setup can be easily made.