Schneider Electric is currently showing its smart machine setups for packaging at Pack Expo 2017 in Las Vegas. Schneider Electric’s smart machine setups are built on its Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled open and interoperable EcoStruxure system architecture and platform that deliver Innovation At Every Level, from connected products via edge control to applications, analytics and services. More after the jump.
Schneider Electric launched the Modicon M251 programmable logic controller, optimized for OPC Unified Architecture (UA) communication, which enhances intuitive machine programming with EcoStruxure Machine Expert, ready-to-use applications and function blocks. Embedding industrial network communication via both Modbus TCP and Ethernet/IP, the Modicon M251 is suitable for modular and distributed architectures. With an integrated OPC UA server, the PLC offers users greater flexibility to design and build more effective machines at a lower cost.
- Modicon M251 PLC offers greater flexibility to design and build effective machines at lower costs, helping users reach benchmark performance while increasing profitability
- Expands Schneider Electric’s portfolio of best-in-class controllers with Ethernet-based technology
- OPC Unified Architecture enables machine-to-machine communication and communication with SCADA, MES and ERP
The Modicon M251 is a suitable brick for communication in all directions: On the fieldbus level; horizontally for HMI communication; and for cross communication on the line level with Schneider PLCs and PACs or third-party PLCs.
By providing flexible and scalable machine control, the Modicon M251 is a key link in the chain for communication from the machine level to the control room and enterprise level — satisfying integration in communication architectures.
“Schneider Electric’s Modicon controllers are best-in-class controllers for today’s IIoT environment and are specifically designed to provide the intuitive features and functions that machine builders need to improve their bottom lines,” said Ashish Patwardhan, Packaging and Material Handling Segment Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric. “Our full portfolio of controllers maximizes value around operational efficiency and integrity by embedding Ethernet and cybersecurity capabilities at the core of these systems, safeguarding current and future operations.”
The Modicon M251 is the latest addition to a broad portfolio of products and setups that deliver enhanced safety, connectivity, flexibility and efficiency. Designed for a connected future, where industrial Ethernet networking technology connects machines and operations from shop floor to top floor, the Modicon M251 illustrates Schneider Electric’s ability to deliver Innovation At Every Level.
The Modicon M251 is part of EcoStruxure Machine, Schneider Electric’s machine-centric automation architecture that enables machine builders to design safe, better connected, more flexible and more efficient machines through advanced digital technologies and open standards. For more information, visit booth S-6167 at Pack Expo.