Schneider Electric (www.schneider-electric.com) has announced the release of Modicon M168 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which was designed to help end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) speed time-to-market, optimize costs and improve performance of HVAC/R machines. The new controller uses flexible architectures, SoHVAC software and customized design, which enable single programming and commissioning and provide solutions for small/medium chillers, refrigeration racks, roof top, and air handling units.
“Our HVAC/R OEM and end user customers face a unique set of challenges when it comes to designing machines that are efficient, productive and reliable while also being cost effective,” said General Manager – OEM Business, Industry Business, Schneider Electric Ian Hitchins. “Automation solutions are a driving force behind controlling costs, reducing design time, and continuing to deliver innovative products, so we’re proud to deliver an HVAC/R-tailored solution that will also enable a value-add through decreased energy costs.”
The Modicon M168 PLC is part of the company’s automation solution that uses new equipment platforms and a single software suite to help OEMs design machines that are optimized for energy efficiency, performance and cost.
The Modicon M168 PLC features web-enabled capabilities, which allow end users and machine OEMs to monitor machine shutdowns, energy consumption and other problems remotely. Communications protocol such as BACnet allows the controller to easily integrate into Building Management System platforms, savings up to 30 percent of energy. These unique products are powerful enough to control various building functions: electrical and mechanical equipment for heating, air conditioning, ventilation, shutters/blinds, lighting and power distribution, including security functions as CCTV and access control.