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Network Automation introduces new all-in-one control solution

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Network Automation  presents a new compact all-in-one control solution that combines controller, graphics, built-in I/O networking and removable mass storage for industrial applications.

The new XLe Operator Control Station (OCS) is an all-in-one controller small enough to fit in the palm of the hand at only 3.75” x 3.75” in size. Priced below the cost of a micro PLC plus operator interface, the XLe OCS is a robust and reliable control product that can be used in thousands of applications from OEM machine control to machine monitoring in a plant environment, keeping various automation activities running smoothly.

Being part of the wide ranging OCS product line, the XLe is programmable throughout with a single free software package, Cscape that eliminates any concern for future expansion. Featuring an attractive, generic design, the controller will fit in with most panels or consoles.

Removable MicroSD memory

The removable MicroSD memory in the XLe controller ranges in density from 128MB to 1GB, which is ideal for storing process data, machine recipes and application files. Users can easily update their XLe application program through this memory device, allowing logic and screen updates to be made in a single step with transportable media.

Built-in I/O and networking

The four available XLe models with built-in I/O include digital, analogue and high speed I/O. For machine control, the high speed I/O can provide totalizing, frequency measurement, PWM generation and pulse outputs. The available universal analogue I/O is ideal for process control applications with high-resolution inputs, which can be configured for thermocouple, RTD, 4-20mA, +/-100mV, and 0-10V signals.

The XLe memory structure supports over 5000 I/O. The XLe also has field installable communications options. An internal 10/100MBit Ethernet card makes machine data and XLe programming accessible at a plant-wide or worldwide basis. In addition, the XLe is available with an internal 14.4K telephone modem card. Dual RS-232/RS-485 serial ports and an integrated CAN-based network (CsCAN) are standard while Ethernet and modem are optional.

I/O expansion

XLe’s I/O expansion is not limited to its built-in I/O. SmartStix I/O is high-speed and can be local or highly distributed while SmartMod RTU/Modbus I/O is a cost-effective means of adding a small number of analogue or digital I/Os.

Architecture

The XLe supports CsCAN high-speed networking as standard, and Ethernet networking as a field-installable option. A single point-of-connect allows seamless communications between the computer and any controller.

Key features of XLe Operator Control Station:

  • Takes less space and is more affordable than separate PLC and operator interfaces
  • Graphics display for better process and machine visualization
  • Built-in I/O with removable terminal blocks
  • Data logging using built-in MicroSD removable mass data storage
  • Two serial ports and downloadable protocols interface with almost any PLC or drive
  • Ethernet, wireless and telephone modem options cards for plant and remote connectivity

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