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Schneider Electric launches new IIoT-ready controller

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announces a powerful new solution for the smart-machine era.

The new Modicon M262 controller is IIoT-ready for logic and motion applications. It offers intuitive, scalable and reliable machine integration into the Industry 4.0 environment, machine to device, machine to human, machine to machine, machine to plant or machine directly to cloud.

The Modicon M262 Controller embeds cybersecurity features and encryption protocols to provide direct cloud connectivity and digital services thanks to its two ready-to-work and independent embedded Ethernet ports.

The Modicon M262’s key benefits include:

  • Connectivity: Up to 5 one-to-one independent Ethernet networks and cybersecured cloud connectivity options for easy integration into the plant with open protocols, including OPC UA, PackML, and SQL, or to the cloud with MQTT, JSON or HTTPs requests (API).
  • Efficiency: With 4 to 16 synchronized axes with scalable cycle time down to 1 ms and a 3 ns/inst processing speed independent from communication tasks, the Modicon M262 Controller responds to performance demanding motion applications. The Modicon M262 Controller helps with simplifying machine architectures and field bus wiring. And with Machine Assistant (webserver technology), no software is required for the discovery of devices on a network, commissioning and diagnostics.
  • Flexibility: The Modicon M262 Controller also addresses logic application needs, as an “All-in-One” motion controller, embedding all the features of Motion bus, encoder and touch probes. Safety can be modular or embedded. With the choice between Optimized and Performance I/O systems, the Modicon M262 Controller provides versatile architectures around EtherNet/IP and/or Sercos – all under one software application – EcoStruxure Machine Expert.
  • Protection: With an Embedded Safety solution, the Modicon M262 Controller complies with the latest safety regulations up to SIL3. It offers embedded encrypted communication, network separation, Achilles certification and other cybersecurity features.

Connected for greater efficiency and profitability 

The Modicon M262 Controller is IIoT-ready, designed and delivered with intuitive direct cloud connectivity. No gateways are required. This enables OEMs to maximize profitability and optimize their time, from the design of performance demanding applications to the commissioning of the machine.

With the world becoming more autonomous and connected the onus is on global technology companies like Schneider Electric to understand our customer’s requirements and develop innovative products that integrate into seamless solutions. With the launch of the M262 Schneider has done just that, an agile controller that is future adapt and meets the needs and requirements of machine builders, motion specialists and automation engineers alike, whilst using open protocols with cybersecurity embedded in its DNA. The applications for this unit are vast and I can’t wait for the market’s response,” says Director of the Industrial Automation Business Unit at Schneider Electric South Africa, Johannes von Aulock.

The Modicon M262 Controller is an integral part of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxureTM Machine, a complete architecture that brings powerful capabilities to smart machines. EcoStruxure Machine empowers machine builders and OEMs to successfully compete and innovate in the new, digital era by maximizing productivity and generating additional revenue streams from new business opportunities.

Easily connect the Modicon M262 to EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, our digital tool for machine builders, and gain unprecedented insight into your machines. Machine Advisor allows OEMs to enable asset monitoring and predictive maintenance, thereby expanding possibilities for generating end user services revenue.

Part of EcoStruxure: Innovation At Every Level

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. It delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.

More information:  Modicon M262 Controller

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