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Modicon M580 ePAC built for the Industrial Internet of Things

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Schneider Electric has announced its new high-end Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC). The newest addition to the Modicon family of controllers features hot standby functionality (HSBY), native Ethernet and embedded cybersecurity in its core. The first PAC built for the Industrial Internet of Things, the M580 ePAC is the preferred PAC of PlantStruxure, Schneider Electric’s integrated automation architecture.

“We’re excited to introduce major innovation in automation with the new Modicon M580 ePAC,” said Jose Bonomo, vice president, offer management, Hybrid Systems, Schneider Electric Industry Business. “Cutting-edge functionality allows us to drive true customer benefit with a future-proof solution designed to meet the most pressing industry challenges.”

The M580 family of ePACs provides the market with enhancements and greater capabilities, such as reinforced cyber-security through the Achilles Level 2 and ISA Certifications; simple and native time stamping solutions; extension of architecture change during the run; and new topology capabilities.

With the new Modicon M580 ePAC, Schneider Electric provides customers with an affordable high-availability solution for mid-range to high-end process applications, providing hot standby CPUs and redundant power supplies. In addition to the redundancy features, the Modicon M580 ePAC maximises uptime with the capability for online configuration changes without stopping the process. In addition, CANopen fieldbus is now natively integrated through a new embedded CANopen module.

Designed for users who need traceability in their processes and programs, the new high-end Modicon M580 ePAC controller has been equipped with larger memory and processing capabilities which allow new integrated functions to improve cybersecurity capabilities and time stamping of values for all variables in process applications, addressing the most complex and demanding processes.

The new ePAC also allows seamless and affordable step-by-step modernisation of existing Quantum and Premium platforms with no need to completely change the system.

For more information contact Lebohang Thokoane, Schneider Electric SA, +27 (0)11 254 6400, lebohang.thokoane@schneider-electric.com, www.schneider-electric.com


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