Schneider Electric announced its new Modicon M262 controller, designed to be IIoT-ready for logic and motion applications, such as smart machines. The M262 is designed for more intuitive, scalable and reliable machine integration into Industry 4.0 environments, as well as for machine to device, machine to human, machine to machine, machine to plant, or machine directly to cloud connectivity.
The Modicon M262 Controller embeds cybersecurity features and encryption protocols to provide direct cloud connectivity and digital services, leveraging its two ready-to-work and independent embedded Ethernet ports.
Key features and benefits of the Modicon M262 include:
- Connectivity: Up to five one-to-one independent Ethernet networks and cybersecured cloud connectivity for integration into the plant with open protocols, including OPC UA, PackML, SQL or integrate to the cloud with MQTT, JSON or HTTPs requests (API).
- Efficiency: With four to 16 synchronized axes with scalable cycle time down to one millisecond and a three nanosecond to instant processing speed independent from communication tasks, the Modicon M262 Controller is designed for more performance demanding motion applications. The Modicon M262 Controller helps to simplify machine architecture and field bus wiring. And with Machine Assistant (webserver technology), no additional software is required for device discovery, commissioning and diagnostics.
- Flexibility: The Modicon M262 Controller is designed to address logic application needs, where it can be also used as an “All-in-One” motion controller, embedding requested features as Motion bus, encoder and touch probes. Safety can be modular or embedded. With choice between Optimized and Performance I/O systems, Modicon M262 Controller provides more versatile architectures around EtherNet/IP and/or Sercos under one software EcoStruxure Machine Expert.
- Protection: With Embedded Safety solution, The Modicon M262 Controller complies with safety regulations up to SIL3. It offers embedded encrypted communication, network separation, Achilles certification and other cybersecurity features.
The Modicon M262 Controller is IIoT-ready, designed and delivered with more intuitive direct cloud connectivity. No gateways are required. This enables OEMs to better maximize profitability and optimize their time, from the design of applications to the commissioning of the machine.