Schneider Electric is launching a powerful new IIoT-ready logic and motion controller for the smart machine era. The Modicon M262 offers intuitive, scalable and reliable machine integration into Industry 4.0 environments: 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.
Key benefits of the Modicon M262 include:
- Connectivity: Up to five one-to-one independent Ethernet networks and cybersecured cloud connectivity for easy 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 synchronised 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 suitable for demanding motion applications. The Modicon M262 Controller helps to simplify machine architecture and fieldbus wiring. And with Machine Assistant (webserver technology), no software is required for device discovery, commissioning and diagnostics
- Flexibility: the Modicon M262 Controller meets the needs of logic applications, where it can also be used as an all-in-one motion controller, embedding all requested features as Motion bus, encoder and touch probes. Safety can be modular or embedded. With a choice between Optimised and Performance I/O systems, the Modicon M262 Controller provides versatile architectures around EtherNet/IP and/or Sercos – all under one software EcoStruxure Machine Expert
- Protection: with its 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.
Schneider's Modicon M262 Controller is IIoT-ready, designed and delivered with intuitive direct cloud connectivity. No gateways are required. This enables OEMs to maximise profitability and optimise their time, from the design of performance demanding applications to the commissioning of the machine.
Cyril Perducat, Executive Vice President for IoT & Digital Transformation at Schneider Electric, says: "Connected devices alone are not enough to accomplish true digital transformation. You need to develop a seamless ecosystem of humans and machines, performing optimised, end-to-end processes."
The Modicon M262 Controller is an integral part of Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure 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 maximising productivity and generating additional revenue streams from new business opportunities.
Users can easily connect the Modicon M262 to EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, a digital tool for machine builders, and gain unprecedented insight into the machine. Machine Advisor enables OEMs to implement 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 and Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in more than 480,000 sites, with the support of over 20,000 system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6million assets under management through more than 40 digital services.
Carlos Villa, Vice President–Industry US at Schneider Electric, says: "With Modicon M262, we have a new EcoStruxure Machine offer where OEMs can gain real-time remote access to their machines using EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, allowing them to modify and add new services to each installed machine at any production site worldwide. This new EcoStruxure offer further differentiates our OEM partners who are making this analytics service available and offers additional value to their end user customers who benefit from this operational insight."
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