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SPS IPC Drives 2015 exclusive show report

03 January, 2016

Pilz has added a new high-performance base unit to its PNOZmulti 2 configurable control system for safety functions. The PNOZ m B1 has no I/O. Instead, expansion modules tailor the system to an application. Up to eight can be connected to its right-hand side. There are two built-in Ethernet ports and the controller can be connected, via modules, to various communications systems.

Bosch Rexroth has enhanced the performance of its IndraMotion MLC control system which links motion, robotics and logic control with high-level programming, making it suitable for Industry 4.0 applications, including hydraulic as well as electrical tasks. There are three variants. The IndraControl XM2 embedded version offers modular expansion, while the IndraControl L75 version is aimed at high-end applications. The IndraControl VPB40.3 is an IPC-based platform which offers a Windows 7 operating system running in parallel with a hard real-time system for controlling up to 99 axes.

The Israeli controls manufacturer Servotronix introduced a motion controller which, it claims, has the smallest footprint in its class. The softMC 3, for systems of up to four axes, uses the Linux operating system with real-time extensions to ensure precise coordinated motion. It connects to servodrives and I/Os via EtherCat or CANopen.

Siemens has expanded its compact IP65/67 Simatic ET 200AL I/O system to include modules with M12 connectors, higher output currents (up to 2A), longer maximum distances between modules (up from 10m to 15m) and safe tripping of actuators to SIL2. Siemens has also expanded its range of 19-inch rack PCs to include the entry-level Simatic IPC347E version in five configurations.

Another new arrival at Siemens is a compact mobile control panel (Simatic HMI KTP400F) with a 4” colour display and an illuminated emergency stop button. There is also a new range of IP66K stainless-steel monitors (Simatic Inox Pro) and panel PCs (Simatic Ex OG) for use in special environments.

Sigmatek was showing a range of multi-touch operating panels than are just 48mm deep. The ETT HMIs have dual-core processors and come in five sizes from 8.4–19”. Sigmatek also has a new range of cabinet-mounting industrial PCs (IPC221) with Celron processors and up to 8GB of RAM.

Softing has developed a gateway that provide OPC UA server functions for Siemens’ S7 PLCs, giving them access to IT systems. The dataFeed uaGate SI is configured via a Web interface.

Stober has added a pair of high-performance motion controllers to its MC6 family. The cabinet-mounting MC6x05 and touch panel MC6x15 are based on 2.4GHz dual-core i3 processors and can link to peripherals via EtherCat or USB 3.

Turck claims to have the first block I/O module that combines standard and safety I/O in one device. The IP67 TBPN Profinet/Profisafe module (below) has two safety inputs, two safety channels that can be used as inputs or outputs, and four I/O for non-safety signals that can switch up to 2A. Two of the I/Os can also be connected as IO-Link masters.

Turck has also added new IP67/69K modules to its block I/O range of devices with the Aida connector system for use in the automotive industry. Simple push-pull Ethernet and power connections are achieved without using screws.

Wago has expanded its I/O-System 750 by adding three eight-channel analogue input modules that are just 12mm wide. As well as a thermocouple module, there is one for 0–10V and ±10V inputs, and another for 0–20mA, 4–20mA and 3.6–21mA inputs. Each input can be configured individually. Wago also has a new range of touchscreen displays in sizes from 4.3–10.1” for Web-based applications. The e!Display 7300T panels provide visualisations using either Codesys 2 or Wago’s e!Cockpit software (based on Codesys 3).


ABB used SPS to launch a motor controller for fixed-speed single- and three-phase applications up to 1kV AC. The UMC 100.3 controller (below) combines the functions of electronic motor protection and control, fault diagnosis, and communications via Profibus DP, DeviceNet or Modbus RTU, as well as Modbus TCP or Profinet via Ethernet networks. ABB has also extended its pTSX soft-starter capabilities

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