Schneider Electric GAC: Company announces Modicon M580 ePAC

By Mike Rhodes
Technical Editor

DALLAS -- At its first inaugural Global Automation Conference (GAC), Schneider Electric unveiled its new 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, simple and native time stamping solutions, extension of architecture change during the run and new topology capabilities.

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, the company said.

The Modicon M580 ePAC provides a 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 maximizes uptime with the capability for online configuration changes without stopping the process. CANopen fieldbus is now natively integrated through a new embedded CANopen module.

Designed for users who need traceability in their processes and programs, the 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.

The company said the new ePAC also allows seamless modernization of existing Quantum and Premium platforms with no need to completely change the system.

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