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Advantech Launches Industry First Modular DIN-Rail IPC

Date: 7/23/2015 12:00:00 AM

Advantech Launches Industry First Modular DIN-Rail IPC

(Taipei, Taiwan – July 2015) – Advantech’s Industrial Automation Group’s  APAX-5580 DIN-Rail IPC is an industry first modular IPC. Based on the APAX controllers’ successful foundation, the standard APAX-5580 has a wealth of communication ports such as GbE, USB 3.0, mPCIe, serial ports and also an option of which processor to use. The APAX-5580 is a PC-based control platform with comprehensive I/O modules, communication ports and control software for choice. It is particularly designed for integrating Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) to take advantage of the trend in Industry 4.0.

The APAX-5580 is a powerful IPC and includes an Intel Celeron 1.6GHz/Core i3/Core  i7 1.7GHz processor,  4GB DDR3 memory, two GbE ports, one RS-232/485/422 port,  one mSATA connector, two SD slots, two mini PCIe slots, dual power input and UPS support and a 10 year lifetime RTC battery.

Unlike other standard IPCs, the APAX-5580 is a totally modular system which can help developers build a system with a complete APAX product line to suit their exact needs without complicating their system infrastructure and it also reduces the amount to effort to configure. . Besides, with its hot swappable design, all the modules can be swapped in and out without interrupting the operation of the IPC which can simplify maintenance and troubleshooting time.

As a control platform serving Smart Factory applications, the APAX-5580 can easily connect to other third party industrial devices. With integrated supporting modules, the APAX-5580 can connect to COM and CANbus devices. And with an APAX-5430 SATA module, the addition of another SATA SSD/HDD drive is allowed, in addition to the one that comes with the APAX-5580, to allow a RAID 0/1 configuration; Finally the APAX-5435 iDoor module allows users to add a whole host of additional functions, such as Fieldbus, to suit the specific connection or information needs from customers. Furthermore, the APAX-5340 battery module allows the APAX-5580 to continue operation for up to two hours in the event of a power failure.

Finally, by having partnered with CODESYS, the APAX-5580 is able to provide a whole host of extra functions such as real-time Ethernet protocol and programming by IEC61131-3, using target visualization via a connected screen and/or the web visualization on remote devices via a web browser, thereby enabling controllers to be configured and operated using a Web server via the intranet of Internet.