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IndraControl XM12: Economical control in real time
High functionality and communication diversity with high cost-effectiveness
IndraControl XM12 control for PLC automation in factory automation/ © Boschrexroth
The new embedded control from Rexroth combines high functionality and communication diversity with high cost-effectiveness
As soon as many process signals were processed in an application, there is no alternative to real-time-capable controllers, even in lighter-duty applications with a more basic set of performance requirements. For these applications, Bosch Rexroth now offers an economical solution: The new IndraControl XM12 – flexible, easy-to-configure embedded control hardware that can be expanded with additional modules. Thanks to the use of open standards in programming and communication, IndraControl XM12 is the perfect fit for automation concepts.
As youngest member, IndraControl XM12 complements the successfully launched IndraControl XM product family in the lower performance range. This is based on state-of-the-art processor technology and high power density. The scaled firmware serves various applications with a highly functional PLC kernel and accelerates the engineering with numerous pre-programmed technology functions.
Communication and programming are based on open standards, which ensures easy integration into networked structures. Real-time communication with connected periphery results from the on-board Sercos master or alternatively EtherNet/IP or ProfiNet RT master. The new controller offers PLC automation with CODESYS V3, but Bosch Rexroth goes above and beyond by also including its award-winning Open Core Engineering software technology with the IndraControl XM12 – thereby building an important bridge to the IT/IoT world.
Users can program individual functions in high-level languages such as C/C++, Java and Lua and therefore access the core functions of the controller in parallel and independently of the PLC. In addition, the gigabit Ethernet interface exchanges large data volumes with higher-level systems at a high speed. The additional hardware components that would otherwise have been needed for this and the corresponding interfaces for machine control are a thing of the past.
With modular, expandable hardware assemblies such as the fast I/O family IndraControl S20, machine manufacturers can easily adapt the control system to suit their requirements. The control hardware is maintenance-free thanks to the elimination of wearing parts such as fans and batteries. An SD card slot and a diagnostic LED reduce the workload for commissioning. The expanded working temperature range extends from -25°C to +60°C.
Source: Bosch Rexroth