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Schneider Electric targets industrial IoT with new controller

New Modicon M580 ePAC comes with native Ethernet and in-built cyber security feature

Schneider Electric targets industrial IoT with new controller
Modicon M580 ePAC addresses the latest automation trends and requirements for the region’s industrial users, says Akkaya.

Schneider Electric has introduced its new Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC) to the Gulf region.

As its first PAC built for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it is the recommended controller of PlantStruxure, the company’s automation architecture for industrial and infrastructure customers.

The flagship product of the Modicon range of controllers features hot standby functionality (HSBY), native Ethernet, and cybersecurity embedded in its core. Modicon M580 is designed to provide flexibility for operational efficiency for medium or large process applications in water and wastewater plants, mining, hydropower, oil and gas and transportation.

Deniz Akkaya, partner project and industry vice president, Gulf Countries, Pakistan and East Mediterranean, Schneider Electric, said: “We are excited to introduce the new high-end Modicon M580 ePAC, which has been designed based on our expertise in open architectures and Ethernet technology. Addressing the latest automation trends and stringent requirements for the region’s industrial users, Modicon M580 ePAC has been designed to fill the void between a universal Ethernet backbone, a DCS, and a PAC. Cutting-edge functionality allows us to drive true customer benefit, thanks to a future-proof solution designed to meet the most pressing industry challenges.”

According to findings of the 2015 ABI Research report, the number of connected industrial controllers will triple over the period between 2014 and 2020. Given this growth rate of around 20 percent and the region’s need for interoperable and smart manufacturing solutions across various sectors, Schneider Electric expects the Modicon M580 to be a valuable addition to the market.

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