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Advantech Launches Industry First Modular DIN-Rail IPC

7/23/2015

Advantech Launches Industry First Modular DIN-Rail IPC

July 2015 (Taipei,Taiwan) – 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.

APAX-5580

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.