Six IEC 61131-3 Compliant SoftPLCs Support ThinkIO Top-Hat Rail PC

3/28/2005 - Kontron Industrial Control's top-hat rail PC, ThinkIO, with direct connection to the Wago I/O System 750, is now supported by six SoftPLCs based on the international standard IEC 61131-3. This software has been developed and ported by the SoftPLC manufacturers for ABC-RS7 and ABC-RS5 for Siemens S7 and S5 (ABC IT), ProConOs (K&W), Straton (Copalp), and Isagraf (ICS Triplex).

CoDeSys (3S) is Kontron-supported and was ported by Kontron. Complete customized hardware and software solutions for any configuration can be obtained from the one source. This comprehensive support for SoftPLCs in compliance with IEC 61131-3 underlines the significance of the ThinkIO for industrial automation and highlights Kontron's vision to deliver application-ready solutions to the industry. Thus, even the target visualization was already implemented for CoDeSys, so that the PLC functions and GU console logic are fully integrated.

The target visualization is included at no extra cost with the CoDeSys-ThinkIO bundle. For the visualization and operation of the controller, the customer only needs to select the appropriate (Touch) Panel, which is also available from Kontron. Furthermore, Kontron's long distance interface for panels enables visualization and operating units to be installed up to 40 meters away.

ThinkIO is particularly interesting because of its form-fit, industrial strength connection to the various clamps of the Wago I/O-System 750, which is extremely convenient, both mechanically and in terms of software. All I/O modules are plug and play, so are automatically detected by the system when plugged in. It takes no time at all to customize the controller. What's more, using the software support of the IEC 61131-3-compliant SoftPLC manufacturer, with just a few clicks, the programmer can integrate the customized target system into the development environment and start entering the parameters of the application.

The ThinkIO is equipped with an Intel® Pentium® MMX compatible processor. Other features, apart from the direct connection to the Wago I/O-System, include a Watchdog timer and all the standard PC interfaces (2x USB, DVI analog and digital, 1x serial). With 2x Fast Ethernet and the optional Fieldbus (Profibus, CAN or DeviceNet interfaces), the controller is perfectly equipped to be integrated into modern and traditional industrial networks, including web connection. Software support is available for the operating systems Windows CE and Linux.

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