RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now stocking the Industrial Shields range of PLCs and panel PCs, which combines the advantages of open-source hardware (OSH) with the reliability of industrial-standard products.
The Industrial Shields PLCs and panel PCs are based on the most popular open-source developments boards, such as Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Hummingboards, and can be programmed exactly in the same way. This unique characteristic allows engineers to go from prototype to industrialisation using the same flexible programming code.
|Industrial Shields PLCs and Panel PCs|
The PLC portfolio comprises ARDBOX compact PLCs based on the Arduino Leonardo board, and M-DUINO Ethernet PLCs based on the Arduino Mega board. All operate from a supply voltage of 12-24V DC, and can be programmed and monitored via the Arduino IDE platform. ARDBOX compact PLCs are available in two different versions with up to 20 I/Os giving a choice of digital, analogue and relay outputs. The M-DUINO series offers five different versions with up to 58 I/Os. All units support I2C communication allowing I/O expansion by connecting multiple units together. USB, RS232 and RS485 communication ports are also provided.
In the past few years the flexibility of open-source development boards has eased the design process for electronic engineers, enabling faster prototyping for cutting-edge applications, especially in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. “Our new distribution agreement with Industrial Shields brings this flexibility to industrial engineers with a series of ready-to-install open-source industrial products,” said Paolo Carnovale, Global Category Marketing Manager for Automation & Control at RS.