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Eatonís New Compact XC152 PLC: Cost Efficient Integration in Modular Machine Building


Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has launched a new compact PLC which supports intelligent and modular automation concepts with local PLCs and various communication interfaces such as SmartWire-DT, CANopen, RS232, RS485 or Profibus and Ethernet. The new XC152 provides a cost effective solution for all high performance PLC applications with a need for interface flexibility.

The XC152 runs on the Windows CE 5 operating system and the CPU is implemented with a 32-bit 400MHz RISC processor. In addition to a 64MB internal memory (OS, program, data), an SD slot is provided for external storage. A Run Stop switch, Ethernet interface and USB Host are also included.

The PLC is provided with either a CANopen (master/slave) or Profibus (DP/MPI master) interface with an optional SmartWire-DT master device also available. The compact PLC with WEB/remote server features an RS232 and/or RS485 interface depending on the communication interface variant. The following variants are available on request: XC-152-E3-11 SmartWire-DT, RS232; XC-152-E6-11 SmartWire-DT, CAN, RS485; XC-152-E8-11 SmartWire-DT, DP, RS485; XC-152-D6-11 CAN, RS485, RS232 and XC-152-D8-11 DP, RS485, RS232.

The XC152 PLC offers users from the modular machine building sector with standard automation solutions benefits such as high performance (with the CoDeSys-based xSoft-Codesys-2 programming system 2, programmable as a PLC in accordance with IEC61131-3), compact design (100mm x 155mm x 40mm HxBxT) and a wide range of communication options.

With the SmartWire-DT option, the I/O level is integrated directly into the switching devices enabling the PLC to access the digital and analogue data directly from the control circuit device right through to the circuit-breaker. Gateways and I/O level are no longer needed allowing the creation of flexible, streamlined automation solutions with fewer components and little engineering outlay. Eaton calls this concept Lean Automation. As an alternative to a combined HMI/PLC, cost efficient modular solutions today use a high-performance PLC like the XC152 together with an external HMI. This solution is future proof as any application extensions and/or modifications can be implemented more easily and more flexibly. The Ethernet terminal allows direct access, visualisation and data transparency Ė for which users can use either the WEB visualisation on the XC152 or the remote server. Thanks to the platform concept, successful solutions and existing know-how can always be recycled several times over.

Editorís Notes
Eatonís electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, power monitoring, and energy management products and services. Eaton is positioned through its global electrical product series, to answer todayís most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton Corporation plc is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. The company is a global technology leader in electrical products, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control, power transmission, lighting and wiring products; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in 2012. The new company, Eaton Corporation plc, has approximately 100,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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