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A controller for small automation applications

29 May 2008

IMO’s iSmart is a flexible, easy to use and cost-effective controller for small automation applications. Offering from 10 to 44 I/O, and with Modbus, DeviceNet, options modules (other networks are under development) for even greater expandability, the iSmart has the same capability as a small plc, but with reduced complexity and cost, higher switching capability (8 amps), free of charge software and the security of a 3-year guarantee.

An ideal controller for OEM applications, such as packaging machines, vending machines conveyors and automatic door systems, the iSmart is available in three configurations with ac or dc power. The range includes blind, (without display or keypad), expandable and high speed communications type units, all with multi-language capability (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese) enabling OEM’s to closely tailor the iSmart package to suit their ideal cost/control requirements. This is made even easier by the competitive nature of the pricing for the iSmart, with list prices starting at below £50 for a 10 I/O unit.

Easily adapted to all types of machines, the iSmart is a simplified, modular range of intelligent relays, comprising base modules of either 10 or 20 I/O points. These are expandable up to 44 I/O (including four analogue) by adding a maximum of six modules: three of 4- input and 4-output, respectively. In addition, the highly functional iSmart package also includes two 1-KHz High speed inputs, a real time clock, one pulse width modulation output (PMW) for position control; 8amp switching outputs, a memory module option (particularly useful for OEMs), a communication interface to IMO HMI’s or Computers, and a Modbus High Speed Data Link that enables the linking of remote I/O.

Speedy, time saving programming and set-up of the iSmart is guaranteed by the use of industry standard programming languages: Relay Ladder (200lines, 4 instructions/ per line) or Function Block Diagram (99 function blocks). The controller can be programmed via a PC, PDA (pocket PC) or the integral keypad, using SMT Client, IMO’s free-of-charge software. The SMT Client software provides program simulation for Windows 98, 2000, XP, and Pocket PCs, enabling designs to be verified and tested at a desk level. In addition, the iSmart SMT Client also provides on-line monitoring in both ladder and function block modes to enable rapid fault recognition and diagnosis.

Offering the convenience of DIN rail mounting, standard IEC dimensions allow the iSmart to be mounted easily, either in local panels, remote standalone enclosures, or network applications. As regards networks, the availability of high speed comms options: Modbus, DeviceNet, (other networks are under development), allow the highly compact iSmart to integrate seamlessly with the most widely used Fieldbus systems.

The iSmart conforms to CE UL and c-UL international standards. It is supported by the full range of IMO’s i products and also by accessories such as sensors, switches, enclosures, drives, intelligent terminals, motor control gear- and much more.

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