Turck has released its TBEN-PLC Codesys 3 compact IP67 PLC for controlling small or modular machines. Thanks to its robust housing and high degree of environmental protection, the TBEN-PLC can operate directly on-machine, enabling the implementation of machine control without the need for a control cabinet. Using machine automation concepts and the use of pre-assembled cordsets reduce the cabling e ort and simplify installation.
The wide variety of eldbus communication protocols supported underlines the tre- mendous exibility of the new TBEN-PLC; when used as a master/scanner, the device supports the industrial Ethernet protocols Pro net, EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP, as well as Modbus RTU, CANopen and SAE J1939.
The TBEN-PLC can also be used as a remote IO device for Pro net, EtherNet/IP, Mod- bus TCP, Modbus RTU and CANopen networks, enabling use as a protocol converter or gateway. For example, the controller can function as a CANopen manager for machine module and connect this local network to a higher level system commu- nicating over Pro net. As part of the increasing digitization of industry, this enables existing machine controls to be integrated into modern closely networked, highly exible production systems.
Two onboard serial ports can also be used to integrate RS-232/485 serial devices. The device provides eight con gurable discrete I/O channels for the direct connection
of sensors and actuators. When combined with Turck’s eldbus technology products with IP67 protection, comprehensive machine control including safety technology can be completely implemented without the need for a control cabinet.