White Paper: Robotics, Automation & Control

The cMT-CTRL01 IIoT PLC

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is both the present and future of manufacturing. Part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, IIoT utilizes smart machines and real-time analysis. IIoT is a network of intelligent devices that monitors, collects, exchanges, and analyzes data. IIoT systems commonly consist of data communication capabilities (such as the Internet or private network), tools that allow the operator to interface with equipment, whether onsite or remotely, and intelligent systems that measure and store information.

The intelligent equipment sends information to the communications structure, where it is used to analyze the status or performance of a machine or entire factory. The information helps manufacturers improve production, optimize the supply chain, and predict maintenance issues.

The next generation of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) must have powerful peripheral connectivity to fulfill IIoT demands. Responding to this trend, Weintek has integrated CODESYS and the IIoT Gateway into the cMT-CTRL01 IIoT Programmable Logic Controller. Today, the data in the device connected to the cMTCTRL01 can be published to the IIoT system. The cMT-CTRL01 features IIoT gateway protocol translation and EasyAccess remote access service. This paper describes the challenges faced by OEMs and system integrators when choosing an automation control system in the IIoT architecture and how the cMT-CTRL01 meets those challenges.

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