NI extends industrial automation reach with IP67-sealed controller
The IC-3173 Industrial Controller has been designed to act as an Industrial Internet of Things edge node in extremely harsh locations including spray-down manufacturing environments, test cells and outdoor locations, without the need for a protective enclosure. The IP67 rating helps ensure reliable operation in the presence of dust and water, in accordance to IEC standard 60529.
The fanless device delivers high levels of processing power and connectivity for automated image processing, data acquisition and control applications in extreme environments. These controllers feature up to a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 64 GB storage, four Power over Ethernet (PoE) GigE ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two DisplayPorts in a rugged design with no moving parts, and now with an IP rating up to IP67. Industrial Controllers also include a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, which improves system performance by providing custom I/O timing, synchronization, control and image coprocessing capabilities.
Industrial Controllers are part of a range of products from NI that support Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), the next evolution of the IEEE 802.1 Ethernet standard that delivers distributed time synchronization, low latency and convergence of time-critical and general networking traffic. In addition to using TSN for controller-to-controller communication, engineers can also integrate highly synchronized sensor measurements using the new TSN-enabled CompactDAQ Chassis released earlier in 2017.