IMO's i3 controller offers a unique solution since it is both a PLC and HMI combined in one device. It is also, small, very powerful and has many unique connectivity features. One such feature is the GRPS modem option, which is ideal for applications where the controller is somewhere out in the field.
Remote monitoring, control and programming of devices can reduce service visits required and allow first class customer service to provided to end customers. It minimizes downtime, maximises productivity and reduces servicing costs by allowing the possibility of fault diagnosis without visiting site.
Many specialist vehicles contain a variety of high tech equipment and software. These system are often produced by several suppliers, therefore having a variety of different interfaces. The i3 solves this problem by providing the user with a single interface runing on a touch screen PC.
Remote monitoring, control and programming have previously been restrictive due to legacy devices only providing serial communications. Imagine being able to programme these devices from your office miles from their location on the factory floor! In fact the devices could be anywhere in the world.
i3 Intergrated Controller provides the ultimate integrated solution for Process & Automation Control
IMO's new i3 controller reduces equipment costs, and the time for integrating discrete PLC and HMI combinations, by the simple means of combining both functions, as well as open bus communications, all in a single, easy to mount unit. Available with a combination of Digital and Analogue I/O - including Remote I/O - and Integrated Thermocouple and PT100 inputs, the i3 controller is ideal for both process control and factory automation applications, especially as it is backed by IMO's unique 3-year warranty.
Although, measuring just 91.63mm2 by 57.5mm deep, the i3 nevertheless packs in levels of functionality that makes the unit the most flexible and cost effective in its class. In addition to digital and analogue I/O, and inegral HMI, the i3 integrates advanced controls such as PID, for process control, PWM, for stepper motor control, GSM modem or Ethernet, Recipe, Alarm, Timer, micro SD and High Speed Counter functions, all of which are supported by FREE Software, in a package that is covered by IMO's unique 3-year warranty.
This high level of functionality removes any need to compromise in the three operational areas: display, control and communication, provided by the i3. The HMI capability integrates a 128 x 64 LCD display featuring programmable IP65 (NEMA4) function keys, or high contrast Touch Screen 160 x 128 LCD and 4 programmable function keys: both providing high level graphics and text capabilities. In addition, the control capabilities provided by the units standard Analogue (4 Inputs, 2 Outputs) and Digital (24 Inputs, 16 Outputs) I/O are expandable by interfacing to IMO iOS remote I/O modules. This facility provides extended control capabilities and delivers greater flexibility in system design.
In the area of communications too, the i3 is fully featured, offering widley used Ethernet communications, and the facility for two multi-function serial communications ports that can be used for programming, expansion I/O, and ancillary devices such as printers. Finally, there is an optional GSM modem or Ethernet Port for higher-level communications with servers or PC's. Functions of the modem include networking via Ethernet and remote data collection via GPRS, as well as SMS messages, making the i3 a powerful alarm monitor for unmanned outstations.
In addition to its extensive control, monitoring and communication capabilities, the i3 offers the benefit of reduced installation time, as a result of its unique case design. This allows either panel (IP65) or DIN rail mounting, facilities that give users the ultimate in flexibility, both in mounting and positioning of the controller.
The i3 conforms to CE, UL and c-UL international standards. It is supported by the full range of IMO's i3 products and also by accessories such as Sensors, Switches, Enlosures, Drives, Intelligent Terminals, Motor Control Gear and many more.