Helping machine builders save on space, cost and maintenance

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Eaton has developed an ultra-compact modular slice I/O system that is said to offer a range of benefits for machine builders. The XN300 features CANopen connectivity, plug-in connector technology and high channel density.

When used with the company’s HMI/PLC products, the XN300 system is claimed to allow compact, customisable system solutions. In addition, because of the intelligent functionality of the XN300 modules, in many applications fewer modules are needed.

Because of its compact design, the I/O system occupies a minimum amount of space in the control panel. Up to 20 channels require a frontal area of 12.5 x 102mm, including plug-in connectors and a display that provides users with an instant visual overview of operational status.

XN300 modules have a practical and convenient assembly system that, in conjunction with their plug-in connectors, allows I/O stations with sensors and actuators to be pre-assembled. This helps with commissioning and maintenance.

This combination of features means that the modular slice I/O system makes it possible for machine builders to produce machines that are simpler, more compact and more cost effective.

The XN300-Assist software tool is available to help users with system configuration and to facilitate preliminary testing of systems during commissioning.

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