SIXNET Announces The Mini-VersaTRAK mIPm RTU with Ethernet & Serial Communications and Digital & Analog I/O

  • April 20, 2004
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SIXNET announces its latest addition to their IPm product line, the Mini-VersaTRAK mIPm RTU. The mIPm (which stands for mini-IPm) is a compact unit with Ethernet, up to 4 serial ports and a built-in mix of 26 discrete and analog I/O. Like all of SIXNET's IPm Controllers and RTUs it is pre-loaded with open-source Linux and the IPm firmware which offers many advanced automation, control and data acquisition capabilities. The mIPm is 100% compatible with SIXNET's legacy Mini-VersaTRAK RTU. Steve Schoenberg, the president of the company, states, "The mIPm is a complete RTU system that fits in the palm of your hand. It includes powerful firmware that is loaded with industrial automation features that are ready to use right out of the box. In addition, the open-source Linux makes it truly open and allows for ultimate flexibility. The mIPm is an ideal platform for end users, integrators and OEMs alike. Simply stated, it will make your job easier." The mIPm can be programmed using any mix of the ISaGRAF IEC61131 languages (ladder logic, sequential function chart, etc.), high-level C/C++ and more. OEMs can even add their own applications, in which case SIXNET refers to this as the perfect OEM product platform. It also offers many advanced features that do not require any programming. For example, with the supplied SIXNET I/O Tool Kit software users can configure datalogging and I/O transfer routines to occur periodically or on an event such as an alarm. This configuration software also allows users to import/export tag definitions, load custom programs, perform diagnostics and much more.Inside the mIPm, there is 32 Mb of flash disk and fast dynamic memory, along with an industrial PowerPC. The mIPm also offers a unique hot swap capability which minimizes downtime and makes it easier to keep a system running smoothly. Currently, two mIPm models are offered with different combinations of built-in I/O. In addition, it is expandable using any of SIXNET's EtherTRAK Ethernet or RemoteTRAK RS485 I/O modules. The mIPm is UL/CSA/CE rated for -40 to +70°C operation, Class 1, Div. 2 (Zone 2) hazardous locations and marine/offshore applications.For additional product information, visit their web site at

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