- June 18, 2014
June 18, 2014 - CANNON-Automata releases A2-PAC Programmable Automation Controller with Sercos or EtherCAT master interface and onboard I/O. The base unit is equipped with Intel multi-core Atom or i-Series CPUs. Thus, despite the small size and the fan-less operation, enough performance even for the most demanding control and visualization tasks is available. As further communication interfaces CAN, RS232/485 and PC-typical interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet and USB are available for the user. A high degree of freedom opens the mini-PCI Express slot. This feature permits easy and cost-effective expansion of the A2-PAC with additional field busses or interfaces such as WLAN, Bluetooth, GSM modem or Firewire. Concerning storage capacity and throughput the base unit even meets demanding requirements. Besides a fast and reliable mSATA solid state disk, it is equipped with an easily accessible SD-Card as removable dis k. Another highlight are the different panel interface s of the A2-PAC; they allow the connection of control panels of the proven Automata A- or F-Series over a single cable for power supply, video, touch screen, USB, keyboard and I/Os for lamps, buttons and switches. The touch panels can thus be operated over a distance up to 25 meters apart from the base unit. The A2-PAC is programmed with the IEC 61131-3 tool CODESYS. Extensive libraries provide alternative programming in C/C++ or other high level programming languages.