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Maxim's Micro PLC improves Industry 4.0 implementation

02 Oct 2014

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Maxim's Micro PLC platform offers smaller form factor, increased savings and faster data processing for Industry 4.0 applications

Maxim Integrated Products Inc. used its Micro PLC platform to develop five reference designs that enable designers to implement Industry 4.0 with less power, parts and total costs.

Geared for industrial applications, these reference designs can operate as stand-alone sub-systems and be configured and tested with a laptop's USB port.

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is the core building block that controls and coordinates sensors and machinery moving throughout a factory.

Each year, $800 billion is spent on factory maintenance and lost productivity. To reduce these expenses, the global Industry 4.0 movement is working to make manufacturing smarter and more efficient.

Through "smart integration" (integration aligned with solving industry-wide issues) and proprietary process technology, Maxim's Micro PLC platform claims to deliver a 10x reduction in form factor, provides greater than 50 per cent power savings, and processes digital I/O outputs up to 70x faster.

Supporting the Industry 4.0 distributed model, Maxim has developed multiple products that are interoperable with the Micro PLC platform:

  • MAX11270: a 24bit, 10mW, delta-sigma ADC with integrated PGA offers the highest signal-to-noise (SNR) and lowest power in its class
  • MAX17515: a 5A, 2.4V to 5.5V input, complete switch-mode power supply with built-in inductor that reduces energy loss and heat with 92 per cent efficiency.
  • MAX17552: a 4V to 60V, 100mA, ultra-small, synchronous step-down DC-DC converter, compliant to IEC61131-2 PLC standard, that reduces heat dissipation and enables up to 50 per cent cooler operation

The MAXREFDES61# four-channel analogue input board is priced at $39 each. The schematics, layout files and firmware are free.

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