Modicon M340 midrange PAC expands functionality

The Modicon M340 programmable automation controller (PAC) from Schneider Electric has been expanded with more power and functionality. Supported by Unity-Pro V4.0 software, this midrange PAC will address more applications and provide more flexible, open solutions when remote I/O is used. It also facilitates connection to third party CANopen devices. New functionality includes....
By Control Engineering Staff January 16, 2009

The Modicon M340 programmable automation controller (PAC) from Schneider Electric has been expanded with more power and functionality. Supported by Unity-Pro V4.0 software, this midrange PAC will address more applications and provide more flexible, open solutions when remote I/O is used.

Modicon M340 programmable automation controller (PAC) from Schneider Electric

The controller CANopen devices. New functionality includes:

  • “Level 2 Performance” CPU with a Modbus serial port;

  • 128 MB SD-memory card for data storage;

  • Expansion rack to provide more flexible open solutions when remote I/O is required;

  • Integration with motion applications;

  • Improved legacy hardware migration

  • Flexible application configuration with expansion racks.

The controller uses Modicon Unity Pro V4.0 software for programming and configuration. With it, users can quickly select features needed for applications, support application development, and simplify legacy application migration to new Modicon automation hardware. Version 4.0 of the software supports all IEC 61131-3 languages, has an expanded catalog of I/O modules, e-mail (SMTP) on Ethernet embedded port of the CPU, and supports multiple versions of Unity Pro software. It can be used to program Modicon Quantum, Premium and M340 PLCs. The software includes extensions for a variety of architectures and services, including:

  • Configuration, communication, application functions;

  • 3rd party devices on CANopen;

  • Supports the new M340 Rack Expander;

  • Addition of Pulse Train Output (PTO) motion module to control a stepper or servo motor;

  • Openness on all Unity Pro models; and

  • Microsoft Vista Business Edition support.

Online you can find more information on Modicon Unity Pro V4.0 PLC programming software from Schneider Electric . See also Product Research on process controllers .

– Edited by Renee Robbins , senior editor
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