Eurotherm Mini8 Multiloop Controller Schneider Electric
Mini8 Controller – Maximize your PLC with the Best Control Algorithm in the World
- Reduces PLC hardware
- Easy and quick set-up
- Improves control performance
- Improves PLC performance
- Minimizes signal conditioning hardware
The Eurotherm Mini8 Controller offers high performance control usually only found in Eurotherm panel mount PID controllers.
It is also a very competitive and compact data acquisition device.
Its modular design enables its I/O and feature set to be selected to cater for a wide range of applications from simple to complex.
The Eurotherm Mini8 controller is the ideal partner to a programmable logic controller (PLC). Able to multi-drop on either serial, fieldbus or Ethernet communications, it offer s a real, cost-effective alternative to performing analog measurement or loop control in a PLC.
Implementing these functions in the Mini8 controller reduces the hardware cost of the PLC, relieving it of the burden of performing analog functions – often allowing a lower specification processor to be used.
The feature set of the Mini8 controller includes high performance PID control, graphical wiring and setpoint programming functions together with math, logic and timing function blocks.
When used in a data acquisition installation the high density analog I/O can be combined with 6000 Series paperless graphic recorder products to provide unsurpassed local and network access to your process.
- Heat treatment – Multi-zone ovens and furnaces
- Semiconductor CVD and MBE
- Power generation
- Plastic extrusion
- Packaging machines
- Textile machinery
- Baking ovens
- Glass lehrs
- 16 control loops with self tune
- 32 analog inputs
- Modular and compact
- Setpoint programming
- Math and logic
- Modbus RTU
- DeviceNetTM network
- Profibus DP
8 Loop Plastics Mini8 Controller
- Pre-configured plastics application
- 8 precision PID loops
- Alarm management
- Heater failure detection
- Modbus RTU
- Profibus DP, CANopen, Modbus TCP, DeviceNet communications
The Mini8 Plastics Controller is a pre-configured version of the multi-loop controller. It can control up to 8 temperature zones, each configurable as heat only or heat-cool. The Eurotherm cooling algorithm can be optimized for fan or water cooling ensuring optimum control even at high extruder speeds. The Mini8 plastics controller can multi-drop on either serial, Fieldbus or Ethernet communications and offers a cost effective alternative to performing control loops in a PLC.
By devolving control to the Mini8 instrument, the PLC can concentrate on providing fast and effective logic control without the processing burden of running complex control algorithms. Relieving the PLC of these functions can significantly reduce the total system cost including PLC hardware, signal conditioners, configuration and commissioning. The standard configuration supports 8 thermocouple inputs defaulted to type J and 16 logic outputs for driving solid state relays. An optional current transformer input module can be fitted to provide rapid detection of a heater load failure, overcurrent as well as SSR short or open circuit. This feature ensures that action can quickly be taken to rectify a fault – minimising downtime and improving product yields. The standard plastics configuration can be customized to specific application by using the iTools Graphical Wiring Editor.