Product News: Controls & Controllers

Expandable, Modular PLCs support lean automation applications.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 16, 2012 - Expandable with I/O modules, XC100 and XC200 offer 8 digital inputs and 6 digital outputs as standard and utilize Controller Development Software (CoDeSys) programming environment. Small- and medium-sized control tasks benefit from XC100, which integrates CANopen fieldbus interface. When additional communications and processing capacity are required, XC200 offers Ethernet interface and optional integral Web server in addition to RS232 interface and CANopen fieldbus connections.

Original Press Release

Eaton Introduces New Lean Automation Solutions for North American Customers to Control, Reduce Costs

Press release date: Nov 01, 2012

PITTSBURGH … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today introduced the XC controllers with Controller Development Software (CoDeSys) to the North American market. Already available in Europe, the XC PLCs provide fast, cost-efficient control for global food packaging, renewables, and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. The modular XC programmable logic controllers (PLCs) help reduce costs and are scalable to meet individual and evolving automation system requirements for small and medium-sized systems.

Industry-leading Eaton control and automation solutions are designed to make processes Lean by reducing engineering design, commissioning and materials costs. The XC modular PLCs include XC100 and XC200 devices. For small and medium-sized control tasks, XC100 controllers provide powerful control with an integrated CANopen fieldbus interface for fast, efficient communication.

“The XC modular controllers enable customers to create custom automation systems,” said Richard Chung, product manager at Eaton. “ Through CoDeSys development software, an open programming environment, customers are able to develop best-in-class solutions.”

When additional communications and high-processing capacity are required, the XC200 controllers have an Ethernet interface and an optional integral web server, in addition to the RS232 interface and CANopen fieldbus connections. Ethernet access provides both efficient communications between controllers and data exchange to high-level control systems, using communications standards including Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) for Process Control (OPC).

Providing customizable control, XC controllers are easily expandable with compact, high-speed input/output (I/O) modules. Up to 15 XIOC local expansion modules can be connected directly to each controller and are available in a variety of high-density channels, analog, temperature, counter, and communication modules. Additionally, XC controllers have eight digital inputs and six digital outputs as standard.

XC controllers utilize the CoDeSys programming environment that is International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61131-3 compliant and supports interoperability with devices from multiple vendors. CoDeSys has a range of features for programming, testing and commissioning that simplifies and organizes program documentation, diagnostics, and debugging.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader in power distribution, power quality, control and automation, power monitoring, and energy management products and services. Eaton is positioned, through its global electrical product series and solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 74,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit