PLC/HMI Solution provides standalone machine control.

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Telemecanique® TwidoPack integrates Twido nano controllers with Magelis® XBT-N text-based HMI display. Controllers feature TwidoSoft v2.0 software, up to 14 configurable PID loops, and built-in USB port and modem communications management capabilities. AS-INTERFACE master module allows nano controller to manage 1,000+ I/O points. With depth of 78 mm, HMI display is rated NEMA 4X and incorporates diagnostics and distributed communications capabilities.

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Schneider Electric Offers Integrated PLC/HMI Solution Ideal for Small and Standalone Machine Control

Combines nano PLC and compact text-based operator screens

NORTH ANDOVER, MA - April 05, 2004 - The Telemecanique® TwidoPack is Schneider Electric's newest innovation for simplifying the control of small and standalone machines. It integrates the latest version of the company's popular Twido nano controllers with Magelis® XBT-N, one of the smallest and most rugged text-based HMI displays on the market, in one competitively-priced package.

The TwidoPack combination starter pack is designed to meet the growing market demand for nano controllers with greater functionality and easy connectivity to user-friendly operator terminals. New TwidoSoft v2.0 software adds a number of new capabilities to the Twido family of compact and modular controllers, including increased data capacity, improved process control with up to 14 configurable PID loops and built-in USB port and modem communications management for remote monitoring. A new AS-INTERFACE master module also allows the innovative ultra-compact nano controller to manage more than 1,000 I/O points.

The Magelis XBT-N is one of the only small operator displays on the market rated both NEMA 4X for outdoor use and UL Class 1, Division 2 for hazardous locations. With a depth of just 78mm it takes up less panel space because no separate power supply is needed. It has a fast response time of just 30ms. The Magelis XBT-N text display incorporates efficient diagnostics and distributed communications capabilities and a plug-in cable that reduces wiring costs.

This open, off-the-shelf alternative to more costly custom PLC/HMI solutions integrates easily with companion Schneider Electric products and third-party components for small machine control, including new Telemecanique TeSys(TM) U-Line smart motor starters, Osi(TM) sensors, Altivar® 31 drives and Phaseo® power supplies.

For more information on Telemecanique automation and control products from Schneider Electric, visit or or call 1-800-392-8781.

Headquartered in Palatine, Ill., the North American Operating Division of Schneider Electric had sales of $2.5 billion in 2003. The North American Operating Division is one of four geographic divisions of Schneider Electric, headquartered in Paris, France, and markets the Square D, Telemecanique and Merlin Gerin brand products to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States, Schneider Electric is best known by its flagship Square D brand, with Telemecanique becoming increasingly known in the industrial control and automation markets and supported by many Square D distributors. For 100 years, Square D has been a market-leading brand of electrical distribution and industrial control products, systems and services. Schneider Electric is a global electrical industry leader with 2003 sales of approximately $9.9 billion. Visit Schneider Electric at, or

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