Ideally suited for building IIoT functionality into new and existing machines and plant, the new AE3100 controller from ifm electronic combines convenience and exceptional versatility with outstanding performance and a wide range of communication options. Measuring just 120 x 125 x 36 mm and suitable for DIN rail mounting in various orientations, the AE3100 is easily accommodated within almost any control panel and is capable of continuous operation at temperatures as high as +55 ºC.
At the heart of the AE3100 is a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, which ensures smooth and reliable operation even in the most demanding applications. Designed for easy integration with both IT systems and automation networks, full support is provided for industrial Ethernet protocols, including Profinet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP. The AE3100 can also exchange data with common cloud platforms such as AWS, Microsoft Azure and AnyViz, and it supports standard digitisation languages such as OPC UA and MQTT.
At the plant or machine level, the AE3100 controller offers plug-and-work connectivity for IO-Link devices, including IODD (I/O device description) interpretation, while the controller’s CODESYS 3.5 programmability provides complete flexibility. Remote management is also possible using the CODESYS Automation Server, which offers remote debugging and web visualisation.