24/10/2006 - 05:00 am

Hirschmann Unveils the iFLEX2 Mobile Controller

Hirschmann Automation and Control, Chambersburg, Pa., has introduced the iFLEX2 mobile controller, an instrument that can be used for safe load moment indication and a number of control tasks for cranes and other construction equipment. The programmable logic controller is specially designed for use in harsh environments. Using integrated CANopen interfaces, the controller can be networked with other iFLEX2 systems or other controls, and, complete with intelligent sensors and actuators, can build a distributed network.

Featuring an integrated Floating Point Unit (FPU), a real-time multitasking operating system, and a 32-bit microcontroller technology, iFLEX2 meets the requirements for a high performance, universal controller. In addition, this IP65 system is designed for temperatures ranging between -22 degrees and 167 degrees (-30 degrees to 75 degrees C) and offers a very high EMC and vibration resistance.

Information from conventional sensors and actuators can be processed by digital and analog inputs/outputs on the device. Since these inputs/outputs are individually configurable, they can be changed to fit the application. Proportional valves can be operated without additional amplifiers via PWM outputs with internal current measurement. In addition to the standard CANopen interfaces, iFLEX2 also offers the possibility of transmitting motor data in accordance with SAE J 1939.

The iFLEX2 uses the same software tools as other systems in the iFLEX family for programming, configuration, and diagnostics, which enables the application software to be written in C or PLC programming language, according to IEC 61131-3. The user can choose between Instruction List, Sequential Function Chart, Structured Text, Function Block Diagram, and Ladder Diagram.

In other Hirschmann news, Cranes and Equipment Specialists, Palos Hills, Ill., has been named Hischmann's premier dealer for Illinois and Wisconsin. Cranes and Equipment Specialists will carry Hirschmann's entire line of PAT and Krueger crane operator aids, including the PRS 40 EZ LMI for mobile cranes and the Maestro LMI upgrade.

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