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Congatec AG Combined PLC/HMI Computing Module: Brief

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Congatec AG Combined PLC/HMI Computing Module: Brief

Embedded computing module supports both real-time control and human machine interface (HMI).

Imagine a universal embedded platform suitable for many kinds of industrial applications—one system that seamlessly integrates both a real-time OS and an HMI. In this solution, two previously separate systems are fully functional without restriction and have been combined without any changes to the software. Now imagine that you can put your hands on one—quite literally.

The congatec conga-ARkit* is a programmable logic controller (PLC) reference platform from congatec AG and Real-Time Systems (RTS) GmbH. It uses a conga-CAx* COM Express module built with the ultra-low power, industrial temperature Intel® Atom™ processor Z5xxPT series and the Intel® System Controller Hub US15WPT chipset. The compact form factor (just 95x95mm²) fits right into a DIN Rail housing slot. It puts out just 5 watts of heat, which means it is ideal for mobile devices. (Yes, you can hold onto it with your bare hands.) Thanks to Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and a real-time hypervisor, it can simultaneously and reliably run two separate operating systems—including a real-time operating system and a general purpose operating system.

“It’s a perfect fit” for the automation industry which is facing pressure to reduce costs and energy consumption while improving reliability and performance. “Partitioning a compact and powerful embedded computer module to run two independent operating systems and applications can reduce the hardware cost of a system solution by as much as 50 percent,” says Christian Eder, congatec marketing manager. “And because one machine has a statistically smaller chance of failure than two, reliability goes up when you reduce the number of parts. That makes it a super-efficient platform that’s ideal for both mobile and PLC solutions.

Read the full Congatec AG Combined PLC/HMI Computing Module Solution Brief.