The Pocket IO™ programmable logic controller (PLC) development platform from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. addresses the challenges of industrial automation and Industry 4.0 designers who need to keep a manufacturing line running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with the ability to achieve the smallest form factor and highest power efficiency for next-generation PLC designs.
30 IO's consisting of four analog inputs, one analog output, eight digital inputs, eight digital outputs,
Two RS485 (Profibus-capable field busses)
Three encoder motor-control ports
Four IO-Link® masters.
Pocket IO connectivity is through USB or its own Wi-Fi® network.
Code can be developed to run on the Intel® Edison using the popular and easy to use open-source Arduino® software IDE.
The Pocket IO provides the following key advantages to increase productivity:
Real-time intelligence: Fast data processing provides the necessary data to make intelligent decisions quickly and effectively to optimize yield.
Adaptive manufacturing: Manufacturing flexibility allows for real-time changes and adjustments to avoid potential downtime.
Distributed control: Ultra-small footprint of less than 10 cubic inches and smart energy consumption brings PLC down to the manufacturing line, re-distributing intelligent control and providing redundancy.
So, the question is: What prototype would you build with the Pocket IO™ development board? Please offer your comments below