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Date: 29-09-16

Maxim’s Pocket IO PLC dev platform offers real time intelligence

Latest trends in automation process platform transforms traditional manufacturing processes with real-time intelligence, adaptive manufacturing and distributed control. Industry 4.0 faces common problem of continuous production due to lack of intelligent data available at the finger tips of the factory operators. Factory operators do not have insight to be informed. The real time decisions have to be taken so that there will be improvement in uptime, revenue and gross margin. Pocket IO programmable logic controller (PLC) development platform from Maxim seems to address these issues by providing the solution to acquire a real time data which utilizes no-fan operation in harsh industrial environment which leads to the solution for minimizing heat dissipation and improvement in the yield of manufacturing. 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. Pocket IO decreases form factor of 2.5x and reduces power consumption by another 30% when compared to previous Micro PLC Platform. The Pocket IO achieves 15x space savings by eliminating 16 diodes from its previous solution. Pocket IO utilizes patent-pending, fast and safe demagnetization clamps integrated within the MAX14913 octal high-side switch and driver. Further, MAX17681iso-buck DC-DC converter delivers greater than 90% power efficiency when compared to its predecessor while the reduction of power dissipation of over 30%. The MAX31913octal, digital input translator/serializer can be switched off of any available 5V supply while still accepting input signals up to 36V, removing all protection components needed on the 24V supply pin and thus minimizing total footprint by 50%.

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