XIO industrial modules are designed and manufactured by MINDS to handle all digital and analog inputs and outputs for complete control of your asphalt/hotmix, emulsion, or modified bitumen plant. Build to last: deployed at hundreds of plants all over the world.
" We have been using Minds products for many years and their automation software equips now five of our six plants. We even specified them to provide the control system on the latest two Astec plants we acquired. They are very responsive and have easily incorporated our requests in their products. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a fine control of their production process. "
The XIO module is a multiple input/output controller used in our automation and control systems. This module is characterized by its unique architecture, compactness and robustness and uses a TCP/IP communication protocol over an Ethernet link. The XIO module is equipped with logic input and outputs, analog and frequency input-outputs, each type in a calculated proportion that just one type of module is needed to control an asphalt plant. Thus, a small application requires one or two XIOs. To increase capacity additional XIOs, all identical to the first one, can be added to increase the number of input-outputs. A very large plant with comprehensive automation can require six XIOs or more.
The advantages of this architecture are numerous:
In a traditional installation using a field network, electronic modules ensuring the input-outputs are specialized according to the type of signals: logic inputs, logic outputs, analog inputs, analog outputs, etc., this architecture multiplies the number and types of electronic modules (refer to Classical Architecture). With the XIO, only one standard device is necessary, having all the types of input-outputs onboard (refer to XIO Architecture). When the number of input-outputs is very important, the cost of the two solutions is similar, but on small and average installations, in an example of road construction plants, the architecture of XIO reduces costs and becomes more profitable. In all cases spare parts management is much easier with the XIO architecture.
The board has two buses. The first is for CPU bus extensions where you can add a peripheral card like USB, touch screen monitor, mouse, RS-485, etc.
The second bus is a SPI type and has the ability for connecting two external cards providing two (2) analog outputs and four (4) analog inputs each. The electrical characteristics of those modules are the same as the one on the motherboard.
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