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November 16, 2015
Achieves high performance and simple configuration with open technologies
Tokyo, Japan, November 16, 2015 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, “Hitachi”), Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd. (“HIES”) and Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions, Ltd. (“Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions”) announced today that they have developed next-generation industrial controllers that achieve high performance and simple configuration with open technologies, to accommodate global rollout and the Internet of Things (IoT*1), which is the latest trend in the industrial world. The middle range version of these next generation industrial controllers will be offered by HIES, and the high-end version by Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions. Sales are set to begin in stages from April 2016. The controllers will be marketed to a broad range of industries; most notably, the packing machinery, material handling equipment, machine tool, semiconductor/liquid crystal manufacturing equipment, and instrumentation fields.
In recent years, in the manufacturing industry, along with the globalization of the supply chain, there has been a demand for a revolution in production and services using IoT. In that backdrop, many companies are conducting activities in the field of automation systems, focusing mainly on Programmable Logic Controllers*2, which control various plant facility devices, and IPCs (industrial PCs), which are responsible for gathering data from facility devices and communicating with servers and other higher level information systems. In addition to controlling facility devices, by seamlessly transmitting information on facility devices to the cloud and analyzing that information, these companies are striving to optimize entire plants and the supply chain as a whole.
In the past, however, because automation systems have been constructed by combining unique networks with PLCs running original programming languages that differ from one manufacturer to the next, it has been difficult to ensure affinity in communications with facility devices in the context of IoT, and to secure engineers with sufficient expertise for global rollout.
In order to respond to these issues, the Hitachi Group created a series of next-generation industrial controllers to accommodate IoT and global rollout. Following are the main characteristics of the recently developed industrial controllers.
By adopting a programming language that is in conformance with IEC61131-3*3 international standards, the new controllers make it easy to secure programming engineers throughout the world, and supports the construction of global production systems. Furthermore, the adoption of EtherCAT*4, an open industrial network that has rapidly gained popularity in recent years, enables connections with many facility devices that support EtherCAT, providing an environment in which data can be transmitted seamlessly to the cloud.
By leveraging CPU performance that has been characterized by increasingly rapid processing speeds in recent years, and by incorporating CODESYS*5, a software PLC*6, a single CPU in the controller is able to simultaneously execute sequence control*7 (controls implemented according to a previously determined order) and advanced motion control synchronized with sensors.
Hitachi has developed a series of next-generation industrial controllers as PAC*8 (programmable automation controllers) with both PLC and IPC functions. These controllers have a smaller footprint than existing systems, and contribute to reductions in the cost of introduction, development, and maintenance.
The introduction of these next-generation controllers supports the shift to open technologies in the customers' automation systems, while at the same time reducing costs and the burden on engineers, thereby achieving compatibility with IoT and simplifying global rollout.
Hitachi is strengthening its global competitiveness in the industrial device business - for example, by establishing the Industrial Products Company on May 1 of this year - and is devoting its energy toward expanding business in the IoT field through open innovations. The industrial controllers scheduled for release next spring were developed based on these policies. By actively marketing products, Hitachi, HIES, and Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions will contribute to the development of industries throughout the world.
Fig. 1: Image of the “HX Series” controller
Leveraging the technical expertise that it has cultivated over many years as a PLC manufacturer, HIES will begin sales of four middle range controller models in April 2016 for IoT applications: a standard model, a high functioning model, a motion model, and a redundancy model.
The HX Series controllers are compact units that can be installed in facility devices. The main CPU module is equipped with three built-in LAN ports (in the high functioning, motion, and redundancy models), so the controllers can communicate independently on three network systems: with facility devices, industrial controllers, and higher-level information systems. The three LAN ports can also be used to achieve a variety of communications.
|Item / CPU Model||Standard||High functioning||Motion||Redundancy|
|Processing method||Stored program cyclic processing|
|External I/O||I/O updating cycle||Refresh processing|
|Maximum number of points||4,224 points, when using 64-point module|
|Number of mounted module||66 (max.)|
|Number of expansion base||5 (max.)|
|Program memory||User programs||8MB||16MB|
|Data memory||Non retain||8MB||16MB|
|Programming language||PLC languages||Five languages, in conformance with IEC61131-3 standard|
|Motion language||-||-||PLCopen library + CNC (G code)||-|
|Interface (CPU module)||LAN ports||2 ports
(support EtherCAT redundancy)
|USB host||USB 2.0 A Type ×1|
|USB function||USB 2.0 Mini-B Type ×1|
|Serial port||RS-485 ×1|
|SD card||SD/SDHC 32GB ×1|
|I/O module||Accepts EHV Series module|
|Communication and network module|
Fig. 2: Image of the “HF-W/IoT Series” controller
Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions will begin sales in April 2016 of two high-end models - a single disc model and a RAID model - for IoT applications. These controllers leverage the expertise that Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions has cultivated through its “HF-W Series” industrial computers, which demonstrate high reliability, and which assume long usage periods (up to 10 years) and 24-hour continuous operations.
Featuring a CPU equipped with an Intel® Core™ i3-4360 processor to enable high processing performance, these controllers also offer high volume data storage, and demonstrate excellent affinity with operators based on the Windows human-machine interface.
|Item||Single disc model||RAID model|
|OS||Windows 10 IoT Enterprise (64bit)|
|Software PLC||Five languages, in conformance with IEC61131-3 standard|
|Software motion||PLCopen library|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i3-4360 Processor 3.7GHz (2Core/4thread)|
|Main memory||DDR3: 4 slots; 4GB/8GB/16GB (with ECC)|
|Display resolution/colors||Display Port：Resolution: 3840×2160;
DVI-I, DVI-D: Resolution: 1920×1200
|HDD (3.5inch Type)||500GB||500GB ×2|
|DVD||DVD MULTI drive|
|Expansion slots||PCI ×1, PCI-E (x16) ×1, PCI-E (x4) ×1|
|Standard I/O interface||LAN ports||2 ports (support EtherCAT)|
|USB ports||Front: USB2.0 ×2; USB3.0 ×2 / Back: USB3.0 ×4|
|Serial port||RS-232C ×1|
|Audio||Line out ×1; line in ×1|
|93mm×356mm×325mm (excluding rubber feet and stand)|
|Power supply||AC100-240V, 50/60Hz, 300W or less|
|Repair period||Standard: 7 yrs. (max. 10 yrs.)|
[Person in charge: Mr.Azumi]
Control Systems Department, Electrical Systems Engineering Division,
Electrical Systems Division, Industrial Products Company, Hitachi, Ltd.
3 Kanda Neribei-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0022, Japan
[Person in charge: Mr. Fujita]
Business Planning Department, Business Operations Group,
Drive Systems Division, Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
3 Kanda Neribei-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0022, Japan
[Person in charge: Mr. Kawaguchi, Mr. Shimizu]
Marketing and Sales Promotion Department, Sales Group,
Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions, Ltd.
Akihabara Daiei Building
6-1 Akihabara, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0006, Japan
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society's challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company's consolidated revenues for fiscal 2014 (ended March 31, 2015) totaled 9,761 billion yen ($81.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.