Conrad Business Supplies exclusively introduces the world’s first CONTROLLINO
Published: 19 August 2015 - Marianne Evans
Conrad Business Supplies has introduced a range of new, highly flexible and customisable programmable logic controllers (PLCs) exclusively from CONTROLLINO, a subsidiary of Austrian manufacturer SG-Tronic. These new products are suited to a variety of automation applications, including temperature management, advanced lighting and media control. They join Conrad’s wide selection of over 1500 PLCs from other leading manufacturers including SIEMENS, C-Control, WAGO and Phoenix Contact.
The CONTROLLINO range is composed of three models: the Mini, Maxi and Mega, each of which is aimed at meeting different levels of application requirement and complexity. All models, developed and implemented using the ARDUINO open source platform, are based on the ATmega microcontroller from Atmel and have a clock speed of 16MHz. Key features include a direct processor contact with 4000V ESD protection across all pins, a range of interfaces including SPI, I2C, RS232, RS485, and an internal real-time clock (RTC) which can be switched on and off. A front-panel USB port supports simplified external programming.
The CONTROLLINO Mini offers a multitude of different inputs and outputs (6x relays outputs, 8x analog/digital inputs and 8x digital outputs) in a compact package, measuring 94.5mm x 59.4mm x 36mm. The Maxi offers greater flexibility (10x relays outputs, 12x analog/digital inputs and 12x digital outputs) with the addition of an Ethernet connecter and a second RS232 Interface.
The highest specification unit is the CONTROLLINO Mega, which is a capable of handling a current of up to 30A and offers 16x relays outputs, 24x analog/digital inputs, 12x high side switch digital outputs and a further twelve half-bridge digital outputs.
Marco Riedesser, CEO at SG-Tronic commented: “We are delighted that Conrad Business Supplies will be the first to stock our new range of CONTROLLINO programmable logic controllers. The flexibility and expandability they offer gives users the opportunity to create custom automation tasks to precisely meet their needs.”
Markus Obermeier, product manager, Category Business Supplies at Conrad added: “At Conrad we are always looking for products that give our customers greater choice and new and efficient methods to address their requirements. The CONTROLLINO range will help strengthen our already extensive offering of PLCs.”