Mouser Electronics has recently announced its global distribution agreement with Industrial Shields, a fast-growing company that produces industrial automation electronic devices based on open source hardware electronics.
The Industrial Shields product line now available from Mouser includes ARDBOX and M-DUINO families of Arduino-compatible industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
“Industrial Shields’ high-quality PLCs and industrial automation devices provide the flexibility that design engineers need to speed time-to-market,” said Andy Kerr, Vice President, Supplier Management for Mouser Electronics. “Through this partnership, Mouser can bring Industrial Shields’ innovative open source products to an even larger customer base worldwide.”
“We are thrilled to enter this agreement with Mouser Electronics,” said Albert Prieto, CEO of Industrial Shields. “By partnering with Mouser, we can capitalize on their extensive distribution channel and best-in-class customer service.”
The Industrial Shields ARDBOX Analog 20 I/O and ARDBOX Relay 20 I/O industrial PLCs are based on Arduino Leonardo boards and offer up to 20 inputs/outputs (I/Os). The M-DUINO Ethernet Range industrial PLCs are based on Arduino Mega 2560 boards and offer up to 58 I/Os.
The devices provide several communication ports — including Ethernet, USB, I2C, SPI, RS-232, and RS-485, with support for Mobus protocol on the 20 I/O devices — to allow flexibility and control. Both families of PLCs provide the possibility to expand up to 127 modules through I2C, resulting in 7,100 I/Os in master-slave connections.
Engineers can program all of the PLCs using the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) via a USB port. The M-DUINO family PLCs are also programmable remotely through Ethernet connectivity. The M-DUINO and ARDBOX PLCs are compatible with each other, as well as with the Touchberry Pi panel displays.
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