NI announces new IP67 edge nodes for IIoT

The latest industrial controller from National Instruments adds IP67 reliability to high-performance processing and control applications, says the company.

The IC-3173 industrial controller, is National Instruments’ first IP67-rated controller. It is suitable to act as an industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) edge node in extremely harsh locations including spray down manufacturing environments, test cells and outdoor locations without the need for a protective enclosure. The IP67 rating helps ensure reliable operation in the presence of dust and water, in accordance to IEC standard 60529.

Industrial controllers are high-performance, fanless devices that deliver high levels of processing power and connectivity for automated image processing, data acquisition and control applications in extreme environments. They feature up to a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 dual-core processor, 8Gbyte DDR3 RAM, 64Gbyte storage, four Power over Ethernet (PoE) GigE ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two DisplayPorts in a rugged design with no moving parts, and now with an IP rating up to IP67.

Industrial controllers also include a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, which improves system performance by providing custom I/O timing, synchronisation, control and image co-processing capabilities, reports National Instruments.

The industrial controllers are part of a growing number of products from National Instruments that support Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). This is the next evolution of the IEEE 802.1 Ethernet standard that delivers distributed time synchronisation, low latency and convergence of time-critical and general networking traffic. In addition to using TSN for controller-to-controller communication, engineers can also integrate highly synchronised sensor measurements using the new TSN-enabled CompactDAQ Chassis released by National Instruments earlier this year. 

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