Boosted by the 6th generation Intel® Core™ i5-6500TE and i7-6700TE processors (codename Skylake), the NIFE 300 open architecture features high interoperability to provide a unified infrastructure, communication network and programming tool for factory floors and company offices. The NIFE 300 helps in achieving speed, efficiency, and agility in manufacturing.
Intended for large-size machinery and distributed control systems with hundreds of control nodes, the NIFE 300 simplifies integration and expansion of nodes with its PC-based open architecture and uplifts protocol barriers with real-time industrial Ethernet technology of EtherCAT and fieldbus communication. Different subsystems and PLCs can be put under the management of the NISE 300 with synchronization latency controlled at a tenth of a millisecond; functions like machine vision-based guidance, inspection, gauging, and identification can be flexibly integrated through front PCI and PCIe interfaces.
To address high mix low volume production needs, the NIFE 300 meets PLCopen® specifications and allows easy control programming via CODESYS Control RTE and CODESYS SoftMotion tool kits. Using libraries of reusable logic and motion functionality, control schemes can be developed with reduced programming efforts for fast deployment of SoftPLC and IoT controllers. To further facilitate manufacturing management, the NIFE 300 HMI software gives a big picture of working processes and system status through either a local HMI station or a web-based HMI.
The NIFE 300 takes manufacturing a step further by connecting factory networks to enterprise networks over Gigabit Ethernet. The connection gives the NIFE 300 access to manufacturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems among others, letting manufacturers make orders with agility.