Power management in mobile vehicles

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In many small and compact mobile applications, the requirements on control tasks are increasing. Cost-optimised, modular mini controllers for mobile use are in demand.

ifm offers ecomatmobile Basic consisting of the components BasicRelay, BasicController and BasicDisplay that are adapted to each other.

This BasicController family is now complemented by the BasicController relay. Its special feature is made up of six protected power relay outputs with diagnostic capability for the supply of high-current consumers in mobile machines.

In addition it has multifunctional digital and analogue inputs that can be configured via the application software. The BasicControllerrelay is freely programmable via the IEC61131-3-compatible CODESYS software.

Functions and advantages

The compact, flexible and inexpensive mini controller replaces the conventional relay logic and also demanding and complex process controllers.

Mechanical design

The control electronics integrated in a compact plastic housing provides all the necessary connections for the inputs and outputs, communication and programming.

The coded connectors for mobile use are easy to handle and available all over the world. The connection of sensors and actuators is carried out without further external wiring. Due to an increase of the protection rating through a cover and a pluggable cable seal the BasicController can also be used in areas that are exposed to splashing water.

Powerful electronics

The integrated 32-bit processor and the electronics are optimally tailored to the application. Inputs and outputs can be configured to the application via the user program. The powerful plug-in relay outputs ensure the connection of high-current consumers. All relay outputs are with diagnostic capability and individually protected. Each output has a freely programmable status LED. Thanks to the additional multi-functional inputs a flexible control module for mobile machines is available.

Programmable Mini Controller

The CODESYS software enables a clear and easy creation of the application software for the user. The control module BasicController supports all common CODESYS programming languages. Simple and clearly structured function libraries are available for communication and special device functions.

Communication interfaces

The BasicController is equipped with two CAN interfaces to ISO 11898. These interfaces are used to exchange data with the connected BasicDisplay, further BasicController modules or the engine controller. Among others, the interfaces support the CANopen protocol and the J1939 protocol. The CAN interfaces are also used for programming.