Eaton Introduces New Family of Industrial Automation and Control Solutions to Support Faster, More Powerful OEM Applications

Date: March 8, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA — Power management company Eaton today announced new XV-300 operator interface and control products and XN-300 compact slice input/output (I/O) solutions. The XV-300 family is designed to provide industrial customers with a complete control solution, featuring an intuitive multi-touch touchscreen, logic, integrated supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software, in addition to a web server on a Windows Compact Embedded 7 Pro operating system. The XN-300 is a CANopen based set of high-density slice I/O modules for discrete, analog and specialty industrial I/O requirements.

Designed as an intuitive and cost effective offering for dynamic machinery original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and serial machine builders, the XV-300 supports Eaton’s new XN-300 I/O product, which is an ultra-compact, slice-card-based modular I/O system with tool-less plug-in assembly. The XV-300 also supports other I/O networks such as EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, PROFIBUS-DP, ProfiNet and EtherCAT.

The XV-300 includes a powerful new industrial human machine interface (HMI) and programmable logic controller (HMI-PLC) multi-touch panel solution portfolio for operator interface automation and control applications.

“The XV-300 HMI and HMI-PLC is an exciting new high performance product that provides a state-of-the-art, tablet-like multi-touch interface for industrial MOEMs. The combination of extremely fast logic resolution with CoDeSys 3 logic software, the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC)-61131 de-facto standard, combined with Eaton’s advanced Visual Designer graphics and SCADA software is a giant leap forward in our solution offerings in automation,” said Kerry Sparks, product manager of HMI and logic control products, Eaton.

With ten times the performance capacity over its legacy panel offerings, Eaton’s advanced XV300 multi-touch panels combine high-speed PLC logic resolution with Visual Designer’s advanced SCADA feature set for the first time.

The new XN-300 remote I/O system is one of the highest density I/O offerings for OEMs available on the market today. The unique combination makes it possible for OEMs and machine builders in packaging, materials handling and conveying, water treatment and food and beverage industries to leverage a reduced number of high performance I/O slices with features focused on applications to reduce installation space and costs.

The XV-300 hardware comes in two screen sizes, 7 inch and 10.1 inch, both 16:9 widescreen high resolution (1024x600) displays with a projected capacitive touchscreen (PCT) that allows the use of swipe, drag, pinch and zoom commands similar to that found on smart phones and tablets.

The integrated solution is designed to reduce cabinet space requirements and simplify architecture to provide a heavy duty, powerful, adaptable, and hygienic solution capable of supporting a wide variety of industrial and service applications. In combination, these easy-to-use tools can help OEMs minimize design complexity, reduce development time and support costs, and create value for end users through object-oriented, re-usable templates and controls. The XV300 HMI-PLC and XN300 solution supports each OEM’s unique requirements while also meeting the IEC-61131 standard.

The product comes bundled with a choice of two licensed software packages. Eaton’s Visual Designer HMI/SCADA package offers a full-featured graphics platform to connect to traditional PLC products. Eaton’s XSoft-CoDeSys software bundle offers a full-featured, powerful IEC-61131 PLC combined with an integrated graphical user interface for an all-in-one HMI-PLC. For those who need both PLC and full-featured HMI/SCADA capabilities, the XV-300 can be packaged with both Visual Designer and XSoft-CoDeSys runtime software.

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Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

Mark Horner
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