By Alison Dunn
Invensys Operations Management has introduced Ethernet/IP communications to its Eurotherm Mini8 multi-loop PID Controller. The Mini8 controller is a partner to a PLC in multi-loop PID applications such as plastics extrusion and multi-zone furnaces. Using the Mini8 controller’s built-in loop control, the PLC can concentrate on providing faster, more effective logic control without the burden of running complex control algorithms. Part of the company’s open-communication InFusion Enterprise Control System, the Mini8 controller supports serial, fieldbus and Ethernet protocols, including EtherNet/IP, making it easy to interface to intelligent masters such as a programmable logic controllers.