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Unipi Neuron M203

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Unipi Neuron M203 is a programmable logic controller designed for automation, control, regulation and monitoring. M203’s architecture is suitable for a wide range of applications thanks to its architecture including a high number of digital, relay and analog I/Os. The controller also features an RS485 serial interface and a 1-Wire interface for connection of digital temperature or humidity sensors.

Features

  • universal architecture, additional digital inputs/relay outputs I/O board
  • compact size, durable aluminium chassis (IP20 protection)
  • integrated Raspberry Pi (based on selected variant)
  • designed for DIN rail mounting
  • features RS485 serial line for Modbus communication
  • software openness (based on Linux OS)
  • free Mervis software licence

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Basic description

Unipi Neuron M203 is a programmable logic controller designed for automation, control, regulation and monitoring. M203’s architecture is suitable for a wide range of applications thanks to its architecture including a high number of digital, relay and analog I/Os. The controller also features an RS485 serial interface and a 1-Wire interface for connection of digital temperature or humidity sensors.

Basic features

Digital inputs 20
Digital outputs 4
Relay outputs 14
Analog inputs 1
Analog outputs 1
RS485 serial interface 1
1-Wire bus 1

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU), selectable RAM capacity (2/4/8 GB), 2× USB 2.0, 2× USB 3.0, 1× 1Gbit Ethernetm Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU), 1 GB RAM, 4× USB 2.0, 1× 300Mbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.

Inputs & outputs description

Digital inputs (DI) are designed for reading states of two-state devices such as various digital sensors, switches and buttons, motion sensors etc. All digital inputs feature counter functionality by default. 

Digital outputs (DO) are applicable for switching two-state devices using direct current (DC) such as locks, external relays, contactors etc. DO’s can be also used for analog control thanks to the pulse-width modulation (PWM) function.

Relay outputs (RO) serve for switching devices with higher current draw and devices requiring alternating current (AC) such as water heaters, pumps, contactors or external relays with higher switching current.

Analog input (AI) is designed to measure voltage or current in order to read values from various analog sensors (pressure meters, tension gauges etc.).

Analog output (AO) is used to control and regulate devices such as three-way valves, electric motors, inverter drives, heat exchangers etc. by direct current or voltage.

Computing module

The controller is powered by Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ featuring quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU and 1GB RAM, or Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with quad-core 1.5 GHz and selectable RAM capacity (2, 4, or 8 GB). Giving it more than enough performance for various performance-demanding applications. MicroSD memory cards are used as memory storage.

Communication interfaces

Neuron controllers are by default provided with RS485 serial lines. This type of interface usually uses the Modbus RTU protocol and can be used to communicate with various devices such as Extension xS extension modules, energy meters, touchscreen HMI displays, controllers from other vendors, various sensors etc. A single bus can support dozens of devices while the bus' length can reach up to several hundred meters.

A single 1-Wire bus is also included. This interface uses 2-3 conductors for collecting data from various 1-Wire sensors such as thermometers, humidity meters, light intensity sensors etc.). A single 1-Wire bus supports up to 15 devices, the overall length of the bus can reach up to 100 meters. 

All Neuron models also feature a single Ethernet port for network communication

Software options

Thanks to the software openness of Unipi controllers customers can choose from a broad range of software solutions and are not limited to a single platform Among supported solutions are both commercial and open-source systems. Visit the Other software overview for the list of other supported solutions.

The main supported solution is the Mervis control system - a platform developed under the IEC 61131-3 standard for PLC programming, that includes SCADA interface for remote management and monitoring, a comprehensible development environment, a human-machine interface (HMI) editor and an online/on-premise database for storing historical data and retrospective analysis of the controlled technology's operation. 

Aside from commercial platforms you can also choose any from the list of supported open-source solutions, or use the EVOK API (Websocket, REST,...) Modbus TCP, SysFS or other tools for implementing your logic in any programming language. Visit this link for the list of supported software solutions. 

Package contents

  • Neuron controller
  • removable screw terminals
  • DIN rail holder (35 mm)
  • 2× DIN rail holder mounting screws
  • 1× grounding screw
  • instruction leaflet
  • lifetime Mervis license code

Other features

All components of the controller are encased within a durable aluminium chassis (IP20 protection). The controller is designed for mounting on a standard DIN rail (35 mm). 

Neuron product line overview

Model DI DO RO AI AO RS485 Common features
Type S, size on a DIN rail =  4 modules = 7 cm  
S103 4 4 - 1 1 1 Computing module:
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
(quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU)
selectable RAM capacity (2/4/8 GB)
2× USB 2.0, 2× USB 3.0
1× 1Gbit Ethernet
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Aluminium chassis (IP20, heatsink)

or

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
(quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU)
1 GB RAM
4× USB 2.0
1× 300Mbps Ethernet
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Aluminum chassis (IP20)
S103-G1 4 4 - 1 1 1
Type M, size on a DIN rail = 8 modules = 14 cm
M103 12 4 8 1 1 1
M203 20 4 14 1 1 1
M303 34 4 - 1 1 1
M523 8 4 5 5 5 2
Type L, size on a DIN rail = 12 modules = 21 cm
L203 36 4 28 1 1 1
L403 4 4 56 1 1 1
L523 24 4 19 5 5 2
L533 12 4 10 9 9 3
1) GPRS/GSM modem

Further info

Documentation

Modbus register map
Table overview of Modbus registers
download
Certification
Declaration of conformity
download
Manual
User guide and technical documentation
download
Product leaflet
Product line information
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Instruction leaflet
Quick instructions and safety information
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Product datasheet
Product features and technical information
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Digital inputs 20
Digital outputs 4
Relay outputs 14
Analog outputs 1
Analog inputs 1
RAM RPi3: 1 GB; RPi4: 2/4/8 GB
CPU RPi3: Quad-core (1.4 GHz); RPi4: Quad-core (1.5 GHz)
RS485 interface Yes
Ethernet RPi3: 300Mbps; RPi4: 1Gbit
USB RPi3: 4× USB 2.0; RPi4: 2× USB 2.0, 2× USB 3.0
1-Wire bus Yes (galvanically isolated)
Power 24 V DC
Mounting DIN (35 mm)
Weigth 378 g
Dimensions 140 mm × 90 mm × 60 mm
RTC backup maximum 7 days
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