UniPi Neuron M503 is a programmable logic controller (PLC) designed for control, monitoring and regulation. The M503 represents a basic model of the Neuron 500 line, focused on an increased number of analog I/O, features an additional RS485 serial line and is a smaller variant of the L503 model
The M503 is a smallest model of the 500 line (consisting of the M503, L503 and L513 models) and as the rest of the 500 line, it features multiple analog I/O modules and additional RS485 universal bus port while retaining a set of digital and relay I/O capability. The M503 represents a smaller variant of the L503 unit.
10 digital inputs (DI) are designed for reading logical states (true or false), which are represented by levels of DC voltage. That makes them suitable for reading two-state sensors such as switches (on/off), movement sensors (movement/no movement), water level sensors (water present, no water) etc. The software detects logical 1 (true) if the input voltage between given DIx.y and DIGND is between 5-30V. If the voltage is lower than 3.5V, the state is evaluated as 0 (false)
4 digital outputs (DO) are used for controlling two-state devices such as lights, door locks, window blinds etc. Digital outputs on our controllers also feature the PWM (Pulse-width modulation) function, enabling a special type of analog control. Outputs are of the NPN type (open collector) and are able to control devices with voltage up to 50V and up to 750mA load current.
5 relay outputs are used for control or switching of devices with higher current loads. ROs are thus suitable for controlling light bulbs, thermoelectric valve drives, water heaters, pumps etc. Relay outputs on UniPi controllers are rated for 5A max. current at 230V AC/30V DC voltage.
5 analog inputs (AI) can be used for 0-10V DC voltage or 0-20mA current measuring, making them suitable for reading values from analog sensors such as temperature sensors, pressure meters, tensometers etc. The M503 (as well as other Neuron 500 controllers) is provided with two types of analog inputs. Group 1 analog input (AI1.1) does not feature the option to read data from resistance sensors, it can be however used for voltage or current measurement based on AI register settings. Group 2 analog inputs (AI2.1-AI2.4) then allow the user to perform a precise measurements of voltage, current or resistance based on current output register settings.
5 analog outputs (AO) feature two modes - 0-10V DC voltage or 0-20mA direct current. AI serves for control of devices with analog input, such as three-way valves, lighting dimmers etc. Group 2 analog outputs of the M503 (AO2.1-2,4) feature 0-10V voltage only.
More detailed info about I/O usage and settings can be found in Neuron technical documentation (see Files tab above)
M503 features a pair of RS485 serial lines for communication with external devices or connection of extension modules, most often through the Modbus RTU protocol. Serial lines can be used for communication with a wide variety of devices such as energy meters, touchscreen HMI panels, PLCs from other vendors or Neuron xS series extension modules) using the Modbus RTU protocol. A single RS485 can communicate with a high number of devices with its total length being up to several hundred meters. Lines can be also used as an RS485 gateway for other devices or systems,.
Included is also a single 10/100MBit Ethernet port for network communication and a single 1-Wire bus for connection of various 1-Wire sensors (such as digital thermometers). The 1-Wire bus uses 2 or 3 conductors for communication with simple sensors such as thermometers, humidity meters or light intensity meters. A single bus can communicate with up to 15 sensors with maximum total length of the bus up to 100 meters.
Customers can choose from a wide variety of software solutions thanks to the open nature of Neuron controllers, and are not limited to a single platform. Available are both professional and open-source solutions.
Our main supported solution for UniPi controllers is the Mervis. This platform is developed in accordance with IEC 61131-3 PLC programming standard and contaiíns SCADA interface for remote management and monitoring, comprehensible development enviroment, user interface (HMI) editor and online/on-premise database for data archivation and retrospective operation analysis of monitored technologies.
Neuron controllers are also compatible with the CODESYS professional platform. designed specifically for use in modern industrial automation. At the same time, the platform is made to be as user-friendly and easy to use as possible. CODESYS is in widespread use around the globe with more than 100 000 users from various countries and more than 1000 companies.
Aside from commercial platforms, several open-source solutions are available as well. Alternatively, customers can use their own code or implement Neurons into already existing software solutions through the use of EVOK open-source API.
Visit this link for supported software overview.
All UniPi controllers are able to measure resistance through analog I/Os. Resistance can be measured by either 2-wire or 3-wire method for increased accuracy. Each controller can measure resistance of up to 2kΩ, with some models being able to resistance measure up to 100kΩ. Detailed info about this functionality can be found in Neuron technical documentation.
All components are encased within a durable anodized aluminium case providing IP20 cover. The unit's size is 8 DIN modules, DIN rail holder is included in the package.
Neuron is CE and EMC tested and is compliant with all corresponding European PLC standards. In accordance with these standards Neuron can be used in:
The EU declaration of conformity can be found in the Files tab (see above).
Standard Neuron model overview
|Type S (size on DIN rail: 4 modules = 7 cm)||
Quad-core CPU, 1 GB RAM
|Type M (size on DIN rail: 8 modules = 14 cm)|
|Type L (size on DIN rail: 12 modules = 21 cm)|
Extension modules (size on DIN rail: 4 modules = 7 cm)
Extension modules communicate over Modbus. It is possible to connect them to the control unit via RS485 interface. Extension modules are compatible with any control unit with the RS485 interface and Modbus support.
* features an integrated wireless GPRS module.
** features an integrated TR-76D smart IQRF transciever
Guide to set up and use this device, technological documentation
Declaration of conformity
Regulatory Compliance and safety information added to each unit
Modbus register map
Table overview of Modbus registers
Technological specification of the product
|Dimensions||140 mm × 90 mm × 60 mm|
|CPU||4 × 1 GHz|
|RS485 interface||2 ×|
|1-Wire bus||Yes (galvanically isolated)|
|Power||24 V DC|
|RTC backup||maximum 7 days|
|Mounting||DIN (35 mm)|