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Unipi Patron S167 LTE is a programmable logic controller (PLC) and gateway designed for automation, control, regulation and monitoring. The S167 is a compact model with a universal architecture combining digital and analog I/Os suitable for simple installations. A special feature of the S167 is an LTE functionality for a high-speed wireless connection to the internet including sending/receiving SMS messages. The S167 also features two RS485 serial interfaces for connection of extension modules or gateways and a 1-Wire interface for connection of digital temperature or humidity sensors. An extended 4-year warranty is provided for each Patron controller. 

Features

  • the most powerful compact controller available on the market
  • powered by the NXP i.MX 8M Mini quad-core CPU (Arm© Cortex©-A53, max 1.8 GHz) 
  • developed and manufactured in the European Union
  • internal 8 GB eMMC memory
  • a combination of small size, 10 inputs/outputs and two serial interfaces
  • LTE module (antenna included in the package) + microSIM card slot
  • durable aluminium chassis (IP20), designed for installation to a DIN rail
  • extended 4-year warranty
  • software openness (based on Linux OS)
  • available in an OEM variant, broad extension options (PoE, Secure boot, wireless technologies, and more)
  • pre-installed Mervis system (can be re-installed manually)
  • free Mervis software licence

Patron LTE controllers are scheduled to be available in the 1th quarter of 2022.

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549,59 € - 587,68 €
454,21 € - 485,69 € excl. VAT
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Product description

Unipi Patron S167 LTE is a programmable logic controller (PLC) and gateway designed for automation, control, regulation and monitoring. The S167 is a compact model with a universal architecture combining digital and analog I/Os suitable for simple installations. A special feature of the S167 is an LTE functionality for a high-speed wireless connection to the internet including sending/receiving SMS messages. The S167 also features two RS485 serial interfaces for connection of extension modules or gateways and a 1-Wire interface for connection of digital temperature or humidity sensors. An extended 4-year warranty is provided for each Patron controller. 

Basic features

Digital inputs 4 Other features
i.MX 8M Mini quad-core CPU
(Arm© Cortex©-A53, max 1.8 GHz) 
1 GB RAM, 8 GB eMMC onboard memory
2× USB 2.0
100Mbit Ethernet 
Aluminium chassis (IP20)
Digital outputs 4
Analog inputs 1
Analog outputs 1
RS485 interface 2
1-Wire bus 1
Ethernet 1

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.

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

Patron controllers are based on the NXP i.MX 8M Mini platform featuring a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU with 1.8 GHz maximum frequency and 1 GB LPDDR4 RAM. This makes the Patron the most powerful compact PLC available on the market. Internal 8 GB eMMC memory offers higher reliability compared to systems utilizing microSD memory cards.

Special features

The controller features an LTE module and a microSIM card slot to connect to the LTE wireless network. 

Chip model u-blox TOBY-L2
Download speed up to 150 Mb/s
Upload speed up to 50 Mb/s
LTE bandwidth up to 6 bands
GSM/GPRS bandwidth up to 4 bands
WCDMA/DC-HSPA+  bandwidth up to 5 bands

The module allows the controller to serve as a primary or secondary internet access point for remote management and data transmission through the internet, or for sending and receiving SMS messages. In the role of a primary connection the controller functions as a web access point in locations without a landline internet connection. Secondary connection them comes in play as a backup in case of a primary Ethernet connection failure in technologies reliant on a connection between the technology and a supervision centre. In the case of Ethernet failure, the controller automatically switches to the LTE mode, bridging the connection.

Note: The product requires a standard microSIM (0.76mm thickness) card. NanoSIM cards (0.67mm thickness) are not supported.

Communication interfaces

All Patron controllers feature RS485 serial lines by default. This type of interface usually utilizes the Modbus RTU protocol and can be used for communication 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 its length can reach up to several hundred meters.

Selected models also feature a single RS232 serial line. In the field of automation, this interface is usually used for communication with various converters, closed-in technologies or display devices such as HMI panels. 

A single 1-Wire bus is included as a standard feature. 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 200 meters. 

All Patron controllers also feature a 100 Mbit 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. For a software options overview, please visit this link

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 operations. By default, all Patron controllers are shipped with Mervis pre-installed. 

Aside from commercial platforms, you can also choose from the list of supported open-source platforms. Alternatively, you can use any of the available APIs provided by the EVOK service (Websocket, REST, …), Modbus TCP or SysFS to implement your logic in any programming language. Visit this link for further info.

Other features

Patron PLCs are developed and manufactured in the European Union. Components are protected by a durable aluminium chassis (IP20 protection). Patron controllers are designed for installation to a standard DIN rail (35 mm), DIN holder and mounting screws are included in the package.

Package contents

  • controller with pre-installed Mervis system (can be re-installed manually),
  • removable screw terminals,
  • DIN rail holder (35 mm),
  • 2× DIN rail holder mounting screw,
  • 1× grounding screw with a fan washer,
  • instruction leaflet,
  • Mervis lifetime licence request.

Patron model overview

Model DI DO RO AI AO RS485 RS232 1-Wire Common features
Type S, size on DIN rail: 4 modules (7 cm)

i.MX 8M Mini quad-core CPU
(Arm© Cortex©-A53, max 1.8 GHz) 
1 GB RAM, 8 GB eMMC onboard memory
2× USB 2.0
100Mbit Ethernet 
Aluminium chassis (IP20) 

S107 4 4 - 1 1 2 1 1
S117 4 4 - 1 1 4 - 1
S167 LTE1 4 4 - 1 1 2 - 1
S207 8 - 8 - - 1 - 1
Type M, size on DIN rail: 4 modules (7 cm)
M207 20 4 14 1 1 2 1 1
M267 LTE1 20 4 14 1 1 2 - 1
M527 8 4 5 5 5 3 1 1
M567 LTE1 8 4 5 5 5 3 - 1
Type L, size on DIN rail: 4 modules (7 cm)
L207 36 4 28 1 1 2 1 1
L527 24 4 19 5 5 3 1 1

1) LTE module

Further info

Documentation

Product leaflet
Product line information
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Product datasheet
Product features and technical information
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Instruction leaflet
Technical and safety information
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Manual
User guide and technical documentation
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Digital inputs 4
Digital outputs 4
Analog inputs 1
Analog outputs 1
RAM 1 GB
CPU 4× Arm© Cortex©-A53, max 1.8 GHz
LTE module 1
RS485 interface 2
LTE module type ublox TOBY-L2
Ethernet 100 Mbit
USB 2.0
Power 24 V DC
1-Wire bus Yes (galvanically isolated)
Mounting DIN rail (35 mm)
RTC backup Max. 7 days
Weigth 198 g
Dimensions 70 mm × 90 mm × 60 mm
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