Features and benefitsIdeal partner to your PLC
World class control algorithm
Accurate analogue measurement
Modular build, compact size
Reduction in panel real estate
Reduces total system costs
Maximize your process with the Eurotherm Mini8
Features and benefits Ideal partner to your PLC World class control
algorithm Accurate analogue measurement Flexible communications Guaranteed
performance Modular build, compact size Reduction in panel real estate
Reduces total system costs Maximize your process with the Eurotherm Mini8
Designed to integrate seamlessly with programmable logic controllers, and
other supervisory control and monitoring systems, the Eurotherm Mini8 offers
a compact high performance solution at an affordable cost.
Mini8 offers modularity both in terms of hardware and software functions.
Its four plug-in slots can accommodate a variety of IO modules, and its feature
set, ranged to suit simple multi-loop and data acquisition applications up to
complex strategies including setpoint programming. mathematical and logical
operations Mini8 can multi-drop on either Modbus RTU or Devicenet and offers
a real cost effective alternative to performing analogue measurement or
control loops in a PLC. By implementing these functions in the Mini8 the
PLC hardware cost is reduced and is relieved of the extra processing burden
of analogue control, often improving its digital performance or enabling a
lower specification processor to be used.
Improve your PLC with the Eurotherm Mini8
Reduces PLC hardware
Easy and quick set-up
Improves control performance
Improves PLC performance
Minimizes signal conditioning hardware
The Mini8 is an ideal partner to a PLC in multi-loop PID applications such as
plastics extrusion and multi-zone furnaces. By devolving loop control to the Mini8
the PLC can concentrate on providing fast and effective logic control without the
burden of running complex control algorithms. The Mini8 is a very cost effective
alternative to implementing control loops in PLC. Providing not only better control
performance and easy configuration the Mini8 offers the same deterministic response
and autotune feature as Eurotherm's panel mount controllers. Eurotherm’s open
approach to communication, supporting both the Modbus and Devicenet protocols,
makes it easy to interface to intelligent masters such as a PLC.
5.7" touchscreen LCD
128 user pages, 320 x 240 pixel resolution
Modbus RTU master
The VT505 operator terminal uses touchscreen technology to provide an extremely
easy and flexible interface to the Mini8. Standard configurations can be
pre-ordered to suit different Mini8 applications or users can use the VT505
configuration tools to create their own customized view of their process.
Eurotherm Mini8 as a controller
8 PID control loops
Flexible and standard configurations
110ms PV sampling
Maths and logic functions
Heater failure detection
Creating Custom Solutions
A wide range of toolkit functions, including Maths and Logic blocks, can be
used to create custom solutions and small machine controllers. Timing functions
include a range of timers, counters and totalisers as well as a non-volatile
real time clock. Using the iTools graphical wiring editor these strategies can
easily be created and documented.
The Mini8 utilizes a fixed Modbus address table providing easy integration into
PLC, SCADA and other 3rd party systems. This fixed table makes communication to
intelligent masters very easy to accomplish. Parameter addresses are fixed in one
location and do not move depending on how the unit is configured. Both the Modbus
RTU and Devicenet protocols are supported.
Control and measurement
Combining high quality multi-channel analogue measurement with Eurotherm’s
proven PID algorithm the Mini8 achieves performance equal to that normally
reserved for conventional discrete controllers. The same analogue input
circuitry and control features found in Eurotherm’s latest panel mount
controllers are also available in the Mini8.
Setpoints can be programmed to follow a series of time based Ramp and
Dwell segments. Each Mini8 can store up to 50 programs with an overall
total of 200 segments. Digital events can be triggered in segments to
interface to other parts of the control strategy or external devices.
Heater Failure Detection
Utilizing a unique cycling algorithm, and current transformer input module,
the Mini8 can automatically scan electrical heaters connected to its logic
control outputs and indicate heater partial load failure, over current or
SSR short and open circuit. Heater current readings are also available
within the Mini8 to calculate power delivered to the load and make this
information available to a supervisory system. Heater failure detection
is compatible with both single or three phase load installations.
Maximize PID control with the Eurotherm Mini8
Mini8 can be supplied with pre-loaded configurations to suit standard
applications. It is also a very flexible controller capable of implementing
complex control strategies. Eurotherm’s iTools software suite provides a
graphical function block view of strategies configurations making creation,
editing and debugging easy to accomplish.
A remote touchscreen LCD panel, supplied with standard Mini8 operator screens,
can be used to supervise multiple controllers. Standard screens enable
‘Out of Box’ operation but still allow users to adapt screens, therefore
enhancing visibility and ease of use, to suit their own process.
Data acquisition with the Eurotherm Mini8
Mini8's high density analogue inputs combined with Eurotherm's 5000 Series recorders
provide unsurpassed local and network access to your process.
The 5000 Series offers remote viewing capability and acts as an HMI for the Mini8
utilizing Master Communications. The user can control and view information from the
Mini8 from either the 5000 TFT touch screen display or from any PC connected to the
Eurotherm 5000 Series
The 5000 Series is designed to provide powerful, yet easy to use, network
and communication options. Whether a local connection is required or
access from the other side of the world, the 5000 Series provides secure
access to process data when and where you need it.
32 Analogue channels per Mini8
Multiple batch functionality
Alarm notification via Email
Secure storage of data
Easy to use networking
Up to 48 universal inputs direct into the 5000
Eurotherm Mini8 connected to a 5000 in a control system
The 5000 Series supports Modbus Master communications over Ethernet and Serial
connections. Powerful features from within the 5000 Series - such as User defined
screens, remote access and Auditor features – can now be applied to other plant
equipment. Whether you need to securely record data from other instruments or
provide a centralized HMI for an operator to view and modify control loop parameters
within the Mini8 – the 5000 Series offers a simple, powerful solution.
Eurotherm Mini8 connection to SCADA
The Mini8 can be installed as a control or data acquisition component of larger
installations. Eurotherm are able to provide solutions from ‘simple’ SCADA using
Eurotherm iTools or Specview to more demanding applications using EurothermSuite
or Wonderware. The open communications nature of the Mini8 makes communication to
third party equipment easy to achieve.