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Robust Certified Hardware for Extreme Environments

IndraControl XM22Six European and American certification boards have approved Bosch Rexroth’s IndraControl XM22 control hardware for use on ships and offshore installations even under extreme ambient conditions. The certifications include the control hardware, extension modules for the expansion of the communication interfaces as well as application-specific modules of the fast IndraControl S20 I/O portfolio. IndraControl XM is the latest powerful controller with IP20 protection. The XM embedded controller uses IEC 61131 compliant programming tools for PLC programs as well as motion control tasks to regulate electric, hydraulic and electro-hydraulic drives.

The environmental conditions on the high seas are already demanding enough, because the technology has to function simply, safely and reliably. This approach has been followed by classification societies for more than 150 years. Their task is to test the robustness and reliability of all components for shipbuilding and offshore operations. A specially optimised version of IndraControl XM, which is widely used in the industry, has now been certified by six classification societies for use on the high seas: the American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, Bureau Veritas, DNV GL, Registro Italiano Navale and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.

The modular and expandable control solution is also certified according to IECEx (protection class Ex ec IIC T4 Gc) for potentially explosive environments and is therefore also suitable, for example, for the switchgear application on oil and natural gas conveying devices.