Modicon M580 ePAC Controller for IIoT


Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC) features hot standby functionality (HSBY), native Ethernet, and embedded cybersecurity at its core. The first PAC built for the Industrial Internet of Things, the M580 ePAC is the preferred PAC of PlantStruxure, Schneider Electric's integrated automation architecture.


Schneider Electric's M580 family of ePACs provides the market with enhancements and greater capabilities, such as reinforced cybersecurity through the Achilles Level 2 and ISA Certifications; simple and native time stamping solutions; extension of architecture change during the run; and new topology capabilities.


With the Modicon M580 ePAC, Schneider Electric provides customers with an affordable high-availability solution for mid-range to high-end process applications, providing hot standby CPUs and redundant power supplies. In addition to the redundancy features, the Modicon M580 ePAC maximizes uptime with the capability for online configuration changes without stopping the process. In addition, CANopen fieldbus is now natively integrated through a new embedded CANopen module.


Designed for users who need traceability in their processes and programs, the high-end Modicon M580 ePAC controller has been equipped with larger memory and processing capabilities which allow new integrated functions to improve cybersecurity capabilities and time stamping of values for all variables in process applications, addressing the most complex and demanding processes.


  • ​Native Ethernet capabilities (EtherNet/IP and Modbus TCP), large scope of protocols and Fieldbus supported: OPC UA, IEC 61850, RTU (DNP3 and IEC 60870), PROFIBUS DP, Serial, AS-I, CANopen 
  • Easy integration of field devices and 3rd party products through standard FDT technology 
  • EcoStruxure Control Expert Software platform allows to save engineering and commissioning time through simulation tools, predefined libraries, code checking 
  • Easy evolution during operations without stopping your process via change configuration on the fly functions (CCOTF)
  • Scalable high-availability fault-tolerant architecture: redundant (hot-standby) processors, power supplies, communication networks, and switches 
  • Reliability and robustness based on proven X80 I/O platform and compliance to a large number of international environmental standards
  • Optimized maintenance with native module diagnostics (DDT), faulty-device replacement (FDR), preventive maintenance features for power supplies
  • Modicon M580 Safety is certified for machine and process safety applications
  • SIL3 rating
  • Combined safety and standard non-interfering modules in the same PAC configuration to reduce spare parts, training costs and eliminate the need for complex communications between safety and process PLC
  • Openness to smart ethernet safety devices integration with CIP Safety
  • Easy configuration and compliance with regulations 
  • Firmware and software encrypted and digitally signed
  • Firewall features
  • Traceability of security events (Syslog)
  • Secured communications to engineering station and PLC-to-PLC communications with IPSEC
  • Native cybersecurity to SCADA and IIoT applications with OPC UA (in-rack or PC based software) and secure RTU (in-rack) protocols 
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