The MX-System: Pluggable Control Cabinet-Free Automation


The MX-System is a flexible, space-saving, and intelligent automation hardware system that can replace conventional control cabinets, creating entirely new levels of efficiency in plant automation. Control system installation processes that normally took 24 hours or more can now be completed in just one hour.


The basic concept is to standardize the electrical and mechanical interfaces for all electronic and electromechanical components. This approach results in two interfaces:

  • The data interface integrates each functional module into an EtherCAT network and supplies it simultaneously with 24V DC and, if necessary, also with 48V DC.
  • A second interface has been defined as standard for the low-voltage range. These interfaces distribute the mains voltage of up to 480V AC and a DC voltage of up to 600V for the drive system.

This standardization means all functionality traditionally found in a control cabinet can be mapped in a backplane system. Just like the interfaces, there are two different backplane types, which have the described interfaces in the form of connectors as essential features. The backplanes feature robust aluminum housings for maximum durability. The combination of the backplane and housing is called a baseplate. 


In addition, there is a full range of function modules from the areas of IPCs, bus couplers, I/O, motion, relays, and system power supply. These are simply plugged in and screwed onto the baseplate. The combination of a baseplate and function modules results in an IP67-protected automation system that optimizes space utilization and can mount directly on the machine.


  • EtherCAT communication
  • IP67 protection
  • Diagnostics
  • Passive cooling
  • Chrome-plated
  • Shock/vibration monitoring
  • Dew point monitoring
  • 32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C) operating temperature
  • Data can be viewed on a smartphone via Bluetooth
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