8 Loop Plastics Mini8® Controller

8 Loop Plastics Mini8® Controller

Product Description

8 Loop Plastics Mini8® Controller

  • Pre-configured plastics application
  • 8 precision PID loops
  • Alarm management
  • Heater failure detection
  • Modbus RTU
  • Profibus DP, Modbus TCP, DeviceNet® communications


The Mini8® Plastics Controller is a pre-configured version of the multi-loop controller.  It can control up to 8 temperature zones, each configurable as heat only or heat-cool.  The Eurotherm cooling algorithm can be optimized for fan or water cooling ensuring optimum control even at high extruder speeds.

The Mini8 plastics controller can multi-drop on either serial, Fieldbus or Ethernet communications and offers a cost effective alternative to performing control loops in a PLC.

By devolving control to the Mini8 instrument, the PLC can concentrate on providing fast and effective logic control without the processing burden of running complex control algorithms. Relieving the PLC of these functions can significantly reduce the total system cost including PLC hardware, signal conditioners, configuration and commissioning.

The standard configuration supports 8 thermocouple inputs defaulted to type J and 16 logic outputs for driving solid state relays.  An optional current transformer input module can be fitted to provide rapid detection of a heater load failure, overcurrent as well as SSR short or open circuit.  This feature ensures that action can quickly be taken to rectify a fault – minimising downtime and improving product yields.

The standard plastics configuration can be customized to specific application by using the Eurotherm iTools Graphical Wiring Editor.