Modular control system CPX-E

Modular control system CPX-E

Compact, low cost and powerful

The automation system CPX-E is designed as a central control system for handling technology, with an EtherCAT® master controller and a motion controller with protection to IP20.

Different bus modules are available for using it as a compact and low-cost remote I/O.

  • EtherCAT® master interface as well as PROFINET and EtherNet/IP bus slave interface
  • Standardised CODESYS V3 programming interface as of SP10
  • Integrated motion functions such as SoftMotion
  • Optional display
  • Certifications: UL/CSA, C-Tick, IEC Ex

High-performance controller

In addition to comprehensive PLC functions and multi-axis applications with interpolation, the CPX-E can be the heart of a EtherCAT® system or be easily integrated into existing host systems using the integrated PROFINET device interface or EtherNet/IP slave interface. The OPC UA client and server functions ensure easy integration and interoperability in Industry 4.0 host environments with cloud and digitalisation concepts.


As an integrated solution, the CPX-E features specific software functions tailored to many products and system solution packages from Festo, for example for tasks in handling technology:

  • Parts handling
  • Assembly systems
  • Palletising
  • Gluing and dispensing

Universal tasks can also be fully automated using the CPX-E, such as:

  • Packaging machines (flow wrappers)
  • Palletising systems
  • Selective soldering systems
  • Wafer handling systems

Components and modules of the CPX-E

  • Control unit: CODESYS V3 controller with/without motion control functions
  • Bus modules for EtherCAT®, EtherNet/IP, (Modbus/TCP), PROFINET and PROFIBUS
  • IO-Link® master module (4 channels)*
  • Digital* and analogue input and output modules (max. 16 channels)
  • Counter module

* These modules meet the requirements for process automation applications in accordance with NE21 (interference immunity requirements for process and laboratory control equipment).

VTUG in control cabinet

Package solution for control cabinet installation

Valve terminal VTUG in combination with automation platform CPX-E

More information on the integrated control cabinet solution

Additional information on the VTUG