Portenta Machine Control : New Industrial Control Unit from Arduino Pro

Arduino Pro adds Portenta Machine Control, a new industrial control unit based on Portenta H7 design. It is a DIN rail compatible, fully-centralized and low power unit that can be programmed via the Arduino framework.
Portenta Machine Control board. Source: Arduino

Arduino Pro adds a new member to their Portenta product family; a new industrial control unit called Portenta Machine Control, revealed in a recent blog post. The industrial ready DIN rail compatible module is based on the Portenta H7 design and can drive, control and monitor industrial process systems. It is fully centralized and low-power, and can be programmed using the Arduino framework or other compatible embedded platforms. This product mainly targets the industries and expects to make their factory integration and compatibility easier.

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The dual core host processor STM32H747XI is powerful and feature-rich enough to run applications like AI-driven predictive maintenance, according to Arduino. This will allow maintenance engineers to collect real-time data from the factory floor, and do remote controlled operation even from the cloud. Arduino already has a cloud framework in the development. The key benefits of Portenta Machine Control are,

  • Shorter time-to-market
  • Enhance existing products
  • Add connectivity for monitoring, as well as control
  • Each I/O pin can be configured, so you can tailor it to your needs
  • Make equipment smarter, as well as AI-ready
  • Provide security and robustness from the ground up
  • Open new business model opportunities (such as servitization)
  • Interact with your equipment with advanced human-machine interfaces (HMI)
  • Modular design for adaptation, expansion and upgrades
Arduino Portenta Machine Control on a DIN rail. Source: Arduino

Industry compatible interface options include isolated digital I/O, 4-20mA compatible analog I/O, dedicated I2C connector and three configurable temperature channels. Connectivity may be achieved through USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi or BLE. It also offers impressive compatibility through industry specific protocols such as RS485. All I/O are protected by resettable fuses, to be operated in harsh industrial environments.

The design has a high operating temperature reliability in the ranges of -40 °C to +85 °C. The versatile and large number of IOs allow to connect external human-machine interfaces such as displays, touch panels, keyboards, joysticks and mice to enable on-site configuration of state machines and direct manipulation of processes. Additional features include,

  • Industrial performance leveraging the power of Arduino Portenta boards
  • DIN rail compatible housing
  • Push-in terminals for fast connection
  • Compact size (170 x 90x 50 mm)
  • Reliable design, operating at industrial temperature rates (-40 °C to +85 °C) with a dual-core architecture and no external cooling
  • Embedded RTC (real time clock), for perfect synchronization of processes
  • Leverage embedded connectivity without any external equipment
  • CE, FCC and RoHS certified

Technical Specifications

PROCESSORSTM32H747XI dual Cortex®-M7+M4 32 bit low power Arm® MCU (Portenta H7)
INPUT8 digital 24Vdc, 2 channels encoder readings, 3 Analog for PT100/PT1000/J/K temperature probes, 3 Analog input (4-20mA/ 0-10V/NTC 10K)
OUTPUT8 digital 24Vdc up to 0,5A (short circuit protection), 4 analog 0-10V (up to 20mA output per channel)
OTHER I/O12 programmable digital I/O (24V logic)
COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLSCAN BUS, Programmable Serial port 232/422/485
CONNECTIVITYEthernet, USB, Programming Port, Wi-Fi, BLE
MEMORY16 MB onboard Flash memory, 8MB SDRAM
DIMENSIONS170 x 90 x 50 mm
OPERATING TEMPERATURES-40° C to +85° C (-40° F to 185°F)
POWER24V DC +/- 20%
CONNECTOR TYPEPush-in terminals for fast connection
Portenta Machine Control specifications

Pinout Diagrams

Pinout 1
Arduino Pro Portenta Machine Control IoT Board Pinout Diagram 2 e1621701706691
Pinout 2
Pinout 3
Pinout 4
Pinout 5
Pinout 6
Pinout 7
Pinout 8

The modular design is an effective choice for a wide range of industries such as packaging, food processing, labelling, sealing, washing and mixing. The Portenta Machine Control is available at a price of €279/$335 per unit.


  1. Buy Portenta Machine Control – Arduino Store
  2. Buy Portenta H7 – Arduino Store
  3. Arduino Portenta Machine Control – Datasheet PDF
  4. Arduio Portenta Machine Control – Pinout Diagram PDF
  5. Arduino Portenta Machine Control – Schematic PDF
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Vishnu Mohanan

Vishnu Mohanan

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