An automation device includes a modular assembly with a primary group configured for use with a hardware element. The primary group includes a controller providing signals. A feeder unit provides power to automated units. A primary first link connects the input/output modules, the primary first link carrying the signals and carrying power to the input/output modules. A primary second link connects the input/output modules and carries power to the automated units. A terminating module connects to the primary first and second links. A secondary module group is associated with a secondary zone of the hardware element. The secondary group includes a lead module connected to a secondary first link and a secondary second link, the secondary first link connected to the primary first link. A cable connects the terminating module with the lead module.