New FX5U compact PLC offers motion control & data logging
New FX5U compact PLC offers motion control & data logging.
Mitsubishi Electric UK has expanded its iQ range of PLCs with the compact MELSEC iQ-F series, building on the legacy of the market leading FX platform. The already powerful instruction set has been extended to include 4-axis simple motion control, data logging and many function previously found only on larger PLCs
Sharing many of its features with other Mitsubishi iQ PLCs, the iQ-F series provides unified inter-connectivity with other iQ models, and a unified programming environment for a improved user experience. It is backward compatible with the FX3 Series.
The first model in the iQ-F series is the FX5U, offering high performance in a compact, cost effective package. The FX5U continues the FX PLC’s tradition of total flexibility by offering a wide range of new and existing add-on options. Other built-in functions include Ethernet, analogue I/O, data logging, position control, security, communications and networking functions incorporated as standard. FX5U provides users with the ability to specify more powerful systems but with fewer overall components, saving time and cost.
On-board motion control for up to 4 axes
The FX5U offers functions which to date have only been available on larger PLCs, such as motion control, data logging and sophisticated security features. For example, the 4-axis simple motion module brings sophisticated motion control in an easy to use format for applications such as food and beverage packaging, providing features such as torque control and circular interpolation.
To meet the future needs of Industry 4.0, the FX5U offers comprehensive data logging functionality as standard, with all data from energy consumption to product throughput captured on a standard SD card for further analysis.
Enhanced hardware & software security
With security being a key issue today, the FX5U offers sophisticated security features to protect both the developer’s intellectual property and the final installation. Each PLC can have a security ‘key’ that allows users to easily manage access to both software and hardware.
The enhanced functionality is combined with a processing speed of 34ns per instruction and a bus speed 150 times faster than previous generation FX PLCs. The result is a platform that allows users to standardise on the FX5U in a host of applications that would previously have required much larger and more costly PLCs.
Unified programming environment
The FX5U is programmed using the new GX Works3 software which provides an intuitive, graphical, structured programming environment. GX Works3 offers a wide range of programming options including dynamic labels, parameterisation instead of programming and the automatic creation of hardware function blocks and visual function blocks, including HMI templates. This drag-and-drop hardware and software configuration reduces overall configuration time by over 60%, whilst the intuitive approach to programming reduces development costs and development errors.
The FX5U is the first PLC to be released in the iQ-F series, which will extend over the coming years offering even more choice in the compact PLC range.
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