Benefits of open platform controller for automation

Benefits of open platform controller for automation


There are times in machine control that a PLC cannot give you the performance you need for a special requirement. Rather than opt for a PC or special micro controller,  a C-Controller offers an interesting alternative. Mitsubishi Electric’s C-controller can be used stand-alone controlling the I/O or integrated within the Mitsubishi Electric iQ-R control platform. The “C” based open platform controller increases the scope of control solutions available to equipment builders.

Its generic platform architecture is ideal for use with a wide range of customised systems from 3rd party vendors, operating systems and open source applications. Markedly, it will run under VXWorks or Linux environments.

Unlike a PLC programming this advanced controller uses standard C or C++. This opens the world of automation and control directly to non-PLC based engineers. “C” programming is an ideal language for many process or complex math-based applications. This is due to its well-defined structured programming concept and flexible syntax.

By using a Mitsubishi system architecture, it delivers industrial grade performance with high availability, and advanced functionality. Mitsubishi’s high-quality control hardware makes it ideal for industrial environments.

The open platform controller delivers PC level functionality without the burden of high maintenance of PCs. It also overcomes the overheads associated with maintaining embedded PCs (micro boards., etc) and industrial PCs, to deliver cost-effective solutions.

The five C Controller models cover a wide scope of applications. They work with a wide range of Mitsubishi I/O modules, 3rd Party products, open source, and customized applications/programs. They provide the freedom with a robust, easy and high-performance system. The new platform is advancing as a replacement for PC and microcomputers in various applications.

In addition to machine control, the C-controller can collect production data and energy usage, vital for modern IoT manufacturing operations. It does away with multiple layers of PCs for real time data collection and is easier to integrate and maintain. Production data is easily monitored and recorded, and higher-level production decisions made. Their implementation also helps to increase plant visibility and to boost productivity.

Machine control with open platform controller

Many high-speed applications use custom-made control programs. In the long term, custom made machine control using industrial PCs and micro-computers can create major problems. Parts and compatible drivers cease to be available and maintenance cycles become unpredictable. Furthermore, there is always a risk of viruses with PC based architectures.

By switching to a C-Controller based control system, these concerns are all but eliminated. Its control system architecture uses long product life cycle parts with support for discontinued products and a clear upgrade support package.

Also, if the existing programs are C based, they are reusable in the C Controller module without having to be re-engineer. Security is also enhanced as the Mitsubishi control system OS not prone to virus issues as its not based on PC OS systems. This further adds to the security of the overall control system.

Key advantages of open controller platform

  • High-speed I/O performance
  • Less discontinued products reducing maintenance costs
  • High security systems not weak to software penetration
  • Software only requires minor modifications
  • Utilize existing programs, no need for complete overhaul
  • Robust industrial level build requiring fewer enclosure engineering


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