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Vernon Hills, Ill. —Not just another PLC, Q-series is billed as an "automation platform for the future." Designers can place up to four CPUs on a rack along with local I/O modules. The platform can compete with VME computers in semiconductor manufacturing or can combine process and sequential logic modules for batch control.

03/01/2002



Vernon Hills, Ill. -Not just another PLC, Q-series is billed as an 'automation platform for the future.' Designers can place up to four CPUs on a rack along with local I/O modules. The platform can compete with VME computers in semiconductor manufacturing or can combine process and sequential logic modules for batch control. Users choose from among five sequential logic controllers, two motion control modules, two process control modules, and a PC module. No programming is required to configure multiple CPUs on one rack, which also share memory across the backplane. Programming is in IEC 61131 standard languages or C for custom control. Motion modules can control eight or 32 axes depending on the model, and the system can control up to 96 coordinated axes. Modules communicate with servo amplifiers via Mitsubishi's high-speed SSCNet, which allows daisy-chaining amplifiers in a network. The PC module operates on either Microsoft Windows NT Embedded or Windows 2000. The industrially hardened PC sports 100base-T Ethernet, two USB ports, two serial ports, two PC card ports, monitor, keyboard, mouse, FDD, HDD, and parallel ports. If multiple CPUs are located on a backplane, developer software assigns the I/O modules to the processor to avoid conflict of which processor controls the module. Basic CPU configuration executes 1,000 steps in 100 www.meau.com Mitsubishi Electric Automation







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