PRODUCT EXCLUSIVE: Programmable automation controller supports up to 116,000 I/O points
The Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller. AutomationDirect’s newest generation of industrial controllers, combines capabilities of a PC-based control system with those of a typical PLC. Modular, rack-based system supports up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion and remote I/O bases and a range of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. This was a November North American print edition product exclusive.
The Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller. AutomationDirect’s newest generation of industrial controllers, combines capabilities of a PC-based control system with those of a typical PLC. Modular, rack-based system supports up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion and remote I/O bases and a range of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. High-performance CPU has 50 Mb memory, fast scan times, and seven communication ports.
The P3-550 CPU has a four- line, 10-character LCD to display system alarms or user-defined messages. Various USB ports support I/O connectivity, programming, online monitoring, transfer of log data, and more. More than 35 available I/O modules capture and control a wide range of field signals, including up to 64-point dc I/O, 16-point ac I/O, and analog voltage, current or temperature. Patent-pending LCD interface built into each analog module displays field signal levels as well as module and signal faults. Hot swappable I/O support allows exchange of modules or complete remote bases without interrupting the process. Up to 32 P3-RS remote slave modules can be connected to a single P3-550 CPU for a remote I/O network. CPU can be programmed and monitored remotely through one of the USB ports on this module.
Free ProductivitySuite programming software features tag-name-based programming and stores data in true database format. Onboard program documentation feature stores program, tag database, and all program comments to the CPU so the information is available to any PC connected to the system. Powerful processes in the programming environment reduce development time; timesavers include combined ladder logic and function block programming; task management that minimizes scan time; advanced instructions that simplify complex tasks, and an exhaustive help file that covers hardware and software topics. Run-time editing transfers logic edits without stopping the executing program. Other features and DataWorx P3K data logging software are available.
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