PLC for demanding, hazardous applications

Idec's FC6A MicroSmart is a programmable logic controller (PLC) with up to 520 I/O that comes in three models and is designed for demanding industries such as oil and gas, chemical, material handling, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery, and process skids.
By Idec May 24, 2016

Idec's FC6A MicroSmart is a programmable logic controller (PLC) with up to 520 I/O that comes in three models and is designed for demanding industries such as oil and gas, chemical, material handling, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery, and pIdec’s FC6A MicroSmart is a programmable logic controller (PLC) with up to 520 I/O. The MicroSmart PLC provides the power of a programmable automation controller (PAC) with a small form factor. It is designed for demanding industries such as oil and gas, chemical, solar, marine, packaging, food and beverage, material handling, utility vehicles, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery, and process skids. Basic instructions can be executed in 0.042 microseconds, and program memory is 640 kB. There are 1,024 timers, and six of the 512 counters are high-speed at rates up to 100kHz. These capabilities are combined with data and bit memory and these features allow the MicroSmart PLC to handle large programs with complex control requirements such as PID, flow totalization and recipes.

Three MicroSmart PLC models are available, each with 24 Vdc or 100 to 240 Vac input power. The 16 I/O model has 9 inputs, and 7 relay or transistor outputs. The 24 I/O model has 14 inputs, and 10 relay or transistor outputs. The 40 I/O model has 24 inputs, and 16 relay or transistor outputs. Each model also includes an integral 0 to 10 Vdc analog input. The 16 and 24 I/O models can accommodate one plug-in analog cartridge, and the 40 I/O model can accommodate two plug-in analog cartridges.

Each cartridge has two analog I/O points, either two inputs or two outputs. Up to 12 expansion modules can be added to the 16 I/O model, and up to 15 expansion modules can be added to the 24 and 40 I/O models. These modules can be of any type with no restrictions as to the number of analog and specialty modules. This gives the 40 I/O MicroSmart PLC the capability to handle up to 520 I/O with a maximum of 126 analog I/O, much more than a typical micro PLC.

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