Smart relay handles up to 60 I/O

09 November 2015

Responding to market demand for a programmable relay with many of the features found in micro PLCs,IDEC Corporation has introduced the FL1F SmartRelay, as an upgrade to a previous model. 

The FL1F SmartRelay is now able to accommodate small- to medium-sized OEM machine control and other applications. The CPU module has eight discrete inputs and four discrete outputs. There are six types of I/O expansion modules, and up to 12 I/O expansion modules can be added to the CPU, expanding the I/O capacity to 60 I/O. Maximum configurations are 24 discrete inputs, 20 discrete outputs, 8 analog inputs and 8 analog outputs. Each discrete output can switch up to 10 A.

The I/O points are monitored and controlled through the use of the modules expanded programming capacity with a maximum 400 function blocks. In addition to industry standard function blocks, five new types are supported – astronomical clock, analogue filter, maximum and minimum, average and stop watch. 

An improved LCD operator interface can display six lines, each with up to 20 characters. Selectable white, amber or red backlighting allows operators to easily distinguish alarm and alert status at a distance. An external Text Display Panel, which mimics the CPU display, offers an additional operator interface point.

The FL1F SmartRelay’s Ethernet port can be used to connect to a PC for programming, a text display panel, other FL1F controllers and the Internet for remote monitoring

When connected to the Internet for remote monitoring access to the FL1F SmartRelay’s integrated web server is activated. The integrated web server is said to be simple to configure via menus provided in the programming software. Access is allowed from any web browser and is password protected. This access allows for both viewing of data, and for changes to parameters and programs.

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