Compact PLC with smart factory capabilities

03 February 2020

Mitsubishi Electric has introduced its smallest and most powerful compact PLC to date. The aim of the FX5UC series Micro PLC is to give more machine builders and manufacturers more functionality in a smaller space - while also providing web access and network connectivity.

The compact PLC has a program memory of 128,000 steps and a large device memory. In addition, it has an execution speed of 34 ns. It can perform positioning and advanced motion control functions for up to eight synchronised axes, eliminating the need for dedicated controllers that increase hardware and maintenance costs, programming time and equipment footprint.

Additional built-in functions include tools to prevent data theft or tampering such as security key authentication, while allowing operators to access system status safely via the Web and interact with on-board features such as data logging.

Thee CPU module is one-quarter the size of a conventional one, so can fit into smaller spaces. Other features contributing to the space saving rationale include the incorporation of 16 digital inputs and 16 built-in relay/transistor outputs, avoiding the need to install additional, space-consuming terminal blocks in many applications.

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