IIoT-ready PLC promises easy configurability

15 December 2023

The latest addition to the MELSEC iQ-F series of compact PLCs – the MELSEC FX5S – is well-suited to use in simple, straightforward applications in the food and beverage, and water and machining industries. It offers Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) functions for effective entry-level industrial automation applications.

The FX5S is said to be easy to configure and use, enabling users to quickly set up installations. It also delivers the level of high-speed performance required by accurate positioning applications.

End users and machine builders can use the PLC to develop cost-effective machines with up to 60 I/O points. These solutions support IIoT connectivity and functionalities. 

In particular, when looking at IIoT capabilities, the solution offers data logging and data flow analysis functions to speed up and enhance troubleshooting and root cause analysis. As the PLC features a built-in web server, operators can also remotely access these functions and monitor operations at any time, further improving responsiveness and flexibility.

Thanks to its compatibility with CC-Link IE Field Basic, the controller can be seamlessly linked with other factory automation devices such as HMIs, drives and remote I/O to help ensure reliable communications. 

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