With the launch of the FX5 compact PLC, Mitsubishi Electric has made the world’s best selling PLC even better. Since the launch of the original FX over 30 years ago, Mitsubishi Electric has sold over 13 million units across the globe.
The FX transformed automation by bringing PLC control and functionality into smaller, lower cost applications that would previously have had to rely solely on discrete relay-based logic. For over three decades, Mitsubishi Electric has been the market leader in this sector. Each generation of the FX has set new standards, and not only in the compact controllers class. Successive innovations and improvements have taken these compact controllers into another dimension, delivering performance that was previously the exclusive domain of larger control systems in a compact package. Now, with the introduction of the new FX5, Mitsubishi Electric has given these compact controllers a huge performance boost, focusing on processing power, expansion, built-in functionality and positioning & motion functions. At the same time, users benefit from simpler programming and reduced maintenance effort to greatly reduce the total cost of ownership.
With their compact dimensions and unrivalled cost/performance ratio, the new FX5 PLCs offer the means to drive up innovation in numerous machine control applications and automation tasks, giving users the functionality and flexibility to realize new ideas and increase system performance.
Users of the iQ-F will notice these platform features:
- High speed performance
- High speed input & outputs
- Analogue and PID
- Built-in Ethernet
- Built-in RS-485 (Modbus & Inverter communications)
- Motion Module
- CC-Link IE Field (Ethernet I/O)
- Simple connectivity
- Backward compatibility
- Simple troubleshooting
- Security functions
A new sequence execution engine is at the core of MELSEC iQ-F, capable of running structured programs and multiple programs and supports structured text, function blocks, etc.
Programmers can utilize the expanded comment fields (1024 characters) & statement fields (5000 characters). The iQ-F also has new memory areas to hold this data so program memory isn’t used.
The iQ-F is programmed with the new GX-Works3 software package. If you think this might be a good fit for your machines, contact us.
Learn more about the IQ-F with this video: