FX3GE Programmable Logic Controller

July 13, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. has embedded two of the most commonly used expansion functions for micro programmable logic controllers, Ethernet communications and analog I/O into its new FX3GE Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). The result is an all-in-one PLC that costs less than a comparably equipped standard micro PLC, the company claims.

"The FX3GE significantly reduces equipment costs by combining a compact PLC with Ethernet communications and analog I/O at a price well below the cost of the individual components," said Ben Omura, Product Marketing Engineer at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. "With built-in analog input/output and Ethernet connectivity, the FX3GE micro PLC provides a high level of functionality right out of the box."

Key features of the FX3GE micro programmable logic controller include:

Embedded Ethernet communications port

Embedded analog I/O (2 inputs, 1 output)

Dual bus architecture, 32K steps of internal program memory

Integrated real-time clock

Easy programming with large instruction set and table positioning configuration

Built-in USB port to program communication

Two built-in variable analog potentiometers for set-time adjustment

Programming with GX Works2 (Mitsubishi Electric's configuration and programming software for FX, L, and Q Series controllers)

The built-in Ethernet port supports remote monitoring and maintenance on high-speed 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX communication. Users can read PLC information from any networked device with a standard web browser. For security, optional PLC keyword protections prohibit unauthorized access.

The compact PLC is especially well suited for food and beverage applications, as well as material handling, and fan and pump applications used in irrigation and building automation.

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