06 July 2020
Mitsubishi Electric’s FX5UC Premium Micro PLC fits highly sophisticated data processing and communication capabilities into an exceptionally small footprint, addressing the drive for lighter-weight, more space-efficient equipment and making it suitable for cutting-edge Smart Factory applications.
The interconnected factory of the future requires automation products that can perform increasingly advanced functions while fitting into smaller spaces. The design of the latest MELSEC iQ-F series FX5UC PLC helps machine builders and manufacturers by addressing precisely these needs.
The solution offers one of the most powerful CPUs currently available in an enclosure volume that is a quarter the size of a conventional unit - the smallest model in the range measures just 42.1mm W x 90mm H x 89.1mm D. This combination allows businesses to benefit from extremely fast machine responses, even for demanding positioning and advanced motion control applications which increases productivity - whilst also minimising equipment footprint.
Other design elements contributing to the space saving rationale include incorporating secure push-fit terminals with built-in relay and transistor outputs, which eliminate the need to install additional space-consuming terminal blocks. The FX5UC’s comprehensive range of integrated functions minimises other external hardware and equipment required, reducing capital expenditure and operating expenses.
Built-in tools to prevent data theft or tampering, such as security key authentication are another example. Features such as multi-vendor networking capabilities also add to its flexibility, allowing users to develop the cutting-edge, integrated automated systems that characterise Industry 4.0 applications.
All the features of FX5UC contribute to the creation of an ideal solution for a broad range of applications, from cost sensitive small machines to larger, networked multi-PLC systems. Ultimately, the latest FX5UC acts as a key enabler for the interconnected, smart factory of the future.