Category Archive: Hints & Tips


Festo DFPI Linear Actuators

Easy to install, Festo DFPI Linear actuators are robust and reliable in operation.










These actuators now have mounting interface to ISO 15552.  They are suitable for regulating air dampers, processing bulk materials as well as for regulating flow and fill levels.

  • Optional integrated positioner or integrated displacement encoder
  • Mounting interface to ISO 15552 or DIN 3358
  • Double-acting
  • Suitable for swivel motions
  • Robust plug socket to protect the pneumatic and electrical connections
  • IP65, IP67, IP69K

The standardised mounting interface with comprehensive accessories means it is easy to install in a wide variety of situations.
The sturdy collar nuts make it possible to mount process valves using stud bolts. The optimised piston rod guide enables
swivel motions, which are necessary for regulating ventilation flaps. eg: The DFPI easily absorbs the transverse forces on the
piston rod.   The DFPI is sturdy and reliable due to its compact design, high IP and corrosion protection and the integration of
the positioner or displacement encoder, even in places that were inaccessible previously.  The DFPI is a compact unit that is
easy and quick to install.

Available in 2 versions are the adjustable standards-based linear actuators DFPI-NB3P to ISO 15552: the DFPI-…-E-… with a
potentiometric displacement encoder which supplies an analogue voltage signal (proportional to the piston position) for an
external positioner. And the DFPI-…-C1V-… with fully integrated positioner.The DFPI-…-C1V-… has a factory set safety position
in case the operating voltage or analogue set point fails.  The position specification and feedback is provided by an analogue
set point signal 4 … 20 mA, while the travel speed is regulated by the integrated flow control screws. Its new piston rod guide
also permits transverse forces so that the DFPI is capable of swivel motions which are needed for regulating air dampers, for
example. The DFPI is also suitable for movement of linear-actuated process valves, such as knife gate valves, pinch valves or
proportional slides.So that you can master any situation, there are a wide range of accessories for a variety of applications.

Complete ISO 15552 accessories
• Piston rod attachments
•Swivel flange for end cap
•Flange and foot mountings
•Compensating elements
•Rod eyes, rod clevises
•Retainer for proximity switch
•Also available in corrosion resistant designs
DFPI-NB3 specific accessories
•Adapter for ext. positioner DADG-AK-F6-A2
•Pre-assembled connecting cable NHSB-A1
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Technical Tip: CC link IE Field Basic Network Guide

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With recent trends of IOT (Internet of Things), network connection of devices and equipment for small-scale systems are becoming more mainstream. CC-Link IE Field Network Basic realises easier network integration, as its cyclic communications stack is software-based, without requiring a dedicated ASIC helping to reduce implementation costs for device partners. Mitsubishi Electric is launching CC-Link IE Field Network Basic compatible products to further leverage networking on the production floor.

Video Technical Guide links Steps 1 to 4

  1. Features:
  2. System Configuration:
  3. Settings:
  4. Operation:

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Technical Tip – FX5U (IQ-F) built in High Speed Counter Function

FX5U (IQ-F) built in High Speed Counter Function.



If you are having troubles setting up high speed counters, you can follow this Mitsubishi guide

as the programming is somewhat different to an FX3 PLC.

PLCs of the FX range have historically allowed high speed signals (faster than the scan time)

to be connected to a group of the PLCs inputs. Whilst it is still possible to use equivalents of

the traditional high speed counter functions C235 to C255, LC35 to LC 55, similar functions

are available using the HIOEN function. The advantages of this instruction are that it uses a

parameterisation approach, uses Special Registers and Special Relays for its internal

resources, saving programming and reducing use of other resources.

This example shows the steps needed to enable a high speed counter function using CH1,

which is the hardware input X0.


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Technical Tip – Mitsubishi FA Goods Product Selection Tool


So, you have finally managed to select the appropriate iQ-R output module for your application, but realise that it has a 40-pin connector on the front-face as opposed to the usual screw terminals.  So what do you do?

Do not worry, as the ‘FA Goods Product Selection Tool’ will take away endless amounts of time looking through catalogues, manuals and pin configurations.

This easy-to-use tool can be used to select the recommended Mitsubishi terminal blocks and cables for all of the Modular PLC’s in the Mitsubishi range, from A-Series up to the latest iQ-R offering.
















Feel free to save the link below into your web-browser, and refer to it whenever you need it.




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Technical Tip – Updating & Viewing Manuals

Here is a great Technical Tip on how to update your Mitsubishi manuals for IQ Works 2 through GX Works3 all in one go!

These manuals cover current Mitsubishi PLCs (IQ-F, IQ-R, Q Series) and Mitsubishi HMIs (All GOT2000 models). This is a great solution to find all of your Mitsubishi Manuals all in one place and you can even search for something specific!

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iQ Platform and Robots

MELFA Robots




On this year’s Drives and Control Stand Mitsubishi previewed a prototype of the new MELFA CoBOT. This arm will be aimed at the collaborative robot market offering increased rapidity and higher IP rating than the competition as well as easy to use software, direct teaching and collision detection. Mitsubishi showcased a MELFA Robot mounted on an automated guided vehicle (AGV) showing alternatives to conceptual uses for these products.





On-Line Configurators














The online configurators for iQ-R, iQ-F, Q series, L series, F series and networks have been updated on the Mitsubishi web site. New features include:

– Quickly visualise the number of I/O points and total current consumption required for modules during selection.
– “Purchase list” with selected module name and quantity can be printed.
– “Configuration chart” based on selected models can be printed
– Configuration Image can be printed

These tool can be found at


Technical Tip – Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command


Mitsubishi Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command




Here is a technical setup tip for a Mitsubishi FR-D700  series Inverter with an analogue control signal, whether its from PLC or a Potentiometer. In this example a 4-20mA signal is used and you can use this method through out the FR series range of Inverters manufactured by Mitsubishi.

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