Tag Archive: PLC Systems

Jul
24

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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May
22

iQ Platform and Robots

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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

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/products/cnt/plc/ex/select/index.html

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May
01

iQ-F firmware update, NEW FEATURES

           iQ-F firmware update, new features

One of the great features of the iQ-F range is that we can update the CPU’s firmware, giving customers the ability to take advantage of new features and performance enhancements even on existing installations.

The latest version is 1.060 and is available for download from the MyMitsubishi site. Installation is simple and is executed    using a standard SD memory card. The best place to check how to update the iQ-F is in the e-manual (just search for “firmware update function” in the iQ-F FX5 User’s Manual (application)).

The attached document contains more details plus additional information about the new FX5 analogue modules that were recently added to the range.

Click here to see brochure…

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Feb
12

Technical Tip – GOT2000 multiple connections

Setting up GOT2000 HMI with multiple connections over Ethernet.

GOT2000 & GOTSimple HMIs have the capability to setup multiple connections with two different controllers e.g. two different PLC platforms, and is also capable of having up to 64 stations on a single channel. This is achieved by having 2 channel connections.

The technical tip PDF shows the example of setting up FX series PLC on Channel 1 and Q series PLC on Channel 2. Although these two platforms are both Mitsubishi, they are both different in functionality and programming methods.

In other terms if a manufacturing company is working with two different product brands one HMI can communicate to both of them as long as the HMI has a suitable driver installed for that product brand.

Click here for your full technical tip in PDF.

 

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Jan
08

iQ Works2 – The Integrated Industrial Software Solution

CDL offers a wide range of Mitsubishi Software Packages, but some may be confused when choosing the correct software for their application.

Mitsubishi’s iQ Works2 Software Suite takes the selection headache away.

This powerful engineering management software solution integrates programming, design and maintenance software applications for Mitsubishi Electric’s automation platform.

The result is one seamless engineering environment.

So what is included in iQ Works2?

 

MELSOFT Navigator – Project Management Tool.

The Navigator enables the design of the entire upper-level system and integrates the other MELSOFT programs into a single workspace. This graphic-based configuration tool provides a visual representation of the overall system.

 

GX Works2 – PLC programming software

Used to program the various Mitsubishi PLC’s including FX Series, L-Series and Q-Series.

 

GX Works3 – PLC programming software

The latest Mitsubishi PLC programming and maintenance software used to program the iQ-R and IQ-F Series PLC’s.

 

GX Developer – PLC programming, for legacy systems

The simplicity and intuitive interface of this well-known software results in a short learning curve to help you get your applications up and running quickly and efficiently.

 

GT Works3 – GOT1000/GOT2000 HMI programming

Graphical Operation Terminal (GOT) screen creation software. Create graphic screens in fewer steps.

 

MT Works – Motion programming software

Motion control design and maintenance software which includes intuitive graphic-based programming together with a digital oscilloscope simulator.

 

FR Configurator2 – Inverter programming software

Simplifies setup and maintenance of Mitsubishi AC inverters. Parameters can be easily adjusted, and written to multiple inverters when replacing. The inverter PLC function can also be programmed from a single setup screen.

 

RT Toolbox3 – Robot programming software

Robot setup software for programming, commissioning, evaluation and maintenance of robot applications. The integrated 3D simulator is a handy tool which can be used to improve preventative maintenance of a machine.

 

QnUDVCPU & LCPU Logging Configuration Tool – Data logging configuration software.

Store and view collected device data on an SD memory card in CSV format.

 

For additional information regarding which version of Windows Operating systems are supported by iQ Works2?  Please click here…

 

So, if you are in need of a complete software solution for a wide-range of Mitsubishi Factory Automation products, then look no further than iQ Works2.

For more information regarding iQ Works2 or any other Mitsubishi FA product, then please contact the CDL Sales Team or Technical Support on 0116 233 9555.

 

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Apr
13

CDL brings Mechatronics to the MTC in Coventry

 

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Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics and Control Systems and despite being around for more than 50 Years, today we are seeing a real time need to connect Industry. To ensure that we continue to move with current industry trends CDL has brought together a few of their strongest Manufacturers at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry where they were able to  showcase new products and integrated solutions that combined, strenghtens their systems with Industry 4.0 and The Internet of Things placing them firmly at the front of their mind.

The Mechatronics workshop was centered around the Mitsubishi Automation Platform, and supported by key manufacturers such as SMC, SICK and SMAC. Each manufacturer presented live presentations of their showcased lineup and performed in-house product demonstrations along with Q&A session at the end of each section.

Manufacturers Product line ups included:

Mitsubishi: IQF & IQR Simple Motion and Robot,A800 GOT Integration, Smart Condition.Monitoring & Guided Operator Solutions.

SMC: Electric Actuators & Grippers.

SMAC: Precision Electric Actuators and the famous SMAC actuator hand

SICK: Inspection/Vision cameras and Scanners.
In addition to the live presentations an open exhibition area was available, where attendees could discuss individual systems and products in greater depth with numerous application specialists.

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MTC MEUK

Mitsubishi Factory Automation Product Manager Barry Weller talking through the many Features and Benefits of using the New IQF and IQR PLC Platforms

 

 

As an added benefit guests were also offered a guided tour of the MTC and given exclusive availability around
their spectacular premises to see up close the latest manufacturing technologies from some of the UK’s most innovative manufacturing businesses

 

CDL are planning to run more similar events throughout 2017 so keep checking our social media feeds, website and Blog for further details regarding future events.

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Mar
05

New – Mitsubishi FR-A800 Frequency Inverter

New from Mitsubishi is the FR-A800 Frequency Inverter which has been designed for unparalleled drive precision, speed control, simple start-up, and versatility.  The Mitsubishi FR-A800 is a new generation of drive technology.

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Mitsubishi’s FR-A800 has some outstanding features which include the integrated high level PLC, USB port for programming and parameter copying, an-easy to-read control panel, optimum power usage and energy saving functions, improved system safety, three expansion slots for a range of option and supported network card.

The FR-A800 Series is fully backwards compatible with the FR-A700 series and its parameters can be easily copied by FR Configurator2. In order to match the former machine response time, the input/output signals of the FR-A800 can be delayed.

The FR-A800 series has some powerful features and intelligent functions which include a two channel emergency stop for safe shutdown. This ensures safe operation in compliance with the European Machinery Directive without installation of another contactor. The FR-A800 thus conforms to the EN ISO13849-1/PLd cat. 3, EN 61508 and EN 61800-5-2 SIL2 standards.

The operation panel with the one touch Digital Dial allows direct access to all important parameters. The FR-A800 series also allows the connection of a Mitsubishi Electric graphical operation terminal (GOT). Communication parameters for the HMI connection are automatically set as a batch.

The FR-A800 has a built in EMC filter which ensures full compliance with European EMC Directive standards (EN 61800-3 2nd environment category C3), so separate certification is not required for the drive.  To suit your application, take advantage of the energy saving function, the impressive savings can be displayed on the energy monitor.  With an estimated lifespan of 10 years, the cooling fans and built in capacitors can be further extended by using the ON/OFF control function

The FR-A800 can be controlled and monitored by a controller via network.  Communication options are available for the major network protocols such as CC-Link IE Field, CC-Link, Profibus DP/DPV1, Profinet/Ether- Net IP/EtherCat (to be released soon) and SSCNETIII/H as well as DeviceNet™ and LONWORKS.  RS485 communication (Mitsubishi Electric drive protocol, Modbus-RTU protocol) is supported as standard.

Mitsubishi FR-A800:-

  • High Speed Response: With a speed response of 50Hz, A800 to respond to a change in motor load. A800 reacts to a speed signal much faster too – between 2 to 3 ms as opposed to 5 to 20 ms with A700.
  • Wide Speed Range: 200:1 speed range open loop, 1500:1 closed loop speed range.
  • Extended Maximum Speed: A standard A800 VFD can drive high speed motors at up to 590Hz, compared to the A700’s 400Hz.
  • IPM Motor Control: Standard A800 VFDs can drive the new generation IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) motors, such as the Marathon ‘SyMAX’ series.
  • Safety Stop: A800 is a SAFETY drive. “STO” capability enables SIL2 / PLd category emergency stops.
  • Compatible with USB stick: VFD settings can be easily uploaded or downloaded and ‘black box’ operating data at the time of a drive trip can be copied for diagnosis using the FR-Configurator software.
  • GOT interface: Automatic connectivity to GOT 2000 series GOTs without the need to change any parameters.
  • Improved PLC: A800 has a new internal PLC based around the Mitsubishi ‘L series’ processor. Instructions in the form of ‘Function Blocks’ can now be used.
  • Conformal Coating: All A800 VFDs have Conformal Coated boards as standard.

If you would like a brochure emailing over or require a quotation, get in touch !

 

 

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Aug
27

Mitsubishi GOT2000 Graphic Operator Terminals

Mitsubishi Electric UK GOT2000 HMI Series promises improved user-friendliness, expanded functionalities, high cost-efficiency and optimum integration.GOT2000s-1024x739

Introduced in November 2013 at the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, it replaces the present GOT1000 HMI range, but remains backwardly compatible, its panel sizes are identical and existing programmes can be imported.

These enhanced HMIs deliver genuine perspective on the automation process and provide a platform to solve the typical production problems that drive down OEE. With their enhanced functionality, these HMIs provide additional features that will help to reduce downtime, enable fast recovery from simple errors, increase availability and boost production efficiency.

Having inbuilt Ethernet communications means users can operate the GOT2000 remotely from a PC (VNC Server) or even from a tablet or portable terminal. An MES interface option enables the GOT2000 to transmit data collected from PLCs and other automation devices directly to higher level system databases, eliminating the need for gateway PCs or complex programming.

The GT27 series which are the successors to the GT16 range are characterised by an intuitive operating concept with multi-touch function and gesture control. The HMIs from the GT23 series offer a balanced price/performance ratio.

Advanced functionality

The GOT2000 series is designed to optimise operator control and monitoring of device and line status.  The increased performance includes, advanced functions, seamless connectivity to other automation devices and intuitive programming and operation. The high quality graphics of GOT2000 series offer crisp well defined images whether enlarged or reduced in size, and it supports a library of outline fonts and multi-language formats. Selected models also feature tablet-like multi-touch gestures, and will also worked with gloved hands.

Mitsubishi Electric is now offering its GOT 2000 IP67f without a USB connection on the white front panel for the first time in direct response to requirements from the food industry.  GOT2000 includes connectivity with most popular automation equipment including Siemens and Allen Bradley.

Please contact us if you would like a brochure or quotation.

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