AutomationDirect Unveils Productivity2000 Programmable Controller
The Productivity2000 is AutomationDirect’s newest addition to the Productivity line of industrial controllers. The Productivity2000 is a modular, rack-based system with a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. The high-performance CPU has 50Mb memory, fast scan times and five communication ports for $255.
The P2-550 CPU features LED status indicators as well as a 4 line x 10 character high-resolution OLED diagnostic text display with keypad for status, configuration, system alarms and user-defined messages. Five onboard communications ports, including Ethernet, USB and serial, support communications protocols including EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, ASCII, Modbus RTU and Custom Protocol.
A micro USB 2.0 (type B) port provides plug-and-play connection for programming, online monitoring and firmware upgrades. The bottom of the CPU is fitted with two 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports; the first port is used for programming, monitoring, and firmware upgrades as well as client/server connections (Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP scanner and adapters). A second Ethernet port is dedicated for up to 16 GS1, GS2 or Durapulse variable frequency drive connections. A microSD card slot accepts a standard microSD card to provide up to 32GB of additional data logging capacity. This card can also be used to transfer projects to and from the CPU. The CPU’s built-in Web server allows users to view, download and delete data log files from any browser. One RS232 and one RS485 serial port can communicate via Modbus or ASCII protocols for local networking or custom device interfaces.
The P2-01AC ($69) power supply provides isolated power to the P2000 bases; I/O bases, starting at $69.00, are available in 4, 7, 11, and 15-slot models; any combination of I/O modules may be installed in a base without power budget considerations. Over 25 I/O modules capture and control a wide range of field signals, including up to 16-point DC I/O, 16-point AC I/O, and analog voltage, current or temperature. The OLED interface built into each analog module displays field signal levels as well as module and signal faults. Hot swappable I/O support allows exchange of modules without interrupting the process. Each I/O module includes a pull-down QR coded tab which can be scanned from any smart phone or tablet to get the latest specifications for that module.
With the P2-SCM serial communications module ($165), the Productivity2000 system can have up to 46 serial ports. The module features three RS-232 ports and one RS-485 port utilizing Modbus RTU Master/Slave networking, ASCII IN/OUT and custom protocols; port one can also be used to power a C-more micro HMI.
Available specialty modules include two high-speed 2-channel counter input and pulse output modules ($195) as well as an 8-point input simulator module with eight hand operated switches ($47); a filler module ($11) for unused slot connections is also available.
The updated free downloadable ProductivitySuite programming software features tag name-based programming for better documentation management and more seamless integration with HMIs. Productivity2000 gives users the freedom to define user tags with no limits or fixed boundaries. With tag name based programming, there are no pre-defined, fixed memory maps and no wasted, unused memory allocations.
The software can perform hardware auto-discovery and configuration, including local base and I/O and GS series AC drives. The user can also configure the system offline by dragging and dropping modules. After configuration is complete, modules can be electronically keyed to prevent incorrect replacement.
Powerful processes in the programming environment reduce development time; timesavers include combined ladder logic and function block-style programming; task management that minimizes scan time; advanced instructions that simplify complex tasks, and an exhaustive HELP file that covers both hardware and software topics.
The complete line of Productivity2000 components can be seen at www.automationdirect.com/P2000.
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In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor controls, enclosures and more. Their prices are typically well below the list price of more traditional automation companies because of their business model and focus on efficiency and the majority of their products are stocked for fast shipping. Plus, get free two-day delivery on orders over $49; some limitations apply. For more information, contact them at 800-633-0405 or visit www.automationdirect.com.