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More PLC Programming Software Features

AutomationDirect’s Productivity Suite PLC programming software version 2.4 provides two new software communications enhancements for the Productivity series controllers. Custom Protocol over Ethernet (CPE) is a new feature that allows programmers to create their own Hex-based communications protocol between the Productivity series CPU and third party Ethernet devices; Ethernet-based ASCII is one possibility with this new feature.

softwareAnother new option is Productivity Network (ProNET) which allows data sharing between two or more networked Productivity series CPUs.

With this feature, simply broadcast and/or receive data messages “behind the scenes” without the need for any communications instructions in the ladder program. Productivity series CPUs can support up to 32 unique Global IDs for the networked PLCs in any combination of publishers and subscribers.

The full Productivity Suite software package is available as a free download here.productivitysuite-cta-600x190

About AutomationDirect:

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

*Prices as of December 7, 2016. Check website for most current prices