The open industrial Ethernet protocol CC-Link IE supports gigabit data rates. The newest member of this network family, CC-Link IE Field Basic, enables the connection of automation components via the 100-Mbit Ethernet port without hardware modifications. With compatible products and solutions Mitsubishi Electric the advantages of networking even for smaller applications and installations close to the field device.
Networks in automation depend on the number and variety of components offered. The advantages of transparency and networking also apply to small systems that do not require high-speed control. By implementing cyclic communication via software, CC-Link IE Field Basic (IEFB) offers a development incentive for device partners due to favorable implementation costs.
With products of the control series "Melsec"The iQ-R, iQ-F, Q and L are supported by the CC-Link IEFB automation provider to promote networking in production. Through their Ethernet port, these CPU modules can be used as a master station for basic industrial equipment such as sensors and actuators, while at the same time connecting to the enterprise level. As a result, separate network modules can be omitted and space requirements and hardware costs are reduced.
Company-wide solutions based on programmable logic controllers (PLCs) of the manufacturer are available with the in-house programming software "GX Works2"Or GX Works3 easy to set up and facilitate maintenance by monitoring the operating and communication states of the devices in the network. By Mitsubishi Electric with its hardware and the eF @ ctory Concept open CC-Link networks and supports device development by third parties, the company actively promotes the networking of "things" in the industry (IIoT).