Improved comms with PLC Profibus module

The communications capability of Matsushita’s PLC range has been extended with the launch of a Profibus DP slave module.

The FPO Profibus DP slave module from Matsushita allows easy connection to other Profibus enabled products such as inverters, distributed I/O and other such field devices. Transmission rates of up to 12Mbaud can be realised on the two-wire network.

The compact slave module is easily attached to any FPO CPU in the PLC range, together with local digital I/O and analogue modules if required.

Configuration and set-up of the module is achieved using Matsushita’s own Profibus software tools and its IEC1131 based PLC programming software. FPO PLCs measure just 90 by 60 by 25mm, and offer inbuilt RS232 communications with devices such as modems, HMIs and printers.

The PLCs offer an I/O capability of up to 128 points and features including four-channel high speed counter (10kHz), interrupt processing and two-axis stepper motor control.

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