The 32-bit RISC processor provides the top-level processing speed in compact PLCs. The scan time is 2 ms or less for 5,000 steps. A high-speed PLC is indispensable for enhancing the functionality of equipment.
FP-X, which is equipped with 32k steps program memory, is ideal for a variety of functions, such as communications, positioning, and analog control. The large program capacity can also support future equipment modifications.
There are difficulties with program management on a PC, such as identifying the latest program. The use of the program in the PLC of equipment in operation is often regarded as the best option. Since FP-X has an independent comment memory, all comments can be stored in the PLC together with programs, facilitating program management and maintenance.
Since up to eight expansion units can be connected to one control unit, the maximum number of I/O points is 300. Furthermore, with the add-on cassette and expansion FP0 adapter connected, the number of I/O points can be increased to 382.
Three channels are available with a combination of a communication cassette (two-channel type) and the tool port. The combinations of a wide variety of communication functions can support diversified applications.
With a communication cassette (Ethernet type), inspection data, production data, and error information can be easily collected.
Communications with equipment compatible with Modbus-RTU (binary), a worldwide de-facto standard, are available without programming. E.g. temperature controllers and inverters
With a communication cassette (RS485 type), bit data/word data can be easily shared among up to 16 FP-X units.
Easy communications with equipment compatible with Panasonic's open protocol "MEWTOCOL" are available without programming. E.g. displays, image processors, temperature controllers, and power meters
Commands are generated/transmitted in accordance with the communication protocol of the target equipment.
Or, nonprocedural data receiving is available. E.g. measuring instruments, barcode readers, and RF-ID
The transistor output type C14 comes with 3-axis while C30/60 comes with 4-axis pulse output built-in the control unit. The multi-axis control, which previously required a higher-level PLC or additional positioning unit, or two or more PLC units, can now be achieved with only one FP-X transistor output type unit in a small space at a low cost. In addition, as this type does not require a pulse I/O cassette needed for a relay output type, other function expansion cassettes such as communication or analog input can be attached for more diversified applications.