Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduced the iQ-R Series machine control system that incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process, and C language control into one platform. The control platform is designed for applications requiring integrated motion and safety control, tight synchronization between various processes, and high production throughput. The integrated design allows machines or production lines to consolidate control in one rack. The system can have up to 4 CPUs per rack for various combinations of motion, sequence, or process control.

Features include 0.98 ns execution speed, multi-discipline control with up to 4 CPUs in a single rack, high-speed bus, GX Works3 programming software with built-in functions and configuration screens, CC-Link IE field network with deterministic performance over industrial Ethernet, and built-in SD memory card database. The control design allows communication between controllers across the backplane, eliminating the need for complex wiring. It also offers a security key feature to prevent unauthorized execution of programs.

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This article first appeared in the June, 2016 issue of Motion Control & Automation Technology Magazine.

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