The new MICRO PLC VIPA Control from YASKAWA sets new standards for ultra-compact, ultra-fast, stand-alone PLC controllers combining high performance, high channel density in a compact, modern design. As the name suggests, space requirements are minimised because the Micro has a width of less than 72mm making it up to 50% smaller than typical micro controllers.
Features and technology
Designed as a stand-alone PLC, the MICRO PLC incorporates features such as a new display and an operating concept that enables users to see the essential control information at a glance. It is based on the latest SPEED 7 technology which ensures the highest clock rates and fast program processing for precise positioning and diverse control tasks. Additional speed benefits allow a fast backplane bus transmission of 48 Mbit/s providing a performance similar to a large CPU, yet in an ultra-compact micro package.
Digital and analog I/O channels
Other features include high channel density thanks to the 30 integrated digital and analog I/O channels which provides users with multiple options as a stand-alone CPU. It can also be expanded with up to an additional 8 modules. The initial options available are digital modules 16Dl, 16DO, 16DIO and 8DO relay which will be further extended with other types of modules. This provides the potential to expand the controller up to a maximum of 158 I/O channels and enable a multitude of automation tasks.
The connection plugs are individually detachable so are suited to pre-wiring. Convenient push-in technology helps to minimise downtime and speed-up maintenance because the plugs can be mounted and replaced quickly and easily without the need for tools. The plugs have spring terminals so wiring is easier and can be completed without the need for re-tightening of screw connections whilst also ensuring superior vibration resistance.
The positioning of the I/O display LED’s directly on the appropriate plug connection provides users with a clear indication of the channel status to help with quick and clear diagnosis. Real-time diagnosis is also possible using smart phones and tablets via an optional Bluetooth adaptor. The MICRO PLC communicates via Ethernet TCP/IP (open communication, Modbus TCP etc.) as standard and is prepared for future applications of PROFINET. There is also the option of using the PROFIBUS slave function, PtP and MPI via an expansion module. The ultra-compact, yet feature rich MICRO PLC can be used as a high performance, small or MICRO controller in both serial and special machine construction as well as for central or decentralised control applications.