Controller Connectivity Eases Integration of Automation Systems

The iQ-F series compact controller from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is based on the company’s FX series, delivering the same control capabilities as its predecessor while adding new functionalities for enhanced performance and user experience.

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The iQ-F series compact controller from Mitsubishi Electric Automation is based on the company’s FX series, delivering the same control capabilities as its predecessor while adding new functionalities for enhanced performance and user experience. The controller offers synchronized motion control, data logging and security features along with connectivity and programming compatibility with other Mitsubishi Electric automation components for a scalable solution. Advantages for engineering managers and maintenance engineers include increased throughput, ease of maintenance and extended machine lifecycle.

According to the company, its iQ-F controllers enable OEMs to build powerful automation systems with fewer components and shorter engineering times at a lower total cost. The advanced security features ensure intellectual property protection at the final installation. For example, each controller can have a security key that enables users to manage access to and operation of both software and hardware. The controller has a range of other embedded functions, including analog and digital I/O, positioning control, data logging, and serial and Ethernet communication.

Aside from the built-in positioning functionality, an add-on Simple Motion module enables users to perform both synchronous and cam control for as many as four axes of servo via SSCNET III/H in an intuitive format. Additional functionality with the add-on includes camming, gearing, torque control, and linear and circular interpolation. Applications include labelers, small packaging machines, pick-and-place and cut-to-length machines.

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