Charlottesville, Va. GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc.'s VersaMax SE programmable logic controller lets users solicit and send information, upload and download programs, and monitor and control devices over Ethernet.
Measuring 2.4 x 3.7 x 1.4-inches, the VersaMax SE connects serial devices on the factory floor at an Ethernet network, said Bill Black, business leader for GE Fanuc. The VersaMax SE accessory features DIN-rail mounting, allowing users to install the product on a DIN-rail rack and attach the serial interface of the device to the VersaMax SE.
The unit contains terminal blocks that support RS-232 and RS-485 serial interfaces or an RJ45 connector supporting the RS-232 standard for serial device attachment.
Serial speeds of up to 38.4 kbits/second are supported, as are data-set-ready and data-terminal-ready modem controls. The VersaMax SE supports an RJ45 10 Base T interface at 10 Mbits for Ethernet access.
Once connected to the network, the VersaMax SE lets users select an Internet Protocol. The controller is preconfigured with the Series Ninety Protocol (SNP) on the serial side and Selectively Reliable Transmission Protocol (SRTP) GE Fanuc Ethernet on the Ethernet side with limited Ethernet Global Data support. The multiprotocol options provide customizable support for ASCII devices that require Ethernet connection.
The VersaMax SE also provides management options for controlling attached serial devices. It can be managed via Telnet or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) over the network and configured or managed via its serial port. A flash ROM allows new or customized versions of operating code to be downloaded from the TCP/IP host or via the serial port.
The controller is available now and lists for $475.
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