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Productivity 2000 Series PLC – P2000 Hardware


The Productivity 2000 series of programmable logic controllers has a slim DIN rail density form factor. This means that this micro-modular PLC can have a power supply, CPU, and seven IO modules in only 10-1/2 inches. Input and output cards can be installed, removed, or replaced without turning the power off to the PLC system. (Hot-swappable) This means that your system can remain running while troubleshooting your system hardware. The Productivity 2000 hardware supports up to 240 local I/O for discrete, analog, and motion applications with a high-performance CPU equipped with five communications ports and 29 discrete and analog I/O modules. Several remote IO options are available on this award-winning PLC in the Productivity series family.
Productivity 2000 Series PLC - P2000 Hardware Features
Productivity 1000 (Stackable Micro PLC)
Productivity 2000 (Micro Modular Programmable Controller)
Productivity 3000 (Modular Programmable Controller)
These three series by FACTS engineering currently make up the Productivity Series PLC from Automation Direct.
We will be looking at the features of the powerful P2000 controller. Let’s start by looking at the P2000 hardware. Keep on Reading!

Click PLC EasyPLC Gantry Simulator


The Machine Simulator (MS) is part of the EasyPLC software suite. It has many built-in machines that can be programmed. The gantry loader is one of these machines. It will pick up metal boxes from a conveyor and place two on a wooden pallet. The Click PLC will be used to program this virtual machine.
Click PLC EasyPLC Gantry Simulator
Using the Click Plus PLC, we will connect the simulator to the gantry loader machine. This will be done using Modbus TCP (Ethernet) for communications. Using the five steps for program development we will show how this is programmed. The logical sequence step will include a flow chart and a sequence of operations. The sequence of operations will be done using indirect addressing in the Click PLC. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!

Productivity PLC Simulator – Chain Conveyor MS


The Machine Simulator (MS) is part of the EasyPLC software suite. It has many built-in machines that can be programmed. The chain conveyor is one of these machines. It will transfer large and small boxes on the line to different locations. The productivity series of PLCs will be used to program this virtual machine.
Productivity PLC Simulator - Chain Conveyor MS
Using the Productivity Suite software, we will connect the simulator to the chain conveyor transfer machine. This will be done using Modbus TCP (Ethernet) for communications. Using the five steps for program development we will show how this is programmed. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!

Click PLC Retentive Data Memory Registers


The Click PLC retentive data memory registers are not included in the program file by default. All Click PLC CPUs are included. This option must be selected to include the C, CT, DS, DD, DH, DF, CTD, and TXT memory in the Click project file.
Click PLC Retentive Data Memory Registers
We will be enabling the option to include the retentive data memory in the Click program file from the Click programming software. We will also be installing a battery and programming an expiry date. This will indicate when the battery will need to be replaced. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!

Solo SL-SOFT Installation – Temperature Controller Software


All Solo Standard Process Temperature Controllers that support RS-485 serial communications can use the SL-SOFT configuration and monitoring software. This free package will communicate to monitor multiple SOLO controllers using Modbus RTU or Modbus ASCII protocols.
Solo SL-SOFT Installation - Temperature Controller Configuration and Monitoring Software

Solo SL-SOFT Installation - Temperature Controller Configuration and Monitoring Software
We will be installing the SL-SOFT configuration and monitoring software package on our Windows 10 PC. Communicating through our Waveshare USB to RS485 adapter, Modbus RTU will be used as the protocol to establish communication. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!