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Value and versatility: a new breed of controller from IDEC

24 July 2013

Affordability without compromise: the FT1A SmartAXIS series from IDEC is a high-performance, cost-effective controller platform for limited I/O applications.

The five models in this series include our exclusive FT1A Touch, a 3.8in HMI with 12 I/O PLC (HMI + PLC), as well as 12, 24, 40, and 48 I/O PLCs. 

Firstly, let’s take a look at the FT1A Touch…
The 3.8in FT1A SmartAXIS Touch is available in 65K TFT colour or Monochrome with a super bright screen of up to 700cd/m2. The Touch is an All-in-One Touchscreen interface and logic controller packed in a compact body which is big on features. 

The FT1A Touch has an embedded RS232C/RS422/RS485 interface terminal for communication with other serial devices or Modbus RTU communications; USB Type A port for maintenance communication; and USB mini Type B port for data logging and recipe data.

Offered with 12 I/O (8 inputs, 4 outputs), 10A relay outputs and built-in 2pt Analogue inputs, the built-in RJ45 Ethernet port also allows users to remotely connect to the unit. Modbus TCP is supported and like other similar IDEC touchscreens, SmartAXIS Touch can be mounted horizontal or vertically and has 5MB of programming memory.

It is IP66f (watertight and oil tight) rated and available with a silver, light grey or dark grey bezel.  

Now a review of the FT1A Controllers
FT1A SmartAXIS Controllers are available with 12 (8 inputs, 4 outputs), 24 (16 inputs, 8 outputs), 40 (24 inputs, 16 outputs), and 48 I/O (30 inputs, 18 outputs) with and without embedded LCD/keypad

Each CPU is equipped with 2 to 8 point 0-10V dc analogue inputs, an embedded real time clock, 10A relay contacts, remote I/O, 4 to 6 high-speed counters up to 100KHz, and a USB mini B programming port.

An optional RS232 or RS485 adapter is available for connection to other serial devices, such as an IDEC HMI and Modbus RTU communications. Modbus TCP is also supported on the Ethernet port. With a built-in keypad, the operation menu and PLC parameters can be easily controlled and edited.

On top of that, Ladder Logic can be displayed and controlled; a unique feature with the FT1A SmartAXIS controllers. Text messages with bar graph and dynamic values can also be configured for scrolling and flashing on the embedded LCD.

Features in detail
Embedded Smart LCD screen - Imagine the possibilities users can implement with the embedded LCD screen on the SmartAXIS controllers. The screen, with 24 digits by 4 lines, allows users to configure up to 50 Messages for alarms and system status. Not to mention, text messages, dynamic data registers and vertical/horizontal bar graphs can also be configured and displayed.

With a built-in keypad, operation menu and PLC parameters can be easily controlled and edited. On top of that, Ladder Logic can be displayed and controlled; a unique feature with the SmartAXIS controllers. Text messages can also be configured for scrolling and flashing.

Embedded Ethernet Port (not available on 12 I/O controller/CPU) - SmartAXIS controllers are equipped with an integrated RJ45 Ethernet port for remote connectivity. Using WindLDR and WindO/I-NV3 software, programs can be easily monitored and updated remotely. Modbus TCP is also supported on the Ethernet port. Note: Remote I/O will be available with the next firmware release, which will be available soon so watch out for the update.

SD Memory Slot (40 and 48 I/O CPU) - The SD Memory slot on the 40 I/O and 48 I/O SmartAXIS controllers can be used to log data and save in .csv format. The saved data can be retrieved remotely over Ethernet. This is extremely useful for applications that need to log critical data for record keeping and back up purposes. A memory card up to 32 GB is supported.

Built-in Analogue Inputs - The 12, 24, 40, and 48 I/O SmartAXIS controllers are equipped with 2, 4, 6 or 8 0-10V DC 10-bit (0-1000) resolution analogue inputs respectively. Since the analogue inputs are built-in, the need for additional analogue modules is eliminated, also resulting in a lower system cost.

Built-in Real Time Clock - Every SmartAXIS controller is equipped with an embedded real time clock for date stamp and time-based applications. It also supports Daylight Savings Time for US, Canada, Europe, Australia and is user configurable.

The addition of SmartAXIS controllers to our existing family of SmartRelay and
FC5A MicroSmart Pentra controllers allows you to be more competitive than ever in the low to medium I/O controls market. SmartAXIS is an innovative and unique controller with competitive pricing.

Automation Organiser Software - In conjunction, with the release of the FT1A family of controllers, the Automation Organizer software suite has been upgraded to support this series.

All FT1A controllers now support Ladder, Function Block and Script programming. Automation Organizer now includes our intuitive WindLDR software to program all IDEC PLCs, WindO/I-NV2 for IDEC touchscreens, WindO/I-NV3 for FT1A Touch and WindCFG software.

Upgrading AO is FREE for current WindLDR and WindO/I-NV2 users. 




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