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What is the Productivity3000?
P3000 5 Slot Base
The Productivity 3000 Programmable Automation Controller is AutomationDirect's newest generation of industrial controllers that combines features and capabilities of a PC-based control system with that of a typical programmable logic controller (PLC).

Productivity3000 is a modular, rack-based system of over 59,000 I/O points with local, expansion and remote I/O bases and a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. The high-performance P3-550 CPU has 50Mb memory, fast scan times and industry-leading seven communication ports for $Call. The P3-550E is nearly identical, lasking only the USB programming port, but is more cost-effective at $Call. The 'Basic' P3-530 CPU has the same 266Mhz processor, and the same fast scan times, but has a reduced feature set* and a much lower price of $Call.
Over 35 I/O modules capture and control a wide range of field signals, including up to 64-point DC I/O, 16-point AC I/O and analog voltage, current or temperature. To make I/O wiring fast and easy, use ZIPLink cables and connector modules.
System Expansion
Support for Local & Remote I/O (including VFDs)
Local and remote I/O ports are built into the CPU, as well as Ethernet and serial ports for device and network communications. Connect up to four additional I/O bases from the USB local I/O expansion port. Connect up to 16 remote base groups from the Ethernet remote I/O expansion port. Each remote group supports up to four additional local bases, for over 59,000 maximum I/O points.
One click is all it takes to detect and auto-configure the hardware connected to the system, including local and remote bases and I/O. GS series drives(VFDs) on the internal Ethernet network are also discovered during any configuration update. This can save you literally hours of setup time. Or, configure the system offline by dragging and dropping bases and modules. After configuration is complete, modules are electronically keyed to prevent incorrect replacement.
Powerful programming time savers include combined ladder logic and function block programming; tag name database for easier documentation; task management that minimizes scan time; advanced instructions that simplify complex tasks, and an exhaustive HELP file that covers both hardware and software topics.
With the ample memory in the CPU, there's plenty of room for the program, tag name database and all the program documentation. This means the helpful descriptions and comments are available to anybody with a PC and Productivity Suite software. Also, a tag name database means no more confusing and ambiguous memory and I/O references - add descriptive names as you program or enter all the tags before you even write one line of code. The data is stored in true database format so you can search, filter and sort; import a .csv file or use the one created every time you save the project for importing into other databases.
Task Manager
Organize your code
for speed and efficiency
The Task Manager helps organize program code and execute it for maximum speed and efficiency. Create functional tasks, name them and schedule their execution frequency - every scan, every second, or when called. A "First Scan only" task lets you initialize values and conditions. Store specialized tasks that help debug and troubleshoot in the Disabled Tasks section.
Run-time editing, hot-swappable I/O and onboard program documentation are tools that help you commission and troubleshoot your system more quickly and conveniently. Use the built-in LCD display on the CPU and Remote Slave modules for system diagnostics, configuration and troubleshooting. The patent-pending LCD interface built into each analog module shows you field signal levels without an external meter.
Need to add an HMI? It's easy - C-more HMI software has a direct import feature for the Productivity3000 tag database. No duplicating work - bring in all the tag names from the controller program right into C-more's database with just a few keystrokes.
Thumb Drive
Data logging & program
transfer via thumb drives
Need data collection and exchange functionality? Easily log data to a removable mass storage device (USB) on an event or time basis. Track up to 64 data values and system errors through the Data Logger tool. And the CPU will hold the data internally until an external device is replaced. Program files can also be transferred from and downloaded to USB drives.
With the integrated DataWorx instruction, connectivity to Microsoft Access, SQL or ODBC databases has never been easier (DataWorx P3K server for PC sold separately). The controller can retrieve, add, delete and update data records in the remote database.
* The P3-530 Basic CPU retains most of the great features of the P3-550 CPU, but is even more cost effective with only 25Mb of total memory, no support for remote expansion I/O, no LCD display,, and no USB programming port.