In this video we’re going to demonstrate just how fast you can start being productive with your new Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller.
First I’ll start the timer.
I’m going to unpack the hardware, install all the modules in this 5 slot rack, apply power, connect a programming cable and then Auto-discover the I/O. That’s all you have to do before you are ready to program your Productivity3000.
Some PLCs or PACs require that you enter detailed information about your I/O modules in the software before you can get started. Other PLCs require the familiar baud rate and parity headaches before you can start, but that’s not productive!
With the Productivity3000 there’s no power budgeting to worry about, both AC and the DC Power Supplies are available, and both of them can power a full 11 slot rack with any combination of modules required for your application.
There are no restrictions on module placement, or special slots right next to the CPU where certain modules must reside. You can put any module in any slot, of any base in your system.
There, the modules are installed.
Let’s connect a power cord here… And power it up… so far so good…
Let’s connect a USB cable…Now let’s move to the PC. I’ve already downloaded the FREE Productivity Suite Software, I’ll go ahead and launch it…
Now I need to choose a PAC from the list of connected PACs – we’ve only got one connected so it’s the only choice. If we were on a network with multiple PACs, you might see a longer list.
Now we choose “connect”... And my favorite part: we open the “Hardware Configuration” dialog box, and we click “read configuration”…
That’s it, all the I/O Modules have been auto-discovered. [the timer stops showing the elapsed time of under 5 minutes] The Productivity3000 is ready to be programmed. The installed modules are now shown in the diagram, and you can click any of the modules for more detail.
Of course, some Productivity3000 systems may be more complex with additional local and remote I/O racks, and they may take more time to physically assemble, but the auto-discovery process will find all the I/O modules, and will even auto-discover variable frequency drives if they are on the remote I/O network when you initiate the “Read Configuration” operation.