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New GE Intelligent Platforms VersaMax micro plus controller

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The new GE Intelligent Platforms VersaMax micro plus controller firmware expands online programming and modbus TCP ethernet capabilities. “With this release GE has enabled the VersaMax Micro Plus to improve productivity, substantially expand communications connectivity, add high precision temperature sensing and increase the amount of devices that con be controlled with a low end controller,” said Bill Black, Controllers Product Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms.  “The VersaMax Micro is a surprisingly powerful PLC for its size and price, and the new features add more functionality, keeping it at the forefront of its class of controllers.”

Features and benefits of the micro plus controller include:

  • The controller enables the user to edit and download logic to the PLC without stopping it
  • The VersaMax Micro Plus controller has been enhanced to support Ethernet Modbus TCP Client and Server protocol
  • The controller enables the Micro to handle a wide range of applications that historically required a more sophisticated control platform
  • A simple function block enables the Modbus TCP communications commands to be easily integrated into the users logic
  • Up to eight Modbus TCP channels are supported on the controller with one channel configured for Modbus TCP Client and the remaining are used for Modbus TCP servers
  • The Micro Plus controller also supports High Accuracy Thermocouple/Millivolt and RTD input Modules
  • The Thermocouple and RTD expansion units can now support the High Accuracy mode with 16-bit resolution
  • Provides higher precision in temperature monitoring and strain gauge applications
  • Four new 64-point expansion modules are compatible with the new Micro Plus controller, so the Micro Plus can support up to 320 I/O points
  • The high-density expansion modules enable the Micro Plus controller to be very cost effective for low-end applications
“The Modbus TCP connectivity enables the Micro Plus controllers to address many complex applications that require the integration of variable frequency drives, motor control centers, SCADA and other Ethernet devices.  In addition, security settings have also been added to minimize hacking into the controller,” continued Black.

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