GE Fanuc Automation's new VersaMax(TM) PLCs can control up to 256 I/Os in either standalone or distributed applications, or even act as a slave in a Genius(reg) or Profibus(TM) DP network. The controller addresses what the company sees as one of the fastest growing areas in industrial automation: micro PLCs. Compact and modular, the units use a rackless design mounting on a DIN rail to accommodate up to eight modules per CPU. In all, 25 modules are available covering the range with 15 discrete, nine analog, and one high-speed counter/PWM module. All share a common structure and are color coded for easy identification. Engineers can program VersaMax PLCs with the company's CIMPLICITY(reg) Control. GE Fanuc Automation, Product Code 4298.
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