This scalable controller is affordable, priced at around $500, and offers a direct connection to the entire bus terminal I/O system of more than 180 terminal designs. The controllers come with an illuminated display with two 16-character lines, and a joystick switch for diagnostic information or user interaction. The PLC project can write to the BX9000's display and read inputs from the joystick. It has a program memory and data memory with 256 kbytes in each. It works with ModbusTCP, ADS/TCP, ADS/UDP, BootP, DHCP, SNTP and SMTP protocols. It also has a real-time clock for decentralized applications. It also has an RS232 and an RS232/RS485 serial interface for programming and serial device connection. The integrated Smart System Bus, a CANopen-based device, accommodates displays, modems, drives or other peripherals. It uses TwinCAT automation software for parameterization and programming according to the IEC 61131-3 standard.
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