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GE/GE Fanuc Distributed I/O Solutions


The key to selecting the right distributed I/O solution for your application no longer lies in the type of communication network but the scalability and performance of the distributed I/O solution itself. With most distributed I/O products supporting a majority of the popular types of open distributed networks, the packaging, size and I/O type are what is important to the application. In reviewing any application you must breakdown your I/O types and count by location to determine the class I/O required. There are three major types of I/O packaging classifications.

  1. Slice I/O
  2. Station I/O
  3. Rack Mount I/O

Slice I/O

Slice I/O has become one of the most popular choices for distributed I/O based on its I/O granularity giving the user the ability to have a the correct count and I/O type for 2-50 I/O points at the most cost effective level.


Single Station I/O

Single station I/O has been around from the beginning of the introduction of open distributed networks and allowed for users to have I/O groups of 4, 8 and 16 point per module allowing for medium I/O count stations from 8-200 I/O points.


Rack mount I/O

Rack mount I/O solutions are characterized as the carryover from the conventional I/O expansion rack used in traditional PLC architectures except the parallel expansion has been replace with a digital network connection. This solution is still widely used and offers great economy when dealing with medium to large I/O count stations from 64-500+ I/O points.


What does GE Intelligent Platforms offer?


RSTi I/O

I/O Sortie
  • Digital Input – 5vDC, 12/24vDC, 48VDC, 110VA C, 240VAC
  • Analog Input – 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-10VDC, -10 to +10VDC, 0-5VDC
  • Digital Output – 5VDC, 24VDC, Relay, 125VAC
  • Analog Output - 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-10VDC, -10 to +10VDC, 0-5VDC, 0-1Amp
  • Special Function – RTD, Thermocouple K/J/T/R/S/E/N/L/U/C/D, High Speed Counter, PWM, Pulse & Direction, SSI encoder
  • Serial Communication – RS-232, RS422, RS-485
Networks Supported
  • Profinet, ProfiBus, DeviceNet, CANopen Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII, EtherCAT
I/O Density
  • Up to 32 I/O module per network interface module

VersaMax I/O (Station I/O)

I/O Sortie
  • Digital Input – 5VDC TTL, 24VDC, 48VDC, 125VDC, 110VA C, 240VAC
  • Analog Input – 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-10VDC, -10 to +10VDC, 0-5VDC
  • Digital Output – 5VDC, 24VDC, Relay, 125VAC
  • Analog Output - 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-10VDC, -10 to +10VDC, 0-5VDC, 0-1Amp
  • Special Function – RTD, Thermocouple J/K/T/S/R, High Speed Counter, PWM, Pulse Train
Networks
  • Profinet, DeviceNet, EGD, Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU RS485, Genius, Profibus DP
I/O Density
  • 256 I/O per station

RX3i I/O & 90-30 I/O (Rack Mount I/O)

I/O Sortie
  • Digital Input – 5VDC TTL, 24VDC, 48VDC, 125VDC, 110VA C, 240VAC
  • Analog Input – 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-10VDC, -10 to +10VDC, 0-5VDC, Resistance, HART
  • Digital Output – 5VDC, 24VDC, Relay, 125VAC
  • Analog Output - 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-10VDC, -10 to +10VDC, 0-5VDC, 0-1Amp
  • Special Function – RTD, Thermocouple J/K/T/S/R, PT, High Speed Counter, PWM, Pulse Train, Strain Gauge
Networks
  • Profinet, Ethernet, DeviceNet, EGD, Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU RS485, Genius, Profibus DP
I/O Density
  • 4096 I/O

Contact John Miller, CIMTEC Automation for more information. JMiller@cimtec.com or 704-227-4607