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Batteryless PLC permanently stores values without a Lithium battery


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Mississauga, ON – IDEC’s embedded Ethernet MicroSmart Pentra with web server functions takes it up another notch with the addition of two batteryless models. 
Most PLCs have dynamic values stored and backed up by a rechargeable lithium battery with a lifespan of roughly five years before it needs to be replaced, if it even can be. In some cases, the entire unit has to be replaced. Not to mention, in most instances, this battery can only back up data for a limited time when the PLC is not powered, otherwise all data will be reset. Now, thanks to the MRAM memory designed into new FC5A controllers from IDEC Corporation, these limitations are a thing of the past! Values can be stored permanently to eliminate the hassle and worry of losing dynamic and preloaded data. This makes them ideal for applications that need to retain critical data permanently.
With an embedded 10/100 Mbps RJ45 Ethernet port and remote connectivity, communication can also be done at a faster speed. These controllers support Modbus TCP, while maintaining the ability to send up to 255 email messages with dynamic data and having an easy-to-configure user web page. They can also be configured to communicate with WindLDR software, IE/Firefox/Safari web browsers, WindSRV OPC software, HG operator interface, and Modbus TCP, all at the same time. Up to 14 simultaneous connections can be established.
The new embedded Ethernet MicroSmart Pentra with MRAM is available in two CPU models with 12 I/O configurations (8 DC inputs and 4 transistor sink or source outputs) and is compatible with current WindLDR software. All existing FC4A and FC5A expansion modules and accessories are compatible. 
For more information on our new FC5A controllers, call us at 1-888-317-IDEC (4332) or visit us online at the IDEC website.


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