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CC-Link Industrial Networks

CC-Link (Control & Communication Link) is an industrial network protocol developed by Mitsubishi Electric for use in automation and control systems. It is designed to provide high-speed, deterministic communication among various devices in industrial environments, such as PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), HMI (Human Machine Interfaces), servo drives, inverters, and sensors. Here’s an overview of CC-Link industrial networks:

CC-Link (Control & Communication Link) is an industrial network protocol developed by Mitsubishi Electric for use in automation and control systems. It is designed to provide high-speed, deterministic communication among various devices in industrial environments, such as PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), HMI (Human Machine Interfaces), servo drives, inverters, and sensors. Here’s an overview of CC-Link industrial networks:

Key Features of CC-Link:

  1. High-Speed Communication: CC-Link is known for its high data transfer rate, which is essential for applications requiring real-time control and data exchange.
  2. Deterministic Network: It provides deterministic communication, ensuring that data packets are delivered within a predictable time frame, which is critical for synchronized operations in automation systems.
  3. Flexible Topology: CC-Link supports various network topologies, including star, line, and mixed configurations, providing flexibility in system design.
  4. Scalability: The network can support a large number of devices, making it suitable for systems ranging from small-scale to large-scale applications.
  5. Multiple Versions: CC-Link has evolved into several versions, including the original CC-Link, CC-Link/LT for smaller, less complex networks, and CC-Link IE (Industrial Ethernet), which offers gigabit Ethernet capabilities.

Applications:

  1. Manufacturing Automation: Widely used in automated manufacturing lines for control and data exchange between various automation devices.
  2. Process Control: Suitable for process industries requiring precise control and high-speed data transfer.
  3. Robotics: Employed in robotic applications for coordinating movements and operations.
  4. Material Handling: Used in conveyance systems, sorting operations, and in warehouse automation.

Technical Considerations:

  1. Compatibility: Ensuring compatibility of all network devices with the CC-Link protocol is essential for smooth operation.
  2. Cabling and Connectors: Specific types of cables and connectors are required for setting up a CC-Link network, adhering to the standards set for the protocol.
  3. Network Configuration: Proper configuration of network parameters, such as station numbers and baud rate, is crucial.
  4. Integration with Other Systems: While CC-Link is a robust standalone network, integration with other types of networks or systems may require additional considerations or gateway devices.

Conclusion:

CC-Link is a powerful tool in the field of industrial automation, offering high-speed, reliable communication for a wide range of applications. Its versatility and scalability make it a popular choice for many industrial automation projects. However, as with any industrial network, proper planning, installation, and maintenance are key to ensuring optimal performance and reliability.

ANC-100e Ethernet IP to AB's DH+ Converter

The Automation Networks ANC-100e communicates with all SCADA, HMI, PLC programming with direct Ethernet/IP access to the DH+ network and stations. 

ANC-100e has similar replacement features as the Controllogix 1756-DHRIO / 1756-ENBT, and AB 1784 Interface Cards: 1784-U2DHP, 1784-KTx, 1784-PKTx, 1784-PCMK and Prosoft AN-X2-DHRIO Converters.

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ANC-120e USB to AB's DH+

The ANC-120e is an economical and high performance USB-to-Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus converter interfacing major HMI, SCADA, PLC Programming packages to Devices on DH+. Its features significantly outperform AB’s 1784-U2DHP PLC Programming Cable operating at 12 Mg USB speed with the Controllogix Ethernet/IP Driver.

The ANC-120e works with all SCADA, MMI, PLC programming packages installed on your PC with USB direct access to the DH+ network and stations. These packages include RSLINX/LOGIX Classic & Enterprise with RSLOGIX 5/500, Wonderware DAServer & TCP/IO Server, Citect, and Kepware using Controllogix Ethernet/IP Drivers. 

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