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For the price, the features you get with the Productivity2000 are
unbeatable! Consider the memory, I/O, performance, options, free
software, free support. ... This is the best value in industrial
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P2-550 CPU Module
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Productivity2000 PLC CPU
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Productivity2000 Starter Kit
AWARD: Machine & Embedded Control - PACs, PLCs
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Testimonials for P2-550
Unbelievable performance and ease of use. Tag based addressing is wonderful. Already making plans to purchase additional P2000's
I am thoroughly impressed with the performance of the hardware and software. Some of the instructions are incredible time savers. I really like being able to make most any instruction into a oneshot. The message instruction allows mixing data types and reading to or writing from any list of tags to a group of Modbus addresses in a single message. What would have taken 32 messages in another product, I am doing with four in the P2-550. The analog readings right on the cards is incredibly useful. The software is excellent too, and has been improved even since I started using it only a few months ago.
I started using the Productivity 2000 when it first came out, and I have to say it is the best value in the mid-tier PLC market. The system is robust, easy to interface, easy to code, and with the ZipLink wiring solutions; easy to wire and diagnose. I honestly wouldn't buy a PLC from anyone else.
The Productivity P2000 is very easy to use with more features than the Click. I was concerned because P2000 has so many built in features that I would be spending valuable time reading the manual or on a tech support line. The opposite is true the P2000 is intuitive and easy to use. Most of my experience is from the Click PLC and the Allen Bradley Micro series PLC. I have discovered the P2000 is a powerful workhorse. We installed a 230 GS drive to the P2000 and programmed it without problems in very little time and I love the LED displays on the CPU and I/O cards. The tag name data base is fast. I like the fact that I can program the P2000 with an off the shelf USB cable. The P2000 is my new favorite PLC also called a programmable automation controller (PAC). Stewart V Clark
This is an extremely powerful CPU for the money. Also the free productivity software is a breeze to program with as well as to connect to the PLC. I use to swear by Allen Bradley components and will never go back unless specified by the customer. I have applied the Productivity 2000 to many machines around our plant and plan on converting everything over time. We currently have approximately 10 of these around the plant and have never had an issue with a CPU.
My goto PLC. The quailty and performance is there. I have to use other brands of PLCs for one reason or another from time to time but this one is my favorite. Top 4 reasons I use this PLC... Small footprint, performance, great tech support and the software is by far the best out there. Everyone has a favorite and this one is mine. My second favorite is its bigger brother, but this one has so much hp, I don't have to call on him that often.
This is my goto PLC. I have used it in simple machine automation with discrete I/O, using the serial port to communicate to DS2, Durapulse, & Yaskawa drives, as well as setting up generic Ethernet clients in the CPU to communicate to Universal Robots and Cognex scanners and cameras. I was even tasked to perform temperature control applications, one involved needing an expansion rack, and the built-in PID tuner was a lifesaver. The hardware configuration display in the software is very handy. You get a graphic representation of your PLC layout where you can click on any of the cards, and edit the tag names to the I/O right there. Personally, I prefer tagged based programming, where your tag is the address of the instruction. I think it makes the program easier to explain what each object is doing in its tag, instead of having to explain what a predefined address that was used is for. When I've had to use a non A-D PLC, attempting to connect to a fresh unused CPU to install the program is a pain. When the P2K CPU is pulled from the box, its default IP address is 10.10.10.10. I find this to make sense, than say, Allen-Bradley's use of having no IP address, and then having to use their awful software to give it an IP address. And speaking of software, unlike any Rockwell product, the Productivity Suite does not require a key, nor does it take over your computer, and make the boot up process as painful as possible. Finally, I have called A-D technical support for help on many of their products, they were always helpful, and got me where I needed to be, quickly. And the best part is they never asked our company to sign-up and pay for a technical support contract to provide this service. Automation Direct is the best.