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
P2-RS Remote I/O Expansion Module
Productivity2000 PLC CPU
P2-550 CPU Specifications
AWARD: Machine & Embedded Control - PACs, PLCs
FINALIST: Productivity2000® Micro-Modular PLCs
Testimonials for P2-550
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.
This is my first time purchasing a P2 system. We have been a long time user of the D2-260 and switched over to the P2-550 with any projects starting in 2018. It's a fantastic product. In conjunction with the three day course made the transition easy and straight forward. I would recommend the P2 system to anyone.