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Overall Score (4.6)
(12 reviews / 12 comments)
10 out of 12 reviewers would buy this item again.
The DoMore series of PLC is the world's best. I would do nothing but DoMore-based projects if I had the choice. Watch out A-B! DoMore is going to show you how PLCs are done!
Although the BRX line is new, I have already developed four products using this controller family and have three more projects quoted. The BRX will become the best-seller at AD. It will replace the DL06 and will serve for 90% of projects that have used the Do-more DM1(E) in the past. Between the version with no I/O allowing you to add the specific I/O you need or this larger base that still can add up to 8 I/O cards, there is so much the BRX can be configured to do. Thew CPU is blazing fast and the programming environment is so productive.
The Do-more is the best PLC on the market when performance is compared to price. The BRX version of the Do-more offers the same processing power and program capacity in a smaller footprint and at lower prices. This makes the BRX the best PLC I know of (and I use all AD products and also all AB products). I already have four product designs based on this BRX model. The flexibility combined with the expansion and performance make for an excellent choice. In two products, we have added a second Ethernet port for just over $60 so that remote I/O traffic and links to multiple HMIs do not interfere with SCADA network traffic. Find me another PLC that offers a second Ethernet port for only $60. Only BRX can do this.
I **love** these new BRX's! I have been using DL06 PLC's in my Manufacturing Systems class for undergraduate ME students since 2001. The DL06's were a good, reliable workhorse. We upgraded to BRX's this year, and they are fantastic! We did stepper motor wiring and configuration from start to finish in one 50 minute class period today, and everybody had their motor running. One team got it working with stages, which was always a minefield with the old DL06/CTRIO combo. Sooo much easier and cleaner than before. The Do-more programming environment is much improved over DirectLogic6, and the BRX hardware is just simpler to wire, and much more compact.
I have stated for 5 years that the Do-more is the best PLC on the market when you compare price to performance. I now have to state the BRX is the best on the market as it is every bit as good as the H2 series Do-more and at a smaller price tag. Great job Host and AD!
Programming language is hard to get used to after spending so much time in other Automation Direct and Allen Bradley projects.1 person found this review helpful.
Have a BRX 18 for the bench, but deployed a 36 in the field. IO combination is good, with Digital and Analog mixed in a very usable amount. Form Factor is compact, but the purchased separately IO blocks are a bit "large", especially the spring clamp versions. Processor is very fast. Needs analog addon cards to really put the DL-06 to pasture. And best of all: MADE IN THE USA
Drastically more expensive than the model this is supposed to replace (DL06), which is a trend for Automation Direct. Prices have been going up steadily for years now. Sure this comes with more features than a DL06, but it really is just updating to some of the more basic features that modern PLCs have from other brands. This is integrating those modern feature sets and raising the cost by more than 2x. It also does not come with the required accessories to wire up the PLC. You have to buy either the terminal blocks or ziplink connections for $29 (blocks) or $164 (ziplinks). A unit like this and especially for this cost should come with thee terminal blocks it needs to even use the unit. Really this PLC should be closer to $350, specially if it is supposed to attract the customers of the DL05 and DL06's. At $520+ this is significantly overpriced.
Everything in 1 package, Ethernet, Rs232/485, SD slot AND option modules for USB, additional Ethernet, RS232 (RJ12). Really well thought out product. Software is one of the easiest and full featured I used.2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
I really like the Do-More software, and this new hardware is a great addition. I have 2 of these units now. One is running 2 sets on stepper drives using RS485 Modbus. This control has been running flawlessly. The automatic control of the RS485 reads and writes makes for very easy programming! The second unit I am using as a data logger for a 205 based Do-More plc. Sending WX messages to the BRX has been easy and robust. We just bought a 3rd BRX and I am looking forward to using the built in hi speed inputs! With the built in analog in and outputs along with the hi speed in/outputs I can see a lot of uses for these units for us! Great job. Can't wait to see more IO become available.