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Overall Score (4.1)
(10 reviews / 9 comments)
7 out of 10 reviewers would buy this item again.
Programming language is hard to get used to after spending so much time in other Automation Direct and Allen Bradley projects.
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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.
So far I have three of these installed in Machines at our manufacturing plant. They have been wonderful. The abilities and attachments have fit all of our needs. I am looking forward to analog card attachments and stage view. But for me as a beginner programmer you can not beat the ease of use and powerful abilities. The support team has been a tremendous help when i have any questions.
money well spent i can't see how any other plc maker can compete for the money and ease of use and free support
I have used this product in a large number of my designs. The ease of access and labeling makes it quite easy to use. If you document your project this is a easy tool for field wiring. For documentation I simply download the CAD drawing of the RTB and ensure the labeling stays up to date. I have used them for going on 2 years now and have no complaints.
If you like to document your project before you buy components this Zip stuff is not for you. I you dont believe me just specify a ZL-RTB20 with a ZL-D0-CBL24-1 connected to a D0-16ND3 and see how much time you spend trying to produce a terminal to terminal drawing. If the terminal label for this module exist on Automation Direct web site I cant find it. I did read a PDF saying it comes with the module but by the time I get the components Its a little late for making new drawings. Also, these Zips add at least two more items to purchase plus they take up more room in your panel (need a bigger box?) and as far as I can tell (at least in the above example) do not reduce the number of wires I have to terminate at all. In fairness I have to say that some of the ZIP stuff is beneficial and have used them to my advantage. But some seem, to me, just a way sell more product.