We've taken our most practical, most popular PLC family and supercharged it with features you wouldn't expect from a simple
low-cost controller. Data logging, Wi-Fi connectability, MQTT communication and increased security measures are just a few
of the impressive features offered with the new CLICK PLUS PLC series. With a starting at price of only
$97.00 and free
easy-peasy programming software, CLICK PLUS PLCs are a "must have" for simple, affordable control with a kick!
The CLICK PLUS series of controllers offers several CPU options with varying degrees of capability so you can choose the features that best fit your application. Wi-Fi connectivity, Ethernet communication, and data logging are all available options with these low-cost CPUs. You can't find features like these for under $200 anywhere else!
CLICK PLUS CPUs are also extremely versatile and can stand as complete PLC systems with custom analog and discrete I/O using the CLICK PLUS option modules, and they can be expanded with your choice of 8 stackable I/O modules for an additional 128 discrete or 48 analog I/O points.
Installing a new system or machine at a job site can be a painstaking process and just running cable to the new install can be an arduous task. I don't think anyone looks forward to bending and installing long conduit runs overhead, or worse, underground. Going wireless allows you to bypass new cabling issues and CLICK PLUS can help you get there easily. The CLICK PLUS C2-02CPU and C2-03CPU controllers have Bluetooth enabled by default and allow the CLICK PLUS Provisioning App to connect and quickly configure the needed Wi-Fi settings. Provisioning is usually done once and involves the process of preparing and equipping the CLICK PLUS PLC network settings to allow a temporary connection to the user's network. This removes the need for network cables and the headaches involved with new cable runs. Not only do select CLICK PLUS CPUs provide Wi-Fi capability, but with Bluetooth provisioning your system/machine will be on the wireless network and communicating in less than 30 seconds!
CLICK PLUS is designed to make difficult tasks a cinch and every new feature must adhere to this design principle. Adding motion control to the CLICK PLUS PLC meant that it had to be simple to configure and program. First, we created an easy-to-use interface for configuring high-speed I/O. Using this interface, it only takes three steps to turn a CLICK PLUS PLC into a 3-axis motion controller:
The FREE CLICK PLUS programming software provides three motion instructions for building your profiles. Velocity Move, Position Move and Home instructions cover a majority of simple motion control applications that this controller is geared for. Each instruction has detailed information on the profile?s parameters and even provides a graphical view of the configured profile. The Position Move instruction will also allow the use of interpolation with 2 or more axis.
The IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) has taken plant-floor data to new frontiers. But it all starts with the sensor, transducer, or I/O device that is detecting process information and the controller that is gathering this information, refining it as needed, and transmitting it for upstream analysis or to remote access platforms. While some IIoT capable systems can be quite costly and complex, CLICK PLUS provides the needed data gathering, data refining and protocols for IIoT applications but with simplicity and at a minimal cost to you.
CLICK PLUS offers many I/O options to choose from for your system data collection. The CPU option slot(s) and the numerous stackable I/O modules, available in analog, discrete, high-speed, relay, temperature, and combination modules, provide for many custom I/O configurations. And with Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP protocol support, CLICK PLUS can easily gather raw data from a variety of VFDs, sensors, switches, encoders, pilot devices, or almost any other control component your system may have.
The CLICK programming software makes refining raw data into a meaningful metric a cinch. From CLICK's simple scaling function for analog signals, to streamlined PID loops with easy step-by-step configurations, to the super simple instructions, CLICK will easily transform a raw process signal, like 4-20mA, into a consumption rate, an energy efficiency score, a rejection percentage, or any other metric that's vital to you.
With the explosion of Ethernet connectivity in the industrial realm and the resulting expansion of smart devices, cloud platforms and mobile networking, modern-day controllers are expected to support the protocols needed for these new technologies. The MQTT protocol has become the frontrunner for many of these machine-to-machine (M2M) and IIoT/cloud applications, due to its lightweight overhead and reduced bandwidth consumption. All of the low-cost CLICK PLUS CPUs provide MQTT communication, via Ethernet or wireless means, allowing even the simplest, most inexpensive systems to become IIoT capable.
With increasing concern and interest for the security of PLC's, there is a growing need to integrate security directly into the PLC itself. The CLICK PLUS offers several different security features designed to minimize PLC vulnerabilities.
The CLICK PLUS PLC ships from the factory with a default username and password, however the first time a user connects to the PLC, they will be required to input a unique password or disable the PLC login password if desired. Forcing this change helps greatly reduce the chances of malicious software taking control of the PLC with easy-to-guess or publicly disclosed default login credentials.
The CLICK PLUS PLC supports strong passwords to allow for more secure PLC projects and data files. Only qualified passwords are allowed, and the software offers feedback on the strength of the password while the User account is being configured.
Users can configure the PLC Ethernet RJ45 and Wi-Fi network ports to ignore PING requests from other devices. This makes the PLC invisible to pings and thus reduces the vulnerability to deliberate denial of service (DoS) attacks.
Users can disable all non-essential RJ45, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ports as needed to reduce the vulnerability of unauthorized access.
Encryption helps to protect project sensitive passwords from being hacked while being transferred over the network or stored in the PLC.
Send secure emails with the CLICK PLUS Email instruction. This instruction allows for multiple recipients and customizeable messages capable of sending dynamic data. The Email command utilizes Transport Layer Security (TLS) which is a cryptographic protocol that secures communication over a network by encrypting the connection between computers.
The Allow List is used to explicitly allow certain other devices to communicate with the CLICK/CLICK PLUS CPU. This feature is supported by CLICK Ethernet (C0-1x) and CLICK PLUS (C2-x) CPUs.
Logging the connection activity of the CLICK/CLICK PLUS CPU allows you to monitor for suspicious activity. Event records are stored for password attempts, Allow List rejections, and email activity (CLICK PLUS only).
The CLICK PLUS PLC platform utilizes session-based communication on the Wi-Fi and Ethernet ports. By using sessions, each initiated communication request must contain a unique ID. If the ID is missing, the CLICK PLUS PLC will discard the request. This allows only authorized access and helps prevent PCs from accessing the wrong PLC. Sessions will also time out if not utilized, closing the idle link between the programming software and the PLC which must be reestablished if needed.
The session ID is also used to limit the software session to only one simultaneous session at a time which removes the chances of multiple remote users making changes to the PLC project at the same time. If someone tries to log into a PLC that already has an active session, the software will notify the user that there is an existing software connection currently logged in.
Let's face it, there are some systems that require controllers capable of extremely complex logic operations, but there are also times when these controllers are way over advanced and way over budget for the job at hand. When you just need a simple control solution to get the job done quickly, don't pay thousands for a controller with features you'll never use. Instead, save those thousands and get a controller designed with simplicity in mind, one that's one-quarter the price of other PLCs, and one that comes with some surprising capabilities you wouldn't expect at this price range including Wi-Fi connectivity, high-speed I/O, data logging and more!
The CLICK PLC family is the lowest cost, easiest to use PLC in the market today and now we've added to it the most user-friendly PID process control. We streamlined CLICK's PID control and included only the features that most users need. We also made the PID configuration more visual with easy to follow steps to help guide you and get your parameters set quickly.
Not only is the CLICK PID simple, but with the ability to configure up to 8 PID control loops executing every 100ms, CLICK provides the most affordable PID available.
From the first (General) tab we make it easy by giving you the option to automatically reserve the addresses needed for the configuration and operation of the PID loop. Intuitive Nicknames are also created automatically for you so that selecting the address you need in your code is quick and simple.
Throughout the configuration, we guide you to the parameters that need to be set using red checkmarks, green checkmarks are ready to go, and yellow are optional parameters.
The CLICK PID Monitor is a very useful tool which can be used to help test and tune your PID loops. The PID Monitor gives access to all the PID parameters necessary for tuning a PID Loop. There is a PID chart that displays the SP, PV's, CO and Bias. There is also an auto-tune interface that allows you to set up and initiate auto-tuning.
We listened to our customers to create a simple, intuitive programming environment. The CLICK PLC Programming Software is based on the C-more & C-more Micro programming environment. We leveraged these two great programming packages and created the latest in our line of intuitive programming tools, and then made it a FREE download from our website. So you can have free software for your practically free PLC!
This includes a more intuative instruction set that is easier to use and extremely functional at the same time. We have worked to create one of the best help files of any software in the industry and we strived to provide the user enough options to easily address all phases of programming (learning, coding, commissioning, troubleshooting).
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The CLICK PLC programming software offers up to 25 extremely easy-to-use instructions! This instruction set offers the same flexible control you might expect from over 150 instructions in a traditional controller. Simply drag and drop these instructions onto the laddder view (the center section of the screen), and a helpful dialog box will guide you through each instruction's configuration.
CLICK CPU modules can store up to 8,000 steps (instructions) of your ladder logic program in nonvolatile memory. That's more than enough for most CLICK appropriate applications.
Don't need all that memory for your ladder program? You can opt to store all the documentation (your comments, tag names, etc.) on-board the CLICK CPU as well. This can be especially useful if you find yourself editing the program with a different programming PC in the future.
Check out the spreadsheet style math instruction, just enter a formula (with embedded PLC tags if you wish) and enter a "result tag". Supports all the standard scientific calculator functions. Make it a "one shot" with a simple check box. It really couldn't be any easier.
The ladder program can be organized into subroutines with no limit on the number of subroutines other than the total available memory.
Up to 8 Interrupt routines can also be defined, and can be initiated based on time interval (software interrupt) or via the discrete inputs on the CPU module (external interrupt). Interrupt routines execute immediately, causing the normal PLC scan to be paused. These are great for time-critical operations, especially if the normal scan time of the PLC is high.
The CLICK PLC system does not require a mounting base or rack, which saves money and space. CLICK uses only as much space as needed for a specific application
The CLICK CPU and I/O modules are connected together via an integrated expansion port on the sides of the modules and sliding locking tabs on the top and bottom of all modules.
CLICK mounts on standard 35mm DIN rail, or via slide-out mounting feet.
A CLICK PLUS CPU and option slot modules are a complete PLC system by itself, with different I/O configurations available, or the system can be expanded with the addition of up to eight stackable I/O modules. A variety of I/O modules are available for flexible and optimal system configuration.