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The P2-550 CPU is an unbeatable value at $255.00. Its 50 MB of memory and fast scan time are just for starters - this CPU does the work of at least four or five pieces of hardware compared to other controllers. With its five built-in communication ports, it does the usual CPU stuff like storing and running the program, plus:
The P2000 PLC was designed in the USA to offer you the lowest cost of ownership in its class. Here's some proof. Compare our new P2000 PLC CPU (P2-550) to the Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC CPU (1769-L33ER).
The $3,160 (list price) Allen Bradley CPU offers 2MB of user memory, a 1GB SD card slot, three communications ports (Serial communication is extra!) and LED on/off CPU status indicators. Of course, you will also need to purchase programming software for the Allen Bradley CPU for $837* (list price for RSLogix 5000 Mini Edition).
The $255 (list price) AutomationDirect P2-550 CPU offers 50MB of built-in memory, a removable micro SD card slot (up to 32GB of data storage and portable program downloads), 5 built-in communications ports, a high resolution OLED text messaging display with keypad, and LED status indicators also. Our USA designed programming software (developed in house) is Free ($0.00) with no annual licensing fees. Download as many copies as you want! Give it to your friends! You'll also get our Free ($0.00) unlimited phone-in technical support which has received top service awards for the last 14 years in our industry.
Check out the price comparison chart at right to see how other components of the P2000 PLC stack up in price.
AutomationDirect's Product Development team in partnership with FACTS Engineering, one of our trusted PLC hardware suppliers for over 20 years, took advantage of years of combined experience in the North American controls market and engineered the Productivity2000's features to give you the best price/performance ratio we've offered to date.
It's all built-in!
Controllers have to communicate, so why buy one that can't? Or why pay extra so it can? With Productivity2000 you get 5 communication ports built-in on every CPU.
RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet, Remote I/O, USB (programming) - Built in!
Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, ASCII, & custom protocols - Included!
Got a ton of serial connections? No problem, an optional 4 port serial communication module is available if the need arises.
With P2000, you can tie into existing networks with ease or choose the protocol you want. It's your choice and you shouldn't have to extra pay for that...
With support for Modbus RTU Master/Slave and ASCII In/Out up to 115.2K baud rate:
Reference Topic P196 in the help files for detailed descriptions of each port and its specification.
Spend less time troubleshooting. Get instant, accurate process variable data (current, voltage and temperature) as well as system diagnostics in real-time with Productivity2000 hardware.
So what does the competition have to say?
Competitor's analog module
reassures you that
something (?) is OK
These OLED displays allow non-invasive measurements, so there is no need to connect a multi-meter in line with the analog signal (which might adversely affect the signal being measured). View the signal in volts, milliamps, or degrees (depending on the module) or view the resulting tag value (i.e. 0-65535) that is being processed by the PLC.
Spend less time troubleshooting; be more productive!
The Productivity2000 is a tag name based controller which allows for more freedom and flexibility than fixed-memory controllers.
What about connectivity? No problem there either, with P2000 you can choose to program via the Ethernet port or use the plug and play USB Port. Need to incorporate an HMI/SCADA interface? Problem solved! Easily import your tag database into HMI/SCADA software such as Point of View, C-more and Dataworx for trouble-free development. Improved documentation, faster troubleshooting, reduced development time, easy setup and an overall better programming experience all at an unbeatable price!
The Productivity2000's fast processor and programming environment free you from many arbitrary and fixed limits that many other PLC/PACs impose. With no practical limit on the number of PID loops, timer or counter commands, programmers are able to take full advantage of the power of your Productivity Series controller.
*Limited only by the available memory in the PLC.
Learn more about the benefits of a tagname based controller.
Complex operations like PID loops are made effortless with ProductivitySuite's easy to use instructions. Fill-in-the-blank, function block style configurations save you time and unnecessary headaches. With 50MB of user memory you can configure, tune and control as many processes as you need without limits, and the integrated auto-tuning functionality will get you up and running in no time.
Create a Remote I/O rack by simply installing a P2-RS Remote Slave module in the controller slot of an additional rack. Connect the remote racks to the master with standard Ethernet patch cords and switches. The Productivity2000 master will auto-detect all the I/O, and will create the physical I/O tags automatically. You are free to use the auto-configured settings or adjust them manually.
Install remote I/O racks wherever you need them! In the main enclosure when you have a large local I/O count, OR distribute remote racks to be closer to the actual I/O devices to minimize wiring length, complexity, AND COST. Mount remote racks at the other end of a machine, the other side of the plant floor, or in another building - and wire a single Ethernet cable back to the Master!
Productivity PLCs also auto-discover VFDs
(click here for more details)
Hardware setup has never been easier... or faster! Simply install each I/O module in the local or remote base(s) and it will be automatically discovered by the software. Physical I/O tags will be generated based on the module's position in the base (and the base's position in the system) and that's it! You are free to program with the auto-configured settings or reconfigure the setup and assign new tags manually.
Don't waste time laboriously entering I/O module part numbers into the system! Just install the modules in your rack(s), connect the programming cable, and the Productivity Suite software will automatically sense which modules you have installed, and configure your programming environment accordingly whenever a configuration update is requested. I/O tagnames are also automatically assigned.
Productivity PLCs even auto-discover VFDs
(click here for more details)
Connecting your Productivity series PLC to Variable Frequency Drives couldn't be easier! Connect up to 16 of our GS1, GS2, or Durapulse (GS3) drives via Ethernet (using our GS-EDRV modules), and the Productivity PLC can automatically detect the drives when a configuration update is requested. The auto-discovery process eliminates the configuration headaches - your drives are ready to program in just a few minutes.
After the auto-discovery process, the dedicated instructions "GS Drives Read" and "GS Drives Write" will prompt the programmer with all the available parameters (both "run mode" and "stop mode") that can be configured for each model of drive - it's then a cinch to fill in the blanks and program your drives.
The Productivity Suite software also discovers all the I/O modules in your system ( click here for more details)
Avoid costly shutdowns, production losses and long start-up operations with Productivity2000 hot-swappable hardware.
That's right, all the I/O modules for the Productivty2000 are hot-swappable! When used appropriately, this capability can save time and help avoid long start-up operations or other down-time related inconveniences. Now that can make you more productive!
Of course, it's up to the system designer to determine if hot-swapping is appropriate and safe for each application.
Productivity2000 is all about productivity, even down to the wiring. Three wiring options are available to better serve the specific needs of your application. Two terminal blocks; one screw type, and one clamp type are available, as well as our ZIPLink wiring system. Why spend the time wiring each I/O point to a terminal when you can get them prewired? ZIPLink pre-wired cables and terminals not only save you valuable time but also keep your installation clean and efficient, which helps when troubleshooting, and ZIPLinks use half the space at a fraction of the cost of standard terminal blocks. Simply snap the ZIPLink connector to the I/O module, connect your field wiring to the ZIPLink terminal and your wiring job is done.
AutomationDirect strongly recommends the use of ZIPLink cables and wiring modules, which eliminate the need for hand wiring of I/O modules to terminal blocks. In fact, many of the Productivity2000 I/O modules do not include the terminal blocks for direct connection of I/O.
Note: ZIPLinks are available for most, but not all I/O modules.
A lot of I/O, in a very small space
Track up to 64 tags at a time and save the data to the removeable micro-SD card housed in the CPU. Capture up to 32GB of data either periodically (minute, hour, day, week, etc.) or when certain events occur. Scheduling and setup is done with the easy-to-use Data Logger configuration tool in the software (shown below). Log tag data, system errors and system events which can be used to track efficiency and performance, troubleshoot reoccurring or intermittent faults, and predict future breakdowns.
You can also access your log data securely from any connected web browser via the built-in web server!
Flash devices can also be used to upload or download a project to/from a Productivity2000 without having a PC present. This feature is great for updating remotely located PLCs - just send your project on a Flash devices to any factory in the world, and the controller can be updated with the most current project.
While microSD cards are readily available from many sources, AutomationDirect sells this model (Part Number: MICSD-16G), which offers extended vibration and temperature specs for $25.50 . Please understand that AutomationDirect cannot guarantee compatibility with all Flash devices on the market.
Access data files and system tags remotely from any web browser, anywhere! The secure password protected login prevents unwanted access and keeps data safe. With the P2-550 CPU's integrated Web Server you can access Data Logger files stored on an installed flash device (optional) as well as monitor system status via the (read-only) System Tags.
Set your Username & Password to prevent unwanted access
Once you have accessed the P2-550's internal webpages, select the Download files (user-defined data logging files) or the list of System data categories for viewing.
With the Productivity2000's data logging capabilities built into the CPU, you can now access your PLC data from anywhere (with the proper connectivity provisions and security considerations). Simply configure your CPUs data logger to store files to the removable micro SD card and enable the Web Server from your CPU's hardware configuration page.
The data log files are presented in a directory based on the file names and the frequency of archive you select when configuring
the P2-550's Data Logger. From the Web browser you can easily manage these files. You have the options of viewing, saving or
deleting the files from the flash device. Also, when you select the "Log System Errors" in the Data Logger, you gain
access to the Error log file.
When you select the System Data option from the Web server main screen you have access to all read only System tags in the P2-550 CPU. These are divided into the categories shown at right:
This example below shows the CPU Date & Time tags: