This PLC Selection tool from AutomationDirect, will help in buying the Best PLC hardware for your control system application. You will be asked to fill in the criteria, for your personalized control application and then the selector will point you to the most affordable PLC that meets your PLC needs. Then it will provide links to help you research the PLC and also build your Basic PLC virtually, with a PLC system builder Tool.
Just another way we are trying to help you get the most out of your PLC budget.
First is the Click PLC that is geared for the PLC beginner or the Professional looking for a versatile simple Control system option.
- Product overview: https://https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/home/home/click-plcs
-Free PLC Programming software: https://support.automationdirect.com/products/clickplcs.html
- Product Videos: https://https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/home/home/videos/home?t=link&cat1=1&cat2=6
Next we have the Do-more Line of PLCs that is, in my opinion, the professional PLC programmer's best friend.
- Product overview: https://https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/home/home/do-more
- Free PLC Programming Software: https://support.automationdirect.com/products/domore.html
- Product Videos: https://https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/home/home/videos/home?t=link&cat1=1&cat2=2
The last PLC family is the Productivity series. This tag-name based PLC is your affordable alternative to the Allen-Bradley budget crunch. Don't use your whole budget before you look into this PLC.
- Product overview: https://https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/home/home/Productivity
- Free PLC Programming Software: https://support.automationdirect.com/products/p3000.html
- Product Videos: https://https://www.automationdirect.com/adc/home/home/videos/home?t=link&cat1=1&cat2=7
AutomationDirect has a PLC to match your specs or PLC Budget. Now, providing all of these options, will at times make it unclear which PLC is best for your application. To help, we’ve created this PLC Selection tool. To navigate to the tool, click here on our website or while viewing this video, click on the message in the top right-hand corner. Like with any control system design, you need to start with an I/O list. I will need the following amount of discrete I/O. These analog that I will be used in PId control. I don’t need high speed or Expansion I/O, on this system. I will need Ethernet and just in case, for future use, I will also need Serial. I will be communicating using the following Protocols And I would also like Built in Data Logging. So now, let’s go back to the selection tool, and apply this criteria. Now, as we add in our criteria on the left, the list of PLCs available that meet these criteria, will reduce on the right. Now that I have filled out, all of the fields, that I need, I have reduced down to 4 PLC options that are listed from the lowest price to the highest price. As we can see based upon cost and features this is basically a decision between the P1000 or the BRX CPU. From here this will come down to a personal preference on the PLC’s programming environment. You can also continue your research from these three buttons. If you hit the Shop now button you will be taken to the component selection area, of our website, for that particular PLC. Learn more will take you to view in-depth product information: including features, benefits, documentation, and much more… and the Configure button will take you to a system builder tool application, to help you design your specific PLC. Now, if you have any question on this video or this purchasing decision, please feel free to comment below or contact our support team. Please select here to see more of our videos on our PLCs, and click here to subscribe to YouTube channel for upcoming products and solutions.