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MELSEC iQ-R Series

CC-Link IE

CC-Link IE Field Network

All-in-One Network

CC-Link IE Field Network - Integration of IA components on
ONE single network

CC-Link IE Field Network is a single network which combines the versatility of Ethernet and highly accurate synchronous operation for Motion control. With the single network, various field devices, such as servo amplifiers, I/O modules, and high-speed counter modules, are connected with no restriction.

All-in-One Engineering Software

Covering all aspects of the product development cycle - From Easy Settings to Diagnosis with ONE engineering software

To meet customer needs, such as easy programming, easy startup, and easy maintenance, we offer the All-in-One engineering software as an easy manipulation tool with various new functions and technology.
Various tasks, such as Simple Motion parameter settings, servo adjustment, and debugging as well as creating a sequence program, such as a function block (FB), are performed only with this All-in-One engineering software.

Synchronization of Inputs and Outputs with Servo Control

In a single network, inputs/outputs are synchronized with the command communication cycle of the servo amplifier. For example, an input from a synchronous encoder and an output to a printing machine are synchronized in the same network. CC-Link IE Field Network enables a wide range of Motion control applications.

[An example of inputs and outputs synchronized with the command communication cycle of a servo amplifier]

Flexible network topology

Star, line, and star/line mixed topologies are available for a network configuration by using a switching hub. An easy topology created only by a cable being connected to a free port of the switching hub allows field devices to be added to the system more flexibly.

CC-Link IE Field Network Servo Amplifier MR-J4-GF

  • Having a superior control function of MR-J4 series, MR-J4-GF supports CC-Link IE Field network.
  • Together with the Simple Motion module, advanced synchronous control and interpolation control are enabled.
  • Two types of modes are available according to your needs: Motion mode for a wide range of motion control such as positioning of multiple axes, synchronous control, etc., and I/O mode for positioning of one axis

Synchronous control up to μsec precision, suitable for high-accuracy positioning

Simple Motion module+Motion mode

This system configuration is suited for a wide range of high-accuracy motion control, such as multi-axis interpolation, synchronous, and speed-torque control.

  • [Simple Motion module]
  • [Motion mode]

A high flexibility enabling versatile control with Motion and I/O modes

Simple Motion module+Motion mode+I/O modes

This system configuration enables an easy addition of an axis for single-axis positioning to a machine which requires a wide range of high-accuracy motion control, such as multi-axis interpolation, synchronous, and speed-torque control.

  • [Simple Motion module]
  • [Motion mode]
  • [I/O modes]

Compatible with a wide range of applications for positioning control

[CC-Link IE embedded CPU+I/O modes

This system configuration enables an easy connection of the axis for single-axis positioning to a master station, such as a CC-Link IE embedded CPU without the Simple Motion module.

  • [CC-Link IE embedded CPU]
  • [I/O modes]

CC-Link IE Field Network Master Station

The CC-Link IE Field Network compatible Simple Motion module is equipped with functions as a link device and a master station equivalent to a CC-Link IE field Network master/local module.(Note-1)
Suppressing the cost of a system configuration is possible since this module is used not only for Motion control, but also as a master station of the network.

(Note-1): The sub-master and safety communication functions are not supported.

■Maximum link points per network

Item RD77GF Master module
Remote input (RX)/Remote output (RY) 16k points each (16384 points, 2k byte) 16k points each (16384 points, 2k byte)
Remote register (RWw, RWr) 8k points each (8192 points, 16k byte) 8k points each (8192 points, 16k byte)

Functional Safety

Achieving Category 4 PL e, SIL 3

By wiring to MR-D30 functional safety unit NEW

Category 4 PL e, SIL 3 is achieved when the safety signals are inputted directly to MR-D30 functional safety unit. (Note-3) The safety observation function is operated on the MR-D30 side easily by parameter setting, and therefore expansion of the safety observation function is possible independent of controllers.


By CC-Link IE Field Network NEW

Safety signals are monitored by a combination of the safety CPU and RD77GF Simple Motion module.(*1,*2)  The safety CPU checks the safety signals received via the safety remote I/O module and outputs the safety signals (STO, etc.) to the servo amplifiers. Since the safety signals are outputted through CC-Link IE Field Network, wiring of the safety signals to each functional safety unit are not necessary.

(*1): The inter-module synchronization function is not available with the safety CPU (R☐SFCPU-SET).
(*2): Supported by the safety CPU (R☐SFCPU-SET) with software version 07 or later and the Simple Motion module (RD77GF) with software version 05 or later.


Diagnosis and Setting Functions

Setting parameters and collecting information of field devices are possible from anywhere via CC Link IE Field Network.

Easy parameter settings
Selecting each field device on the screen of CC-Link IE Field configuration via drag & drop enables easy parameter settings.

Easy diagnosis of network
Engineering software enables users to identify network errors at a glance. The users can instantly identify the cause of trouble when it occurs thus downtime will be shortened.

Extensive Motion control

A wide range of control, such as positioning, speed-torque, cam, and synchronous control, is applicable to various machines, such as X-Y tables, packaging machines, and converting machines. Selecting the best suitable control methods and functions for your application achieves optimal solutions.

Positioning control (Interpolation Function and Trajectory Control)

Positioning control is easily performed with a Motion profile table in the sequence program.

  • To respond to various application needs, the Simple Motion module offers various control methods, such as linear interpolation, 2-axis circular interpolation, fixed-pitch feed, and continuous trajectory control.
  • Setting positioning addresses and speeds, etc. in the sequence program enables automatic operation.
  • Powerful auxiliary functions, such as M-code output, skip, speed change, and target position change functions, are available.

Advanced Synchronous Control

The advanced synchronous control can be achieved using software instead of controlling mechanically with physical gears, shafts, clutches, speed change gears or cams etc. Additionally, a cam is easily created with the cam auto-generation function. The synchronous control is started/ended on an axis-by-axis basis, thus enabling mixed axes of synchronous control and positioning control in one project.

(Note-1): MR-J4-GF-RJ is required when the serial absolute synchronous encoder is used.

Functions List

  Simple Motion module
RD77GF32 NEW RD77GF16 RD77GF8 RD77GF4
Number of control axes
(Virtual servo amplifier axis included)
Up to 32 axes Up to 16 axes Up to 8 axesUp to 4 axes
Servo amplifier connection method CC-Link IE Field (1Gbps)
Maximum distance between stations [m(ft.)] 100(328.08)
Connectable servo amplifier MR-J4-GF , MR-J4-GF-RJ
Operation cycle[ms]
(Operation cycle settings)
0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0
Engineering Environment MELSOFT GX Works3
Control modes Positioning control, Position control, Speed control, Torque control, Speed-torque control, Cam control,
Advanced synchronous control, 2 axes/3 axes/4 axes Linear interpolation, 2 axes Circular interpolation,
Trajectory control, Speed/position switching control(ABS/INC), Position/speed switching control(INC)
Control unit mm, inch, degree, PLS
Positioning data 600 data (positioning data No. 1 to 600)/axis
Acceleration/deceleration process Trapezoidal acceleration/deceleration, S-curve acceleration/deceleration
Manual control JOG operation, Manual pulse generator operation, Inching operation
Functions that change control details Current value change,Target position change function, Torque change function, Speed change function,
Override function, Acceleration/deceleration time change function
Home position return method Driver home position return(Note-1)
Auxiliary functions Forced stop function, Hardware stroke limit function, Software stroke limit function, Absolute position system,
Amplifier-less operation function, Unlimited length feed, Optional data monitor function, Mark detection function,
Flash ROM backup, M-code output function, Event history function, Digital oscilloscope function,
Cam auto-generation function
Number of occupied I/O points 64 points (I/O allocation: Intelligent function module, 64 points) 32 points (I/O allocation: Intelligent function module, 32 points)
5VDC internal current consumption [A] 1.1
Mass [kg] 0.23

(Note-1): The home position return method set in a driver (a servo amplifier) is used.