Factory Automation

PLC engineering software (MELSEC) GX Works3

Reducing development costs through intuitive engineering

The engineering software is sometimes considered a fundamental part of the control system in addition to the hardware components. The core of the system, it includes various steps of the product life cycle, from the design stage all the way to commissioning and maintenance of the control system. Today, intuitive, easy-to-use software suites are expected as a standard for modern manufacturing needs. GX Works3 is the latest generation of programming and maintenance software offered by Mitsubishi Electric specifically designed for the MELSEC iQ-R and MELSEC iQ-F Series control system. It includes many new features and technologies to ensure a trouble-free engineering environment solution.

Central parts library

GX Works3 comes with an updated object library pre-installed in the software consisting of a module library with current modules at time of software release although this can be added to as newer modules become available. A variety of other objects are available such as third-party partner function blocks. The library can be fully shared across multiple projects.

Reduce repetitive program tasks

Global and local variables (labels) are supported providing an easy way to share device names across multiple projects, other MELSOFT software and third party SCADA. The variables can be registered into either the current program, function block as a local variable or within the project as a global variable to share across multiple programs within the same project. Variables specific to a particular module are also available, and can be used immediately, further reducing engineering time and cost.

Main programming languages supported

The main IEC languages are supported by GX Works3. Various different programming languages can be used within the same project simultaneously and can be viewed easily via the menu tab. The variables and devices used in each program can be shared across multiple platforms, with user defined function blocks supported.