The network and interface modules of the MELSEC iQ-R Series ensure a vast selection of interconnectivity possibilities with various protocols and network topologies providing the best-fit solution for various applications. At the core of the Series is the CC-Link IE network family which is a high-speed 1 Gbps control level and field level Ethernet topology industrial open network.
Simple CPU communication function enables communications using the existing Ethernet and serial communication ports without the need of full-scale network system and dedicated program. In addition, third-party communication protocols are supported, allowing easier system-wide data sharing.
With SLMP, it is possible to seamlessly access production management systems, programmable controllers and other devices using the same method, eliminating concerns about network hierarchies and boundaries. Tasks such as machine monitoring, data collection and maintenance can be performed from virtually anywhere on the network. Used together with the Ethernet module, SLMP-ready Ethernet devices such as a machine vision sensor or RFID controller can be interfaced to the CC-Link IE Field Network without further adding another network.