Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. has unveiled the iQ-R Series CC-Link IE Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) Plus module, which supports CC-Link IE TSN and EtherNet/IP networks in one module. CC-Link IE TSN is an open industrial network technology that combines gigabit Ethernet bandwidth with TSN allowing for high-speed motion control, safety and standard communication I/O devices. EtherNet/IP networks allow for communication with third party devices.
The new iQ-R Series CC-Link IE TSN Plus module allows users to connect CC-Link IE TSN devices to port 1 and EtherNet/IP devices to port 2 without affecting CC-Link IE TSN communication performance. The module functions also include easy configuration in PLC programming software, saved space on a PLC rack, centralized control of servo motors, and dual ports that allow for customization of use to best fit specific needs.
Aside from the main benefit of dual support of networks that were once separate entities, a user will appreciate the saved cost of not having to purchase and implement additional devices, easy network troubleshooting to reduce downtime, and an overall decrease in the need for additional spare parts.