Scalable PLC with overwhelming integration

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AC500 is the PLC of choice when scalability, flexibility, performance, integration and communication are mandatory.
Numerous I/O modules, carefully specified powerful CPUs and realtime communication couplers provide the basis.

The pre-wiring concept is not only the electrician´s convenient, safe way to build a PLC system. It gives PLC operators the option to increase performance by simply interchanging modules. Upgrading CPU modules lets operators increase the processing performance while other PLC parts remain untouched.
Only pay what is required today - and be sure to easily upgrade the required performance when it is time for more!
AC500 offers much more memory than most competing products. More memory allows more PLC functionality, more precise algorithms, more meaningful visualization, more operating comfort – for even better individual customer solutions.
AC500 is one of the fastest PLCs on the market. This can be experienced when programming, running precise calculations, transferring data, serving the I/Os and presenting web server contents.
There are numerous communication possibilities which can be integrated into various combinations, forming great network nodes from smallest to largest systems:

    • Ethernet
    • EtherCAT
    • CANopen
    • DeviceNet
    • Modbus TCP
    • Modbus serial
    • Serial
    • ABB CS31
    • Wireless Interface

What can be done with this performance?

IP on Ethernet is a widespread standard in communication: The AC500 suite of IP protocols provides precise SNTP time synchronisation for PLCs. This assists IEC 60870-5-104. Station automation in renewable energy plants achieves more power and higher efficiency. In factories using SNTP, enterprise resource planning systems for example can monitor precisely the machine capacity.
Modbus TCP integrates a huge bundle of automation devices in an extreme fast network. This is excellent for wind mill parks and solar power plants. There are many applications where this protocol helps to combine devices of different suppliers.
Electronic cam switches are advantageous compared to mechanical solutions. The possibility of very easy changes and extensions in the cam configuration as well as significantly reduced maintenance effort make them very attractive. AC500 offers a dynamic solution with the EtherCAT bus modules.
Take the Motion Control library, integrate it into our popular engineering tool PS501 Control Builder AC500, choose your ABB drive - and go!

Control by common web browsers: ABB customers know what happens in the application - the license-free web server reports anytime anywhere. Even on mobile devices! While others enforce additional PCs and negotiation of web server licenses, the AC500 web server resides for free in the firmware of the CPU.
AC500 lets customers combine three CPU-integrated communication interfaces with additional, up to four different communication couplers. At last, customers can integrate the most suitable automation devices into their specific solution. Or build multi-protocol systems for new, demanding applications or simply protocol conversion gateways.

ABB customers implemented AC500 in many different applications, for example wind mills, solar trackers, high-volume circuit breaker production, large ships, tunnel automation and traffic control, packaging and printing machines.

Robots, wireless from ABB
ABB Robotics offers cell automation by integrated AC500 PLCs in IRC5 robot controllers. More productivity with robots is achieved by wireless interfaces for sensors and actuators on robot tools. Wireless from ABB is an innovative, proven solution well-suited for robots, presses, rotary tables and gantries.


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