VersaMax Micro 64

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - October 3, 2005 - GE Fanuc Automation, a unit of GE Industrial, today announced the availability of the VersaMax™ Micro 64 control system. The unit’s design and construction provide robust performance and operation that minimize support costs.

“The VersaMax Micro 64 provides a complete flexible and scaleable automation solution with a wide range of I/O expansion modules and a variety of communications options including Ethernet,” said Bill Black, GE Fanuc Controllers Product Manager. “It is ideal for a wide range of packaging, assembly and SCADA applications that require performance at an affordable price.”

GE Fanuc also offers multiple operator interfaces and motion solutions for simple integration add-ons to the VersaMax Micro 64. A common software programming and tag database for the operator interface and controller shortens engineering development time and simplifies overall system troubleshooting.

For motion applications, the unit supports four independent 65kHz Pulse Train/PWM outputs and can easily be adapted to GE Fanuc’s line of PowerCube stepper amplifiers and motors or S2K servo controllers. The VersaMax Micro 64 High Speed Counter supports four independent 100kHz type A counters or one type B counter for precise motion positioning.

The VersaMax Micro 64 supports a user-friendly Memory Module that can easily be connected to the controller to download the latest program changes without the need of a PC. And, the Proficy™ Machine Edition Logic Developer PDA software allows you to interface a Palm® handheld device to the VersaMax Micro 64. With Logic Developer PDA, you can monitor/change data, view diagnostics, force ON/OFF, and configure machine setup — The VersaMax Micro 64 Memory Module and Logic Developer PDA can save time and increase manufacturing productivity.

The unit also supports a wide range of communication options that include serial (SNP, SNP Master, Serial Read/Write, RTU Slave and RTU Master, USB) and Ethernet (SRTP and Modbus TCP) enabling an easy interface to bar code readers, pagers, modems, Ethernet LANs, operator interfaces and more.

The VersaMax Micro 64 supports 48k of user ladder logic programming and 32k of data registers. The abundance of memory enables the system to solve complex applications requiring multiple program storage and large data storage for faster setup time/changeover or system monitoring. The data can also be written to internal Flash to eliminate the need for a battery.

The system is compatible with all VersaMax Micro expansion units. And, there are more than 25 discrete I/O expansion options (12VDC, 24VDC, 120/240VAC I/O and Relay Outputs up to 10Amps) and six analog I/O expansion options (4 to 20ma, 0 to 10VDC, RTD - 2 and 3 wire type).

The VersaMax Micro 64 meets global standards and is supported globally with GE Fanuc Automation sales offices and distribution channels. GE Fanuc also offers 24/7 Technical Support to speed development time and increase system uptime.

About GE Fanuc Automation
GE Fanuc Automation, a joint venture between GE and FANUC LTD of Japan, delivers automation hardware and software designed to help users reduce costs, increase efficiency and enhance profitability. With solutions and services catering to virtually every industrial segment, GE Fanuc Automation provides a diverse array of capabilities and products, including controllers, embedded systems, advanced software, motion control, CNCs, operator interfaces, industrial computers, and lasers. Headquartered in Charlottesville, VA, GE Fanuc Automation is a part of GE Industrial and combines the diverse global strengths of the GE family with the local presence customers need to design, develop and maintain their automation investments.

For more information, visit www.gefanuc.com or contact: GE Fanuc Information Center, P.O. Box 8106, Charlottesville, VA 22906, Phone: (800) GE FANUC (800-433-2682), Fax: 434-978-5205, e-mail: [email protected]

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