Industrial Network Products

Network Gateways

Network Gateways

FLEX

The communication protocol of the master controller, Factory Automation (FA) network, is converted to Oriental Motor's own RS-485 communication protocol. Connection to Oriental Motor's network compatible products is completed with one RS-485 communication cable.

  • Compatible Networks:
    CC-Link, MECHATROLINK-II, MECHATROLINK-III, EtherCat

*For use with Stored Data (Network) type

EtherCat CC-Link MECHATROLINK

 

 


Industrial Network Communication for Automation and Motion Control

FLEX

Oriental Motor offers industrial network communication products under the FLEX concept, meaning each product is equipped with an interface that connects to various industrial networks and master controllers featuring I/O; such as PLC, HMI or serial communication such as RS-485 / Modbus (RTU).

FLEX is the generic name for products that are used for Factory Automation (FA) network control via I/O control, Modbus (RTU) control, or a network converter. FLEX products enable easy connection, easy control, and reduce the complexity of system configuration.

The Advantages of FLEX Industrial Network Communication Products

  • Simple Wiring
  • Energy Saving
  • Time Saving
  • Low Cost

Control Types

Built-In Controller (Stored Data type)

Operating data is set in the driver and the operating data is selected and executed from the master controller. Connection and control with the master controller is done through either:

  1. I/O
  2. MODBUS (RTU) / RS-485
  3. Factory Automation (FA) network
Network Products

 

1. I/O

The functions of a positioning module (pulse generator) are built into the driver allowing it to be connected directly to a controller or PLC to configure an operating system with I/O. Since no positioning module is required on the PLC side, space is saved and the system is simplified.

2. Modbus (RTU) / RS-485

Operating data, parameter settings or operation commands can be input via RS-485 communication. A maximum of 31 drivers can be connected to one serial communication module. There is also a function for simultaneously starting multiple axis. The protocol is compatible with Modbus (RTU) and can be connected to a touch screen (HMI), PC, etc.

3. Factory Automation (FA) Network

By using a network converter (sold separately), CC-link or MECHATROLINK communication are possible. Operating data, parameter settings or operation commands can be easily input.

I/O Control

I/O Control via Switches

Since operating data is set in the driver, the motor can start and stop with hand switches.

Easy control without the use of a PLC is possible.

I/O Switch

 

I/O Control via PLC (Positioning module not required)

Operating data is set in the driver, allowing it to be connected directly to a PLC to select the motion profile. Since no positioning module is require on the PLC side, space is saved and the system is simplified.

I/O PLC

 

I/O Control via PLC, Traveling Distance and Speed Setting Operated via Touch Screen (HMI)

The motor normally starts and stops via I/O, and Modbus (RTU) communication is used when setting the alarm and operating data.

Setting changes as well as monitor and alarm displays are performed on the touch screen.

If multiple configurations exist, parameters can be entered on the touch screen, reducing the burden of combining programs or sequences.

I/O Touchscreen

 


2. Modbus (RTU) Control

Modbus (RTU) Control via PLC

Operating data, parameter settings or operation commands can be input via RS-485 communication.

A maximum of 31 drivers can be connected to one serial communication module. There is also a group sending function for simultaneously starting multiple axis. The protocol is compatible with Modbus (RTU) and can be easily controlled via PLC, etc.

Modbus (RTU)

 


 

Modbus (RTU) Control via PC

Operating data, parameter settings or operation commands can be input by inserting it into an RS-485 communication board on a PC. No changes are required to your serial communications board.

Modbus (RTU)

 

Simple Connection with a Touch Screen (HMI)

By using Modbus (RTU) communication, connection can be made directly to a touch screen (HMI).

Operating data, parameter settings, alarm history, test drive, etc. can be used, allowing the motor to be controlled without the added cost of a PLC or computer.

Touchscreen

 


 

3. Factory Automation (FA) Network Connection via a Network Converter

CC-Link Control / MECHATROLINK Control / EtherCat Control

By using a network converter (sold separately), CC-link communication, MECHATROLINK communication and EtherCat communication are possible. Operating data, parameter settings or operation commands can be input via various types of communication. Since it can flexibly accommodate the networks specified by the end user, design time is shortened.

  • The burden on the programmable master controller is reduced and costs are lowered when multiple axis are used.
  • Compatible with various networks, allows for multiple axis or additional axis if needed.
    • CC-Link compatibility: Max. 12 axis
    • MECHATROLINK-II compatibility: Max. 16 axis
    • MECHATROLINK-III compatibility: Max. 16 axis
    • EtherCat compatibility: Max. 16 axis
  • Can also handle group sending function between groups
Network Converter

 


 

Function Introduction

Group Sending Function

This function simultaneously starts multiple axis in Modbus (RTU) communication and the Factory Automation (FA) network. Multiple drivers are grouped together, and when operation commands are sent to that group's parent, all of the drivers belonging to the same group are operated.

  • Modbus (RTU) control: Handles simultaneous starting, changes in distance, velocity and monitoring
  • Factory Automation (FA) network control: Only simultaneous starting.
Group Send Function

 


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