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As of late August of 2021 Mitsubishi Electric has released support of CC-Link IE Field Network Basic on the MR-J5-G and MR-JET-G series servo amplifiers. Why is this important? Well, for starters as long as you don't need coordinated motion, this reduces the cost of implementing a servo system significantly. All current Mitsubishi PLCs with built-in Ethernet ports support the CC-Link IE Field Basic protocol, that includes the L-series, Q-series, iQ-F (FX5) series and iQ-R series. This makes servo control available to everyone at a very cost-competitive price point! If you refer to the article written by Al Armin on August 7th of 2020 he explains where CC-Link IE Field Basic fits in for motion control. You can see that article here: The new MR-J5 series amplifiers are the top of the line servo drive from Mitsubishi Electric's Factory Automation group. They include advanced technologies like vibration suppression, failure prediction, absolute encoders and single-cable solutions between the amplifier and the motor. They are available in a variety of sizes from 100W up to 7kW with plans for 22kW to be released in the near future. And with 26-bit encoders on the servo motors, motion precision is unmatched in the industry. The new MR-JET series amplifiers on the other hand offer pricing that is almost on the level of stepper motors while providing 22 bit encoders for superior positioning accuracy. The motors also provide speeds up to 6000rpm and the ability to use absolute positioning via battery backup on the amplifiers. In sizes up to 3kW, this series of motors and amplifiers provides one of the most cost-effective motion options on the market. Not only can you control servo amplifiers over CC-Link IE Field Basic, you can also control VFDs, remote I/O and even talk to Mitsubishi Robots. And the best part is that should you need to upgrade your control from simple point-to-point or speed/torque controlled applications to full-blown multi-axis coordinated motion it's a breeze with Mitsubishi's Motion modules. Simply add an FX5-40SSC-G card to your iQ-F solution or an RD78G card to your iQ-R solution and you can mix and match MR-J5-G and MR-JET-G drives on the same CC-Link IE TSN network for the most demanding applications. And with advanced diagnostics built-in, you can be assured that your system will be easy to troubleshoot. Unsure where to start? Contact us and we'll be glad to help you specify the correct components for your next motion project.
There is always debate about when Mitsubishi’s new servo amplifiers such as MR-J4 and MR-JE CC-Link IE Field Basic should be used? To understand this you need to step back and understand what functionality they bring to the wealth of product offering Mitsubishi has in their toolbox. The biggest advantage is that there is no need for extra motion control modules. It is based on CC-link IE Field protocol which in a full functionality mode is a Gigabit based deterministic protocol over Ethernet. However, IE Field Basic is not deterministic so speed might be a consideration when deciding if this is right for your application. A CC-Link IE Field Basic axis can only be used as a stand-alone single axis, so there is no way to synchronize axes together on this network. The best applications for these servo amplifiers are when single axis point to point motion is the only requirement. If you are going to use Homing, Absolute or Incremental moves, Velocity or Torque control as a single axis then this is your amplifier. If all you need is simple single axis servo functionality, from one or multiple servos, these amplifiers can be tied together over the built in Ethernet available on most Mitsubishi PLCs. This functionality simplifies your overall system architecture, reduces costs by reducing any additional hardware, and reducing deployment time with available PLC function blocks. There are many quick startup guides which can be found on Mitsubishi's website and here on Gibson Engineering’s Knowledge Base. If you have questions or would like to learn more please reach out to us at Gibson Engineering. Quick Start Guide for MR-J4-GF CC-link IE field Basic on GX-Works3 for IQ-F(FX5)) Quick Start Guide for MR-J4-GF CC-link IE field Basic on GX-Works3 for IQ-R) Quick Start Guide MR-J4-GF CC-Link IE Field Basic Servo Amplifier on the GX Works2 for Q PLC ) Quick Start Guide- How to use the PLCopen FBs for MR-JE-C CC-Link IE Field Basic)(Links of FBs: 1: MR-JE-C PLCopen Library in iQ-R PLC 2: MR-JE-C PLCopen Library in Q PLC 3: MR-JE-C PLCopen Library in iQ-F PLC)
2 downloadsThe attached file created by Mitsubishi Electric demonstrates how to connect to and control a Mitsubishi MR-JE-C type servo amplifier and motor from an Mitsubishi FX5 (iQ-F) series PLC over CC-Link IE Field Network Basic. This is an Ethernet based protocol and allows for a powerful and yet cost effective motion solution. If you do not need coordinated motion, this method provides a high level of control of independent axes quickly and easily.
4 downloadsThe attached file created by Mitsubishi Electric demonstrates how to control an MR-J4-GF servo amplifier over CC-Link IE Field Network Basic. This protocol is available out of the front Ethernet port of the FX5 series, L series, Q series and iQ-R series PLCs without any extra hardware. It is a great option for lower cost motion when interpolated motion is not required.