I/O : Other

I/O Interface Card

SoftPLC offers an array of I/O products in addition to our Tealware and A-Series products:

Additionally, other vendor's I/O products can be used with any SoftPLC CPU via ethernet or serial connections via the many drivers available.

    Smart I/O Options

    Smart SoftPLC's and Adapters can interface to many different I/O types including local connections, networks and serial:

    • Up to 3 Tealware modules can be mounted directly to the Smart SoftPLC with a Backplane3 interface
    • Up to 12 Tealware racks can connect to a Smart SoftPLC via a LocalPorts interface
    • Up to 3 Tealware racks can connect to a Smart Adapter via a LocalPorts interface
    • Any ModbusTCP I/O can connect to the Smart SoftPLC Ethernet port(s), including A-Series
    • Any Modbus serial I/O can connect to the Smart SoftPLC serial port(s), including A-Series

    Other Smart I/O Options include:

    • Smart I/O Boards
    • Industrial bus networks via PCI-104 interface cards

    Smart I/O Boards

    A number of direct mount I/O interface boards have been or can be developed for the Smart SoftPLC. These are good options for low I/O count or very high speed applications. SoftPLC can quickly develop custom I/O boards for OEM customers, providing purpose-built, lowest cost solutions.

    Industrial Bus Networks

    A Smart SoftPLC with PCI-104 interface (Cat Nos SMS11-P-x) can accept up to 3 interface cards. Any I/O products compatible with the specific interface card's network(s) can be used. Software to configure, monitor and troubleshoot the network is included with each card at no cost. Available cards are listed in the "Options & Accessories" tab on the Smart SoftPLC page.

    Drivers for other third party products can be developed on customer request.

    Hardbook SoftPLC I/O Options

    Our Hardbook SoftPLC products can interface to many different I/O types including remote I/O via networks and serial connections and board-level I/O:

    • Direct PCI-bus I/O Boards
    • Industrial bus networks via PCI-104 interface cards

    Other drivers can be developed on customer request.

    PCI I/O Boards

    Many vendors provide PCI and PCI-104 bus board-level I/O products. SoftPLC has developed drivers for some of these cards, and others can be developed upon request. We offer some of these boards for resale.

    Industrial Bus Networks

    A Hardbook SoftPLC with PCI or PC-104 slots can accept a number of add-on I/O network cards. Any I/O products compatible with the specific interface cards network(s) can be used. Software to configure, monitor and troubleshoot the network is included with each card at no cost. Available cards are listed on the Options & Accessories tab on the Hardbook SoftPLC page.

    Other I/O Options

    Via our open architecture platform and Programmer's Toolkit, a SoftPLC Controller or Gateway can interface to virtually any I/O available.

    Examples:

    • USB, Ethernet, serial, Zigbee
    • Custom interfaces
    • ISA, PCIe, PCI, PC-104, VME bus