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Sentrol Contacts

The 1085 Series Surface Mount magnetic contacts are designed for use in installations where a small, sealed unit is required. The reed switch is totally encapsulated in GE Security's exclusive polyurethane potting compound preventing moisture from entering the switch and causing false alarms. The 5/8-inch standard gap distance allows for fast, easy installation and prevents false alarms from

ABB Breakers

The S200 Series miniature circuit breaker offers a compact solution for protection requirements. The S200U AND S200UP devices are UL 489 tested current limiting and DIN rail mounted. The S200U and S200UP is available with application-specific trip characteristics to provide maximum circuit protection. The breakers offer thermal-magnetic trip protection according to K and Z characteristics.

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IDEC IZUMI designs and manufactures control automation products that are sold to original equipment manufacturers. Our goal is to meet our customers' ever changing needs with quality products at a competitive price. With products that direct processes and systems, our components are used in a variety of applications. You may see our switches in an elevator, a subway station or on a factory control panel. Our relays, power supplies or timers may be in a UPS Unit or a water dispensing machine.

This page consists of some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about IDEC product line. If you are looking for IDEC IZUMI Products, please call us on (844) 331-9377 or email us at info@clrwtr.com we will do our best to help you find the IDEC Relays that you are looking for at the most competitive prices possible. If you are searching for IDEC PLC technical information (data-sheets) please use the IDEC Datasheets OR Product Selection Guide page links.

Programmable Logic Controller

Can I use the analog input and/or output at the same time as the high speed counter on Micro PLCs?

For models that include both of these features, you can use an Analog Output along with the HSC. However, you cannot use the Analog Input with the HSC since the Analog Input uses the same input (I0) as the HSC. Please note that to use the Analog Output one has to use a Transistor output unit.

What is the difference between the Micro-3 and Micro-3C?

The Micro-3C has additional communications abilities, including two serial ports, RS232 and RS485, dial-up capabilities, and additional data registers.

Can IDEC PLCs be operated over a wireless link?

Our Micro3C, ONC and Microsmart PLCs can be used over a wireless radio modem, and have the ability to communicate in ASCII and initiate modem dialing commands.

I need to program an FA PLC (FA1J, FA2J, FA3S). What cables/adaptors do I need from PC to FA series?

You will need to purchase 2 cables and a link adaptor. Part numbers are as follows:

  • PFA-1A51 (cable from FA to link adaptor)
  • PF2-CLA (link adaptor)
  • PFA-1A54A(cable from link adaptor to PC)

Which cable can I use if the CPU or I/O module has MIL connector type?

If the I/O module is MIL connector type, use cable part number FC9Z-H###B20/A20 plus a breakout module part number BX1D-S20A. For the CPU with MIL connector, use cable part number FC9Z-H###A26/B26 and breakout module BX1D-S26A. Please check brochure/catalog for complete cable part number.

Do any of our PLCs support Modbus?

Yes, both Microsmart and ONC support Modbus RTUs when used with the IDEC-MODBUS converter. The part numbers are as follows:

  • Converter (FC2A-GWY-025-009-V00)
  • Software (FC2A-MBUS-SOFT)
  • Programming cable (FC4A-MBUS485)
  • Package (IDEC-MBUS-CONVPCK)

How do I download a Micro3 program from the PC to the loader?

A program can be downloaded to the loader by following these steps:

  1. Change the data length in the communication settings dialog to 7
  2. In the Download Dialog, change the "Download to:" from "PLC" to "Loader"
  3. On the Loader, press TRS, down arrow
  4. Make sure the screen reads "Loader to PC OK?"
  5. In the Download Dialog, press OK
  6. On the Loader, press ENTR.
  7. A message box should appear on the PC saying "Program Download Succeeded". The loader screen will say, "Loader to PC END".

How do I communicate with more than one Micro-1 PLC?

You can communicate with more than one Micro-1 or FA Series PLC by using the 1:N communication function within WindLDR. Follow these steps:

  1. Each PLC should be given a unique device number. Each device number can be checked using the loader.
  2. Attach the loader to the Micro-1.
  3. Press FUN, enter 60, and press the READ key. The device number will appear in the far right corner of the screen. If that is the desired device number, remove the loader and attach the PLC to the cable link. If it is not, or you want to change the number, enter the desired number.
  4. Press the TRS key, then the ENTR key. The screen should say "TRS LTP GO?".
  5. Press the "ENTR" key. The new device number has been assigned. All PLCs to be used in the 1:N communication settings should be checked.
  6. The PLC Network Settings in the communication Settings Dialog should be set to 1:N.
  7. The Device number in the communication Settings Dialogue should be set to the PLC that will be communicated with.
  8. To download the program to each PLC, the device number in the communication dialog has to be set to that PLC device number.
  9. The 1:N Communication Device No. in the Function Area Settings Dialogue should also be changed to the PLC device number.
  10. The user should then open the download dialog and press OK. At this time the program should be downloaded to the assigned PLC.

What is the programming cable for use with the Micro-1?

The Micro-1 communication cable, from the Micro1 to a PC serial port, is FC1A-CLA.

How do I communicate with more than one Micro3 Series PLC?

You can communicate with more than one Micro3 series PLC by using the 1:N communication Function within WindLDR. The steps below can be followed to achieve this.

  • Each PLC should be given unique device number. Each PLC device number can be checked using the loader.
  • Attach the loader to the Micro3.
  • Press FUN, enter 9, and press the Down Arrow key. The device number will appear at the bottom of the screen. If that is the desired device number, remove the loader and attach the PLC to the cable link. If it is not the correct device number or you want to change the number, press the Down Arrow key, enter the desired number and press the enter key.
  • Press the TRS key, then the ENTR key. The screen should say "Loader to PC OK?".
  • Press the "ENTR" key. The new device number has been assigned.
  • All PLCs to be used in the 1:N communication settings should be checked.
  • The PLC Network Settings in the Communication Settings Dialogue should be set to 1:N.
  • The Device Number in the Communication Settings Dialogue should be set to the PLC that is going to be communicated with.
  • The 1:N Communication Device No. in the Function Area Settings Dialog, should also be changed to the PLC device number.
  • Open the download dialogue and press OK.

At this time the program should be downloaded to the assigned PLC.

How do I upload a Micro3 program from the loader to the PC?

A program can be uploaded to the PC by following these steps:

  • In the PLC selection dialogue, select the Micro3 PLC. Click OK.
  • In the upload Dialogue, change the "Upload From:" from PLC to Loader.
  • On the Loader, press TRS, ENTR. Make sure the screen reads " Loader to PC OK?"
  • In the upload Dialog, press OK.
  • On the Loader, press ENTR.

A message box should appear on the PC saying "Program upload Succeeded". The loader screen will say, "Loader to PC END". When the message box comes up saying that the program was successfully uploaded, another dialog box will appear after the OK button is clicked. The message box will read, "Wait for conversion to ladder". It is very important that you do not press the OK button in the message box until the message box blinks. If you do press the OK button before the box blinks an error will appear telling you that the mnemonic to ladder conversion has failed.

Can you monitor IDEC PLCs remotely? If so, what would be the longest hardwire length?

Using regular communication cables the approximate distance is about 15 feet. But if you use a modem with a dedicated phone line, you can monitor, download, upload or do any changes to your program from anywhere in the world.

Can IDEC PLCs be operated over a wireless link?

Our Micro3C, ONC and Microsmart PLCs can be used over a wireless radio modem, and have the ability to communicate in ASCII and initiating modem dialing commands.

Power Supplies

Are external fuses required on the input of PS5R or PS3L series power supplies?

As there are internal fuses on the input of these power supplies, an external fuse is not required. However, the internal fuse is not field replaceable since it is soldered to a PCB. Therefore use of an external fuse is often preferred as it can replaced easily if necessary. Values for internal fuses are listed in the catalog specifications.

What are the differences between Linear and Switching (aka Switch Mode) Power Supplies?

IDEC only manufactures switch mode power supplies. Switching power supplies differ from linear power supplies primarily in how the primary voltage is tranformed into the output voltage. Switching power supplies use a high speed switch (power transistor) to produce a high frequency voltage that is passed through a relatively small transformer and then filtered to remove the AC component and noise. Linear power supplies simply pass the original primary voltage (ie 120VAC/60Hz) directly through a relatively large transformer and then filter it to remove the AC component. In general, switching power supplies are considered superior due to their higher efficiencies, lighter weight, ability to handle wider input voltage ranges, and longer hold up times. Linear power supplies are sometimes less expensive, particularly on larger wattages. One concern in using a switching power supply is the high frequency noise (EMI/RFI) that they produce, but this effect is reduced by adequate filtering.

Can I put multiple IDEC power supplies in parallel to increase the total wattage capacity?

Yes. diodes are recommended on each output to prevent voltage imbalances from feeding back from one power supply into another. No more than 5 power supplies should be paralleled together. In the PS5R series, only the 75W, 120W, and 240W models should be paralleled and only same wattage models should be paralleled with each other.

Is it possible to parallel models of different wattages together?

Only models of the same wattage should be paralleled. Variations in various specifications can cause problems when paralleling dislike models. For example rise time, hold up time, input and load regulation vary depending on model. Such variations can result in one unit trying to carry the whole load and going into overload shutdown.

Relays

Does IDEC have a relay that is rated for use with 277VAC or 125VDC?

The highest voltage ratings on our plug-in relays is nominally 240VAC and 110VDC. There is a tolerance of 10%, yielding a maximum of 264VAC and 121VDC. Higher voltages can be switched with either our solid state relays or IEC contactors.

Are there any CE marked latching relays?

No. None of our latching relays have been submitted for IEC approval. At this time there are no plans to have any of the latching relays IEC approved / CE marked.

Does IDEC make any hermetically sealed relays?

No, but an IDEC Solid State Relay may work for some applications.

Does IDEC make any reed relays?

No. Reed relays are often desirable for their fast switching times. You may want to consider a solid state relay for your application.

Pushbuttons & E-Stops

Is there a 120VAC incandescent lamp for the TW and/or HW series?

While we do offer a 120V incandescent bulb (part number L-120L) that will fit in most TW and HW series switches, it is not agency approved (i.e. UL, CE, CSA) in these series and we do not recommend using it. Instead, use of an LED lamp (LSTD-H2*) or transformer model of the switch (which will step down from 120VAC to 6VAC) is recommended. These options also allow for 240VAC & 480VAC (transformer option only).

I need a selector switch with a contact target table different than any I see in the catalog. Does IDEC provide custom selector switches?

There are many permutations of contact blocks and operator cams that can be combined to yield a large number contact closure sequences. Our TW, HW, and TWTD series are highly configurable. Cam tables in the catalog help with determining what setup will work for you. We will assemble custom contact arrangements and assign a unique part number for each arrangement to allow for future ordering. Contact technical support for details. Normally lead times will be no longer than for a standard model.

Does IDEC manufacture a four and five position 22mm selector switches?

Yes, we have these available in both the TW and HW series. For example HW1S-4TF22N3 is a four position selector with one contact closure in each of the four positions. Five position models, such as HW1S-5TF22N3, are also available, however cam limitations require that the center position be an "OFF" with no contact closure there. For more flexibility and positions, a cam switch is suggested as in our CS series which uses a 30mm panel cutout.

Does IDEC offer gold plated contacts for low level switching on the TW, HW, or TWTD series switches?

IDEC IZUMI do not offer this option for these series of switches. The LW series (22mm panel cutout) is available with gold plated contacts. The TW, HW, and TWTD series use a self cleaning silver contact that can switch as low as 5mA at 3V AC/DC, which is much lower than most other manufacturer's silver contacts. Therefore a gold plated contact may not be necessary for your application.

What is the maximum number of contact blocks that can be used with one of IDEC's switches? I only see part numbers with up to 4 contacts listed in the catalog.

For the TW, TWTD, and HW series the limit is six (6) contact blocks total, not to be stacked higher that three (3) deep. Contacts are mounted two (2) per level. Any combination of normally open or normally closed contact is possible and extra contacts can be ordered separately and added in the field.

Can I get the ABW110-B,R,G switch with .250" spade terminations instead of screw?

We do have an accessory that adapts the TW series contact terminals to a quick connect. The part number for the .250" adapter is TW-FA1, two are required for each contact. This is only available in North America. In other countries you will need to source such an accessory from another manufacturer.

Do you have a 3 position 3 pole miniature (16mm) pushbutton? I only see DPDT listed in the catalog.

Although we do only offer DPDT contact configurations for A6 and L6 pushbuttons, because of the way the contact closure sequence works, you can produce a 3PST output (one output per position) via appropriate jumpering. Requirement is that all 3 loads are of the same voltage.

What is the maximum panel thickness for TW & TWTD switches?

Six (6) mm.

What does the 1, 2, and 3 mean in the TW series selector switch operator switch part numbers (ASW300-1 , ASW300-2, and ASW300-3)?

These numbers refer to different cam configurations of the operator. The cam configuration together with the type and mounting position of the contacts determine the overall contact behavior of the switch. Many permutations are possible. The "-1 cam" is most commonly used for 3 position HOA switches, and the "-3 cam" is most commonly used for 3 position 3PST (one contact closure per position) switches.

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IDEC FAQs PLC Relays Switches Power Supplies Pushbuttons Stack Lights IEC Contactors HMI Terminal Blocks Sensors Touchscreens
IDEC FAQs PLC Relays Switches Power Supplies Pushbuttons Stack Lights IEC Contactors HMI Terminal Blocks Sensors Touchscreens
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