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PowerBrick Controller I/O Expansion?
#1
I'm in a situation that calls for expanding the I/O on a PowerBrick controller, and I'm not able to move to a Power UMAC or other controller.

I need to add more outputs than the 24 available on the PowerBrick. What have you guys done to expand the I/O in the past? Demuxes, Field Bus modules? Any help is appreciated.
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#2
If your controller is equipped with EtherCAT, a nice option is to use Beckhoff IO modules.
EK1100 with any number of "slice IO" modules is easily implemented.

DT also makes an IO block for EtherCAT... Accy 52ECT
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#3
Unfortunately we do not have the EtherCAT option. It is possible to get controllers upgraded by sending them to the factory, but in my experience that takes several months.
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#4
Then Modbus TCP is the way
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#5
Thanks for the replies, I will look into using a Modbus TCP I/O unit. Seems to be fairly straightforward.
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#6
The PowerBrick controller has an option for another 24 I/Os (16in/8out). This can be added as an RMA.
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