When I started learning Programmable Logic Controller PLC programming, I found it very difficult to understand the actual Difference between Compact PLC and Modular PLC.
So, to make this simple for everyone, I am writing this tutorial with detail explanations.
As we all know, the programmable logic controller (PLC) has two main categories as follows.
- Compact PLC
- Modular PLC
Now, let’s compare two PLCs.
Difference between Compact PLC and Modular PLC
|Sr. No.||Content||Compact PLC||Modular PLC|
|01||It is also known as an Integrated PLC or Fixed PLC.||It is also known as Rack-Mounted PLC.|
|02||Input-Output Capabilities||In Compact PLC, the number of inputs and outputs are fixed.
Because I/O capabilities are decided by the manufacturer but not by the user.
|In Modular PLC, the number of input and output are not fixed.
Inputs and outputs can be added to the modular PLC systems by the user.
|03||Internal Module||It has inputs and outputs modular fitted with CPU.||In this PLC, several components are fitted on chassis or rack or bus with different slots.|
|04||Repair||Compact PLC is not easily repaired.||Modular PLC is easy to maintain and repair as compared to compact PLC.|
|05||Storage Memory||It has fewer capabilities to store data/information.||It has more memory and capabilities to store more data.|
|06||Applications||It is useful for smaller applications and most suitable for domestic purposes.||It is used for industrial purposes and also for future industrial expansion and growth.|
|07||Size||It is smaller in size.||It occurs in a large size with i/o connectivity, power supply, computing capabilities, etc.|
|08||Cost||It is an economic model.||It is costlier than Compact PLC.|
09. Block Diagram
Compact PLC block diagram:
It includes input, output along with power supply and CPU.
Modular PLC block diagram:
It consists of Power Supply, CPU and Input/Output Modules, Interface Module.
In the modular PLC, one rack consists of eleven slots.
Out of eleven slots,
- the power supply connects with the slot number-one,
- the central processing unit (CPU) is fixed in slot number two and
- the interface module is fixed in slot number three.
Remaining slot number four to eleven are used for the signal module, communication process, peripheral module, etc.
Hopefully, this difference between Compact PLC and Modular PLC gives you a better understanding. If you have any point to discuss, feel free to write in the comment.
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