Tokyo, Japan - May 17, 2017
Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6841) announces that it has developed Virtual-M3, a simulation software tool for the Yokogawa FA-M3V range-free multi-controller, and is releasing it on this date. With this simulation software, a virtual debugging environment can be established on a PC to debug application control programs for the FA-M3V without having to use an actual multi-controller and I/O devices.
FA-M3 Range-free Multi-controller
Yokogawa's FA-M3V range-free multi-controller is a high-performance programmable controller (PLC) that can be mounted on the various types of equipment used to assemble electronic products and components and in the equipment used to produce semiconductor devices.
Manufacturers of production equipment have been striving to develop products with functions that will allow their end users to increase efficiency on production lines. As ever more sensors and other types of devices are mounted on this equipment, the more sophisticated a PLC control program must become. Normally, the debugging of such control programs requires the use of a PLC, target devices, and a PC, and is a very time consuming process. Equipment manufacturers want to improve the efficiency of this debugging process so that they can bring products to market more quickly. In response, Yokogawa has developed a simulation software tool that can establish a virtual debugging environment on a PC and perform the same sort of simulations that in the past have required the use of the actual hardware.
[ Virtual debugging environment ]
In September 1989, Yokogawa entered the PLC market with the FA500 mid- to large-range model. In December 1992, Yokogawa introduced the FA-M3 range-free controller series to cover the full range, from small to large, and the latest FA-M3V was released in November 2010. (The V is from the French word vitesse, which means speed.)
Manufacturers of electronic component/equipment assembly systems and semiconductor manufacturing equipment
Embedded controllers used in the types of equipment specified above
Yokogawa's global network of 114 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit www.yokogawa.com.
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