AutomationDirect has added Ethernet basic and standard PLCs to the CLICK line. The new PLCs are 3 to 10 times faster than the existing CLICK PLCs and are 100% upward compatible with the existing CLICK units. With 8 input points and 6 output points built in, CLICK Ethernet PLC units are available with 24 VDC or 120 VAC inputs and DC or relay outputs and can be used as a complete PLC system. Ethernet Basic PLC units (starting at $129.00) and Ethernet Standard PLC units (starting at $149.00) feature one built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet communications port for both programming and Modbus TCP networking, plus one standard RS-232 serial communications port; Ethernet Standard PLC units add an RS-485 port.
Additionally, CLICK Ethernet PLC units include a calendar/real time clock and battery backup for the internal SRAM; the battery, sold separately, allows data to be retained for five years. The Ethernet capabilities of these new CLICK units also allow for run time edits, which means edits to the ladder project can be downloaded while the CLICK PLC keeps running, an important addition to an already extremely practical PLC.