- Application Notes
- Product Specification
- Software Manual
- Technical Manual
The Flex500 control system represents a new generation of purpose built controller with integrated HMI display for use in dual redundant or simplex applications. The industrial hardware platform offers a robust, low-cost control for a wide variety of turbine, engine, and compressor applications. A low cost alternative to general purpose PLC’s, the Flex500 provides an easy, user friendly GAP programming architecture along with a true industrial level long production and support lifecycle eliminating frequent high cost obsolescence issues.
The platform’s real-time operating system and dedicated inputs and outputs provide deterministic performance for key prime mover control functionality. Its fast I/O scan times, high accuracy, and software program synchronization make it ideal for use in controlling and protecting critical high speed rotating equipment.
Distributed Control System (DCS) System
Designed to function as a distributed control system, Woodward-based RTCnet™ and/or LINKnet HT distributed I/O modules can be used in conjunction with the Flex500 platform to expand the number and type of input and output signals as required by the specific application.
Ethernet, serial and CAN communication ports, and the related Modbus® TCP/IP and CANopen protocols also make this platform ideal for functioning as part of an overall plant DCS or as a standalone controller. Four Ethernet ports and four CAN ports allow for the network flexibility and redundancy necessary for today’s critical control system architectures.