FA3S is Obsoleet and
replaced with
MicroSmart Pentra

Today's automation environment demands a wide range of capabilities. Whether it is system flexibility, space-saving features, ease of maintenance, powerful programming, or special modules that your application requires, Idec's FA3S programmable logic controller exceeds your expectations.

Idec's FA3S programmable logic controller combines the right program instructions and hardware options for any application up to 256 I/O. With the FA3S, instructions such as proportional scaling, step/subroutine, and annunciation commands are at your finger tips. Valuable development time will be saved by using these or any of the 120+ instructions available with the FA3S. Plus, a diverse range of special modules are available for data communication, fiber optic remote I/O, and interrupt processing.

Customize your application with high performance features:

  • Four CPUs available
  • 0.3 ms/K Boolean scan
  • 1 to 8K program memory
  • supports up to 256 I/O
  • built in ASCII communications
  • interrupt and high speed I/O
  • fiber optic remote I/O
  • expansion RS232 communication ports
  • data link network with FA-NET RS485
  • data acquisition

Highlights of the FA3S instruction set include:

  • commands to initiate ASCII communications to modems, displays, and other ASCII devices
  • proportional scaling
  • step/subroutine instructions
  • timed or input driven interrupts
  • ISA conforming enunciator commands
  • direct printing from TTL output module
  • drum sequence emulator
  • first in, first out

The FA3S features a flexible, space-saving design. The unique I/O mounting system allows you to build an I/O chassis that is exactly the right width, no matter how small or large your system is. You'll never end up with an oversized, half-filled I/O chassis crowding your control panel. You can also mount local I/O up to 30 feet from the CPU with simple plug-in cables.

The FA3S controller is easy to maintain. Modules are held in place by captive screws. Terminal blocks can be detached from the I/O module, and relays can be easily replaced on output modules. Space-saving, high density, 32-point modules are also available. The FA3S series is UL, CSA, and CE approved.