Monday, November 21, 2011
Support for GE 90-70 PLC
On May 31, 2011, GE IP (formerly GE Fanuc) discontinued the 90-70 PLC product line. Introduced in 1990, the GE 90-70 PLC line had moderate success around the world in mid- to large-sized PLC applications. While a good deal of investment was made in the development of CPU Redundancy and the capabilities of the higher end CPUs, like the IC697CPX772, IC697CPX782, and the IC697CPX935, there were not a lot of changes in the product line over the past 10 years.
As we have written in the past, it is tough on a company when a manufacturer discontinues a key component of your automation scheme. Because of the power of the 90-70, this PLC was more likely to be the core of more sophisticated, and critical, control schemes. The manufacturer does their homework and creates a migration plan that moves the 90-70 user to the latest PLC, or PAC, solution. Of course, that is not done for free - integration costs, new hardware costs, downtime, re-wiring of the I/O structure - all add up to a pretty major upgrade project. And just because the manufacturer says its time to upgrade, it doesn't mean that it is in your budget this year, next year or five years from now.
So what do you do?
Realizing this burden on your business, Qualitrol has positioned itself to Extend the Life of your PLC system. Now is not the time to figure out how to fund a major PLC upgrade or conversion. And if the system is working properly, why the need to change it now - it could conceivably continue to work flawlessly for many years to come.
We have thousands of 90-70 parts in stock, tested through our unique quality process, and ready to ship today. And we are committed to supporting this line for years to come. We are still fully supporting the Series Six that was introduced in 1980 - and are equipped to do so until the last Series Six is controlling an application. So you know we will be committed to the 90-70 for years as well.
Remanufactured parts (with a 2-year warranty), in-house repairs (with 3-5 day turnaround), phone support (from a former GE Hotline tech support specialist), field support thoughout the country, and programming tools make up our support offering for the GE 90-70.
So, we have you covered, for years to come.