Programmable logic controllers (PLC) legacy products:

MPAC Ltd. Can support and supply parts for legacy products up to and beyond end of life.

Protecting your investment in Mitsubishi Electric products is one of our top priorities. Time and time again we have helped our customers to enable their investment to migrate and transition forward into newer, more advanced offerings. The average lifecycle of a Mitsubishi Electric automation product can be 10 years or more.

Although we have experience with Mitsubishi products operating reliably for periods in excess of 30 years. Mitsubishi offer innovative and technologically advanced products for industrial automation which are constantly evolving, so after a number of years a newer version of a product will be launched, the older version will remain available for a period of time then spares will remain available for a further period of time. Eventually spares parts will no longer be available and the best option for companies is to migrate to the newer platform while the installed system is still operable.

Product end of life is always carried out in a structured manner and a great deal of effort is made on the part of Mitsubishi to accommodate legacy versions of a product when a new model is launched.
Please feel free to contact us for further details of upcoming discontinuations, product availability, service, repair, and transition options.
Our goal is to help you determine the best way to introduce new technology, while reusing as much of your existing investment as possible.
We can also assist in upgrading legacy or obsolete equipment from other manufacturers and offer a migration solution. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-aMitsubishi A / QnA series:

Background: The A & QnA Series was first released in 1985 and has served as an excellent programmable logic controller for many customers for close to 30 years. The extremely long product lifecycle is a testament to the quality and reliability of Mitsubishi Electric’s controller systems.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1985) – Discontinued (2006)

Service Life: Repair service for A & QnA Series products ran  until 2013 or until parts/components become unavailable.

Migration Info: The A & QnA Series are succeeded by the Q Series. In most cases there is an equivalent Q Series configuration that will offer the same capabilities. There are a variety of adapter tools that will assist the transition. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-ansMitsubishi AnS / QnAS series:

Background: The AnS & QnAS Series was first released in 1990 and has served as a reliable programmable logic controller for many customers for over 20 years. In many cases, systems installed early in the product lifecycle continue in daily use today. Despite continued usefulness and high reliability, it is time to consider transition as many of these systems have reached the calculated useful life.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1990) – Discontinued (2014)

Service Life: Repair service for AnS & QnAS Series products will continue until 2021 or until parts/components become unavailable.

Migration Info: The AnS & QnAS Series are succeeded by the Q Series. In most cases there is an equivalent Q Series configuration that will offer the same capabilities. There are a variety of adapter tools that will assist the transition. For complete details of what steps are required to transition to a Q Series system, please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fxMitsubishi FX:

Background: Released in 1990 the FX Series represented a significant design change from existing PLCs. The footprint of the hardware was dramatically reduced, allowing FX PLCs to be used in new applications and industries. Additionally, communication ports with standard connectors were also introduced, enable increased connection capabilities. The FX Series includes the FX, FX2, FX2C, and FX1 PLCs.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1990) – Discontinued (2002)

Service Life: Repair Period Ended (2009)

Migration Info: Depending on I/O requirements the FX3G, FX3U or FX5 PLC platforms should be used in place of an FX PLC. None are a direct drop-in replacement in terms of wiring or dimensions, but very similar. FX PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX3G and FX3U, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fx0Mitsubishi FX0:

Background: Released in 1991 the FX0 created a new option for users looking for a product at a lower price point, but that could still perform all of the functions they expected from a micro PLC.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1991) – Discontinued (2002)

Service Life: Repair Period Ended (2009)

Migration Info: In most cases the FX3S PLC should be used in place of an FX0 PLC. If programming memory is a concern then consider using the FX3G. The FX3S has the same I/O configurations as the FX0, but wiring and dimensions are different. FX0 PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX3S, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fx0n

Mitsubishi FX0N:

Background: The FX0N presented an additional option for users who were looking for a larger I/O count, but only needed limited functionality. The FX0N still contained many advanced functions and the ability to connect to special function modules to add analog, communications, and other functionality.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1993) – Discontinued (2006)

Service Life: Repair Period Ended January, 2013

Migration Info: The FX3G PLC should be used in place of an FX0N PLC. The FX3G has the same I/O configurations as the FX0N and the terminal blocks can be removed from the FX0N and placed in the FX3G, so no additional wiring is required. FX0N PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX3G, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fx0sMitsubishi FX0S:

Background: The FX0S provided yet another low-cost option for basic PLC control with a wide variety of different I/O size and power options.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1994) – Discontinued (2006)

Service Life: Repair Period Ended January, 2013

Migration Info: The FX3S PLC should be used in place of an FX0S PLC. The FX3S has the same I/O configurations as the FX0S, with wiring and dimensions being very similar if not identical. FX0S PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX3S, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fx1nMitsubishi FX1N:

Background: Introduced in 2000 the FX1N added additional functionality over the FX0N and provided additional means of expandability with the possibility of expanding to the right and the left. The FX1N could use the FX2N Series adapter boards and special function blocks, which in combination with the available expansion boards provided an unprecedented variety of expansion options.

Lifecycle: Introduced (2000) – Discontinued (December 2015)

Service Life: Repair Period Ends 2022

Migration Info: Currently the FX1N PLC is still available for existing users, but the FX3G PLC should be used in place of an FX1N PLC. The FX3G has the same I/O configurations as the FX1N and the terminal blocks can be removed from the FX1N and placed in the FX3G, so no additional wiring is required. FX1N PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX3G, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fx1sMitsubishi FX1S:

Background: The FX1S provided a low-cost option for entry-level PLC control with a wide variety of I/O size and power options.

Lifecycle: Introduced (2000) – Discontinued (2015)

Service Life: Repair period currently active, end December 2022

Migration Info: The FX3S PLC should be used in place of an FX1S PLC. The FX3S has the same I/O configurations as the FX1S, with wiring and dimensions being very similar if not identical. FX3S PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX1S, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.


mitsubishi-fx2nMitsubishi FX2N / FX2NC:

Background: Released in 1997 the FX2N provided major advancements in processing speed and functionality with new options for complex mathematical calculations and data processing. The FX2N also added new expansion options for Ethernet communications, analog and temperature control, and high-speed positioning. The FX2NC provided an ultra-compact option for tight spaces.

Lifecycle: Introduced (1997) – Discontinued (2012)

Service Life: Repair Period Ends 2019

Migration Info: The FX3U, FX3UC or FX5 PLC platforms should be used in place of an FX2N or FX2NC PLC. The FX3U has the same I/O configurations as the FX2N and the terminal blocks can be removed from the FX2N and placed in the FX3U, so no additional wiring is required. FX2N PLCs can be programmed using the same software as the FX3U, but some review is necessary to ensure that all functions of the program are migrated successfully. Please contact MPAC to discuss available migration options.