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Technical Specifications for IC697BEM731

ManufacturerGE Fanuc
SeriesSeries 90-70
Part NumberIC697BEM731
Product TypeBus Controller Module
Number of I/O Channels1
Number of Serial Ports1
Serial PortHHM Port
Configuration SoftwareWindows-Based
Weight2 Pounds
Peer to Peer Data TransfersSupported

Product Description

IC697BEM731 is a Bus Controller Module (BCM) manufactured by GE Fanuc for the 90-70 Series.
IC697BEM731 is designed specifically for the Genius I/O handheld monitor IC660/IC661. The IC697BEM731 module is available as a single channel controller; thus it only occupies a single handheld monitor (IC66*) PLC slot. This BCM scans IC66* input/output blocks asynchronously; consequently, I/O data is transferred to the CPU once per scan over the backplate of the IC697 PLC rack.  
The IC697BEM731 BCM is also charged with the task of supporting directed communication originating from a PLC CPU communication service request. In addition, it may be configured to perform global communications. The IC697BEM731 can only be configured by the MS DOS or Windows programming software configuration function. 

Additional features of the IC697BEM731 include 30 drops per channel, IC66* or IC661 I/O diagnostics, support of redundant blocks, cables, and CPUs, LAN communications, CPU soft configuration, and an alarm processor function. Before installing, refer to the applicable PLC installation manual. The power should be OFF before starting. Install the rack as instructed, and turn power ON. If done correctly, the module will power up with a corresponding blinking LED. The middle LED will emit ON when configuration is received from the CPU and the bus operation verified. The LED on the bottom is always OFF. 


Technical Specifications

Module Type: Genius Bus Controller
Eff. Data Rate: N/A
No. of channels: 1
Drops per Channel:    30
Serial Ports: 1 (Hand Held Monitor Port)
Current Required:  1.3 Amps



The GE Fanuc IC697BEM731 module is a BCM or bus controller module that is part of the Series 90-70 product line and that is intended to be used as a bus controller in the Series 90-70 PLCs. This controller module only weighs 2 pounds. It also only has 1 I/O channel. The IC697BEM731 bus controller module can be installed in just 1 slot on the PLC rack and it can be configured with configuration software that is Windows-based. The IC697BEM731 bus controller module operates by scanning all the I/O in the PLC serially and then transferring all of the I/O data to the backplane once the scanning process has been completed. It can also handle peer to peer data transfers.


The GE Fanuc Series 90-70 IC697BEM731 bus controller module can use LANs to connect to other bus controller modules and PCIMs, and it will act as the communication node for these devices and the LAN. It has a default Baud rate of 153.5 kBaud. The IC697BEM731 bus controller module can be configured to handle global communication applications. This module should only be installed in the Series 90-70 PLC system when the power is off in order to avoid component damage or serious injuries. It has 1 serial port which is an HHM or handheld monitor port that allows it to connect to a monitor that the users can hold in their hands which will give them real-time visual updates about the bus controller module, its applications, and any faults or errors that may occur in the system.


Troubleshooting IC697BEM731

Troubleshooting information is available on IC697BEM731's website page; it also includes a datasheet user-manual and a wiring diagram.

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Customer Questions and Answers

  • Question:  What is an IC697BEM731?  Answer:  The IC697BEM731 is a Bus Controller module from the GE Fanuc 90-70 Series. Specifically designed for the Genius (IC660 or IC661) I/O diagnostics.
  • Question:  What does IC697BEM731 do?  Answer:  IC697BEM731 scans, asynchronously, IC66* Input/Output blocks. Then, I/O data is transferred to the CPU once per scan over the black plane of the IC697 PLC rack. 
  • Question:  Does IC697BEM731 do anything else?  Answer:  Yes, this bus controller also supports directed communications initiated by a PLC CPU Communication Service Request. In addition, it can be made to perform global communications through the configuration settings. 
  • Question:  How is the configuration completed on IC697BEM731?  Answer:  Configuration is completed on this module by the MS-DOS or the Windows programming software configuration function. 
  • Question:  What are some of the features of IC697BEM731?  Answer:
    • 30 drops per channel
    • IC66* (IC660 or IC661) I/O Diagnostics 
    • Redundant blocks, cables, and CPUs supported
    • Global communications
    • Hand Held Monitor port
    • IC66* LAN communications
    • Soft configuration by CPU
    • Operation augmented by IC697 PLC Alarm Processor function
  • Question:  How many slots does IC697BEM731 occupy?  Answer:  IC697BEM731 occupies a single IC66* PLC slot.
  • Question:  What should I do if I think there is a problem with my IC697BEM731?  Answer:  You can give us a call and we can help you decide if your IC697BEM731 needs repair.

For more information on the IC697BEM731 Bus Controller Module of the GE Fanuc 90-70 Series, please see the Datasheet User-Manual. 


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