GE Fanuc Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many General Electric GE Fanuc Genius blocks can I put on a single LAN?

    • 32 devices usually made up of 30 Genius blocks, one hand held monitor and a GE Fanuc Bus controller.
  • What is the difference between a IC600LR648 and IC600LX648K for GE Series Six PLC?

  • What is the difference between the GE Fanuc IC697CPX935, IC697CPX782 and IC697CPX772 90-70 processors?

  • Why can’t I locate the GE IC693CPU364 processor anywhere?
    • This unit has been discontinued because of chip availability issues. This can be a real problem for Logicmaster 9030 programming software users because you will need to move to GE Fanuc Proficy software when using the replacement IC693CPU374, or IC693CPU372 CPU’s.
  • What is the difference between the GE Rx3i series and GE Fanuc 90-30 series PLC?
  • Do I still need to use an AAUI transceiver with the GE Fanuc Ethernet modules IC693CMM321, IC697CMM741 and IC697CMM742?
    • No, all GE PLC Ethernet modules now include internal transceivers. You have the option if needed to convert to different media. The IC693CPU364 CPU has an AAUI port on the bottom. Therefore, there is not always a need for the IC693CMM321, IC697CMM741 and IC697CMM742.
  • Is the series 90-30 IC693CPU352 still being manufactured?
  • I can’t find RTD modules for the GE Fanuc Series 90-30 PLC. Does GE not offer them?
  • Are the ABB Taylor TRIO I/O Blocks completely compatible with GE Fanuc GENIUS I/O?
    • Not always. Some blocks have revision issues and GE Fanuc had both Phase ‘A’ Genius blocks and Phase ‘B’ Genius blocks. Phase ‘A’ Genius blocks are not compatible. You are probably better off using just ABB blocks.
  • What is the difference in the GE Fanuc Field Control bases, IC70CHS001 and IC670CHS002 and IC670CHS101 and IC670CHS102?
    • GE Fanuc modified Field Control to allow modules to be replaced while powered up. A special alignment bracket insures proper insertion on the IC670CHS101 and IC670CHS102?
  • I am looking to acquire an IC610CPU101, but can only locate the IC610CPU104, IC610CPU105 and IC610CPU106.
    • The IC610CPU101 is the first release of the GE Fanuc Series ONE PLC. You can find some remanufactured CPU’s, but be careful using the newer CPU’s, as their instruction set may be different from the IC610CPU104, IC610CPU105 and IC610CPU106.
  • What happened to The GE Series Five 5 PLC system?
    • They are now obsolete. I could give the long drawn out history where they were made by Koyo, but suffice it to say that GE and Koyo had a falling out when the 90-30 came out. The IC655CPU500 can still be found installed in certain industries.
  • How do I upgrade a GE Series PLC to a more current GE Fanuc PLC system?
    • There are several retrofit upgrade paths for older GE PLC systems. Most include using our utility which converts ladder logic programs to the new GE system. The easiest upgrade is the one that continues to utilize most of the current I/O. GE Fanuc has done well with their I/O migration process. Under our support page you will find a solution for all older GE Fanuc PLCs.
  • Do you sell new GE Fanuc PLC parts?
    • Yes, we stock over 1000 Brand New GE Fanuc PLC parts and can ship them same day.
  • Are there more than one style IC693CPU374 processor?
    • Yes, the IC693CPU374 PLUS version is the latest and may not be backward compatible depending on the application.
  • What turnaround can I expect on the repair of my GE PLC part?
    • In most cases, we can repair the part within 24 hours if we are informed before the part arrives in our warehouse.
  • Can you ship outside the USA?
    • Yes, we ship to over 190 countries approved for US export. In many cases we can have parts delivered to other countries within a couple of days.
  • Regarding I/O modules, what’s the difference between the IC697CGR935 and the IC697CGR772?
    • Both are Discrete I/O modules, but the IC697CGR935 is 12K with 1MB of Fixed Memory, while the IC697CGR772 is a 2K with 512K byte of Fixed Memory.
  • When comparing Analog Input modules, what’s the difference between the IC697ALG230 and the IC697ALG320 modules?
    • The IC697ALG230 is an Analog Input module with 8 Channels, compared to the IC697ALG320 , which is an Analog Output module with 4 Channels.
  • In comparing Input modules, what’s the difference between the IC697ALG440 and the IC697ALG441?
    • Both are 16 Channel Analog Input Expander modules, but the IC697ALG440 is Current, while the IC697ALG441 is Voltage.
  • What’s the difference between the IC697PCM711 and the IC697CMM711?
    • While both are GE Intelligent Platform Coprocessors, the IC697PCM711 is a Programmable Coprocessor, while the IC697CMM711 is a Communications Coprocessor.
  • When comparing CPU modules, what’s the difference when between the IC697CPU781 and the IC697CPU782?
    • Both are 16MHz GE Intelligent Platform CPU modules that are 12K Discrete I/O, but the IC697CPU782 possesses Floating Pt. where the IC697CPU781 does not.
  • In comparing CPU modules, what’s the difference between the IC697CPU771 and the IC697CPU772?
    • Both are 12MHz GE Intelligent Platform CPU modules that are 2K Discrete I/O, but the IC697CPU772 possesses Floating Pt. where the IC697CPU771 does not.
  • What is the difference between the IC697CPU731 and the IC697CPU732?
    • Both are 12MHz GE Intelligent Platform CPU modules, but the IC697CPU731 is 512k bytes Discrete I/O, with Fixed Memory, while the IC697CPU732 is 2K Discrete I/O with Expandable Memory and Floating Pt.
  • Regarding CPU modules, what’s the difference between the IC697CPM914 and the IC697CPM915?
    • Both are 32MHz GE Intelligent Platform CPU modules that are 12K Discrete I/O, but the IC697CPM914 has 512k expandable RAM, while the IC697CPM915 has 1024k RAM.
  • What is the difference between the IC693CPU351 and the IC693CPU363?
  • In comparing Analog Input modules, what’s the difference between the IC693ALG222 and the IC693ALG223?
    • Both are 16 Single Channel Analog Input modules, but the IC693ALG223 is Current, while the IC693ALG222 is Voltage.
  • What is the difference between the IC693ALG220 module and the IC693ALG221 module?
    • Both are 4 Channel Analog Input modules, but the IC693ALG221 is Current, while the IC693ALG220 is Voltage/Current.
  • Regarding Analog Output modules, what’s the difference between the IC693ALG390 and the IC693ALG391?
    • Both are 2 Channel GE Intelligent Platform Analog Output modules, but the IC693ALG390 is Voltage, while the IC693ALG391 is Current.
  • What’s the difference between the IC693APU301 and the IC693APU302?
    • Both are GE Intelligent Platform Axis Positioning modules, but the IC693APU301 has 1 Axis, while the IC693APU302 has 2 Axis.
  • In comparing Motion Controller modules, what’s the difference between the IC693DSM302 and the IC693DSM314?
    • While both are GE Intelligent Platform Motion Controller modules, the IC693DSM302 has 2 Axis while the IC693DSM314 has 1-2 Axis.
  • What is the difference between the IC693CMM302 module and the IC693BEM331 module?
    • While both are a part of the GE Intelligent Platform 90-30 series, the IC693CMM302 is a Communication module while the IC693BEM331 is a Bus Controller module.
  • What’s the difference between the IC693CMM311 module and both the IC693PCM301 & IC693PCM311 modules?
    • All are a part of the GE Intelligent Platform 90-30 series, but the IC693CMM311 is a Communications Module, while the IC693PCM301, & IC693PCM311 are Programmable Coprocessor modules.
  • When comparing CPU modules, what’s the difference between the IC693CPU331 and IC693CPU350 modules?
    • Both are GE Intelligent Platform 90-30 series CPU’s, but the IC693CPU331 has 16k bytes of User Memory, while the IC693CPU350 has 32k bytes of User Memory. Also, the IC693CPU350 has no built-in serial ports.
  • In comparing Power Supply modules, what’s the difference between the IC693PWR321 and the IC693PWR330?
  • What is the difference between the IC660BBA021 module and the IC660BBA101 module?
    • Both are 6 Channel Block’s from the GE Intelligent Platform, Genius Series, but the IC660BBA021 is 24/48V DC, while the IC660BBA101 is 115V AC/125V DC.
  • Regarding Output modules, what’s the difference between the IC660BBA100 and the IC660BBA020?
    • Both are 4 Input / 2 Output, Genius Series Block’s, but the IC660BBA020 is 24/48V DC, while the IC660BBA100 is 115V AC.
  • In comparing Channel Block modules, what’s the difference between the IC660BBA103 and the IC660BBA023?
    • Both are 6 Channel Block’s from the Genius Series, but the IC660BBA023 is 24/48V DC, while the IC660BBA103 is 115V AC/125V DC.
  • What’s the difference between the IC660BBS103 module and the IC660BBS102 module?
    • Both are 115V AC/125V DC I/O Block’s from the Genius Series, but the IC660BBS102 has Failed Switch Diagnostic, while the IC660BBS103 does not.
  • When comparing I/O Blocks, what’s the difference between the IC660BBD101 and the IC660BBS103?
    • Both are 115V AC, I/O Block’s from the Genius Series, but the IC660BBS103 is Isolated, whereas the IC660BBD101 is not.