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  1. Our Community

    1. Come on in!

      Welcome to Unitronics' Support Forum! 
      You are welcome to browse as our guest--or sign up to join the discussion.  If you are new to Unitronics' award-winning All-in-One PLC + HMI programmable controllers and software, we invite you to visit our website.

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  2. News and Announcements

    1. New! UniLogic V1.21 - Supports UniStream 5"   (7,036 visits to this link)

      Introducing UniStream 5”—a multi-function programmable logic controller in a superbly compact hardware profile: PLC+HMI+I/O built into one unit.

      This All-in-One controller brings you all of the power and functionality of UniStream, the same elegant, color-touch HMI panel, and a range of built-in I/O configurations. UniStream 5" supports protocols such as MODBUS, Ethernet/IP and CANopen, as well as SNMP, VNC, FTP, SMS, email, and communications via GSM/GPRS modem.  The Pro version also offers a built-in Webserver, audio jack, video support–and SQL, a plus for OEMs facing Industry 4.0.

      Read the version changes for more features at: https://unitronicsplc.com/software-unilogic-for-programmable-controllers/

    2. VisiLogic:9.8.64 - Link to mobile app, Ladder: 2x the Space!   (10,854 visits to this link)

      This major release introduces a number of new features that will boost your productivity, such as wide Ladder nets and dynamic I/O configurations.

      In addition, when you install this version and open it for the first time, a pop-up will allow you to access app store links for Unitronics’ Remote Operator for Mobile app. For the complete rundown, read the version changes at https://unitronicsplc.com/software-visilogic/

    3. New!!! ***** U90 Ladder*****   (4,992 visits to this link)

      U90 Ladder 6.3.0, OS 2.20 B00 supports new Jazz models JZ20-R10, JZ20-R16, and JZ20-R31 in Hardware Configuration. These models are 30x faster than JZ10 models,  have twice the memory,  comprise integral USB programming ports.
      Read the version changes at: https://unitronicsplc.com/software-u90-for-programmable-controllers/

  3. UniStream HMI + PLC Programmable Controllers & UniLogic Software

    1. UniStream: Hardware

      This is the place for all things Hardware: UniStream HMI panels, CPUs, I/O and COM modules

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    2. UniLogic Software

      Receive and share information about UniLogic, the application software for the UniStream control platform

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    3. UniLogic UDFBs

      Want to share a UDFB? Here's the place!
      NOTE: This page contains files and links to items developed by third parties. Unitronics bears no responsibility for any consequences of accessing and using any third-party items of any kind.

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  4. Vision, Samba, Jazz and M90 PLC + HMIs & Software

    1. Vision & Samba PLC + HMI Controllers & VisiLogic Software

      Welcome to the Vision and Samba series forum
      Talk about issues related to the Vision and Samba PLC + HMI series and to VisiLogic software

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      posts
    2. Jazz, M91 PLCs and U90Ladder

      Talk about issues related to Jazz, M91 PLCs, and the U90Ladder software

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  5. Software Utilities

    1. SD Card Suite

      Enhanced Vision OPLCs support SD cards that enable application data to be stored and remotely accessed.
      SD Suite enables you to view and manipulate that data, as well as format cards and perform other tasks.
      Note that SD Cards also enable , complex web-page hosting, and application cloning between OPLCs.

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      posts
    2. Remote Operator

      Remote Operator enables you to use a PC to view and work with a remote controller's HMI panel.
      You can define any number of controllers, then open multiple sessions to view them simultaneously, while docking or cascading windows according to your preferences.

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      posts
    3. Remote Access

      Remote Access enables you to use a PC to access remote Vision, M90/91, and Jazz OPLCs.
      Remote Access includes UniDownload Designer, and Operand and Data Tables access.

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      posts
    4. DataXport and DataXls

      DataXport creates logs of run-time or stored data from Data Tables and operand regions within Unitronics PLCs. DataXport saves the data logs in .ulp format. You can open these data logs using DataXport's companion application, DataXls, and then export the data to Excel files.

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      posts
    5. UniDownloader

      This tool downloads compressed control applications to local or remote Unitronics controllers. You generate a compressed application from within either U90 Ladder or VisiLogic. Your end user will be able to download the application, but will not be able to view or modify it. The tool can download applications and OS.

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    6. UniOPC

      UniOPC Server (Unitronics OPC Server) enables you to read and write data between Unitronics OPLCs and applications that support OPC, such as SCADA programs.

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    7. UniDDE

      UniDDE (Unitronics Dynamic Data Exchange) enables you to read and write data between Unitronics OPLCs and applications that support DDE, such as Excel.

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  6. Utilities for .net and Visual Studio

    1. Unitronics PCOM Protocol

      Unitronics PCOM Protocol
      This describes the telegrams used to communicate data between PC and OPLC.

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      posts
    2. COM Object ActiveX .dll

      COM Object ActiveX .dll
      This zip file contains an ActiveX .dll file that can be used to implement SCADA. UnCmDrv1.dll file contains methods and properties for invoking the OPLC, read / write, locally or remotely, implementation examples, and an explanation of accessing Data Tables.

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      posts
    3. .NET driver

      Unitronics communication driver for .net.

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      posts
  7. Project Design

    1. ...I have a project...what hardware do I need?

      Ask the Unitronics staff for recommendations regarding controller type, I/O configuration, and communication methods.

      431
      posts
  8. User Application Stories

    1. Just finished a great project?

      This is the place to tell us about it!

      79
      posts
  9. Tips and Tricks

    1. Best Programming Practices

      Tips from Unitronics gurus

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      posts
    2. Tips and Tricks

      This is where you can post items of interest that are not covered by other forum sections.

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  10. Job Board

    1. Projects seeking Programmers

      If you are in need of a paid programmer to write your Unitronics’ project, post here to look for someone in your area.
      **Disclaimer: Unitronics bears no responsibility. This is just a place for people to find each other**

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    2. Programmers seeking Projects

      If you are a Unitronics programming guru looking for projects, post here to look for someone in your area.
      **Disclaimer: Unitronics bears no responsibility. This is just a place for people to find each other**

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  11. General Discussion

    1. We're Listening...

      This is the place for general feedback

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      posts
    2. The Lounge

      Grab your preferred beverage and have a seat. Want to tell a nerdy binary-based joke? Argue the merits of Heinlein vs Spinrad? This is the place.

      Play nicely--NO FLAMING. KEEP IT CLEAN. Enjoy :-)

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      posts
  • Blog Entries

    • By tmoulder in Tim's Corner 6
      Like alot of people, I still use Windows XP for running my work-related programs. I know, lost in the 90's, but it works well for me.
      About a year ago, I had a PC crash that set me back severely. I didn't lose any data - for years now, I've kept all my project data in a single folder, and copy-pasted to my backup hard drive regularly. However, it took three days to reinstall all the software after I recovered the PC.
      That got me thinking - there's got to be an easier way to do this.
      As the first entry on this blog describes, I've dabbled with Linux for a while, and with some sound advice, I decided to make the leap. I wiped Windows from my PC and installed Linux Mint 11. Then I downloaded VMware Player, created a new Vitrual Machine, and installed XP on that.
      I was prepared for a raft of headaches arising from this - oh no, linux! oh no, vmware! - hardware issues, software issues, pain, hate, discontent! What I got was - nothing at all. No problems, no issues. The whole thing ran magnificently. Best of all, I can now back up my entire windows virtual machine to my backup drive.
      Why is this so grand, you ask? Because my work PC is now essentially indestuctable. I can drop my laptop in the swimming pool, buy a new one, load Mint and VMware, drag-drop my saved VM into my home directory, and get right back to work. Alternatively, I can upgrade to a new pc and get rolling equally fast.
      In the process, I've learned a few things, so if you decide to go this route, you may find these experiences helpful -
      1. You can't do this with a netbook, at least not an Acer. Not enough ram, and atom chips lack the needed horsepower. Get a laptop with a 64-bit architecture, that you can upgrade to at least 8 Gig of Ram, and a hard drive large enough to accomodate everything you'll need. On the ram side, get as much as you can - mine has 5 gig, and I'll be upping it to 8 gig after the holidays.
      2. The temptation is to use a minimalist distro, so you can allocate maximum resources to the VM (where you are doing all the work, after all). Resist this. I've played with Puppy, DSL, Bodhi, and Mint LXDE, and what you gain in performance for the VM is neglible, particularly in relation to the difficulty of using a minimal distro (unless you're into that kind of configuration headache).
      Choose something that provides all you need up front. Linux Mint is an excellent option - it's based on the widely used Ubuntu, but includes alot of extras that Ubuntu makes you find yourself. I'm using Pinguy OS, which is derived from Linux Mint, and offers even more eye candy - who wants an ugly desktop?
      3. As you can probably guess, I tried a lot of distros. Everybody makes a big whoop about live cd and live usb, but I found testing them that way to be a little pointless - you can't add software (need to test with VMware) and performance lags going that route, so you don't get a true flavor of what you'll have when installed. Apart from seeing if you like the screen, you'll pretty much have to install it to try it out.
      So the first time you go to set up linux, create a home partition on your hard drive. When you install most distros, you'll have the option to assign this partition as your home directory. You can install the new system into the rest of the drive, and usually not have to move your important personal files around.
      WARNING - that's not fool-proof, so make sure you back up your files first. If it works, it will save you alot of time and aggravation. But if something gums up, it'll kill you if you haven't backed up first.
      4. When creating your Windows VM, dedicate some thought to division of responsibility. Simply put, if it doesn't need to be in the VM, put it in the linux host instead. I have about 2 gig of PDF reference files that used to be under windows, that now rest comfortably in my linux home directory, outside my VM. Accessing them is a breeze, with or without windows open, and it keeps the VM smaller. When you do run a backup, you can just backup the contents of the home directory - drag, drop, done - and preserve everything you need, including your VM and external files.
      On the hardware side, 99% of everything I've tried has worked great. The most obscure thing I use is PCanOpen Magic Pro, with a USB adapter, and it worked right out of the box. I use an Iconcepts USB to serial adapter for most programming jobs, and it runs flawlessly.
      Oddly, the only thing I've had trouble with is a Unitronics 1040 PLC - can't do direct USB to the panel. Apparently, there is a known issue with the linux driver for the usb-serial chip Unitronics used in this device. It's a linux issue, not a Uni issue (just to make that clear). So I just use my usual serial port adapter instead - no problems there.
      Detailed instructions for how to do all of this are readily available on the web. Personally, I've found it a huge help (already recovered once [me and my distro hopping]).
      Best of Luck, and remember - backups are your friend. This mainly about making them more complete and portable.
      TM
    • By Cara Bereck Levy in Unitronics' Blog: PLCs, HMIs and more 0
      Read about how  Nicolaides & Kountouris Metal Company LLC, manufacturers soundproofing and insulation panels, needed a system to efficiently cut panels to correct dimensions; their old cutting machine was inefficient and required constant operator supervision.  Learn how the UniStream 10.4  PLC+HMI from Unitronics automates their cutting system, boosting it more reliability and efficiency.
      Access the story here.

       
    • By Cara Bereck Levy in Unitronics' Blog: PLCs, HMIs and more 0
      Here's a great one - Clean drinking water for a remote village—without electricity. Learn how University of Johannesburg’s School of Engineering used Unitronics programmable controllers, a Vision1210 and a Jazz PLC, to accomplish this project and monitor ongoing status locally via the built-in HMI and remotely via GSM modem.
      Read about it here!
       

    • By Cara Bereck Levy in Unitronics' Blog: PLCs, HMIs and more 0
      Our very own UniStream 10.4" Multi-touch PLC+HMI is a finalist in Control Engineering's Engineers Choice award for 2018, in the category of Hardware: Integrated HMI Controllers!

      If you would like to help us maintain our 6-year winning streak (last year won by our Samba 7" HMI + PLC),
      please go here and place your vote!

      * Note that CE is using a new platform for this year's voting--you may need to register, a quick and easy process.
      https://gspplatform.cfemedia.com/pe/productProfile/59847faee4b0fa3a7242ee95
      . https://gspplatform.cfemedia.com/pe/productProfile/59847faee4b0fa3a7242ee95
    • By Eyal Koren in Unistream UDFB's 3
      Hi all,
      This is an open invitation for you to suggest new ideas and thoughts for Unilogic UDFB's.
      It is very important for us to keep track of our customers needs. As part of this agenda we want to create and develop useful tools for your benefit.
      These UDFB's will be attached to the next releases of Unilogic.
      Please feel free to suggest any idea that seems useful.
      Thank you

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