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    Unitronics Roundup 2017! Contribute to Roadmap 2018

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    We are pleased to present the Unitronics 2017 Roundup!
     Read on to learn about some of our proudest achievements in 2017. Awards 2017 was a year in which our tradition of excellence in innovation was recognized by: -         Frost & Sullivan, a major market research and analysis firm. Frost & Sullivan conducted an in-depth review of Unitronics products, specifically our 3 major product series--Samba, Vision, and UniStream--in relation to the dynamic, competitive market that challenges PLC manufacturers. Unitronics was awarded their Best Practices Awards for product innovations. -         Control Engineering, honoring our Samba 7" with an Control Engineers’ Choice Award in the category of Hardware – integrated HMI controllers. This was the 6th—yes SIXTH—year in a row that Unitronics' programmable controllers have received this prestigious industry award. Product Releases We welcomed two major additions to our UniStream line of PLC + HMI programmable controllers: -         UniStream 5" – PLC + HMI + I/O built into one unit
    Compact, contemporary, and connected, these bring you bring 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. It is available in two versions: UniStream 5" (B5) and UniStream 5" Pro (B10). Both series support important fieldbus 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. -         Multi-touch HMI panel
    UniStream USP-104-M10 offered our first integrated Multi-Touch panel, enabling gestures such as swipe, double-tap, press & tap, and more, including Two-Hand operation – a recognized safety measure. -         UniLogic
    The award-winning programming environment for UniStream received an all-new Hardware Configuration upgrade, and a number of added features, including CANopen EDS Import, View, Edit, and new EDS Ladder Functions, powerful MODBUS features: Aperiodic via Ladder, Add Aperiodic/ Periodic Operations per slave, singly or in batches. We also included support for MYSQL. Trade Shows This year, our team participated in major trade shows: •          PPMA Processing & Packaging Machinery Association, in the UK •          SPS IPC Drives in Germany and in Italy •          ATX – the Automation Technology Expo, held in both New York and Toronto •          OTC2017, the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas Contribute to our Roadmap for 2018! Many of our finest products and feature addition have been jumpstarted by a suggestion from you, a member of the automation sector. Don't be shy—write to us with your suggestions and ideas!  Follow us on Social Media Click on the icons below to keep updated with the latest and greatest from the Unitronics team!                    Thanks for reading—may you have a marvelous 2018, and may all your applications run bug-free!  
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    Grand Winner of 2018 Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice Award

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    A SEVEN-year winning streak--our UniStream Multi-touch programmable logic controller is the Grand Winner of the 2018 Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards, winning out over 80 finalists spanning more than 25 product categories! Click here to read all about it!
     
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    Roadmap 2017! Roundup 2016!

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    Hello - welcome back! The holidays are over, the New Year is here.
    Here at Unitronics headquarters, we are at work, setting up our development Road Map for 2017. As Unitronics users, you know that we pride ourselves on listening to our user community. And so, we ask you: What would you like Unitronics to develop in 2017?
    You can post suggestions to this blog, PM me, or email me at cara.levy@unitronics.com. Here is a summary of Unitronics major developments in 2016, many of which were the results of user requests – so, without further ado, I hereby present: The 2016 Unitronics Roundup! First, Hardware: New Samba models Samba now offers the TA22 configuration in 3.5", 4.3", and 7" screen sizes. ·        SM35/SM43/SM70 J-TA22 comprise 12 digital inputs, configurable as 1 hsc/shaft-encoder, 2 analog/digital, 2 thermocouple / pt100 inputs, and 8 pnp plus 2 analog outputs. ·        SM70-J-RA22 offers a 7" screen and the same inputs as the TA22; the outputs comprise 4 relay and 4 npn outputs. New Jazz models ·        JZ20-T20HS offers 6 digital, 2 analog/digital, 2 analog, 3 high-speed inputs, and 8 transistor, plus 5 high-speed outputs supporting PWM via hardware configuration. ·        JZ20-R16HS offers the same inputs, plus 6 Relay Outputs. UniStream additions UniStream welcomed new I/O Modules: ·        UIS-WCB2 Wide I/O comprises two temperature and 2 analog inputs, 2 analog outputs, and 10 digital inputs, 10 digital pnp outputs including 2 high-speed outputs. ·        Slim temp module UIS-4PTKN Comprising 4 RTD inputs that support PT1000/NI1000. KNX connector UniStream supports a KNX to MODBUS Gateway device, available as GW-KNX1.       Our Remote Operator mobile app for the Vision™ and Samba™ series, a major user request, was released in 2016—here are links for Apple and Android:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unitronics-remote-operator/id1063107386?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unitronics.remoteoperator&hl=en           Here are some of the features we added to UniLogic in 2016:   User Access Control (UAC)
    Security UAC enables you to require users to log in via the HMI application, and restrict access to HMI elements, including whether an element is visible or enabled. SQL Connectivity ·        Access SQL databases via IP address or Hostname ·        Build SQL Queries and execute them via Ladder functions ·        Connect Data Tables to SQL databases and transfer data HMI Screen to Web Page Click to convert existing HMI Screens to Web Pages. Reusable HMI Custom Controls Create your reusable HMI Custom Control, drag and drop it from the Solution Explorer, export/import it between projects, and add it to the Library. Hardware Interrupt: UID-0808THS A new Scenario, Measure Length, supported by the UID-0808THS module, allows you to implement length measurement via hardware-based interrupt. HMI File Selector Browser Enable your operator to select files from an SD/DOK/memory stick, store the Path and Name of the selected file in a Data Tag. Video Streaming Widget: RSTP Allows you to provide the RSTP url in the format required by your particular application and device. HMI Indirect Images Display indirect images hosted on the SD card or DOK. HMI Trends: FIFO Display a Trend as Standard or FIFO. HMI email Configuration Widget Your users can add recipients in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields of an e-mail via the HMI keyboard. Web Server –  new features ·        Trends: view Trend graphs via web browser. ·        mailto fields, and a new widget enable your users to add recipients in the To, Cc, and Bcc fields of an e-mail via the HMI keyboard. ·        A new Web Data Tables Widget allows a user to view, edit, and enter data via web browser. Print to pdf The Tools tab on the UniLogic ribbon offers Print Project, enabling you to print your Hardware Configuration and Ladder Modules. Data Tables ·        New Functions: Convert .CSV to UDTF, UDTF Count counts number of columns and rows ·        email .csv files as attachments. MODBUS You can now run Modbus via Serial COM Module/USB ports Ethernet/IP ·        Explicit Messages support for both Scanner and Adapter in addition to I/O (Implicit) messaging. ·        Scanner Node support doubled, from 16 to 32. DNS Resolver Ladder Function: resolves a server IP address from its host name. UID-0808T
    Advanced Functions New functions for counters, Immediate Reset + new Scenarios UniLogic
    Advanced Layout Pin/unpin, undock and float pane options. If you use two monitors, float panes onto different monitor screens. USB keyboard support Just plug a keyboard into the UniStream USB port. Alarms - Additions ·        Language Localization for French, Russian, Polish, Finnish and Czech. ·        Alarm History Widget    
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    UniLogic Tech Tidbits - the Movie!

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    If you haven't checked out the Unitronics Youtube for awhile, you may want to check out our UniLogic Tech Tidbits Playlist. The most recent Tidbit shows you how to create your own, reusable HMI Custom Controls. After you create a control, you can drag and drop it from the Solution Explorer, export/import it between projects as .uluce files, or add it to the Library.  You can also define tags that are local to a specific Custom Control, these tags will be exported/imported along with the control.
      It's all in the link below!  
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VFDs from Unitronics! One Solution for Control and Automation

VFD, inverter, AC drive - engineers call these adjustable speed drives by different names, but all use them to control motor speed  and torque. Now, you can obtain your VFDs from the same supplier as your PLC + HMI controllers. Unitronics VFDs can be used as a stand-alone product, or as part of a complete All-in-One package with our PLC+HMI controllers: UniStream®, Vision™ and Samba™. This simplifies workflow by enabling you to: Obtain your VFDs, PLC + HMI controllers and related components, as well as technical support, from a single supplier. Operate your VFD directly from the controller’s HMI panel Use the same programming software as the PLC control and HMI application, to: Set-up and configure multiple VFDs in a snap Monitor and debug your VFD  Remotely Access your VFD For more information, check out the VFD page in our website:
https://unitronicsplc.com/vfd-variable-frequency-drive/
 

Forum Mod. Joe T. in CE - and Wanted: Legacy Apps!

Joe Tauser - if you've spent 5 minutes on this forum,  you know Joe as a forum moderator, expert in all things Unitronics. If you have ever asked for help, you have probably benefited from his broad knowledge of control engineering. Joe offered some good, cautionary advice for those implementing IoT in their applications that appears in the May edition of Control Engineering, European edition,  in  an article on machine control technology developments, spotlight on IIOT,  Click here to see the May issue, the article is on page 33 - I've captured that page below:     Legacy Applications Wanted!!!! **Call for 'Legacy' PLC application stories!**
Our first generation PLC's are controlling applications decades (!) after their release.
Do you use Unitronics' first generation PLCs? Let us know!    
 

Unitronics' Community MVPs for 2017

We are proud to announce the Unitronics' Community MVPs for 2017! In 2017, the Unitronics Community welcomed over 600 new topics, and over 3,000 new posts.  Our MVPs help to make this possible.  These guys have great general expertise in all things control, specific expertise in Unitronics programmable controllers, and a knack for getting to the heart of a problem. All three devote a great deal of time and energy to the community—not only to help forum members, but also as community moderators, helping the forum to run smoothly.  >Drum roll<   This year's MVPs are:  Joe Tauser, of Joe Tauser & Associates, located in St.Louis, Missouri, USA, http://www.jtauser.com/
  Barry Lanier—you know him as Flex727—located in Allen, Texas, USA (near Dallas) blanier@arc-controls.com
  The one and only Ausman.  On a personal note, I truly value the patience these individuals show in helping forum members pinpoint the source of a problem, the solutions they find—and their humor. A little humor goes a long way! This year, I'd also like to give an Honorable Mention—a  shout-out to Dustin Brewer, of Brewer Electronics, http://www.brewerelectronics.com, known as Hotwires, for his participation in 2017.  In recognition of their fine work, the profiles of our       
MVPs will be marked with a new icon for 2017      Thanks, and may all your apps run bug-free in the year 2018!

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

2018 Training Schedule

All new customers get a free place on one of our training course's.
Plus we offer the option to "Fast Track" your project with focused training on your application. 2018 schedule is out now on our website. http://www.i4automation.co.uk/training.aspx

i4 Automation

i4 Automation

 

Unitronics Roundup 2017! Contribute to Roadmap 2018

We are pleased to present the Unitronics 2017 Roundup!
 Read on to learn about some of our proudest achievements in 2017. Awards 2017 was a year in which our tradition of excellence in innovation was recognized by: -         Frost & Sullivan, a major market research and analysis firm. Frost & Sullivan conducted an in-depth review of Unitronics products, specifically our 3 major product series--Samba, Vision, and UniStream--in relation to the dynamic, competitive market that challenges PLC manufacturers. Unitronics was awarded their Best Practices Awards for product innovations. -         Control Engineering, honoring our Samba 7" with an Control Engineers’ Choice Award in the category of Hardware – integrated HMI controllers. This was the 6th—yes SIXTH—year in a row that Unitronics' programmable controllers have received this prestigious industry award. Product Releases We welcomed two major additions to our UniStream line of PLC + HMI programmable controllers: -         UniStream 5" – PLC + HMI + I/O built into one unit
Compact, contemporary, and connected, these bring you bring 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. It is available in two versions: UniStream 5" (B5) and UniStream 5" Pro (B10). Both series support important fieldbus 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. -         Multi-touch HMI panel
UniStream USP-104-M10 offered our first integrated Multi-Touch panel, enabling gestures such as swipe, double-tap, press & tap, and more, including Two-Hand operation – a recognized safety measure. -         UniLogic
The award-winning programming environment for UniStream received an all-new Hardware Configuration upgrade, and a number of added features, including CANopen EDS Import, View, Edit, and new EDS Ladder Functions, powerful MODBUS features: Aperiodic via Ladder, Add Aperiodic/ Periodic Operations per slave, singly or in batches. We also included support for MYSQL. Trade Shows This year, our team participated in major trade shows: •          PPMA Processing & Packaging Machinery Association, in the UK •          SPS IPC Drives in Germany and in Italy •          ATX – the Automation Technology Expo, held in both New York and Toronto •          OTC2017, the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas Contribute to our Roadmap for 2018! Many of our finest products and feature addition have been jumpstarted by a suggestion from you, a member of the automation sector. Don't be shy—write to us with your suggestions and ideas!  Follow us on Social Media Click on the icons below to keep updated with the latest and greatest from the Unitronics team!                    Thanks for reading—may you have a marvelous 2018, and may all your applications run bug-free!  
 

Application Story: Material Processing Industry

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.  
 

Engineer's Choice Award - UniStream is a Finalist!!!

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

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Application Story, Pharmaceuticals from Coating Systems International

Coating Systems International  deploys their products worldwide. They needed a low cost, flexible controller for machines with a payload of up to 500 liters., as well as an operator interface that could be easily customized to suit different markets. 
UniStream 7" fit the bill--as one engineer noted: “With the use of a base GIF animation file and almost unlimited overlay for conditions such as off, warnings or alarm status, a comprehensive screen can display everything the operator needs to know with little requirement to build up many different screens as has been done in the past, one screen replaces three.” To read about their fascinating implementation, click here.  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Application Story: UniStream - Eurotech Extrusion Technology

Eurotech had previously used Unitronics Vision series all-in-one PLCs to control their extrusion equipment, but had started using a competitor’s product.  However, they switched back to Unitronics products following the launch of the UniStream line; these modular, all-in-one PLCs offer a flexible, easy to use control platform.  Eurotech uses  UniStream line, 7, 10, and 15" models . Read all about it here:  https://unitronicsplc.com/testemonials-category-carrousel/?category=miscellaneous&tid=10406  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Application Story: Aqua Interma Engineering - Water Purification Systems

Located in Belgrade,  Aqua Interma Engineering  manufactures and install solutions for drinking water purification and waste water treatment. They select the right-sized PLC + HMI controller, Samba, Jazz or Vision430 to  create applications that dose water with chlorine to eliminate micro-organisms and test the residual levels of chlorine in order to ensure water purity.  Read about it here:
https://unitronicsplc.com/testemonials-category-carrousel/?category=waterwaste-water&tid=10833  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Application Story! SCADA, interoperation, and more from Rene Tomingas FIE , Estonia

What do you do if you have an existing system,  different devices running on different protocols...and you've got to implement control, plus hook up via IEC104S to a SCADA...and that is only part of the picture. Well--if you are Rene Tomingas FIE of Estonia, you use Unitronics All-in-One PLC + HMI programmable controllers , models Vision1040 and V570, to get the job done!
Read about it here:
https://unitronicsplc.com/testemonials-category-carrousel/?category=Power-Energy&tid3170

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Great Application Story! Generate + Purify Gases with the V350 Programmable Controller

Check it out!!! Errdue, an Italian company that  manufactures equipment for generating and purifying gases on the customer site, wanted to develop a new line of products. They chose our very own Vision350 for the job.  Erredue got the functionality and communication support they needed, in a physically compact device that fit right in--plus, the V350's quality color touchscreen boosts them ahead of their competitors. Read about the application, and check out Engineer Claudio D’Angelo's rave review of the V350 PLC +HMI here!  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

PPMA2017 Exhibition

We would just like to say a big thank you to everybody who took the time to visit us at the recent PPMA2017 show. It was busy and we are following all interest expressed with some exciting ideas and great prices. Thank you also for the support from the team at Unitronics. http://www.i4automation.net/wp/?p=1127

i4 Automation

i4 Automation

 

Yes!!! UniStream® 5”: PLC+HMI+I/Os Compact. Contemporary. Connected

Let me tell you--this is going to be GREAT!!!!
We are proud to introduce an addition to the UniStream family that is going to be a favorite among those of you who enjoy the compactness, the no-hassle approach of the All-in-One Vision series. UniStream 5" is a PLC+HMI+I/Os , with the impressive UniStream user panel built-in, available in a number of I/O configurations, that you program in UniLogic. Below is the official release document--you can access specs, etc, over here. UniStream® 5”: PLC+HMI+I/Os Compact. Contemporary. Connected Unitronics’ newly-released UniStream® 5"- a multi-function programmable logic controller in a superbly compact hardware profile: PLC+HMI+I/O built into a single unit. All-in-One, compact PLC + HMI with built-in I/Os fills a niche in the programmable controller market—serving OEMs and system integrator who need space-saving controllers that deliver the functionality to control complex machines, while creating a competitive advantage via a color-touch HMI panel. This All-in-One controller is available in two series: UniStream 5" and UniStream 5" Pro. Both series support SNMP, VNC, FTP, SMS, email, and communications via GSM/GPRS modem. The Pro version also offers a built-in Webserver, audio jack, and video support, as well as SQL, a plus for system integrators and OEMs facing Industry 4.0. The Hardware UniStream 5", with its resistive color touch-screen reduces space and wiring requirements, and eliminates the need to set up Panel-PLC communication. Built-in I/O configurations vary according to model, offering digital, analog, high-speed and temperature I/Os. Users can expand the configuration up to 2,048 I/O points. Built-in COM ports include Ethernet, 1 USB host and 1 Mini-B USB device ports; additional add-on ports for serial and CANbus are available. Powerful Programming The rich feature range of UniStream includes auto-tuned PID, data logging, data tables and Recipes, data sampling displayed via built-in Trends and Gauges, Alarms, multi-level passwords, and plug & play communications for CANopen, CAN Layer2, MODBUS, EtherNet/IP, and more. A Re-Use paradigm enables the programmer to build Ladder and C functions, design HMI screens, and create Web pages in multiple languages including Asian languages—then save it all in a Library to reuse in other projects. Another benefit to the bottom line for the OEM and system integrators is Unitronics standard policy of customer care—no hidden costs or tiers. All software, utilities, and support—including membership in Unitronics’ Community Forum—are provided at no additional charge  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Webinar: SQL- another piece of the Smart Factory puzzle

So. You may be smack in the middle of your first Smart Factory project...or you may be wondering what all the hype is about..or, you may be looking around for a brand of programmable controllers that will talk to an ERP SQL database.
No matter what your particular scenario is, we invite you to attend our webinar to learn how easy it is to communicate data via SQL, from the production floor up to management levels using Unitronics  All-in-One PLC + HMI controllers. To sign up, click here

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

New VisiLogic Version 9.8.64

This major release introduces a number of new features that will boost your productivity, such as wide Ladder nets and dynamic I/O configurations. You can download it from here: https://unitronicsplc.com/software-visilogic/ 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. Features                                                                                        Remote Operator for Mobile  The Help menu now offers a link that will access the App store. In addition, the Help topic Remote Operator via Mobile App now contains QR codes that you can scan with your mobile to get the app. Ladder:
2X the Space VisiLogic Ladder nets are now wide, and reach completely across your PC screen - no empty areas.  This gives you twice the editing space. Switching I/O Configurations Once you have added I/O Expansion Modules to your project, you can create variations called 'IO Module Configurations'. Configurations are hardware profiles that enable a controller to run the application if it has a physical I/O configuration that is different from the full I/O Configuration in the project. Each profile that you create has an index number. You determine which configuration is active by storing a value in SI 205. The application will run according to the selected Config without error. To enable your program logic to run correctly when switching configurations, you must map the digital inputs and outputs to MBs, and use these MBs as program conditions instead of Input and Output operands. Since analog I/Os are linked to operands, they do not require any special handling.   Run As Admin VisiLogic and other software utilities are now set to "Run as Admin". Project
Navigation Tree Simple, static HMI elements such as lines and circles now appear on the Project
Navigation Tree under Static. Remote Access:
Alarms You can now Jump to Display in Alarms when running Remote Access. V700, SI 184: Port SI 184 Indicates which port is installed: 0-none, 1-serial, 2-ethernet,4-Profibus PID Server You can now export using different pictures and data formats. Note that the Excel file is saved as .xls file that cannot be opened in office 2013 but can be opened in office 2010 . HMI Zoom You can now zoom  HMI displays to twice their size, when editing displays for V700 and V1040, V1210 . Operand
Export/import Separators are now supported when importing/exporting. You can also select whether to import Fast operands, preset/current of timers and counters. The CSV of operand descriptions now includes a row of operands types. While importing, VisiLogic now displays a progress bar. Data Table Import When importing a .UPD file,  you now have options to Select all and Clear all Project Memory Map Project memory map now displays topic sizes. SMS Configuration (V2xx only) SMS configuration  now supports Eastern Europe language set. VisiLogic GUI: Russian The VisiLogic Interface can now be translated to Russian. Printing Comments are fully printed when printing Ladder. Data Table export Each Data table field can be assigned a special caption and format for export to Excel. FB Protocol, CRC A new type, CRC-16/BYPASS is now supported. Keyboard symbols  Virtual keyboards now have the underscore symbol where the copyright symbol was held.  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Frost & Sullivan’s Product Line Strategy Leadership Award!!

We are truly proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan, a major market research and analysis firm, has honored Unitronic's with the Best Practices Awards for 2016. The prestigious award for Global Advanced PLC Product Line Strategy Leadership was given after Frost & Sullivan conducted an in-depth review of Unitronics products, specifically our 3 major product series--Samba, Vision, and UniStream--in relation to the dynamic, competitive market that challenges PLC manufacturers. Read all about it here: https://unitronicsplc.com/press-release/?prid=12146

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

New! UniLogic Version 1.19

This major release of UniLogic, the programming software for UniStream programmable controllers, introduces Multi-Touch HMI screen technology, familiar to us all from the world of cell phones and tablets. Our new UniStream model, the USP-104M10-PLC, supports a range of gestures such as “Swipe” Navigation, Press, Press & Hold,  Double-Tap, Press & Tap and more.   Use these to boost your client’s user experience, as well as Two-Hand Operation to increase the operational safety of your end-users.  Other important features in this release: CANopen: EDS Import, View, Edit, & Ladder Functions UDFB Online: view running values in UDFBs, including local tags MODBUS: Aperiodic/ Periodic Operations per slave, singly or in batches Receive SMS: new Ladder Element, plus Authorized Numbers option SQL: supports MySQL Server and an option to communicate via Port or Instance Name *Cyber-Security Update for FTP & VNC  All applications using FTP or VNC must now use passwords of 6 to 8 characters that contain upper and lower-case letters and digits. Upgrading older applications with passwords that do not meet these criteria will result in a compilation error. Hardware Configuration New UniStream: Multi-Touch panel Hardware Configuration now offers the USP-104-M10.
This multi-touch model offers gestures such as Swipe navigation, and enables you to trigger actions via Press, Long Press, Press & Tap, double-tap and more, including Two-Hand operation – a recognized safety measure. A single screen can contain elements configured to different triggers. This enables you to add a layer of safety to your screens. For example, you can implement a 2-point press (two-handed operation) that requires the user to press the screen in two distinct locations to activate a task. Communications CANopen EDS Import, View, Edit You can now easily import, view, and edit EDS files for CANopen devices, as well as automatically create PDO structs. New EDS Ladder functions EDS functions enable you to initialize the device with values currently in the EDS file, including values that you edit/enter via UniLogic's EDS utility. In your program, use the In Progress bits to condition the functions. Init Node EDS: Initialize a specific node with values edited/entered via the EDS utility. Init All Nodes EDS: Initialize all of the CANopen nodes in your project Restore Node Defaults: If your CANopen device enables this function, which refers to object 1011 in the node's dictionary, you can use this to reset all of the node's addresses to the manufacturer's default values. Heartbeat CANopen Properties now include Enable Heartbeat. Select this to send a heartbeat from the PLC, according to the time interval specified in the parameter Heartbeat time. The time range is 100 (default) to 100000ms (10 seconds). CANopen
CPU Stop Mode Switching to Stop Mode will automatically send a reset command to all nodes. MODBUS   New:
Aperiodic via Ladder,
Operation Batches This version offers the ability to create both Periodic and Aperiodic operations, either one at a time or in batches. Most application requirements are met by Periodic operations, which run according to the time intervals you set. However, you now have greater flexibility to:    Use simple Periodic Operations to read/write data from/to many sensors,    Use an Aperiodic Operation to write a single setpoint as the result of a run-time condition,    Use an Aperiodic Operation to turn a group of outputs ON as the result of a run-time condition. Note that you can prevent an individual operation from running via a bit in the operation's Active parameter. Two new MODBUS Ladder Elements, Aperiodic InDirect and Aperiodic InDirect Group to enable you to trigger a single operation, or a group of operations, via your application. Troubleshooting MODBUS You now have new MODBUS troubleshooting options:    A new parameter in the Remote Slave's struct, Drops can help you to troubleshoot projects with a large number of sensors, where the entire queue of operations may not be able to run during the scan.    A Status field has been added to the MODBUS operation Parameters. This will hold the error codes from the MODBUS protocol itself. Note that it must be reset in your application. Other Communications SMS:
Receive SMS + Authorize Numbers Use this new Ladder element to receive an SMS message and store it along with its metadata. You can also block messages from unauthorized numbers by creating an Authorized Numbers list in Modem Configuration. SQL Server Now supports MYSQL, and the option to use either Instance Name, or Port. Message Composer Float values are now supported. EthernetIP The Scanner Node struct now contains the parameter Connection status. This contains the response status of the connection attempt.   HMI & Web HMI:
FTP Image Widget Use this widget to stream files from an IP camera that uploads images to an FTP server. The images are cached in a folder on the SD card. Buttons the user to display images, clear the image cache, or to save the images currently being displayed.   Data Table Widget This version brings added widget features. You can now:         Assign Column Width/Visibility to each individual widget         Move the focus and highlight a specific row in a data table by writing a value to the property Tag: Selected Row Index         When a data table is displayed, touch anywhere within a row to select that row If you assign a Float value to a column, you can determine the location of the decimal point via by right-clicking the column and assigning it HMI and Webpage Editor Redesign Both editors have been redesigned for faster, smoother function, and load screens - even screens with many elements -faster than before. Other added features include "Snap" behavior: Rotation: While rotating, elements will now automatically snap to angles of 90-180° when approaching these angles. To rotate without snapping, first hold down the Alt button on your keypad, then click and begin the rotation. Alignment: Now, the active element is marked by handles. When moving elements, a snap to middle line is displayed. HMI: Live Trend Widget New Live Trend displays a running variable integer value as a curve on a Trend graph. You may define up to 4 curves.
Unlike Trends derived from Data Sampling:         Live Trend values are not drawn from a Data Sampler.         Live Trends do not store any values, log any data, or create any files. They are convenient for tasks such as representing temperature values, where only monitoring is needed and logging is not required. Web:
State Machine Button State Machine Button is now available for Web pages as well as HMI display; use the value of a register to display variable text within a button, and to drive multiple Actions via the button. HMI Element: Password A new attribute, Password Length, allows you to enter a number to limit the number of characters, 1-32, that the user can type into the field. Asian Language Support UniStream now supports the  WenQuanYi Zen Hei font which supports Chinese, simplified/traditional, and also Korean. HMI Elements: Digital Schedule & Digital Time When checked, a new attribute, Retain AM/PM Space, retains the Placeholder space for AM/PM when H24 (24-hour format) is selected.   Usability Boosters UDFBs: Online Values View online/debug values within UDFBs, including local tags, along with a counter 'since last update': simply right-click the Call UDFB function in the Ladder, and select Monitor. Drag Tags:
Assign Tags via
CTRL +
Drag & Drop A new, easy way to assign tags is via CTRL + Drag & Drop. Press and hold down the CTRL keyboard key, click a tag, and then drag and drop it to assign a ladder parameter or an HMI option. You can drag tags from the tag database window, or a tag assigned as a ladder parameter or HMI option. Formula: Drag from Ladder You can now drag any Formula directly from the Solution Explorer, instead of placing a Formula Ladder element via the Ladder Toolbox and linking it to a Formula. Start Online after Download If you download the same project into UniStream, and are connected to the unit, Online mode now begins automatically. You can cancel this behavior via the UniLogic Project tab, by clicking Options and deselecting Start Online after Download. Handy "Find"
ptions The Ladder ribbon tab contains two new icons: that enable you to find rungs that are disabled, as well as rungs marked "ToDo:". To mark a rung, enter the text "ToDo:" including the colon. (the text itself is not case-sensitive) The complete list of features, as well as Bug Fixes may be found at https://unitronicsplc.com/Download/Support/UniLogic/UniLogic_Example_Projects.zip

Cara Bereck Levy

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