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Cara Bereck Levy

Have you checked out our YouTube channel recently? We posted these new UniLogic how-to videos:

Our channel, UnitronicsWebinars, offers videos and recorded webinars on a variety of subjects. These playlists may be helpful to some of you:

These are short videos, just a few minutes long. Each simple how-to shows how to accomplish a single task, such as displaying Chinese on the HMI screen.

These are 'tech tidbits' for UniStream and UniLogic.

Happy viewing!

Unitronics Support Team

Welcome to the new Unitronics Support Forum!Our new forum offers a number of features that were not available in the old forum.There are Blogs that are written by Unitronics Distributors and Power Users, a Gallery that enables you to upload and link to pictures relevant to forum discussions. Our Support Team will publish interesting Sample Applications in the Downloads section. The Calendar will track events such as Unitronics training sessions and exhibitions. We also have a feature that was sorely lacking from our old forum--attachments! Now, when you post with a problem, you can upload attachments with your post!gallery_3_4_18190.gifEnjoy!!! :D

Note that the old forum will be locked on Monday, August 8th. After that date, Unitronics will maintain it temporarily as a searchable archive.

Unitronics Support Teamhttp://www.unitronics.com

Cara Bereck Levy

Unitronics Distributors Conferences: Networking for Mutual Benefit in the Industrial Automation Sector

This year, the Unitronics’ Marketing Department is holding two separate conferences, one for our global partners and another for Unitronics USA. Mixing business with pleasure, swapping stories from the field and technical tips, conferences are fun—and of great practical benefit for all.

The first, the Unitronics’ Global Distributors Conference was a resounding success. It was held in Paris, France, on March 27-29 2012, at the Circus Hotel in Euro Disney. It was attended by representatives from 55 countries hailing from every continent except Antarctica.

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Conference Attendees: Group Picture

The event kicked off with Unitronics’ Vice President Mr. Amit Harari, the Head of the Products Division, reporting on the current strong standing of the company, highlighting the robust sales trends of the flagship automation product lines: Vision, M90, and Jazz PLC controllers.

Next, Unitronics’ Product Manager Mr. Stoller opened the curtains on new hardware development, including new PLC controllers, I/O modules, and related devices. The Evolution of the Automation Software Revolution was presented by R&D Software Manager, Mr. Benny Magrafta. Mr. Emil Melamed, Technical Support Manager, gave an excellent summary of continuing development of the Vision and Jazz PLC controllers. Driving Sales via Unitronics Software Utilities was expertly presented by Support specialist Mr. Ofir Levi.

Unitronics’ Global Sales and Marketing Manager, Mrs. Nataly Turgeman, spoke on the different avenues of strong support that the Unitronics’ marketing team can give to its distributors and sales representatives.

Distributors gave presentations showing how they use various aspects of Unitronics’ PLC controllers to drive sales, especially in niche automation markets. In order of presentation, these were:

· Mr. Laurent Blaess General Manager - PL Systems, France, gave the first presentation “How to Become a Major Player in Your Market”. Later in the conference, he also spoke on Effective Methods of Dealing with Market Competition.

· Mr. Shrenik Shah, Technical Director - RajDeep Automation Pvt Ltd., India

Building and Managing an Effective Sub-Distributor Network – as a tool for growth.

· Mr. Rafal Tutaj, Department Director - Elmark Automatyka, Poland

How to Create Unitronics Opportunities in Spite of Economic Slowdown

· Marcelo Finguerman, Managing Director - Dakol Instrumentos e Sistemas Ltda, Brazil

V1040 and V1210 Potential Customers and Success Stories

· Valentin Andronache, SCADA Department Manager - SYSCOM 18 SRL, Romania

Market Segments - Water & Waste Water

· Mr. Fabio Melegazzi, Unitronics' Products Manager – Telestar, Italy

Market Segments - Food Industry

· Erik Seijner, Product Manager - Isotron Systems, The Netherlands

Success Stories and Unique Projects: Why and How Do We Win?

· Filip Zmrzlikar Assistant director - Tipteh d.o.o., Slovenia

Market Segments - Temperature Control

· Mr. Valentin Terentjev Sales Chief Automation Sales Division – Klinkmann, Russia

Market Segments - Energy Sector Focus on Communication

Networking, sharing knowledge, and becoming personally acquainted with our business partners, strengthens the partnership between Unitronics and our distributors. The positive energy that was generated by this conference will help us all to meet our common goals in the competitive arena of PLC automation control.

After the success of this conference, ably organized by Ms. Avivit Barkan, the Unitronics Marketing Department is eagerly anticipating the fall conference in the USA.

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Unitronics Staff

Cara Bereck Levy

With millions of products installed worldwide, hundreds of thousands of installations, and a vibrant user forum, we decided that establishing a Developers' Market would be a highly effective way to enable individual users to impact the Unitronics' community.

To purchase applications such as Virtual PLC Simulator for PC, UniGo SCADA for Android mobile, or marvelous graphics for HMI applications, you simply create a secure account in our on-line store located at http://www.plc-apps.com.

If you are a developer and want to submit an app, all of the pages in the on-line store contain a Contact Us tab on the right side—click it to open the Contact form.

Currently, applications are available for both PC and mobile.

Apps

The Market also offers a broad range of images, which you can purchase as single images or as collections.

Images

We hope that you will enjoy the products that are there—and that you will add your own!

Disclaimer

All products presented in the Unitronics Developers' Market are 3rd party developments, and are therefore supported by the application developer.

If you require support regarding a specific product, please contact the developer using the contact information presented with that product.

Cara Bereck Levy

Here is a quick recap of the latest and greatest updates to our UniStream controller line. :)

We’ve rounded out the HMI panel offerings with a big, beautiful 15.6” screen, added ‘wide’ I/O modules, and boosted your potential application range with a new thermocouple I/O module.

There are some incredibly cool features now available: a powerful, embedded Web Server together with a drag & drop web page editor, CAN Layer 2, UniCAN, a built-in CANbus sniffer, and a UniBACnet Configurator.

UniLogic software is now up to 1.9.19, paired with the UniStream OS version 1.9.6.

You can read more below – or click over to the Downloads page. To access the complete Version Changes document, click here.

Hardware

USP-156-B10: 15.6” HMI panel

This quality HMI panel measures 15.6”. In terms of I/O and COM module capacity, it is identical to the UniStream 10.4”.

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“Wide” Uni-I/O™

This is a line of I/O modules that are compatible with the UniStream™ control platform. ‘Wide’ modules are 1.5 times as wide as standard Uni-I/O™ modules, and comprise more I/O points in less space. Up to two wide I/Os may be snapped onto the back of the UniStream 7”.

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Standard-sized I/Os and Wide I/Os may all be included in a single configuration.

There are currently two modules available:

  • UID-W1616T - 6 isolated pnp/npn digital inputs, 16 isolated relay outputs
  • UID-W1616R offers 16 isolated pnp/npn inputs, and 16 isolated relay outputs.

UIS-08TC Temperature I/O Module

This standard-sized Uni-I/O™ module provides 8 thermocouple inputs supporting the following input types and ranges: J, K, T, E, R, S, B, N, C, and Voltage

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Software

Embedded Web Server + Web Page Editor

The powerful, built-in Web Server enables multiple users to simultaneously access webpages within a UniStream controller. Web page access may be controlled by password, permitting users to view and/or edit data via any browser and from any smart phone or tablet.

WebServer 1

Designing web pages in the editor is as easy as building HMI pages, and requires no knowledge of HTML. The programmer drags and drops elements from the Toolbox onto the web page, and customizes them via the element properties.

The drag & drop interface has the same look-and-feel as the HMI Editor.

WebServer 2

CAN Layer 2 Ladder Functions

The CAN Layer 2 functions enable you to support any CANbus protocol, according to the CANbus V2.0 standard.

A UniStream controller can both send and receive standard messages with 11-bit identifiers, as well as extended messages with 29-bit identifiers

UniCAN

UniCAN, Unitronics' proprietary CANbus protocol, enables fast data communications.Via UniCAN, a Unitronics' PLC can exchange data with up to 60 other networked PLCs.

UniCAN Communications are determined by configuration rather than programming. Note that UniCAN also enables easy data transfer between UniStream and Vision controllers.

CANbus Sniffer

The embedded CANbus Sniffer enables you to easily monitor CANbus communications and boosts your troubleshooting capabilities.

UniBACnet Configurator

UniStream controllers now support a BACnet to MODBUS Gateway device, available as GW-BAC1.

Use the UniBACnet Configurator, located under the new Tools tab on the UniLogic ribbon, to create a configuration file for the BACnet to MODBUS Gateway. Download this file to the GW-BAC1 in order to set up communications between a UniStream controller and BACnet slave devices.

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!

 

Cara Bereck Levy

We invite you to take part in our webinar: SQL - Adding a Piece to the Industry 4.0 / Smart Factory Puzzle.

UniStream PLC + HMI controllers support MS SQL and My SQL, server and can connect to SQL databases. This enables you to set up UniLogic to communicate SQL data  ERP/MRP servers - sign up to learn how!

Cara Bereck Levy
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New

Application

Story

**** Starring Samba in the role of theater grip! ****

People--high cool factor here B)

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Compact, Cost-Effective Samba PLC+HMI Opens Creative Avenues for Local Theater!

“Motion Control with Unitronics PLCs has allowed us the freedom to reach for new heights of visceral creativity while expanding our technical innovation in a fast and cost-effective manner”.

Summary:

The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, New Jersey partnered with Unitronics’ distributor, Bayview Bearing and Supply, to introduce innovations to a regional theater. Using a Samba PLC with 3.5” color-touch HMI and onboard I/O, the theater implemented a simple motion control application for their set pieces. Since the initial installation, the Eagle Theatre has expanded the application, creating more complex moving sets that greatly enhance the mood and themes of their productions.

Full story:

The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, New Jersey is South Jersey’s only year-round professional Equity theatre. They are dedicated not only to bringing great theater to the region, but also to bringing innovation to their productions.

To achieve those goals, the theater decided to add moving elements to their sets for one of their productions. Three screens needed to descend at a consistent speed, but at different times. The team at the Eagle Theatre initially tried to use electric winch packages, but these were slow and too noisy to use during a performance. With only one week until the show opened, the theater reached out to Bayview Bearing and Supply, a Unitronics distributor, for help.

Bayview Bearing was able to solve these issues by implementing a Samba all-in-one PLC with 3.5-inch color-touch HMI.

They worked with Jared Smith, a contractor with Deerfield Electric, who built the panel and installed the unit. The Samba controlled Vacon 20 VFD’s (Variable Frequency Devices) and World Wide Electric Gear Motors in order to move the set pieces. Each of the moving pieces was assigned a virtual button on the Samba; these buttons raised and lowered the screens, while also displaying their current position. Not only did the new system work beautifully, Bayview Bearing was able to get it up and running with enough time for rehearsals with the new system before the show opened.

Not only was this particular performance a success due to the Samba, working with PLC control has created new options for the Eagle Theatre moving forward. Ted Wioncek III, Co-Artistic Director at the theater, explains “motion control with Unitronics PLC’s has allowed us the freedom to reach for new heights of visceral creativity while expanding our technical innovation in a fast and cost effective manner.”

In fact, the Eagle Theatre has already expanded the motion control application to other shows. For one production, the entire set shifted constantly, with the walls moving in and out independently of each other. A major theme of the show was misdirection, so the moving set was used to reinforce that theme within the physical space the characters interact with. As Ryan Mayer of Bayview Bearing explains, this isn’t a typical motion control application, “this is automation technology meeting the art community and producing fantastic results.”

To learn more about Bayview Bearing and Supply, visit them online.

To learn more about the Eagle Theatre, visit them online.

Cara Bereck Levy

I am proud to report that our new Samba controller was reviewed in the CAN Newsletter!!!!

Here is the article:

http://www.can-newsletter.org/hardware/host-interfaces/140617_palm-sized-all-in-one-device_unitronics/

Palm-sized all-in-one device

Published 2014-06-17

The Samba 3,5-inch touchscreen with an integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) by Unitronics (Israel) supports CANopen and J1939. It measures 109 mm x 114,1 mm x 59,6 mm and weighs 205 g.

The all-in-one device supports up to 24 user-designed screens and up to 40 images per application.

The integrated PLC offers two auto-tuned PID loops, time-based RTC control, data-logging, pre-programmed recipes, etc. The internal memory provides 512 KiB for application programs and additional 512 KiB for fonts as well as 512 KiB for images. The all-in-one device features also local analog and digital I/O ports. This includes 10 digital inputs and eight transistor outputs as well as two analog ports.

The housing is IP65/66-rated. According to the manufacturer, the panel-mountable device is suitable for food and pharmaceutical applications, especially wherever spray/wipe down requirements apply. Besides the CAN connectivity, the PLC/HMI can be equipped optionally with an EIA-232, an EIA-485 and an Ethernet port. Additionally, it supports GRPS/GSM.

The 24-VDC powered device comes with Visilogic software supporting the configuration of communication interfaces, allowing ladder logic programming and HMI designs. This also includes a library of images and utility software for remote PC access and data support.

Samba

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

Last month, I blogged about recent Application Stories. One was a retrofit application - a rice-filling machine - done by Imapsa Automation of Guatemala and Honduras.

The story was picked up by IEN. You can find it featured on page 22.

Hat-tip to Ober Yela (HighTech on the forum) for collaborating on the application story with us! Remember, guys - if you have an interesting application, we'd love to hear about it :)

http://digital.ien.eu/digitalMagazine?issue_id=573

Imapsa also posted

showing the application itself:

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Cara Bereck Levy

The R&D gurus at Unitronics headquarters have been hard at work - and so, we present you with:

>drum roll<    UniLogic 1.18.37  >drum roll<

Here are a few version highlights:

SQL Connectivity: Highly convenient and easy to use, UniLogic enables programmers to build SQL Queries and execute them via Ladder functions, including data transfer data between UniStream’s Data Tables and remote SQL databases. 

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HMI Custom Controls: A programmer can create an HMI Custom Control, and then drag and drop it from the Solution Explorer, export/import it between projects as .uluce files, or add it to the Library.  Programmers can also define tags that are local to a specific Custom Control; local tags are exported/imported along with the control.

Other convenient features include an HMI email Configuration Widget, the ability to edit email accounts via UniApps as well as UniApps interface translations for Russian, Polish, and Chinese. To enjoy these as well as other additional features and enhancements, download it from  http://unitronicsplc.com/software-unilogic/

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U90 Ladder version, 6.6.24 + New Jazz® 2

We have also released a new U90 Ladder version, 6.6.24.  This version brings you the option to create a download File (*.d90) without connecting to a physical PLC.

You can then use the *.d90 file to create zipped project via UniDownloader Designer to be used in Unitronics' UniDownloader software utility (*.udc)

This version also supports a new Jazz® 2 controller model, a compact, full-function PLC that comprises an excellent built-in I/O configuration, plus an integrated
text display.
  

The new model, JZ20-UA24, offers 15 inputs:
9 digital, 1 high-speed counter, 2 inputs that can be wired as analog or digital, and 2 analog inputs that can be wired as thermocouple or PT100 . The output configuration includes 5 relay, 2 transistor, and 2 analog outputs.

 

 

Like all Jazz® 2 controllers, JZ20-UA24 brings you 48K (virtual) Ladder Logic memory, a built-in mini USB programming port, and is 30 times faster than Unitronics’ standard Jazz® controller, allowing industrial control processes to enjoy more power, speed and functionality at the same low price.

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

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Cara Bereck Levy

I've got some great news to share with you!

Unitronics is proud to announce that UniStream has been nominated in Control Engineering's Engineer's Choice awards, in the category of Hardware: Integrated HMI Controllers.

The Engineers' Choice Awards includes 29 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best as chosen by Control Engineering's print and digital audience.

If you would like to cast your vote, go to:

http://ocreg.controleng.com/onecount/flexreg/displayform.cgi?g=0&form=369

We will be running another UniLogic training webinar, this time on the subject of Timers and Actions.

This free webinar will be held on November 13th.

Click below to register:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/269067086

On another note, Unitronics Support is setting up training schedules for the US, 2014. We have a proposed list of cities and would like to offer you the opportunity to let us know where you would like to see training held:

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8gefzt7hnhg154m/a013lhnva2ir8/questions

Finally, I'd like to invite you to join us on our Facebook page--it's a great way to keep updated with current Unitronics news

http://www.facebook.com/UnitronicsUSA

Have a good week--may all your programs be perfect :-)

Cara Bereck Levy

All-in-One HMI + PLC programming software, UniLogic™ version 1.12.20, introduces features and enhancements that extend the application reach of UniStream™, Unitronics’ award-winning All-in-One HMI + PLC controller.

Machine builders can now display streaming video via an Ethernet networked camera using the RTSP Real Time Streaming Protocol, enabling users to easily integrate a network camera and display its video stream output on the elegant UniStream HMI panel.

Streaming video

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) now enhances UniStream’s broad communication capabilities. UniStream can function as an SNMP Agent and communicate with an SNMP server. In addition, the Ladder Toolbox function SNMP Trap Send, enables UniStream to send SNMP Trap messages to an SNMP server. UniStream supports SNMP Versions 1, 2, and 3.

UniLogic’s Webserver’s Drag & Drop editor has added beautifully polished Linear and Circular Gauge widgets, to display running application values for remote users via Internet browser.

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An enhancement of HMI action elements enables programmers to raise popup message boxes when these elements are touched; the message can ask the user a question, give instructions and warnings, and drive actions via buttons.

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This version also supports new hardware: a new Uni-I/O™ analog module comprising 8 13-bit analog input channels; with input ranges of 0-10v, 0-20mA and 4-20mA, and a new 3G modem, the Cinterion EHS6T.

A novel feature launched with this version, Hardware Configuration profiles, can save considerable programming. These enable a controller to run an application if it has a physical I/O configuration that is different from the full I/O Configuration in the project. The application will run according to the selected profile without error--even if the application uses data tags of I/Os that belong to the full I/O configuration, but that are not part of the selected profile. This feature can save time for programmers who may need to run the same application in systems containing different I/O and COM module configuration.

UniLogic 1.12.20 contains a number of additional features and enhancements. The software and complete feature list is available for free download at http://www.unitronics.com/support/downloads

Cara Bereck Levy

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:

smallred.gif   Use simple Periodic Operations to read/write data from/to many sensors,

smallred.gif   Use an Aperiodic Operation to write a single setpoint as the result of a run-time condition,

smallred.gif   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:

smallred.gif   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.

smallred.gif   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:

smallred.gif        Assign Column Width/Visibility to each individual widget

smallred.gif        Move the focus and highlight a specific row in a data table by writing a value to the property Tag: Selected Row Index

smallred.gif        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:

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smallred.gif        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/software-unilogic/

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Cara Bereck Levy
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2015 was a great year for Unitronics.

 

We introduced products to round out our existing lines: UniStream, Vision, and Samba. We also leveraged the UniStream platform with powerful new features such as EtherNet/IP communications and a full Alarms system.

 

This was also a great year for the Unitronics community. Check out some cool statistics for 2015:

  • We welcomed over 9,000 new members to our user forum…
  • …who made 2,300 posts in 571 467 new topics
  • …that were viewed 163,419 times!


In addition to our Unitronics support team gurus, there are some fine forum members who devote a great deal of time to helping others, writing detailed answers to questions and helping people trouble-shoot their applications.

 


This year, two of our top posters from 2014, Joe Tauser and Flex727, were again top contributors to the Unitronics community.
The list of top UniGuru MVPs for 2015 are:

  • Joe Tauser
  • Barry Lanier (forum name: Flex727)
  • Chris Antcliff (CantCliff)
  • Keith Walker (Walkerok)
  • Ausman


To show our appreciation, the profiles of our MVPs will be marked with a new icon:

 


TopPoster2015

 

Time is precious—to volunteer that time to help other people using your expertise is truly worthy of respect--thanks to you all!

 

Now, </drum roll/> please join me—for the Unitronics’ 2015 Roundup!

 

Our Industry Awards

 

For the fourth year in a row, Unitronics’ products have been honored by Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice awards.
This year, in the category of Hardware - Integrated HMI controllers, the winner was our UniStream 15.6" HMI panel – big and handsome, with an elegant LED touch-panel offering 1366 x 768 resolution and a 16M (24-bit) color range.

 

Unitronics Product Launches
These were released in 2015:

  • UniStream: our award-winning 15.6" HMI panel –snap on up to 5 Uni-I/O modules, expand up to 2,048 I/Os, and employ the advanced feature profile to execute highly complex control.
  • We also released 3 Uni-I/O™ modules offering new thermocouple and analog I/O options.
  • Samba 7": with its on-board I/Os and a larger, 7” color touch screen, Samba 7” is proving to be a popular choice for those small machine projects with a critical profit margin.
  • Vision700: this new member of our award-winning Vision “workhorse” series offers a 7” HMI color touch screen. Supports all Vision Snap-in and expansion I/O modules, and all advanced power features.
  • A gateway for MBUS
  • GSM-KIT-17J-3G (Cinterion EHS6T GSM modem)

 


UniLogic for UniStream: New Development

 

The feedback from our users tells us that UniLogic is a hit. This year, R&D added a number of strong features. Here’s a sample:

  • C Editor, enabling you to write C functions directly in UniLogic
  • Alarms system, designed in accordance with ISA ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009 guidelines
  • EtherNet/IP, scanner and adapter, supporting both implicit/explicit messaging
  • Video Streaming via RTSP
  • SNMPv1/v2/v3
  • WebServer Gauges
  • Password protection for Ladder Functions, HMI screens, Data Tables and Recipes

 


Media Highlights for 2015

 

We are proud to continue to bring you Unitronics true All-in-One value: our complete range of automation products and software from the pioneers of the PLC + HMI controller, backed by Unitronics unparalleled sales and tech support.

 

Enjoy them in the coming year!

Cara Bereck Levy

Hello everybody!

In addition to the UniStream products I blogged about recently, there are other great, new products now available from your local Unitronics' distributor.

A picture paints a thousand words--so, look below :)

Remember that you will need to update your software and firmware in order to support these powerful additions to your application range.

New Product List

Enjoy!

Uniproducts

Cara Bereck Levy

This was an excellent year - a year of growth - for the Unitronics community. We now number over 20,000 members!
I can back this up with hard statistics for 2016:

  • We welcomed over 3,000 new members to our user forum…
  • …who made 2,100 posts
  • … in 526 new topic!

We all benefit from forum members who devote big blocks of time to helping others. These people put a lot of effort into writing detailed answers to questions and aiding others in trouble-shooting their applications.

This year, three of our top posters from 2016 were again top contributors to the Unitronics community. 
Our top UniGuru MVPs for 2016 are:

  • Joe Tauser
  • Barry Lanier (forum name: Flex727)
  • Ausman

In recognition of their fine work, the profiles of our MVPs will be marked with a new icon for 2016:

In recognition of their fine work, the profiles of our
MVPs will be marked with a new icon for 2016:

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Our most valuable commodity is, always, time—to volunteer that time to help other people using your expertise is truly worthy of respect--thanks to you all!

Youtube Channel

 The official Unitronics Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/UnitronicsWebinars is growing. In 2016, our top video clips were the:

 

Media -  We're in the NEWS!

Unitronics was featured in a number of trade magazines in 2016—if you missed these articles, check 'em out now!

We are proud to continue to bring you Unitronics true All-in-One value: our complete range of automation products and software from the pioneers of the PLC + HMI controller, backed by Unitronics unparalleled sales and tech support.

Enjoy them in 2017!!

 

 

Cara Bereck Levy

Hi guys!

We know that people sometimes use the forum to find Unitronics programmers, and that programmers have on occasion contacted members who they believe may require automation project services.

This is why we have added a new section to the forum: the Job Board. We hope this will make it easier for people within the Unitronics Community to locate each other.

The Job Board is located here:

http://forum.unitronics.com/index.php?/forum/71-job-board/

Please note:

**Disclaimer: Unitronics bears no responsibility. This is just a place for people to find each other**

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, general Happy Holidays and good cheer to all!

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Cara Bereck Levy
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Samba™ is an all-in-one palm-sized HMI + PLC + onboard I/Os.

As a trendsetter in the field of all-in-one PLC + HMI integrated controllers, Unitronics has specifically developed Samba for applications that require PLC control, but that are limited by budget to simple text displays.

System integrators and OEMs often develop applications that require PLC control, but that settle on simple text displays due to limited budget.

Samba's beautiful HMI 3.5” QVGA 16-bit touchscreen enables data entry and display of variable data, including color Trend graphs and alarm screens. The HMI supports 24 user-designed screens, and up to 40 images per application.

The integrated PLC controller offers a broad range of features including 2 auto-tuned PID loops, time-based RTC control, datalogging, recipes and more. Internal memory holds 0.5 MB of application logic, plus 512K for fonts and 0.5 MB for images.

Onboard I/Os offer digital, analog, and high-speed functionality.

The flat fascia and IP66/IP65/NEMA4X rating makes Samba an excellent fit for the food & pharmaceutical industries--ideal wherever spray/wipe down requirements apply.

Samba offers a built-in RS232 port. You can add an additional RS485 serial, Ethernet, or CANbus port. Samba supports GPRS/GSM, email, SMS, as well as industrial TCP/IP protocols, MODBUS, DF1 slave, CANopen, J1939 and more—and it may be adapted to any 3rd-party protocol.

Unitronics free VisiLogic software provides a single simple environment for hardware and communications configuration, Ladder application development, and HMI design, including a free library of industrial images. Free utilities support remote PC access and data export. Unitronics offers free technical support for all of their products, and an active user forum.

Samba offers all the functionality system integrators need for small applications, reduces space requirements, wiring, and eliminates the need to set up Panel-PLC communication—resulting in an excellent price/performance ratio.

For more information, go to: http://www.unitronics.com/plc-hmi/samba

Cara Bereck Levy
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The award-winning Vision controller series welcomes its newest member—the Vision430™. The beautiful, wide 4.3" built-in color touchscreen brings added value to any application that requires a compact PLC controller with onboard I/Os. The touchscreen and five function keys are housed in a flat fascia with an IP66/IP65/NEMA4X rating—a fine fit for the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Each Vision430™model offers a unique onboard I/O configuration that can include digital, high-speed, and analog I/Os, including PT100/Thermocouple and weight/pressure measurement. Expansion modules enable local and remote I/O at distances of up to 1000 meters, making Vision430™ a cost-effective solution for applications up to 512 I/Os.

Power features include 24 auto-tuned PID loops to control temperature, level, and pressure. Time-based and immediate interrupt support make Vision430™ a natural for ‘rapid response’ applications such as packaging machines.

Built-in recipe capabilities are supported by Data Tables, which store the parameters required to control a specific process. Data Tables also enable the controller to store data logs to micro-SD card. The micro-SD card also stores application back-ups, and allows complete PLC cloning.

Communication options include Ethernet, cellular, and industrial protocols such as MODBUS, DF1 slave, BACnet, J1939, CANopen and more. In addition, the ‘Protocol’ utility allows Vision430™ to communicate via almost any ASCII protocol. The unit can be directly accessed via mini-USB programming port, and remotely accessed using GPRS/GSM/CDMA and other IP networks for data acquisition and program download. Another major benefit is the ability to notify supervisors of critical information via e-mail and SMS, enabling real-time remote management.

The machine operator communicates directly with the application via the resistive analog touchscreen—or remotely, via the free Remote Operator utility—which displays data, color trend graphs, and attention-grabbing alarm screens. Display options are almost endless, with more than 1024 user-designed screens supported by 12 MB of memory for images and 1MB for fonts.

OEMs and machine builders profit from intuitive, all-in-one VisiLogic software that enables rapid hardware configuration, PLC, and HMI application programming. VisiLogic includes a full library of Drag & Drop function blocks for complex automation control tasks, such as PID, and a rich, FREE color library of industrial images.

Produced by Unitronics, a global developer and manufacturer of PLC + HMI controllers, Vision430™ is backed by Unitronics standard policy of customer care, includings FREE software and utilities, plus FREE personalized technical support. This combines with reduced overall system costs—minimized hardware requirements, saved cabinet space, and reduced Panel-PLC –I/O wiring—to bring an excellent price-performance ratio.

Product page is here.

Specifications are here.

Happy Automating :)

Jas

When multiple password levels are needed, there are only two choices. You can create a Password Entry Button for each password level or use a Numeric Entry and compare the entered password against the password levels in the logic to set the desired levels. However, the negative to using the Numeric Entry for passwords is that the digits that are entered on the screen while the users touches the screen. This can be a BAD problem.

Here is a sample program that will draw a black line on the screen that will hide the digit as they are entered. This program is setup for a 4 digit password and uses the Simple (Back) Keyboard Screen. The sample program has a normal Numeric Entry Button to show that it will not blank out the digits unless it is programmed to do so.

When the Simple Keyboard Screen is open, the logic looks at the pixels on the screen to detect when a digit is being entered. Each time a digit is entered, the logic will draw the blank line over the display. Each of the four digits will be covered as they are typed. The logic also monitors the area over the "Back" button and will remove the black line covering the digit if the user presses the "Back" button.

Since the Numeric Entry Button will display the number that was just entered from the Entry Screen, this logic will hide the button if it equals one of the passwords. There is a "Clear Password" button that will reset the password integer and un-hide the Password button again.

The sample shows some buttons that will only show when the desired password level is entered. There are two passwords in this sample (1111 and 2222).

Note: The logic detects the screen that is being displayed and the area where the Password Entry button is located. These variables will have to be changed to reflect where the Password button is located on your program. This was logic will not work on the Complex keyboard without modifying the pixel area that it monitors for the digits and Back keys.

This is a starting point to customize to meet your needs. Hope you find it helpful.

Original Posting Source: Multiple Passwords

Cara Bereck Levy

Oil recycling, textiles, retrofits in the printing and packaging industries - here are some of the latest application stories submitted by Unitronics customers .

Read, watch, and enjoy!

Company: Aaron Oil Company Inc., USA

Sector: Oil Recycling and Petroleum-Based Hydrocarbon Reclamation

PLC + HMI Controller: Vision560™ + V200-18-E6B Snap-on I/O module

Aaron Oil needed to track the amounts—and analyze the type—of liquid pumped through a collection truck during loading.

They also needed to communicate the analyzed data in real-time to a central office for accounting purposes.

An additional requirement was the ability to communicate with a GPS system in order to dispatch and track drivers.

Read the whole story here.

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Company: Imapsa Automation, Guatemala & Honduras

Sector: Packaging

PLC + HMI Controller: Samba, model SM35-J-T20

Imapsa was tasked with modernizing a rice packaging system. This particular machine had space limitation; as a company dedicated to providing its customers with beautiful HMI applications, Imapsa selected the palm-sized Samba™, which comprises a high-quality color touchscreen . Since speed was an application requirement, the SM35-J-T20 with its high-speed encoder inputs was an excellent fit.

Read the whole story here.

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Company: B3Servis d.o.o, Slovenia

Sector: Printing

PLC + HMI Controller: Vision570™

This company, which deals with bookbinding machines, had outdated machines that were only capable of reading 1-dimensional barcodes of up to 40 characters. These needed to be updated to support extended 2-dimensional barcodes. They needed a compact PLC with a color touchscreen able to support serial communications and Ethernet UDP—that could also log orders, production data, and generate reports. V570™ fit the bill.

Read the whole story here.

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Company: Turkmenistan Aşgabat Dokuma Toplumu (TDT), Turkey

Sector: Textiles

PLC + HMI Controller: Vision130™, model V130-33-TR20

Turkmenistan Aşgabat Dokuma Toplumu (TDT) plant comprises machines that process and size yarn preparatory to weaving, and that weave yarn into cloth for home products. Here, the application need was to collect process data and track operator efficiency, as well as to log and report alarms relating to yarn ruptures that require stopping the machine.

All machines are monitored by SCADA.

Read the whole story here.

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