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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

 

YouTube! How-to Videos for Unitronics Controllers

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!

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

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

 

Welcome to the Unitronics Support Blog!!

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!Enjoy!!! 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
 

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

 

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!  
 

Unitronics Distributors Conference Report

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. 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. Unitronics Staff

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Unitronics Developers' Market: 3rd-Party Apps & Images from our User Community

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

Cara Bereck Levy

 

UniStream Modular HMI + PLC Controllers: the Latest and Greatest!

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”. “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”. 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 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. 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. 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

Cara Bereck Levy

 

UniLogic Tech Tidbits - the Movie!

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

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Samba on Stage! Starring the PLC + HMI that runs the show :-)

New Application Story **** Starring Samba in the role of theater grip! **** People--high cool factor here ------------------------------------------------------ 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

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Samba - featured in CAN Newsletter Online

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.

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Roadmap 2017! Roundup 2016!

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    

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Retrofit Article Featuring SAMBA - IEN Magazine

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:

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

Now with SQL: UniLogic 1.18.37 • U90 Ladder 6.6.24 + New Jazz

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.    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/   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.                  

Cara Bereck Levy

Cara Bereck Levy

 

News, news, news: Engineer's Choice nomination, Webinars and more :-)

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

Cara Bereck Levy

 

NEW!!! UniLogic 1.12.20

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. 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. 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. 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

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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

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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.  

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New Products, Awards, Media Highlights, MVPs - The 2015 Roundup!

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:  
  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 Nataly Turgeman, Unitronics’ Global Sales and Marketing manager, was interviewed by PCN (Processing & Control News Europe) regarding the company, our products, and customer care philosophy.
Read the two-page spread here: http://digital.pcne.eu/digitalMagazine?issue_id=635 UniLogic was reviewed twice in IEN Europe.
I particularly recommend you check out PLC+HMI Programming Software to Hit Application Requirements
This article reviews some features added in 2015: HMI + PLC Software Streams Videos
  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!

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New Product Roundup - have you met them all?

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 UIS-08TC: 8 Thermocouple inputs, standard size Uni-I/O Module
​Wide Uni-I/O modules
- 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.
USP-156-B10 - a striking new BIG 15.6” UniStream HMI panel
Samba - now with a gorgeous 4.3" color touchscreen plus a USB programming port
- SM43-J-T20 with 10 Digital Inputs, 2 Digital /Analog*, 8 Transistor Outputs
- SM43-J-R20 with 10 Digital Inputs, 2 Digital /Analog, 8 Relay Outputs
GPRS/GSM modem kit GSM-16J
BACnet to MODBUS gateway GW-BAC1
And last, but not least, a sexy new black V1210V, model 1210-T20BJ, to awe your clients
Enjoy!

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