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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

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

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

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
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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

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

Unitronics is proud to introduce the UniStream™ control platform, quality products that are the result of over 20 years of experience in PLC development combined with the strongest trends in automation today.

UniStream

UniStream brings you--and your customers--major benefits:

Cut Programming Time by 50% UniLogic™ studio software means you ‘write-it-once’, creating code structures that can be used across projects.

Save Time on System Design Easy hardware configuration process, plus effortless communications setup--COM tasks reduced to simple configuration.

Excellent User Experience UniApps™: the library of applications that enable you to remotely monitor, debug, and edit data from PC, smartphone, or tablet—from anywhere at any time.

Superbly Scalable Expand to meet your application requirements.

Slash Costs UniLogic Software, Technical Support via phone and email, and access to our Technical forum— are all absolutely free.

Your control applications will benefit from UniStream’s™ unique modularity, including:

· Powerful, dual CPUs—that translate into faster scan time, up to 2048 I/Os, and over 2MB of operand memory.

· High-quality HMI touch panels in different dimensions—together with an easy-to-use HMI editor for elegant screen design.

· Sophisticated, space-saving I/Os—effortless local and remote I/O installation.

Simple or complex, large scale or small, you can tailor UniStream™ to suit your precise application requirements: select your preferred HMI panel, snap a CPU onto its back, and then snap on I/Os to create a compact all-in-one controller. Each controller can support up to 2,048 I/Os.

UniLogic™ Studio enables you to code Ladder, design beautiful HMI screens, and configure hardware and communications, using all-in-one software that is so intuitive that it cuts your application development time in half. UniLogic™ allows you to:

· Build a library of user-defined function blocks and HMI screens that you can import into new projects and share with others.

· Save significant programming by using the built-in code structures provided for hardware configuration, communications, and complex functions such as PID.

· Speed Ladder programming with drag & drop elements that automatically snap into place, coupled with Intellisense for easy tag assignment.

· Create HMI screens that appear as if they were designed by a graphic artist, via UniLogic’s extensive graphic library and HMI widgets.

· Streamline data communication into an effortless configuration task that requires no programming. UniStream™ supports RS485, CANopen, UniCAN, both serial and Ethernet MODBUS.

It is adaptable to all third-party protocols, supporting the full range of external devices such as modems, printers, barcode readers and more.

Your user experience is greatly enhanced, first by the physically beautiful design of UniStream™, which meets the standards usually accorded to consumer products, second by the user-friendly and intuitive UniLogic. In addition, you benefit from:

· UniApps™ - an expanding library of value-added, PLC-embedded apps. UniApps™ give users the ability to access data, edit it, monitor, troubleshoot, and debug systems locally or remotely using PCs, tablets and smartphones via VNC,

· Personalized technical support, UniStream™ software and utilities—including updates—are free of charge, in keeping with Unitronics’ standard policy of customer care.

In summary, the combined advantages of the UniStream™ platform result in a superior product offering of great power and flexibility that opens new markets and opportunities for you and your customers.

To learn more, visit our Youtube channel:

Visit the UniStream Home Page:

http://www.unitronics.com/plc-hmi/unistream/

Cara Bereck Levy

Cast your ballot! Unitronics has been nominated for Automation World's 2013 Leadership in Automation Program. This allows automation professionals to recognize innovation, leadership and excellence among suppliers of automation software, technology and products.

Voting is Easy: Please take a moment to help us win!

Click here to vote:

http://www.automationworld.com/leadership/leadership/profiles/unitronics-inc?utm_source=leadership_magnet&utm_medium=referral

Cara Bereck Levy

Unitronics is proud to announce that the V570-57-T20B-J has won the Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award in the category of Hardware - Integrated HMI Controllers.

The general awards page is here:

http://www.controleng.com/events-and-awards/engineers-choice-awards/2013/winners.html

The V570-57-T20B-J page is here:

http://www.controleng.com/index.php?id=95&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=82129

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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

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

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

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