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  1. Hi Cara! Form factor is an issue for me, this is an existing installation, with 30+ complex screens that I don't want to have to redraw. Changing the ladder program to accommodate a different sort of ethernet card would be just fine though. As for market demand, pretty sure folks have been asking for more than 4 sockets since the V280 days Thanks! Edit: On a related note, on this very project of which I speak, I have two robots and a vision system connected on Modbus TCP. I have one socket left (Socket 1) for programming via wireless router. Due to some obsolete servo drives, I are now moving to a different motion scheme, which involves a separate motion controller that connects via - you guessed it - Modbus TCP. Bye-bye convenient wireless programming, hello serial port. So this one is kind of a big deal for me, personally.
  2. This is not the first time I've seen this, but I think it's the first time I ever brought it up: I am using UTC to a data table to date/time-stamp an hourly production output. On my first sample, the UTC returned: 3724498800 I used this formula to convert it in Excel: =(F24/86400)+DATE(1900,1,1) where F24 contains the UTC value. This produced a result, after formatting, of 1/8/18 3:00 PM Which would be great - except today is 1/9/18 Simple enough to correct for with DATE(1900,1,2), but the inaccuracy is concerning. Am I doing something incorrectly? Edit: PS, I checked the Real Time Clock from Info Mode and it is correct. Thanks! TM
  3. What is the difference between the V100-17-ET1 ethernet card and the V100-17-ET2 ethernet card, electrically and functionally? I have several of the older cards I've kept from replaced / decommissioned PLCs and can't seem to find a difference in the specs. Thanks! TM
  4. Hi All! Ever since the birth of the V700, I sometimes pop my head in here, hoping to see a new V570-compatible ethernet module with support for seven sockets. I wonder if such a thing would be possible? I don't want to have to change the hardware, some of the HMIs are way too intricate... Thanks! TM
  5. The latest Visilogic, in addition to having full-width ladder nets, has ZOOM ON THE V1210 HMI DESIGNER! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou
  6. In general, I also avoid this, but on the other hand, I like to keep reasonably current. This was the last project under 9.3.0, so upgrading it also eliminated a version from Swapper. The transition went smoothly enough, only one major hiccup. I had a Modbus TCP PHR function block that was writing to memory address 0x402 in the target device, and it spontaneously changed to decimal "4" out of the blue. I corrected it, and communication was restored. The peculiar thing is, there are two of these FB in the program, but only one was "mutated". On a side note, we also have an AB SLC running on their OS version 307, and programming in RS Logix 500 version 7. We never upgraded because we have never needed to, and still don't - only two of these in the building. We needed to get some spare parts, so I contacted our local vendor, and they informed us we would have to purchase the spare processor with the latest firmware (around $2k for 1 card!) and our RSLogix would not support it, so we would need to buy that too ($2500 more!). Of course, we could always sign up for a Tech Connect contract that we would never use, but includes software upgrades, etc etc etc. Just one more reason I love Unitronics - we could actually have this discussion about whether or not to update. With Rockwell, it's forced on you, a planned-obsolescence money-making scheme... grrrrr,,,
  7. Hi guys, I have an older project on a V570 that needs replaced. It's a very intricate project with alot of Modbus TCP and lots of CanOpen communications. I'm trying to upgrade to the latest OS first, but if I run into any issues, I'd like to clone the project from the original V570, along with the older OS, and restore it into the new unit. I was wondering if this is a viable approach, and if there are any "gotchas" I should watch for. Edit: The original is programmed in Visilogic 9.3, the new one is 9.8.9. Thanks! TM
  8. Well, that was less painful than I thought.I installed the wireless USB adapter and it appeared in the network manager as "Wireless Adapter 4". It has it's own listing in the Windows 7 wifi manager, and can select every network independently.So for laughs, I left my laptop wifi on "PlantWifi" and selected one of my machine networks, and boom - I was in. Well, not quite boom, it's fairly slow, but it worked. I used my phone to remote to the laptop and was able to manipulate everything. On top of that, I could still reach the internet and get email.For my next trick, I'll set up some wireless profiles with fixed IP addresses and see if that improves the speed any.
  9. Greetings all, Not strictly a Visilogic question, but related. Like a lot of facilities, ours has a plant-wide wifi connection for internet access on the floor, etc. And like a lot of people, I am using wifi to connect to my equipment for programming and troublshooting. Each of my machines has it's own wireless router, so connecting is as simple as changing my wifi connection from SSID "PlantWifi" to "Mill5", and I can connect without cables or opening doors. Now I've got a new challenge - I need to be able to remote into my laptop to help maintenance troubleshoot if I am not in the building. I can remote into my laptop as long as it is on "PlantWifi", but lose my connection once I tie into "Mill5" (no internet to the machines) So my thought was to bind my laptop internal adapter to "PlantWifi" for remoting, then use a second USB wireless adapter to connect to "Mill5". Turns out this is a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. Windows 7 wants to route everything across one or the other, and it seems there is little control for this. Options I've considered - 1. IP filtering in the laptop - the machine networks have a small range of IPs in common within their own setups, so force traffic with that IP across the USB nic. 2. Sandboxing or a virtual machine to allow Visilogic access to only see the USB nic, but that seems like a lot of overhead. 3. Been seeing programs online like ForceBind, but apparently that would somehow hack Visilogic (insert hooks, they call it) to restrict it to the USB nic, not very comfortable with that idea. Also, these utilities all seem pretty old and unmaintained. For the record, connecting them all to factory LAN is not an option. So my question is, has anybody here done something like this? And if so, what did you use to pull it off? Thanks, TM
  10. But I still use Visilogic, and I'm not as young as I used to be, so please please please consider adding zoom functionality to the HMI designer for the V1210? I can't tell if my screen elements are lining up anymore. And it's tricky using a wooden ruler and masking tape on my computer screen. Thanks, TM
  11. Anybody try running an unmodified Win 10 host and running Win7 or XP on a virtual machine? It's gotten me out of trouble in the past.
  12. Are there any plans or dates for the discontinuation of some of the older vision lines, like the V120 or V280? We are looking at our upgrade paths. Thanks! TM
  13. I'm going to throw a really stupid idea out here: Some models of unitronics label the terminals for the can port, and some do not. The diagram you posted from the documentation, and the image you took and labelled, is in reverse order. Top to bottom, on a V570 (where the terminals are marked on the side of the PLC), the terminals are V+, H, PE, L, V- This has gotten me more than once. Best of Luck!
  14. Hi Guys! I hope all my friends in Israel are safe and well during these troubles. I just got a brand new V570 for a project, along with an V200-19-ET1 card, and I was installing the card when I noticed something I'd not seen before: On the card is a connector, J102, which was covered by a plastic clip. I could not get the card to install until I removed this clip, and J102 docked with a set of four pins on the motherboard, marked JP1500. Pin 4 of JP1500 was connected when the card was in place. I cannot seem to recall ever seeing this connector in use before, but my memory is not what it used to be. I just wanted to make sure this was correct, since J102 was covered when I unpacked the ET1 card. Thanks, TM
  15. Hi guys! I'm using Visilogic 9.5.0, all updates, and doing some revisions on a previous project. The original was created in 9.0.3. Working on a V570. I upgraded the OS in the 570 to the latest, and downloaded my revised program. This program has a lot of images in it. Everything went fine until the warning to download new image files, when I did it showed "Erasing Flash Address 8388608", then after an extended period, came up with "Failed to Download Images". I tried a couple more times, including a "download all and burn", always alarmed at the same point. Did a compile and build all (did normally) and a rebuild database (not required). I finally downloaded and chose not to update images, and the download finished fine, but no images at all on the screen. Lastly, I opened the original, unmodified program - important note - I opened it in 9.5.0, not the old version - compiled and downloaded normally. Thinking something might be off on my program, I grabbed a spare 570, updated the OS, and downloaded the modified program. However, the modified program downloaded normally without any trouble at all into the new PLC. Any thoughts on this? Thanks! TM
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