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M91-2-R1 ENTER KEY PROBLEM

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Hi guys,

 

Yesterday i had a phone call from a customer telling me that he cannot change any value of the user preset variables (Timers, MI's) on the screen because ENTER key is not working.

PLC model is M91-2-R1 installed 4 years ago.

 

Anyone had this issue in the past? Is there any way to assign the function of ENTER key to another button?

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I haven't, and I would think re-assigning is very dependent on how you have the program set up in the first place .

I also remember someone (I think it was Joe T) saying about one of his clients using a box cutter to press the keys....some people are rough on machines.

Short of getting into the keypad and possibly doing a fix, I think you might be struggling.  And I don't know whether you can just get a replacement keypad, I've never had an M91 apart that far.

Other comments please.

cheers and good luck Kikis,

Aus

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Depending on the usage, they may have beat the ENTER key to death and that particular key has failed.

If you can go on site, go into Info Mode and check whether SB 53 comes on when you press the ENTER key.

You can not re-assign it.  They should probably replace the unit.

Joe T.

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Hi guys,

 

Thanks Ausman and Joe for your reply.

I went on site to check the problem and seems that ENTER key has indeed failed.

Info mode sub-menus couldn’t be accessed because ENTER key function is needed, so I have connected my laptop to the PLC. Pressing the key had no effect on SB53 which was always off.

All other keys were working properly and PLC program was normally running.

Customer and his employees claim that they were always using the keypad gently and did nothing that could have cause damage to the key.

After spending an hour there trying to make it work, I finally decided to get a new 3.5 inch Samba unit and replace the M91.

I use Unitronics controllers for many years now and this is the first time i’m facing a keypad related problem

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12 hours ago, Kikis said:

I finally decided to get a new 3.5 inch Samba unit and replace the M91.

You're going to re-write the entire program because of a failed Enter key???

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18 hours ago, Flex727 said:

You're going to re-write the entire program because of a failed Enter key???

Hi Flex,

 

My suggestion was to get a new M91 but customer prefers to replace it with a key-less unit.

Customer is always right!

 

I think re-writing the program in Visilogic won't take more than an hour.

Not so much trouble, especially when you program at night while enjoying a bottle of good Belgian craft beer!

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If they touch that thing a lot I would seriously consider putting some buttons on the panel for frequently used commands such as "START".  I was onsite today working on a touchscreen that failed after 18 months because of multiple daily operator interactions.

I don't care what Unitronics or any other touchscreen vendor says.  Touchscreens are not meant to be frequently touched.  I haven't seen one yet that's made with Gorilla Glass.

Joe T.

P.S.

@Flex727 - A Samba is SO much better than an M91.  I would do that in a heartbeat.

P.P.S.

With all the politicians in the news lately getting in trouble for touching things, I wonder if political correctness is going to kick in and we'll start calling them "Personal Non-Offensive Interaction with Finger Screens"  

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On 11/21/2017 at 7:46 AM, Joe Tauser said:

 I was onsite today working on a touchscreen that failed after 18 months because of multiple daily operator interactions.

I saw people touching the HMI screen like if they were trying to kill an annoying fly.

Usually these people carry old-school keypad mobile phones.

 

18 months is a very short lifetime though...

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