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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    Forum Mod. Joe T. in CE - and Wanted: Legacy Apps!

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    Joe Tauser - if you've spent 5 minutes on this forum,  you know Joe as a forum moderator, expert in all things Unitronics. If you have ever asked for help, you have probably benefited from his broad knowledge of control engineering. Joe offered some good, cautionary advice for those implementing IoT in their applications that appears in the May edition of Control Engineering, European edition,  in  an article on machine control technology developments, spotlight on IIOT,  Click here to
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    Did you know? UniStream PLC - a 2020 Engineer's Choice!

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    We are proud to announce that the UniStream PLC has been awarded the prestigious Engineer’s Choice Award for 2020 in the category of Machine & Embedded Control – PLCs. This is the 10th consecutive year that Unitronics has been honored by the Control Engineering community. Our products have received a total of 10 CE awards in the categories of Integrated HMI Controllers, HMI Software, and now, for the first time, in Machine & Embedded Control – PLCs. We thank all those who vote
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    Download our Webinar:Remotely Access your Unitronics PLC =>Control During Crisis

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    Download our webinar:  Remotely Access your Unitronics PLC   Control During Crisis People, don't miss out! Even if you missed attending our webinar, you can still download the recorded webinar – to improve your skills without missing a beat! Stay tuned for our upcoming webinars – these are a great way for you to sharpen your skills, learn to work more efficiently, and improve your ability to meet upcoming business challenges Click below to download the recor
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    UniCloud--no-code Cloud! IIoT made Easy, for OEMs and Machine Builders!

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    We've been working hard here at Unitronics headquarters--and people, the results are fabulous!  This post is devoted to Unitronics' new UniCloud, our complete, no-code IIoT Cloud platform for OEMs and Machine Builders, supporting UniStream, Vision Enhanced,  and Samba—able to support any of your control applications, new or old, without you needing to add a line to your control project. So…what does that mean, exactly? Read on to learn more!                         
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    EtherCAT--for Servo Motion, I/O, and 3rd-party devices! (UniStream PLCs only)

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    EtherCAT! If you use UniStream PLCs models USC-B5 or USC-B10, you can now easily integrate EtherCAT into your applications, via our new EtherCAT master communication module. This new module, UAC-01EC2, brings you the following benefits: Simple, flexible, transparent system setup. Easy wiring – reduce costs, minimize complexity. 3rd-party devices easily integrated - just import the ESI. Motion: via Unitronics UMD-xxxx-E3 servo drives, you can support up to 8 axe
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Motoman CanOpen Example

Greetings all! Motoman is a Yaskawa-based robot company that offers CanOpen as one of their protocols. The documentation for their card is good for the wiring and installation of the CanOpen adapter card, but documentation about how the robot interacts with the card, and how CanOpen commands are processed is non-existent. Literally, it doesn't exist. I've begun a project requiring interfacing a V570 to a Motoman robot via CanOpen, and the attachments here cover my findings. There's an examp

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WEBINAR - Vectors

Recorded Live: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. In this webinar we will cover utilizing Unitronics controllers for: Vectors Vector tools Vector Search Indirect Addressing WEBINAR - Vectors (1) <iframe width="960" height="750" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4xzxv8CQ7i4?rel=0&hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> WEBINAR - Vectors (2) <iframe width="960" height="750" src="http://w

Jas

Jas

Analog input resolution, scaling and protection

Caution: This approach can be risky. Analog voltages greater and 15 VDC can fry an analog input on an E1B module. Use with caution, and at your own risk. I had a project where I needed to use a potentiometer with an E1B snap IO to measure an angular position. The problem I ran into was resolution. With 10 VDC applied to the pot, and the E1B resolution of 1024 units for full sweep, the portion of the pot I needed was only seeing 22 units. I had an idea - I put full 24 VDC to the pot, then

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tmoulder

WEBINAR - CANbus + UniCAN

Recorded Live: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar covers the basics of implementing CANbus + UniCAN with Unitronics controllers. CANbus networking PLC to PLC communication PLC to EX-RC1 communication (Remote Expansion I/O) Bridging RS-232 and CANbus networks WEBINAR - CANbus (1) <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="960" height="750" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lrNgxu1Pnoo?rel=0&hd

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Jas

CanOpen Basics

As a supplement to the example program I posted earlier, I've put together this PDF guide. It explains how the program operates, and goes into some light detail about CanOpen itself, as implemented in Unitronics. Hopefully, it will help give the new CanOpen-er a boost in the right direction. Like everything in this blog, this is open. If you see a correction or think something needs covered that isn't, let me know and I'll add on to it. Hope it helps! TM

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WEBINAR - Analog I/O

Recorded Live: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 By Jas Lettieri Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar covers the basics of implementing analog I/O with Unitronics controllers. Types of Transducers Linearization Trends Meters WEBINAR - Analog I/O (1) <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="960" height="750" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SberZBEWW9c?rel=0&hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> WEBINAR - Analog I/O (2) <iframe title="Yo

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Wago 750-307 CanOpen Node Example

Notice: This is an example program, instead of an importable module. The way CanOpen is confgured in Unitronics makes an importable module for this impractical. The program is an example of communication with a Wago 750-307 IO node. The node I used to develop it has 16 digital inputs and 10 relay outputs. Refer to the documentation of the node to see how to set the Unit ID for the node, the program looks for node 1. I designed the NMT section of the program to mainly to handle automatic la

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tmoulder

Updated Demo box with V1040

After a lovely chat with our friendly Unitronics Desk Manager about promoting the new V1040, I sat down the next day to prepare our demo box for a trade display and realised it only has the V570 fitted! This is the Unitronics factory demo with the V570, V350 and Jazz. After some quick action to find a piece of panel material, the afternoon was spent cutting and soldering to migrate the existing V350, Jazz and peripherals to a new panel that also accomodates the V1040. The modem was moved insi

Simon

Simon

Simple 1-Node Modbus TCP Master

This is a little Modbus routine I wrote to connect to one remote node, in my case a Dalsa IPD vision device. It's not designed to connect to several devices, just a one-to-one such as my camera setup, a single servo drive or VFD. As such, it is really optimized for maximum communication to that single device. The module reads the vector of addresses from the slave constantly, as fast as possible. Writes only take place when a value in the Tx Vector is changed. So the PLC always has the fres

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tmoulder

WEBINAR - PTO (Pulse Train Output)

Recorded Live: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Presented By Yair Stein Tech Support Engineer - Unitronics Ltd. This webinar will cover new options for motion control - Pulse Train Output (PTO) You can implement motor control by controlling the high-speed outputs of certain Vision controllers using PTO functions, controlling up to three independent axis. In this way you can, for example, build speed profiles that are appropriate for stepper motors. Note that the PTO control functions are open-loo

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Jas

WEBINAR - Modbus

Recorded Live: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 By Jas Lettieri Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar will cover the basics of implementing Modbus RTU with Unitronics controllers. Split into three convenient videos, with example programs included, as well as Q&A session. WEBINAR - Modbus (1) <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="960" height="750" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LbG_WoH1wSs?rel=0&hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> WEBINAR -

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Jas

Simple Alarm Module

Unitronics has provided us with a powerful and comprehensive alarm system built into the OS. It provides grouping, status conditions, and pre-made screens to interact with. It's a terrific piece of work, and I do not wish to detract from it one bit. That said, it's also complex and can be tricky to set up. The vast majority of my projects don't need anything that sophisticated. So after several years of working on my own technique, I finally came up with a module that matches just my needs,

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tmoulder

The ubiquitous Buffered SD

Greetings all! This program has been floating around in a couple of forms since before Christmas. Essentially, it is a program to create a CSV file on an SD card, and incorporates a data table as a buffer to prevent data loss if the card is removed, or writes come in too fast. This latest revision includes logic to create column headings at the top of the spreadsheet automatically when a new file is created on the card. Instructions for use and importing into an existing project are in the R

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tmoulder

FOSS Logic

Lately, I've been twiddling around with Linux, and learning about it's history. I've been extremely impressed by what a group of people can accomplish with some collaborative effort and a willingness to share that effort. I'm no PC programmer, but I am a PLC programmer, and over the years I've developed a number of importable code modules I use in my programs. In the spirit of shared effort, I'm going to make some of these modules available to the forum. These are modules I've personally use

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tmoulder

WEBINAR - SD Cards

Recorded Live: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 By Jas Lettieri Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar will cover the basics of utilizing SD cards with Unitronics controllers: 1. SD Tools Format Card 2. SD Example Project Log Line (.ulg) Full DT (.udt) DT Append (.udt) Excel to SD (.csv) Copy SD to DT (read tags) 3. SD Explorer Configure communication settings Read Card Can only open (.udt) and (.csv) 4. SD Manager Allows display of UniLog (.ul

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Jas

AMPS Industrial Completes Control System for Custar Quarry

My company, AMPS Industrial Controls, recently finished the installation and start-up on a control system for the Custar Stone Quarry project we mentioned late last year. This quarry is located in northwest Ohio and it supplies stone for road projects all over the region. We are pleased to say that everything went very well and the quarry is now up and running with wireless Ethernet communication between all three control stations. This was really a fun project so we would like to take this o

Matthew

Matthew

WEBINAR - Data Tables and Data Logging - Part II

Recorded Live: Thursday, January 19, 2011 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. Part 1 - We will explore how to set up a data table in VisiLogic and use it to log data. We will show how to create a data table, and how to link each column to a register type. We will then use the ladder section to create a time/event driven routine to log data. Part 2 - We will learn how to use DataXport to pull the data table from the PLC and save it to the PC as an excel f

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Jas

WEBINAR - Data Tables and Data Logging - Part I

Recorded Live: Thursday, January 13, 2011 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. Part 1 - We will explore how to set up a data table in VisiLogic and use it to log data. We will show how to create a data table, and how to link each column to a register type. We will then use the ladder section to create a time/event driven routine to log data. Part 2 - We will learn how to use DataXport to pull the data table from the PLC and save it to the PC as an excel

Jas

Jas

Increased Inventory

Having analyzed our 2010 sales, looking particularly at areas of dynamic growth, we are increasing our inventory of Unitronics products. The increases will be seen mainly in the Vision Series of OPLCs but Snap I/O modules and Expansion I/O modules will also be increased. 2010 was a great year for us, in no small part due to the growth we saw in Unitronics sales. This is nice to see because it comes as a direct result of the strategy of increasing our presence on the web and emphasizing the qual

Matthew

Matthew

WEBINAR - Timers, HMI Jumps, & More - Now in HD!

Recorded Live: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 By Jas Lettieri Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar explains: Types and uses for timers in Vision controllers. How to add HMI displays in the project and jump between them. The webinar takes a little more than one hour and is divided into 5 parts for easy access and learning. Download the VisiLogic project (*.vlp file) which was created during the session! You can now expand the videos to be full screen 1080p HD quality.

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Jas

V1040 to be used in new brewery for Dogfish Head Brewing Company

Next week I will be traveling to meet with Sam Calagione and his head brewmaster, Floris. I'll be traveling with the president and production engineer from a longtime customer, Sabco, to work on a new nano-brewery. We’ve built the control panels for Sabco’s Brew-Magic for many years but there is a need for a similar, but larger, brewing system to serve the booming craft brewing industry. This is what we’ll be working on next week. The really cool part is getting to work on it with Sam and Floris

Matthew

Matthew

WEBINAR - Ethernet

Recorded Live: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. Ethernet – Learn the basics of setting up an Ethernet connection to communicate to and program the controller. Learn about the setup and configuration of the card, and the sockets. Learn how to use the remote management tool “Remote Operator” to bring up the screen of the PLC on the PC over the network. Take a quick look at Modbus IP and see how to communicate between two contro

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Jas

WEBINAR - Buttons and Lights

Recorded Live: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. Buttons and Lights – Learn how to work with the HMI and Ladder in VisiLogic. We will use contacts and coils as inputs and outputs for out ladder. We will link the ladder to HMI elements and see how to affect the Ladder from the HMI. We will also learn about some of the HMI tools and functions. Downloading to the controller will also be covered. This is a great first step for any

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