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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

    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

    Partnering to Combat the Global Medical Ventilator Shortage

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    People--If you are involved, or want to get involved with one of these projects--let us help!!! (BTW, I spent some time lurking on on of the SLACK forums devoted to this subject--and let me tell you: "Geeks will save us all". Just amazing, the level of collaboration and thinking-out-of-the-box, AMAZING ) On to our official invitation:==================================================================== Partnering to Combat the Global Medical Ventilator
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    The Power of ONE: VISION™ PLCs-- now in MOTION

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    Yes, Motion! Excellent news for our loyal Vision fan: Enhanced Vision controllers now support Unitronics’ broad range of AC Servo Drives & Motors!  Our UMDs (Unitronics Motion Drives) provide you with a high-quality solution that supports a vast variety of motion applications. The latest release of VisiLogic supports: Simple Setup for Servo Drives & Motors Automatic Communication Setup: absolutely seamless (Servo communication is via CANbus; ensure that your Vision co
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  • Cara Bereck Levy

    UniStream PLC--the PLC with Virtual HMI

    By Cara Bereck Levy

    Hi people! Our newest product was developed in answer to customers who needed UniStream performance--but who do not require an integrated HMI panel. >drum roll< Meet the UniStream PLC   This unique PLC,  unlike other UniStream controllers, does not have an integrated HMI panel--however,  it supports HMI applications just like any other UniStream. The secret is Virtual HMI. This means that you can mount the controller on a DIN rail in a cabinet, and access it from: any
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Thoughts on Linux

Like alot of people, I still use Windows XP for running my work-related programs. I know, lost in the 90's, but it works well for me. About a year ago, I had a PC crash that set me back severely. I didn't lose any data - for years now, I've kept all my project data in a single folder, and copy-pasted to my backup hard drive regularly. However, it took three days to reinstall all the software after I recovered the PC. That got me thinking - there's got to be an easier way to do this. As the

tmoulder

tmoulder

Protective Covers for Unitronics Vision Controllers

As has been noted elsewhere... Protective Lexan Covers are Now Available for All Vision Controllers. Even though the Unitronics Vision controllers are very economical, there’s no sense damaging them when you can easily apply a durable protective cover. We now offer a self-adhesive Lexan protective film custom cut for each Vision controller from Unitronics. This includes the V130, V350, V280, V290, V530, V560, V570, V1040and V1210. These protective covers are resistant to the following chem

Matthew

Matthew

PLC Scan Time (Enhanced Family)

A lot of my time is spent explaining/verifying/demonstrating. The attached program shows the scan time for a V1040/V1210 and also demonstrates the logic required to do the same for any of the Enhanced family of PLCs. ScanTime Tester.vlp

Simon

Simon

WEBINAR - Modems

Recorded Live: Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar covers the basics of implementing modems with Unitronics controllers. WEBINAR - Modems <iframe width="960" height="750" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/t7W7Jt3H3f8?rel=0&hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Jas

Jas

WEBINAR - Troubleshooting Tips

Recorded Live: Wednesday, June 8th 2011 Presented By Anthony Nicolaides Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar covers the basics of implementing troubleshooting tips with Unitronics controllers. Use search to find HMI buttons Show program sequence in help Solved by paralleling three nets in to one with a single coil Show disable/enable net function Online view, set and reset a bit in online mode Contact on a button instead of a positive transition contact Timer r

Jas

Jas

WEBINAR - Web Server

Recorded Live: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 By Jas Lettieri Applications Engineer - Unitronics Inc. This webinar covers the basics of implementing a Web Server with Unitronics controllers. Overview Requirements Demo Projects WEBINAR - Web Server <iframe width="960" height="750" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aW-tqbOvE8M?rel=0&hd=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Questions by Attendees Q: Can the Simple Webserver display Trends or bar graphs? A: NO, the

Jas

Jas

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

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tmoulder in CanOpen

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

tmoulder

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

Jas

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 CanOpen Primer.pdf

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tmoulder in CanOpen

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

Jas

Jas

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 automati

tmoulder

tmoulder in CanOpen

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

tmoulder

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

Jas

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 -

Jas

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,

tmoulder

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

tmoulder

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

tmoulder

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

Jas

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

Jas

Jas

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