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  1. Cara Bereck Levy
    VFD, inverter, AC drive - engineers call these adjustable speed drives by different names, but all use them to control motor speed  and torque.
    Now, you can obtain your VFDs from the same supplier as your PLC + HMI controllers. Unitronics VFDs can be used as a stand-alone product, or as part of a complete All-in-One package with our PLC+HMI controllers: UniStream®, Vision™ and Samba™.
    This simplifies workflow by enabling you to:
    Obtain your VFDs, PLC + HMI controllers and related components, as well as technical support, from a single supplier. Operate your VFD directly from the controller’s HMI panel Use the same programming software as the PLC control and HMI application, to: Set-up and configure multiple VFDs in a snap Monitor and debug your VFD  Remotely Access your VFD For more information, check out the VFD page in our website:

  2. Cara Bereck Levy
    Hi people!
    We listen to you. The requests and discussions in this community helps to guide our R&D,  and helps us to develop the  hardware and software you need.
    Please click here to take our short  survey. It is anonymous, and takes about 2 minutes to complete.
    Your answers will have an impact--will help us to direct our development to the best solutions for our community.
    Thanks--may all your apps be bugless 😄
  3. 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 axes. UniStream Remote I/O supports up to up to 8 Remote IO EtherCAT Adapters, URB-EC1; each adapter supports up to 16 standard UniStream Remote I/O modules. Include a total of up to 32 EtherCAT nodes--all components are supported by  the EtherCAT Fieldbus. Seamless integration with UniLogic – 2 clicks & you're ready to roll with EtherCAT!
    A few words about Motion
    Do you have an existing Motion application?
    Adapt your CANopen Servo projects to EtherCAT—a few quick clicks in Hardware Configuration enable you to enjoy the same great features:
    Totally transparent, automatic setup and management Download Ready-Made Motion code and get moving immediately – No programming needed! Diagnostics: view servo run-time performance via UniLogic’s built-in powerful, high-speed scope Tune your system: using only one single parameter  
  4. Cara Bereck Levy
    It's smooth. It's simple. Our R&D department has created a complete Motion Solution that includes all the hardware you need - AC Drives, Motors, Cables both standard and robotic – all seamlessly supported by Unitronics’ PLCs, HMIs, & VFDs. You can enjoy the simplicity of obtaining all components from a single supplier, plus our efficient Ready-Made Motion code - read on to learn more!
    New Motion Solution: Servo Made Simple - Easy to Set Up, Painless to Program
    Unitronics new line of AC Servo drives and motors changes the traditional and complicated approach to Motion Control.
    Unitronics launches a complete line of AC Servo drives and motors – along with a surprisingly simple approach that enables users to implement Motion Control easily. Ready-Made Motion code, Embedded Diagnostic tools, Automatic communication setup, are just some of the easy-to-use features embedded in this new line.
    The offering includes 1 and 3-phase drives and motors, operating at a wide power range of 50W to 5,000W (0.06-6.7 HP) to suit any machine size, with robust, high-resolution built-in serial encoders (absolute: 23-bit, incremental: 20-bit), IP65.
    Simplicity translates into solid profit
    Unitronics, recognized for industry leadership by the prestigious Frost and Sullivan Best Practices Award, applies an innovative approach that brings time-saving benefits to motion control:
    ·      No coding needed: Ready-Made Motion code, provided with every purchase, enables Unitronics’ customers to test their completed system; this code can be opened and adapted to other applications via PLCopen standard functions
    ·      One software for all project needs: set up and program PLC, HMI, Servo, VFD, and I/O—no need to struggle with multiple software tools to build an application with up to 8 axes
    ·      Automatic communication setup: absolutely seamless
    ·      Minimal room for error: UniLogic software automatically analyzes mechanical properties and recommends safe values for the user application
    ·      Diagnostics: UniLogic includes a built-in powerful, high-speed scope to view servo run-time performance
    ·      Tune the system: using only one single parameter
    ·      Embedded Diagnostic tools: no PC needed. Use Via an HMI panel – or a virtual HMI screen on their mobile device – users can:
    -      Set motion parameters
    -      Monitor Axis behavior and I/Os
    -      Execute movements, such as Point-to-Point, Jog, and Homing
    One Integrated Solution for Control & Automation
    The company’s Motion Control solution includes all the elements required for precise motion control: award-winning PLCs, HMIs panel, VFDs, I/Os, along with broad communication support, including Industry 4.0, and now Servo drives and motors.
    All products are programmed in the same, easy to use software studio, giving users a complete solution for control and automation from one supplier.
  5. Cara Bereck Levy
    Hi people!
    Unitronics Spring 2020 release introduces a powerful feature—UniStream controllers can now function as BACnet IP Servers. Particularly valuable for Unitronics users who are active in Building Automation and Environmental Control, UniStream BACnet Server supports a broad range of Services, Objects, and Tasks—we invite you to activate the trial license to check it out!
    This new release increases your project reach with:
    New Ethernet-based URB Components:
    - I/O Modules: Loadcell/Strain-gauge, PWM, and Pulse I/O modules
    - I/O Adapter: URB-TCP2, a compact, competitively-priced adapter that supports up to 6 URB I/O modules
    UniLogic’s New High-priority Ladder Task:
    Runs independently of your Ladder program according to a specific time interval, for example 1ms. Use our new Immediate Ladder functions to implement ‘Interrupt’ functionality
    New 4G /LTE & WiFi Cellular:
    Unitronics Routers support embedded SMS functionality
    ⚠️ A word regarding security: Unitronics tracks the dynamic challenges that cybersecurity presents to industrial automation. To enable you to better protect your application and prevent unauthorized PLC access, we have embedded user authentication measures into both UniLogic software and UniStream firmware. UniLogic now requires users to enter a PLC password before executing commands and tasks that require UniLogic to UniStream communication.
    We highly recommend you take this opportunity to benefit from the increased security offered in this version release. To do so, you must update your UniLogic software, upgrade UniStream firmware, and download an application created/updated in this current version.
    Click here to see the full list of version changes
    Click here to download the latest version of UniLogic
    ⚠️  The current version is UniLogic 1.29.103, OS 1.29.128. A previous version, UniLogic 1.29.103, OS 1.29.128  failed to update successfully in  UniStream Modular controllers: USP-070-B10/B08, USP-104-B10/ M10, and USP-156-B10. 
    If you downloaded 1.29.103, please replace it with the current version.
  6. Cara Bereck Levy
    Hi people!
    I wanted to remind you that there is still time to register for our upcoming webinars--and if you missed them, have no fear, we post them all! 
    To register, or to check out a recording, go here: 
    Past Webinars are marked with Recording, Upcoming Webinars are marked with Register.

  7. Cara Bereck Levy
    Well, people, if your projects are currently on hold--make good use of your time!
    We are preparing webinars for all levels: whether you are a newbie to Unitronics or a power-user, we will have a webinar for you.
    Here are some upcoming titles and times=======================================
      Kicking Off The Locked-In Learning Series!
    UniStream® and Vision™  Hardware & Software Introduction
    We've got the whole month of April packed with webinars
    >> Scroll to the bottom to see the full schedule <<
      UniStream® Hardware & Software Introduction
    1:00 pm ET
    10:00 am PT

      Vision™ Hardware & Software Introduction
    1:00 pm ET
    10:00 am PT

      UniStream® and Vision™
    Hardware & Software Introduction
    Total Control
    PLC • HMI • I/O • VFD • SERVO • 
    UniLogic® Studio for UniStream® and  VisiLogic™ Studio for Vision™ & Samba™  All-in-One software
     Hardware and communication configuration
      Ladder and HMI applications.
      Remotely Access your PLC
    Slash your Development Time by 50%
      Full Schedule
    Hardware  & Software Introduction:
    Tuesday 4/7
    Thursday 4/9
    Ladder, HMI, Memory:
    Tuesday 4/14
    Thursday 4/16
    Data Logging:
    Tuesday 4/21
    Thursday 4/23
    Tuesday 4/28
    Thursday 4/30
  8. 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 Shortage   One Integrated Solution for Precise Medical Ventilator Control & Automation   Rapidly achieve CONTROL of any Ventilator requirement with Unitronics   Global Challenge: Rapid Ventilator Production Ventilators save lives—and there is a world-wide shortage. The global pandemic crisis is creating a vast surge of severely ill patients whose only hope for survival is mechanical ventilation. Medical procurement agents are in fierce competition to purchase ventilators, factories are retooling to produce them, and grassroots engineering initiatives are in full swing. Never before has the global village been so united against a common threat.   Unitronics Meets the Challenge: Easy Automated Ventilator Control The requirements of ventilator control are complex. Note that any ventilation mode, invasive or non-invasive, can be easily automated with Unitronics PLCs in order to comply with changes in recommended treatment.         Operate Panel while Gloved
    Clear Status View
    Proven High Performance
    Color TOUCH Displays
    24/7 Technical Support
    Flexible & Customizable
    Immediate Product Supply
    Alarms: Audible & Visual
    Easy Integration with Any CPR System
    Compact & Low Weight
    Notifications sent to Mobile
    Easy to Use
    Unitronics is committed to the global effort to develop and produce ventilators for the health crisis. Our team of professional Support Engineers is standing by, ready to help you evaluate, plan, and progress with your medical ventilator project or production.
  9. 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 see the May issue, the article is on page 33 - I've captured that page below:

    Legacy Applications Wanted!!!!
    **Call for 'Legacy' PLC application stories!**
    Our first generation PLC's are controlling applications decades (!) after their release.
    Do you use Unitronics' first generation PLCs?
    Let us know!
  10. Cara Bereck Levy
    We are pleased to present the Unitronics 2017 Roundup!
     Read on to learn about some of our proudest achievements in 2017.
    2017 was a year in which our tradition of excellence in innovation was recognized by:
    -         Frost & Sullivan, a major market research and analysis firm. Frost & Sullivan conducted an in-depth review of Unitronics products, specifically our 3 major product series--Samba, Vision, and UniStream--in relation to the dynamic, competitive market that challenges PLC manufacturers. Unitronics was awarded their Best Practices Awards for product innovations.
    -         Control Engineering, honoring our Samba 7" with an Control Engineers’ Choice Award in the category of Hardware – integrated HMI controllers. This was the 6th—yes SIXTH—year in a row that Unitronics' programmable controllers have received this prestigious industry award.
    Product Releases
    We welcomed two major additions to our UniStream line of PLC + HMI programmable controllers:
    -         UniStream 5" – PLC + HMI + I/O built into one unit
    Compact, contemporary, and connected, these bring you bring you all of the power and functionality of UniStream, the same elegant, color-touch HMI panel, and a range of built-in I/O configurations. It is available in two versions: UniStream 5" (B5) and UniStream 5" Pro (B10). Both series support important fieldbus protocols such as MODBUS, Ethernet/IP and CANopen, as well as SNMP, VNC, FTP, SMS, email, and communications via GSM/GPRS modem. 

    The Pro version also offers a built-in Webserver, audio jack, video support–and SQL, a plus for OEMs facing Industry 4.0.
    -         Multi-touch HMI panel
    UniStream USP-104-M10 offered our first integrated Multi-Touch panel, enabling gestures such as swipe, double-tap, press & tap, and more, including Two-Hand operation – a recognized safety measure.
    -         UniLogic
    The award-winning programming environment for UniStream received an all-new Hardware Configuration upgrade, and a number of added features, including CANopen EDS Import, View, Edit, and new EDS Ladder Functions, powerful MODBUS features: Aperiodic via Ladder, Add Aperiodic/ Periodic Operations per slave, singly or in batches. We also included support for MYSQL.
    Trade Shows
    This year, our team participated in major trade shows:
    •          PPMA Processing & Packaging Machinery Association, in the UK
    •          SPS IPC Drives in Germany and in Italy
    •          ATX – the Automation Technology Expo, held in both New York and Toronto
    •          OTC2017, the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas
    Contribute to our Roadmap for 2018!
    Many of our finest products and feature addition have been jumpstarted by a suggestion from you, a member of the automation sector.
    Don't be shy—write to us with your suggestions and ideas!
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    Click on the icons below to keep updated with the latest and greatest from the Unitronics team!
    Thanks for reading—may you have a marvelous 2018, and may all your applications run bug-free!

  11. Cara Bereck Levy
    Read about how  Nicolaides & Kountouris Metal Company LLC, manufacturers soundproofing and insulation panels, needed a system to efficiently cut panels to correct dimensions; their old cutting machine was inefficient and required constant operator supervision.  Learn how the UniStream 10.4  PLC+HMI from Unitronics automates their cutting system, boosting it more reliability and efficiency.
    Access the story here.

  12. Cara Bereck Levy
    Coating Systems International  deploys their products worldwide. They needed a low cost, flexible controller for machines with a payload of up to 500 liters., as well as an operator interface that could be easily customized to suit different markets. 
    UniStream 7" fit the bill--as one engineer noted: “With the use of a base GIF animation file and almost unlimited overlay for conditions such as off, warnings or alarm status, a comprehensive screen can display everything the operator needs to know with little requirement to build up many different screens as has been done in the past, one screen replaces three.”
    To read about their fascinating implementation, click here.

  13. Cara Bereck Levy
    Eurotech had previously used Unitronics Vision series all-in-one PLCs to control their extrusion equipment, but had started using a competitor’s product.  However, they switched back to Unitronics products following the launch of the UniStream line; these modular, all-in-one PLCs offer a flexible, easy to use control platform.  Eurotech uses  UniStream line, 7, 10, and 15" models .
    Read all about it here:  https://unitronicsplc.com/testemonials-category-carrousel/?category=miscellaneous&tid=10406

  14. Cara Bereck Levy
    Located in Belgrade,  Aqua Interma Engineering  manufactures and install solutions for drinking water purification and waste water treatment. They select the right-sized PLC + HMI controller, Samba, Jazz or Vision430 to  create applications that dose water with chlorine to eliminate micro-organisms and test the residual levels of chlorine in order to ensure water purity. 
    Read about it here:

  15. Cara Bereck Levy
    Check it out!!! Errdue, an Italian company that  manufactures equipment for generating and purifying gases on the customer site, wanted to develop a new line of products.
    They chose our very own Vision350 for the job.
     Erredue got the functionality and communication support they needed, in a physically compact device that fit right in--plus, the V350's quality color touchscreen boosts them ahead of their competitors.
    Read about the application, and check out Engineer Claudio D’Angelo's rave review of the V350 PLC +HMI here!

  16. Cara Bereck Levy
    Did you know that Unitronics Remote Operator, the mobile app for the Vision™ and Samba™ series, is available--at no cost--from Apple’s App and Google Play stores?
    Remote Operator application enables you to remotely access your Unitronics controllers using your smartphone and tablet. Via the app, you can view and operate the controller’s HMI —as if you are physically touching the controller. Using Remote Operator you monitor automation processes, press keys and touch HMI objects, change parameter values, view Alarms and process value Trends. You can define and access multiple controllers from a single mobile device.
    We invite you to download the app, give a whirl--here's a link to our handy Quickstart guide to help you hit the ground running:
  17. Cara Bereck Levy
    Let me tell you--this is going to be GREAT!!!!
    We are proud to introduce an addition to the UniStream family that is going to be a favorite among those of you who enjoy the compactness, the no-hassle approach of the All-in-One Vision series.
    UniStream 5" is a PLC+HMI+I/Os , with the impressive UniStream user panel built-in, available in a number of I/O configurations, that you program in UniLogic.
    Below is the official release document--you can access specs, etc, over here.
    UniStream® 5”: PLC+HMI+I/Os
    Compact. Contemporary. Connected

    Unitronics’ newly-released UniStream® 5"- a multi-function programmable logic controller in a superbly compact hardware profile: PLC+HMI+I/O built into a single unit.
    All-in-One, compact PLC + HMI with built-in I/Os fills a niche in the programmable controller market—serving OEMs and system integrator who need space-saving controllers that deliver the functionality to control complex machines, while creating a competitive advantage via a color-touch HMI panel.
    This All-in-One controller is available in two series: UniStream 5" and UniStream 5" Pro. Both series support SNMP, VNC, FTP, SMS, email, and communications via GSM/GPRS modem.
    The Pro version also offers a built-in Webserver, audio jack, and video support, as well as SQL, a plus for system integrators and OEMs facing Industry 4.0.
    The Hardware
    UniStream 5", with its resistive color touch-screen reduces space and wiring requirements, and eliminates the need to set up Panel-PLC communication.
    Built-in I/O configurations vary according to model, offering digital, analog, high-speed and temperature I/Os. Users can expand the configuration up to 2,048 I/O points.
    Built-in COM ports include Ethernet, 1 USB host and 1 Mini-B USB device ports; additional add-on ports for serial and CANbus are available.
    Powerful Programming
    The rich feature range of UniStream includes auto-tuned PID, data logging, data tables and Recipes, data sampling displayed via built-in Trends and Gauges, Alarms, multi-level passwords, and plug & play communications for CANopen, CAN Layer2, MODBUS, EtherNet/IP, and more.
    A Re-Use paradigm enables the programmer to build Ladder and C functions, design HMI screens, and create Web pages in multiple languages including Asian languages—then save it all in a Library to reuse in other projects.
    Another benefit to the bottom line for the OEM and system integrators is Unitronics standard policy of customer care—no hidden costs or tiers. All software, utilities, and support—including membership in Unitronics’ Community Forum—are provided at no additional charge
  18. Cara Bereck Levy
    This major release introduces a number of new features that will boost your productivity, such as wide Ladder nets and dynamic I/O configurations. You can download it from here: https://unitronicsplc.com/software-visilogic/
    In addition, when you install this version and open it for the first time, a pop-up will allow you to access app store links for Unitronics’ Remote Operator for Mobile app.

    Remote Operator for Mobile
     The Help menu now offers a link that will access the App store. In addition, the Help topic Remote Operator via Mobile App now contains QR codes that you can scan with your mobile to get the app.
    2X the Space
    VisiLogic Ladder nets are now wide, and reach completely across your PC screen - no empty areas.  This gives you twice the editing space.
    Switching I/O Configurations
    Once you have added I/O Expansion Modules to your project, you can create variations called 'IO Module Configurations'.
    Configurations are hardware profiles that enable a controller to run the application if it has a physical I/O configuration that is different from the full I/O Configuration in the project. Each profile that you create has an index number.
    You determine which configuration is active by storing a value in SI 205. The application will run according to the selected Config without error.
    To enable your program logic to run correctly when switching configurations, you must map the digital inputs and outputs to MBs, and use these MBs as program conditions instead of Input and Output operands. Since analog I/Os are linked to operands, they do not require any special handling.
    Run As Admin
    VisiLogic and other software utilities are now set to "Run as Admin".
    Navigation Tree
    Simple, static HMI elements such as lines and circles now appear on the Project
    Navigation Tree under Static.
    Remote Access:
    You can now Jump to Display in Alarms when running Remote Access.
    V700, SI 184: Port
    SI 184 Indicates which port is installed: 0-none, 1-serial, 2-ethernet,4-Profibus
    PID Server
    You can now export using different pictures and data formats. Note that the Excel file is saved as .xls file that cannot be opened in office 2013 but can be opened in office 2010 .
    HMI Zoom
    You can now zoom  HMI displays to twice their size, when editing displays for V700 and V1040, V1210 .
    Separators are now supported when importing/exporting.
    You can also select whether to import Fast operands, preset/current of timers and counters.
    The CSV of operand descriptions now includes a row of operands types.
    While importing, VisiLogic now displays a progress bar.
    Data Table Import
    When importing a .UPD file,  you now have options to Select all and Clear all
    Project Memory Map
    Project memory map now displays topic sizes.
    SMS Configuration (V2xx only)
    SMS configuration  now supports Eastern Europe language set.
    VisiLogic GUI: Russian
    The VisiLogic Interface can now be translated to Russian.
    Comments are fully printed when printing Ladder.
    Data Table export
    Each Data table field can be assigned a special caption and format for export to Excel.
    FB Protocol, CRC
    A new type, CRC-16/BYPASS is now supported.
    Keyboard symbols
     Virtual keyboards now have the underscore symbol where the copyright symbol was held.
  19. Cara Bereck Levy
    So. You may be smack in the middle of your first Smart Factory project...or you may be wondering what all the hype is about..or, you may be looking around for a brand of programmable controllers that will talk to an ERP SQL database.
    No matter what your particular scenario is, we invite you to attend our webinar to learn how easy it is to communicate data via SQL, from the production floor up to management levels using Unitronics  All-in-One PLC + HMI controllers.
    To sign up, click here

  20. Cara Bereck Levy
    We've had some nice application stories recently
    Here's a cool one about  timber drying kilns that require reliable, automatic temperature control - and implement it with Unitronics Vision350 PLC+HMI controllers
     Read about  the Timbersoft Kiln Drying application  here.

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