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  1. Powerflex 4M

    The dated PowerFlex 4M has an Ethernet-type RJ45 port, but this is a RS-485 port (DSI).  Ethernet/IP was not commonly utilized when the 4M was rolled out. If you can connect to your system without Ethernet/IP, programming is done via the keypad. If you want to physically connect to the drive, you will need either DriveExplorer or DriveExecutive and a serial converter (#22-SCM-232).  Also known as "The Anaconda".   http://literature.rockwellautomation.com/idc/groups/literature/documents/um/22comm-um002_-en-p.pdf You can add a DSI interface module to your panel to convert the 4M RS-485 (DSI) port to Ethernet/IP. http://literature.rockwellautomation.com/idc/groups/literature/documents/um/1769-um013_-en-p.pdf Or you can add an Ethernet/IP communication board to the PowerFlex 4M VFD, the #22-COMM-E.  http://literature.rockwellautomation.com/idc/groups/literature/documents/um/22comm-um004_-en-p.pdf

    Allen-Bradley does have a brochure for the PF 755 utilized for material handling/crane applications.  However, the literature does not fully disclose "anti-sway" ability.  If you are talking material handling/anti-sway control, "lower cost" often is a recipe for a problem. http://literature.rockwellautomation.com/idc/groups/literature/documents/br/pflex-br009_-en-p.pdf Magnetek, a material handling controls/equipment manufacturer, does have an anti-sway control solution.  https://www.magnetekmh.com/Products/AC%20Drives/IMPULSE%20AC%20Drives/Sway%20Control%20System%20Series%202 ABB has more of a refined material handling/anti-sway solution.  https://new.abb.com/drives/media/crane-control-solutions
  3. Kinetix 300 Hard Limits

    It has been a few years, but I ran into a situation with the K300 continuously generating an E06-Hardware Overtravel fault that would not go away.  The fix per Rockwell...add 1.5K 2W resistors in parallel with each extreme limit input (stray electrical noise sensed as an extreme limit input ON condition).
  4. Debugging Local O: Data

    Usually, a cross reference will help you find the culprit (like 2 pieces of code controlling the same parameter).  However, with UDTs bundled into an AOI, is is very easy to have this situation.  If anyone has used the open-source PackML template (which Collins may be working with) then you know what I am talking about.  It is very possible to "walk on" a tag within the AOI.  I wrestled with the very same type of situation for a long time, and ended up re-writing the whole program without the pain-in-my-butt PackML template.
  5. Registering EDS Files

    Specifically what piece of hardware are you having an EDS file issue with?  There have been situations that require modification to get the EDS file to work.
  6. Kinetix 300 Master Gearing Question

    Upfront motion application design questions:  How will this master-slave relationship work, overall?  The scope of operation is not defined.  What is your motion resolution accuracy specification?  Resolution accuracy spec may or may not be capable.  How is the hydraulic cylinder controlled?  In order to slave a K300 servo controller, commanded with motion instructions, to a hydraulic cylinder, the cylinder control will need to be via a motion command, also.   Once the scope of operation is known, then research the motion commands needed.  Pull down the Logix/Studio Motion Instructions Reference Manual (Chapter 2, Motion Move Instructions).  From what I read...MAG (motion axis gearing) is probably the ticket.  Master (hydraulic cylinder control output with encoder position feedback input) is slaved to K300 servo motor.  In this fashion, whenever the Master is commanded, the Slave is commanded per the gear ratio. After you have scope and motion figured out, then it is onto determining the encoder feedback.  There are a number of encoder types for different applications.  Refer to the attached. Understanding Encoders.pdf
  7. Factory talk view

    You will need screenshots to fully express your situation.  I suspect your issue is with the scripting of register addresses; your SLC-500 PLC name is what is shown in RSLinx and that is what will be [shortcut] in RSView ME. For migrating a PV550 to a PV700, if the previous PV550 HMI application required operators to acknowledge all alarms (otherwise how would the alarms go away), the new PV700 application should do the same.  Otherwise you will be modifying the behavior of the machine.  
  8. Finding a Panelview Tag in the PLC

    A free TechConnect account will get you to the conversion tool download https://rockwellautomation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/450509
  9. Retrofitting old PLC5

    Ideally, a one-to-one PLC program conversion with identical HMI screen layout/functionality is probably the objective.  Same functionality, updated equipment - no enhancements. Request a drawing of the whole control system.  There could be communication modules that interface with other equipment (remote I/O racks, DeviceNet to VFDs, etc.).  You need to be 100% sure of everything controlled by this PLC. You will need the latest PLC program.  Do you have PLC-5 programming software (i.e., RSLogix 5 or AI)?  The complexity and functions that are in the PLC code will dictate which platform to upgrade to.  A CompactLogix 5370 L1-L2-L3 controller may be a good choice, but features utilized may force you to upgrade to a ControlLogix.
  10. CLX to Fanuc Remote Start

    With Fanuc robots and Ethernet/IP to an external controller, the key is the I/O stack.  The robot may communicate Ethernet/IP (the HOW), but it utilizes a stack of I/O (the WHAT) for the heart of the communications. Work Instruction - Fanuc Robot System Startup.docx Work Instruction - Omron PLC Ethernet-IP With Fanuc Controller.doc
  11. Micrologix and Sick Inspector?

    This is where Sick's literature will drive your configuration, it is not a Rockwell/Allen-Bradley decision.  I have seen Generic Ethernet module configurations of Type INT or SINT; the hardware manufacturer (Sick) will specify what works for them.  Then you need to know the number of input & output words and the instance numbers. I found a Sick blog that suggests...Type-SINT, input instance-105, size-124; output instance-100, size-4; Config instance-1, size-0.  In the Connection tab, turn ON Use Unicast Connection Over Ethernet/IP.  http://sickusablog.com/easily-obtain-inspector-vision-sensor-data-ethernetip/
  12. Stratix Switch Data Type

    Great topic, something I had wondered about using for years but never got around.  Page 28 digs into it; tags configured that you can monitor in your code.  https://www.rockwellautomation.com/resources/downloads/rockwellautomation/noa/RAOTM%20Lab%20Manuals/L02-manual.pdf

    Specifically which faults are you getting when trying to energize the VFD?  Let the drive display cycle through ALL existing faults.  Install Connected Components Workbench, get connected to the problem VFD, and go online to dig further into the details of alarm history. Are you getting F041 (Phase U-V) & P042 (Phase U-W) & P043 (Phase V-W)?  If you are not getting all 3 phase shorted faults, the VFD may be telling you that this fan motor has failed.  However, if you are only getting one phase shorted fault, and you have metered the windings and did not find a line-to-line short, then this fan motor needs to be meggered (with a motor megger - tests the motor windings).
  14. New Laptop for PLC's and control works

    A VirtualMachine is highly suggested.  Rockwell/Allen-Bradley is providing their field engineers with virtualized machines.  If you consider the number of hours to configure every new laptop just to get it to perform like the last laptop, then virtualizing your PC and replicating for a new install is the way to go. And being as some Rockwell/Allen-Bradley products do not perform on latest operating systems, virtualizing your PC is the way to go. The biggest struggles with latest operating systems and virtualized PCs, in my opinion...(1) selecting a PC platform that affords to virtualizing [hyper-threading & quad-core, minimum], (2) port sharing [USB requires R&D testing and diligence].  

    Have you entered motor nameplate info into drive parameters? Have you tried to auto-tune?  Auto-tune can create more problems than fix. You have metered all 3 legs of fan motor to ground and all 3 are not shorted? You have a Wye-connected 208V 3-phse fan motor on the load-side of the VFD, ground tied to center tertiary of the fan motor? Is the incoming power to the VFD Delta or Wye-connected? What is the Acceleration time set for the VFD to get up to speed (P041)?  Extend P041 time; reduce P044 (max freq); set P039 to 0 (V/Hz mode).  This will help in just getting the VFD to start and stop the fan for now.  With P039 = 0, A530 (Boost Select). How far have you dug into this issue?  This Rockwell A-B tech note will help.  https://rockwellautomation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1063350