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  1. H4-CTRIO EDGE RESET question

  2. H4-CTRIO EDGE RESET question

    I believe so. I have used the software reset bit in the past. The reset stays active until the corresponding V-mem bit goes low again. You could wire your LS to a PLC input card instead of the HSC DI. Use your ladder program to trigger the software reset bit.
  3. ampacity

    Gamble - I see that this post is about 4 months old... I hope the answer still finds you. I would refer to Article 378 for Non Metallic Wireways. The NEC General Provisions for Wiring Methods in Article 300.1(A) state that method for all wiring installations are covered by Article 300. However, 300.1(B) refers to UL 508 and the NFPA 79 for control equipment or listed utilization equipment. Now, the NFPA 79 allows non metallic ducts for internal wiring, but doesn't give tables for raceway fill... [79]1.5 does state that if specific provisions are not made in the publication [79], then refer to the provisions of the NEC [70]. If you look at the definition for Non Metallic Wireway in [70]378.1, it fits the bill. JMK
  4. Hello all - I am looking for some assistance on how to size a safety contactor that will 'Disconnect' the supply voltage from (4) motors. This is what confuses me - Do I need to rate the contactor, as a disconnect (per NEC)? The four motors are as follows - (1) 1/2 HP, 208 VAC, 3PH (3) 3/4 HP, 208 VAC, 1PH Now, from what I gather out of the NEC: Disconnecting Means (Art. 100) A device or group of devices, or other means by which the conductors of a circuit can be disconnected from their source of supply. Ok, that's what the safety contactor is doing... Disconnect Means, General (Art 430.101) Part IX is intended to require disconnecting means capable of disconnecting motors and controllers from the circuit. Again, I interpret the safety contactor to do just that. Ampere rating and interrupting capacity for combo loads Art 430.110©(1) The rating of the disconnect means shall be determined from the sum of all the full load condition and also at the locked rotor condition. The combined full load and locked rotor current so obtained shall be considered as a single motor for the purpose of this requirement. The next paragraphs go on to refer the user to the tables .248-.251 for the FLC and LRC values associated with the motor. Ampere Rating in 430.110©(2) refers back to© (1), but adds the 115%... Here’s my example: Motor 1 (from above) has an FLC of 2.4 Amps (T430.250), and an LRC of 22.1 Amps (T430.251(B)), for a total of 24.5 Amps Motors 2-4 from above have an FLC of 7.6 Amps (T430.248), and an LRC of 45.8 Amps (T430.251(A)), for a subtotal of 53.4 Amps, (*3 motors) for a total of 160.2 Amps Total Motor Load (430.110©(1) is 184.7 Amps, *1.15 per 430.110©(2) = 212.4 Amps. Refer back to T430.251(B) at 208 VAC and 212 Amps would be 15 HP, which is rated at 257 Amps. So, the morale of my long winded story - Is this the correct method? I would need a Safety Contactor rated for 15 HP at 208 VAC.
  5. GFI Nescience Trips

    For those interested: I had to do some research to apprise the safety folks… NEC 590.6 Requires GFCI Protection for Personal on all 120 VAC, 15, 20, and 30 Amp receptacle outlets installed in a temporary wiring scheme. However, the exception in 590.6(A) doesn’t make it a requirement in industrial establishments. One needs to comply with the Assured Equipment Grounding Conductor Program illustrated in 590.6(B)(2). Basically, all branch circuits need to be installed in accordance with the requirements of article 250. There must be continuity testing of the grounding system for all cord sets, receptacles, and equipment involved in the temporary install. Written records must be kept of the testing… Testing occurs before initial use, upon discovery of damage and repair, and for periods exceeding 3 months. Just an FYI – The 2011 NEC cites “Maintenance” and “Repair” to “Equipment” in the temporary wiring specifications outlined in article 590. Temporary wiring doesn’t apply to construction sites anymore. JMK
  6. GFI Nescience Trips

    Thanks for the replies. Just for grins, we hooked up a scope... There is a about a 2 amp differencial current, which the GFCI sees as a ground fault leakage... Definitely a hair dryer in the bathtub! JMK
  7. Taco - Good luck with this endeavor. I have been contemplating going out on my own for some time now, but never really knew how to get started.
  8. Hi All - I have a situation where the GFI outlet for testing control panels constantly and continuously trips. The outlet is a 120 VAC, 20 Amp general purpose receptacle outlet derived from a 120/208 VAC, 3 PH system. (Photo Attached) This area of the shop is used as a test lab for small 120 VAC control panels, and when the servo amps are powered on the GFI will trip. I tried to use inline filters, UPS, and ferrite cores on the amps’ power leads. The only work around… use a non GFI outlet. However the safety dept. frowns on eliminating the protective device. Have any of you come across this before? Your insight is appreciated. JMK
  9. How to Join 2 networks.

    Mike - I have employed Serial - Ethernet modules on CPLX and ML's. This allows me to hop online through the plant floor subnet. Also, I have set up some messaging between CLX and ML / CPLX processors using the ENI Module. jMk 1761-pp004_-en-p.pdf
  10. Potential Red Flag

    Excellent feedback. I certainly feel better about the situation after having light shed on it from different angles. Paulengr - I like the contractor analogy. Thanks for the feedback. JMK
  11. Season’s Greetings! Well, it’s been awhile since I last posted on here on MrPLC. I have always looked to the forums on this site to be very informative. Recently, I have made a career change. I have left the role of management and supervision. I decided to get back into the hands-on field. I have been in my position for roughly a month now. I had my first project assigned: document and resurrect an old, skeleton control panel to use on a new packaging machine. First task was to document what was actually in and going on in the control panel. This was painful. I am a pretty detail orientated individual…there was no schematic, and this control panel was thrown together with all the miscellaneous wire and control relays that were lying on the shelf. As I shagged everything out and sketched a schematic, I realized that there was no logical flow to the wiring, no color coded standard followed, and half of the wires weren’t even labeled. Furthermore, there were some mistakes. The supervising engineer gave me the low down on what the machine is supposed to do. I was told to make it happen using the current hardware (PLC and Drives), and I could order whatever miscellaneous materials that I needed. There wasn’t a finite time line given. I decided to spend a day gutting the old wiring, removing not needed components, and rewiring. While I was waiting for some parts, I did write the majority of the PLC and HMI programs. Well, yesterday I was caught off guard when the supervising engineer came by to talk about the project. He was concerned that I missed the scope of work… I didn’t understand what he was referring to, so I asked for clarification. He brought up the fact that I was spending time rewiring the panel. I explained my case on how I was simplifying the design and cleaning things up. I assured him that the PLC and HMI portion was ready, etc… His comeback is what really stuck with me. ‘This panel was working prior… you should have only needed to hook up a few wires… we should have seen motors turning by now…’ Again, I plead my case... He really didn't seem thrilled with my answers. I am I overacting by seeing ‘Red Flags’? I pride myself in a job well done. Being called on the carpet within the first month has never happened to me. Furthermore, the reason I was hired was because I brought to the table, well exactly what I’m doing – documenting, standardizing, simplifying, etc. When I was the managing guy, I wanted my group to give the same detail as I do… Your opinion is appreciated!
  12. Reliance Legacy Drive

    Stickman - I am assuming that the blower motors that you refer to are the blowers that circulate air through the 40 HP DC motor. I also assume that the blower motor is a fractional HP, 3 PH, AC motor with a separate across the line start (independent from the DC Drive). "...the display indicared a Current Minor Loop Fault and the drive shut down." Is there a CT loop on one of the blower motor leads that feeds back to the DC drive? Is there an auxiliary contact on the blower starter that connects to an input on the DC Drive? If so, that could be the relation between the blower and the DC drive and the minor current loop trip. "I checked the blower motor and found only that the starter overload block was faulty. I eliminated the overload and the blower ran fine. " Did you eliminate the overload protection, as is it's no longer in the motor circuit, or did you replace a bad overload relay or set of thermals? If so, was the unit set to the correct motor FLA? "This was completed this weekend and on power-up the blower motor went up in smoke." There was probably an original condition that caused the OL's to trip... Did you do any diagnostic testing to the motor (resistance measurement across the windings, meg windings to ground, check the across the line voltages, and get running current readings on all three legs)? You mentioned rain water leaks... Did the motors, specifically the blower motor, get wet?
  13. Hi Splicer - Under most circumstances, if you blow 2 of 3 line fuses, there was a short circuit across that phase... If the short circuit or ground fault originated in the motor, I would suspect that the field or armature fuses would have blown. "I found some info about the motor which said there should be no less than 100,000 ohms of resistance to frame ground on either the (2) field leads or the (2) armature leads. This is to be tested with a standard ohm meter." Don't let your standard DMM fool you... I strongly suggest using a megger in the above application. A standard multi meter energizes the circuit with 3-9 VDC. With a megger, you'll check resistance in the mega ohm range using 250V - 1 kV. This is the best way to verify insulation breakdown. "Next I checked the field windings (300 V @ 15 Amp = 20 Ohms) Check also. Finally I checked resistance between the armature leads and it reads 0.2 or 0.3 ohms (This is the one I'm not too sure of)" The armature resistance seems low... I would think that you wouldn't want to see < 1 ohm. "Now for the armature. After power down I wired the armature leads back together, turned the drive speed pot all the way down and powered on the Flexpak. No boom yet I put my DC volt meter on the armature leads and slowly increased the speed pot and watched the percent current gauge and the motor shaft. I let the % current gauge get to about 25% and there was no movement from the motor shaft at all and no voltage registering on my meter, so I shut it down. (By the way, the motor shaft turns easy by hand)" This is what really catches my attention. You had 160A draw on the AC line side with 0 VDC on the armature leads? Also, at 25% you did have field voltage, but no armature voltage? Field and armature voltage should increase proportionately. I would strongly suspect that you problem lies within the drive.
  14. RS Net Worx- Device Net

    gmferg - Thanks for the reply! The Power Flex drives in question use a 22-COM-D interface card to link the drive to Device Net. The Node address and baud rate are fixed by the dip switches on said module. The communications faults occur when a new drive is installed (replacing an existing failed drive). The 22-COM-D module is not replaced, so the node address and baud rate aren't changed. I have narrowed the communications faults to "Identity Mis-Match" due to the FRN revision number being different than the original configuration. After I corrent the Identity issue, I proceed to "Download to Device". A process bar appears and looks as if all of the parameters are being downloaded. I "Upload fron Device" after the download completes to verift that the parameters have changed but they didn't. They all remain at default. I can change the parameters while online. That method works fine.
  15. Hi All... For those not aware, AB has a "recall" on Power Flex 4 and 40 drives with a FRN of 2.003 and earlier. There is a bad capacitor that fails upon power-up... Contact your AB rep for more information. With that said, I have a lot of these older PFlex drives in my plant. A good number of these drives lie on a Device Net network. Our techs get rather confused when it comes to replacing these drives... They will program the specific parameters via the keypad, but the drive / line will not run. Some of the time, the drive will fault out with a N71 (net comm loss). All of the time, the Device Net scanner will have an N78 (Identity Mis Match) with respect to the replaced node. I have to go online through RS Net Worx and correct the identity mis-match (FRN 1.007 NEQ FRN 5.001). This takes care of the network communications issue. The part that confuses me is downloading the parameters to the drive via Net Worx. I have a configuration file saved, which has all of the current parameters for each individual drive. It seems that when I / We download to the device, the parameters don't take. They stay at default... Has anyone experienced similar issues?