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  1. info possibilità aggiornamento

    Google Translate: You will need RSLogix 500 or RSLogix Micro. There is a free version of Micro (Starter Lite) and a relatively cheap paid version. RSLogix 500 is more expensive but also covers the SLC 500 series processors. Contact your local distributor for your pricing. If you don't have a project archive file for the PLC, you can upload it but you won't have any symbols, comments, or other documentation. The project file will have an "RSS" extension.  
  2. ML1400: Manipulate output through modbus/tcp

    To control a bit at a time, investigate the XIC and OTE instructions. To control a word or 2 at a time (all outputs at once), look at the MOV and COP instructions. Consider also how to handle problems. You WILL at some point have a communications error between the PC and PLC, invalidating the data stored in B10. You need to have a way to detect that failure and respond to it in a fail-safe manner.    
  3. RsLogix 5000 firmware upgrade

    Yes. If you don't have a support contract, try contacting your local distributor. They may be able to help you get the software you need.  
  4. DF1 and PLC5 vs SLC500

    That's interesting... I recently installed a CompactLogix processor to control some newer components as part of a system controlled by a PLC5. It's been working fine, but we decided to take it to the next level which requires passing a lot more than the 2-3 discrete signals. To save money and time, we added a ControlLogix chassis controlled by the CompactLogix via... Ok, cut to the chase.... I set up MSG instructions in the CompactLogix to get information back and forth between the CompactLogix and PLC5. When configuring the MSG instruction, you have to select either "PLC5 typed Read" or "SLC typed Read". I wonder what the difference is... Of course, this was over DH+, so it may be completely different...
  5. DF1 and PLC5 vs SLC500

    Agreed, the cable should be correct. If the registers are numbered differently enough (by byte instead of by element), the device may be trying to read non-existent registers. Not sure how the PLC would react to that. It may just return 0s or ignore the request.  
  6. studio 5000 ultilzation chalenge

    What kind of time period are you talking about? Daily, per shift, weekly, for the lifetime of the machine? The PLC can easily accumulate machine run or stop time (using RTO instructions or a periodic task for more accuracy) while the PLC is running. If you trust the RTC (Real-Time-Clock) to be accurate, you can use a GSV instruction to grab the date/time every scan. I usually use the GSV to grab the Wall Clock, local time, but in this case I might use UTC in case it's down through a time change (not sure if the RTC automatically updates for DST or if it will do so while the PLC is off). Then, on first scan (using S:FS or the power-up handler), you can grab the time again and find the difference between them to see how long the processor was not in Run mode. This should be accurate to within 1 or 2 scan times. If you're just interested in the times for the current shift, you can have your RTO/Periodic task accumulate run time and just subtract the shift beginning time from the current time to determine total shift time. Then you'd have your run time percentage. The time subtraction will be a little trickier if your shifts span days (like our 3rd shift starts at 10:30PM) but should be manageable.  
  7. DF1 and PLC5 vs SLC500

    My colleague just got a MicroLogix 1400 PLC talking to a PLC5 using DF1 via their serial ports. He used a straight serial cable with an in-line null modem adapter and a standard DE9-DB25 adapter. He then used a pair of 9-pin prototyping breakout connectors with a 3/c cable that just used 2-3-5 with 2,3 swapped. The cable connected the MicroLogix's 9-pin connector to the 9-25 pin adapter on the front of the PLC5. Looking at a diagram from a manual, he thinks it would work with just 2,3,5 on the MicroLogix end connected to 2,3,7 on the PLC5 end, but we don't have any 25-pin breakout connectors to easily test that.
  8. DF1 and PLC5 vs SLC500

    Not sure if it's helpful, but look around page 125 or so of this manual: It looks like there's a difference between the DF1 drivers of the 2 platforms with byte vs word addressing. Disclaimer: I've never dealt with this at this level, so this may turn out to be a wild goose chase.
  9. activity log set up validation warning error

    Where did the runtime you posted come from? Was it running in the old standard unit? Look at the PV+7 line as well. They're not cut-out compatible but we've converted a couple of units over with no issues.
  10. activity log set up validation warning error

    Hmmmm.....weird. I restored the MER on my machine too. It automatically upgraded the project to 8.2 since that's what we're running. It's weird that it would refer to a non-existent screen in the runtime file that was created for a compact HMI, but it could be that the runtime restoration process puts in some default values that are causing an issue. That seems crazy on the surface but would about par for the course for View Studio. I was able to test the runtime successfully by deleting [DIAGNOSTICS] from the "Display name" field in the Diagnostics List Setup dialog. I just left that field blank; not sure what that will do in the real world.   Was this mer file running on a PV+600 Compact before? What are the catalog numbers of the old and new HMI devices?
  11. activity log set up validation warning error

    You shouldn't have to recompile the runtime. You can use the ME Transfer Utility to upload the MER file from the old HMI and download it to the new one. That *should* work, but you said it doesn't. Can you post the mer and apa files here?
  12. Arduino to Compactlogix communications

    The Red Lion DSPLE that Ken talked about sells for around $600 (click here for Newark). If it's capable of doing what you want (and it probably is), it will be a far more economical and reliable solution. The DSPLE connects seamlessly and easily to a CompactLogix PLC and supports a generic raw serial port. They don't have a Mitutoyo driver in the version of Crimson 3 we're using, but may be able to help you with one. Their support is top notch.  
  13. HMI - Managing I/O Field behavior

    I haven't used that PLC/HMI before, but I have used WinCC Flexible/Comfort and S7-series PLCs. Do you have access to the PLC to modify code there? If so, you can use a numeric display with a button next to it or use a button with the numeric display superimposed on it. In the AB world, you can embed the numeric value inside the button caption itself but I don't know if you can do that in the Siemens world. The button would control a tag in the PLC that selects which number the function keys will increment/decrement. You can probably use a rectangle behind the button or an indicator/animation tag on the button to highlight the one that's selected.
  14. Index Tag Names though AOI

    Can you create new tags? If so, you can create arrays of tags called SOL of type BOOL[177], PhotoEye[177], etc. Arrays are 0-based, so unless you have a workstation 0, you need 177 elements to be able to index to SOL[176]. You can also create a UDT for each workstation of type WORKSTATION with sub-tags for whatever's in the workstation. Then you can create another tag called WorkStationTAG of type WORKSTATION[177]
  15. Point io power consumption calculator

    Rockwell's Integrated Automation Builder should do that for you. It's part of their product selection toolbox download: