Joe E.

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  1. How to update FactoryTalk View Studio?

    I would first try the link that says "Download Software" under "General". You may also need the patch roll-up. If you're using View Point, grab that too. I don't know what WIN-911 is, so I can't advise you on that.
  2. Old panelview 1000 needs to be replaced

    We have had good success using a ProSoft AN-X2-AB-DHRIO to connect a PV+7 to a PLC-5 via DH+. The PV+6 are going towards end-of-life and are priced accordingly, so compare the price of a PV+6 with a DH+ module to the PV+7 with the ProSoft gateway. Remember that you won't be able to use the cheaper PV+6 Compact since it doesn't support option boards. For the fun of it, I just configured one of each, a PV+6 standard and a PV+7, both 10" to get list prices. PV+6: 2711P-T10C4D8 (end of life and to be discontinued 9/30/2020), $6,042.74 with 2711P-RN6 DH+/DH-485/RIO comm module (active product), $549.15, total of about $6600 list price. PV+7: 2711P-T10C21D8S (active product), $2678.00, with ProSoft gateway module, about $2,200, total of about $4900 list price.  
  3. Image primitive for Red Lion Crimson 2.0

    What happens when you run that "makepic" command from command prompt? I think I do see a problem. Your source image filenames don't look right. Go to that directory in Windows Explorer. Open the "Organize" menu and select "Folder and search options". On the "View" tab, un-check "Hide extensions for known file types" and click "OK". Look at the filenames of your images. If you see this before showing extensions... ....and this after... ...then I think I see what's wrong. With the "Hide extensions..." option UN-CHECKED, rename the image file Picture1.bmp like this... ...and try this command: makepic C:\MyImages\picture1.bmp 1 NOTE: I have NOT tried any of this, so I don't know if I'm on the right track at all, so YMMV.   I will also say that Red Lion has great support. If you reach out to them they will get it sorted out for you.
  4. Looking for PanelView suggestions

    If you can get away with the HMI only talking to one of the PLCs (which I would think you could since they're using MSG instructions to get the analog information from one to the other) stick with the "standard" PV+7. A 15" Standard lists for about $4300 while the Performance version lists for about $6200.
  5. Looking for PanelView suggestions

    The base model does not. If you get the PV+7, go with the "Performance" model to connect to 2 PLCs at the same time. I've never used a PV+ to transfer data from one PLC to another, so I can't help you get that working (or if it will). Do you need the HMI to talk to both at the same time other than passing information back and forth? If not, the ML1400 supports messaging between the PLCs directly. If you just need more I/O, you can get I/O expansions modules to add to the ML1400. If the additional I/O is in a remote location, however, that won't work since the ML series doesn't support distributed I/O.
  6. Looking for PanelView suggestions

    I've never worked in a washdown environment but we do have our own wastewater treatment system. It's kind of a mess with multiple partial upgrades over the years. Overall control is by a CompactLogix with a Schneider Magellis HMI (not our pick, the subcontractor brought it in without in-plant automation folks having any say or warning ahead of time). There are also 3 MicroLogix 1100 PLCs and a 6" Red Lion G3 HMI, all communicating over Ethernet/IP. The Red Lion and one of the ML1100s are in a cabinet that controls the addition of caustic solution and both have been taken out by caustic that leaked into the cabinet. We were very impressed that the PLC and HMI both still worked for at least 6 months after having caustic in them (we bought new ones to have programmed and ready when they did finally fail since we couldn't get a production window to change them out until they died). With all that said, I will echo what 5618 said about the learning curve with FT View Studio. I developed a STRONG dislike for it on my first project 8 years ago that hasn't fully gone away. There are still "gotcha" bugs and unexplainable software crashes. My early experience with that software crashing and failing is what pushed me to use virtual machines. Other software packages have since reinforced that need, but FTView Studio (RSView Studio back then) was the first one. To be fair, I've had fewer issues since upgrading to v6 a few years ago (we're on 8.2 right now) but there are still issues. I would ask if the customer has a preference for which line of PanelViews; there are several. If the customer asks for a PanelView+, I would suggest the PV+7, just because it's their current product of that class. I generally prefer the screw-type clamps over the cam-types but we haven't had any trouble with the PV+ HMIs with cam clamps. We don't have a lot of PV+7s in service (just a handful, mostly smaller with one 10" and one 9") but they have done well so far. We have 15 or 20 PV+6s in service that have been bullet proof as long as no-one slams a wrench or broom handle into them. I can't say the same for the SIemens MP HMIs... I can't speak to the PV800 line, but if they're anything at all like the PV+ Compacts that were initially released with the MicroLogix 800 PLCs, I would avoid them. We bought a few different versions of the PV Compact as an experiment back then and we were not impressed.
  7. powerflex755

    Try these: Reference Manual: Programming Manual:  
  8. PROFINET Gateway Confusion

    I could be wrong, but I think the PLX32xxx just gives you the ability to have the processors on different subnets instead of one subnet on the PLX31xxx. It otherwise doesn't change the function of the gateway. Based on the pictures posted, the PLX82-EIP-PNC may be what will work.
  9. PROFINET Gateway Confusion

    Both PLCs are "masters", each on its own protocol (one on Profinet, the other on Ethernet/IP). Based on that, I don't think what he wants to do will work. I will say that ProSoft support was very good when I contacted them to get it set up. I would reach out to them for help. They were very knowledgeable and responded quickly.
  10. PROFINET Gateway Confusion

    I'm not sure if it's useful information or not, but we used a ProSoft PLX31-EIP-PND to establish communications between an AB ControlLogix PLC (1756-L71) and a Siemens S7-300 PLC (315-2PN/DP), both over Ethernet. As I recall, we added the gateway module to both PLC's hardware configurations as an I/O device. The configuration was much simpler on the AB side than Siemens, but we were able to get it working and it's been running for a couple of years with zero issues.
  11. Allen Bradley Micro 830 with omron hmı

    The Micro 830 uses Connected Components Workbench, which is a free download from Rockwell's website (at least in the U.S.).
  12. That would definitely be worth a try if this shows up again. Thanks!
  13. A complication I've found is trying to produce-consume between an old ControlLogix L55 (supports up to v16) and a new CompactLogix L33ER (supports back to v20, I think). I can add the L55 to the IO tree of the CompactLogix but not the other way around. I ended up using MSG instructions to transfer the information.
  14. Clearing an entire FIFO log

    Yeah, that's not going to work...sorry I steered you wrong.I forgot a fundamental thing about the COP instruction. While it's copying, both the source and destination are incremented. The FLL instruction does what you want. I created a UDT of type "TagHistoryType" with 5 DINT members and then created an array of 100 elements of that type. Set the Length parameter to the number of array elements you want to clear. This FLL instruction cleared the entire array by writing a "0" to everything. If you want to initialize the tags to some value other than 0, you will need to either create a second array that contains the initial values or use a loop to copy the initialized tag into the array elements. Here's the FLL instruction that worked for me:    
  15. Clearing an entire FIFO log

    Hmmm.....Let me experiment a little.  
  16. Clearing an entire FIFO log

    Create a "Null" tag of the same type as your UDT, with all zeros (or whatever value means "cleared out") and then use a single COP instruction. Set it up this way: Source: your Null tag Dest: TagHistory[0] Length: number of elements in the TagHistory array   If it's critical that you not mess up (when is it not?), I would create a new array to practice on or, better yet, use a spare PLC to test it.   Edited to add: Since the array is tied to FIFO instructions, you will also need to update the position element of the control tag for the FIFO instructions. You could probably also just clear array element 0 and set the FIFO position to 0. The data in the rest of the array would still be there but wouldn't be used. It would be overwritten as new items are added to the FIFO. I would probably still feel better clearing it, though.
  17. Speed Dec Issue & Siemens PLC info

    Unfortunately, that's not an easy question to answer. How long has the PLC been in service? That will help narrow it down but won't be foolproof. I'm not that familiar with the ET200S processors, but to program an S7 processor, you will need Step 7 for either Simatic Manager or Step 7 for TIA Portal. Do you have a source code file for the press? That would tell you which software package you need but not necessarily the version. Uploading from the PLC to your PC will give you the code itself but no symbols or comments. Diagnosing issues may not be easy at that point. As for your problem, it sounds like a setting changed somewhere. Is there an HMI on the machine? If so, I would go through all of the screens looking for a setting that could change the step per button push. If you don't have an HMI or if you can't find a setting, then you may need the software. Is the company that built the machine still around? If so, I would contact them for help.
  18. Studio 5000 and different PLC versions

    For versions 13 and 15, I used the DVD that I inherited from my predecessor. The other versions were downloaded from their software center. In case it makes a difference, we're using the standard version of RSLogix/Studio 5000. The downloads can be found here: You will probably need a Rockwell account and maybe a TechConnect support contract to download other versions but your license will activate all of them once they're installed. If you don't have a support contract and it won't let you download what you need, contact your local distributor.  
  19. Studio 5000 and different PLC versions

    I looked at the directory sizes on my hard drive. It looks like my installation takes a total of about 15.5Gb for all of my Rockwell Software. That includes: RSLogix 5 RSLogix 500 RSLogix/Studio 5000 v13,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,24,29,30, and 31  
  20. RsLogix Lookup Table programming Help

    Here's a quick-and-dirty example of a simple lookup in an ML1400 (I happen to be online with one making a change so I used some free registers). The thresholds in the GEQ/LES instructions can be hard-coded with literals and the sources of the MOV instructions can be variables if you want. The sources of the GEQ/LES can also be floating point registers. The numbers in the MOV source fields will need to be scaled based on the time base setting of the timer register you're using.        
  21. Panel View 800 Password Problems

    I don't have any experience with Micro 800s, but I know the Siemens HMIs (MP177/277s) have an option that's enabled by default to disable logging in if the user types in the wrong password too many times. By default it's 3 times and they don't have to be consecutive. To reset, you have to download the project to the HMI. Could the Micro 800 have something like that?  
  22. I'm not finding relevant results either. The best I can see to do is to either "repair" or uninstall-reinstall the software. If you have a support contract, I would suggest submitting a support request. If not, contact your distributor so they can help you do that.
  23. PLC Law

    ...or the other way 'round: plug in Ethernet cable to DH-485 port.   RS-232 cable to Profibus port... When that didn't work, they tried adding a null modem adapter, which they forgot to remove from the front of the processor... The processor is down low in the cabinet and not easy to see, so the next person to connect (yours truly...) didn't see the null modem adapter and plugged in the PC adapter, which instantly fried the PC adapter. The $500+ PC adapter became a paper weight. Sigh...
  24. Micrologix 1400

    You should see this:
  25. Can someone please help me finding this tag?

    I'm going to have to try that. I knew it worked within the code window; I didn't know it worked from within the interface area.