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  1. Dashboarding Recomendation

    I would like to setup some kind of dashboard for our plant. Which machines are running, maybe parts counter, how long have they been down and so forth. I would like it to be viewable over a web browser, at least in the plant, but ideally also remotely. Of course my manager wants that to, but only if it costs him an arm and a leg like it would if we get it from Rockwell. Can any body recommend anything? I looked into PLCnext from PhoenixContact, but that seems like it is still in early development and more geared towards actual programmers and not junior automation guys such as myself.   Any recommendations would be highly appreciated.      
  2. IO Link Master Recommendation

    I contacted IFM, their reply was "The AL1322 can provide sensor supply power (US) of up to 3.6A over all 8 ports combined, this is more than sufficient for your 300mA devices (8x of these only draw 2.4A total).  This is a self-regulating internal supply, so you simply add up the power consumption requirement for all 8 ports, and as long as this does not exceed 3.6A, then it is acceptable." So I think I should be good.    
  3. IO Link Master Recommendation

    Thanks for the recommendation. As a German living in the US IFM always gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Quick question: Is the max 200mA current draw per IO link port pretty much standard? My pressure regulators need 300mA and I was hoping I could eliminate additional wiring. To answer my own questions, 200mA seems to be the IO-Link standard, so type B wiring has to be used for higher current draws. See 3 messages below. 300 mA seems to be OK with the AL1123.  
  4. IO Link Master Recommendation

    We just started adding some IO-Link to our plant. In the first couple of implementations we had existing Point IO adapters, so a IO-Link point module was the obvious choice. Now I want to add a few more devices (Festo Proportional Pressure Regulators). I want to use 8 each in 2 different locations, about 50 yards apart. Is adding a brand new Point IO adapter still the best choice or are there any cheaper/better IO link masters that play well with Control/Compact Logix PLCs that you guys could recommend?
  5. RSLINX in excel

    That is super interesting! How do you import that into studio 5000?
  6. Ultra 3000 Drive Follower not indexing

    If other people run into this: the drive was bad. I replaced it and it took off.
  7. Ultra 3000 Drive Follower not indexing

    My problem earlier was that it was that the drive was in "Index Control Panel" mode. After I reset the drive it started working. Homing now works fine, at normal speed. However jogging painfully slow and sporadic. I can see on the device net screen that it is communicating, the selected preset changes as expected, but the velocity setting do not seem to matter.   Also when I try to change over, it does not move at all. But for that I do not even know where those are stored.    
  8. Ultra 3000 Drive Follower not indexing

    I tried that. I can however not guarantee that the old parameters were not changed, or completely overwritten during maintenance bob's troubleshooting attempt. Any idea what could be wrong? The mode is set to Follower: Auxiliary Encoder. So is the override mode. The motors are set correct as well.
  9. Ultra 3000 Drive Follower not indexing

    It's a PLC5, not sure what is instruction is being used. I am just hitting up and down on an HMI. I can try to hunt it downs but its a huge messy program and I do not have the software to check the connection in the ancient HMI. Everything was working yesterday though. The only thing that changed are that both drives and the motor of the follower was changed, so I doubt its a PLC problem.
  10. I have two Ultra 3000 drives with MPL A310F motors. One is setup as "Follower: Auxiliary Encoder". I get the drive enable, follower enable, and both encoder values (motor and auxiliary)  but for some reason it does not follow the master. I can however index it manually in ultraware.   Any ideas? I am a total loss.
  11. Is there a tool to calculate the power consumption of a point io rack for given modules, or do I need to make my own?   Thanks in advance.
  12. That's fine and what I did. I just do not understand why the upload part was greyed out in the first place. Again, an older backup worked fine.
  13. I made some changes which required me to do a download. Before I took the PLC offline I did a backup. After I was done I wanted to do another backup from my laptop over the network. I opened the backup from just before I did the edits, but was not able to do an upload, the option is greyed out. It would have let me do a download. Older backups work without a problem. Any idea what is happening? I am working with a L73S,  my PC is running 28.03, the other 28.02.      
  14. I have a PLC5 that basically runs 24/7, so that its difficult to in in program mode and new data files. However, any mess up would get very costly very quickly. I want to add a new functionality that requires me to use a large number of integers. There are a whole bunch that appear unused, i.e. they are all zeros and have no 'x' under usuage in the data table. However, the program makes heavy use of relative references, which do not show up under usuage. (and that's just what I am aware off). Is there any other way of checking whether or not those integers are actually free?
  15. Fatal dump

    Last time I had a (near)  fatal dump I ate both lunch and diner at Taco Bell.