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  1. The 1980s brought the early adoption of the PC platform in automation systems and the first large projects, using the PCs to communicate with PLCs. In the following decades, supervisory and control systems technology evolved, creating several generations of software tools and automation products. A generation means an evolutionary step and a new platform, with a total change of the programming methods, user interfaces and paradigms, going beyond than the merely incremental improvements that are made during the maintenance life cycle of products; a new generation means renewing the internal architecture. GenerationsTecnologyIndustrialAutomationSoftware.pdf
  2. The 1980s brought the early adoption of the PC platform in automation systems and the first large projects, using the PCs to communicate with PLCs. In the following decades, supervisory and control systems technology evolved, creating several generations of software tools and automation products. A generation means an evolutionary step and a new platform, with a total change of the programming methods, user interfaces and paradigms, going beyond than the merely incremental improvements that are made during the maintenance life cycle of products; a new generation means renewing the internal architecture. GenerationsTecnologyIndustrialAutomationSoftware.pdf
  3. There have been many good discussions on the applicability of cloud-based solutions for manufacturing and process control systems. On one side, some people have concerns regarding security and control of the information, on the other side, there are identified benefits enabled by cloud systems. From VMS minicomputers to DOS and Windows, from ArcNet to Ethernet, it is inevitable the industrial automation systems shall adopt the technologies that are getting predominant in IT general use; the current environment that I am calling the “Cloud-iPad era” is no different; therefore the practical discussion is not if those new technologies will be applied in the industrial environment, but how. This paper is not intended to join the conceptual discussion about the cloud, but just to present a few simple practical examples, where cloud technologies are already enhancing industrial automation solutions and enabling new business opportunities. CloudPracticalApplications.pdf
  4. Industrial automation

    Hello! I am doing a project for an industry to make the sensor tools wireless. I am new to PLC. is it possible to make the measuring tools with sensors wireless with PLC? does it work on a industry environment and what kind of technology is best for comminucation? wifi or bluetooth?   The existing sensors are connected with wires to a screen which says if the product is ok or not ok. I need to make this wireless. Any suggestions to make it easy?   please suggest me the boards to buy to try prototyping.
  5. FX1N Counter operation

    We are working on a project that operates a set of 4 pneumatic solenoid cylinders using GX developer PLC type FX1N (C). when the desired sequence is selected, the cylinders operate in the order needed until they reach the counter. the counter value increases by 1 but does not run through the sequence again and cant move forward until the value of the counter is reached.  any help on this would be greatly appreciated. 
  6. FX1N (C) Counter operation

    We are working on a project that operates a set of 4 pneumatic solenoid cylinders using GX developer PLC type FX1N (C). when the desired sequence is selected, the cylinders operate in the order needed until they reach the counter. the counter value increases by 1 but does not run through the sequence again and cant move forward until the value of the counter is reached.  any help on this would be greatly appreciated. 
  7. Gang, Hooking up an Automation Direct P2-32TD2P to an AC/DC LED and noticed the LED is always "on" a little bit. When the output is on, the LED is certainly on, but when the output is off the LED is still on by a fractional amount, not much but it's plainly noticeable the room lights are off. The CPU can be in Stop, no matter, power just has to be on. I think this has to do with the card's load disconnected error functionality. +24V and some fraction of amps is always present at the output whether the output is on or off. I talked with automation people at work who noted there is an Allen Bradley system that does the same thing, it caused them a problem, they had to use a relay or etc to make an off output actually be off. Has anyone dealt with this? I'm new to the Productivity software, but there doesn't seem to be a way to just turn it off in the IDE. It seems ridiculous to have to wire up transistors or relays just to have off be off. Thanks for any ideas.
  8. Hey guys,   I have worked on the FTView ME platform many of times.  I am now working on a FTView SE (Local Station) application, and I am having trouble connecting an Offline .ACD file to my program so that I can design.   If someone could help me with this it would be greatly appreciated.   Thanks in advance!
  9. SLC5/05 upgrade

    I'm being asked to come up with ways to upgrade an old 5/05 rack. A few years ago I thought I remembered Allen Bradley having a special rack that would allow a new processor control various old IO types. Does anyone remember the name of that system? and has anyone used it? We will probably replace with an Automation Direct PLC (per their request) but, want to offer an Allen Bradley solution as well      
  10. Dhanvanthri Engineers Pvt. Ltd., is a private limited company established in 1983 having well-equipped manufacturing facility at TTC Industrial Area, Mahape, Navi Mumbai in the close vicinity of Mumbai.
  11. C-More Recipes

    Hi everyone, I am using an EA9 touch panel from automation direct. I am using C-more's "call recipe" function to create and write new recipes, inputted by the user. My problem is that every time I make a change in C-more and send it to the panel, I lose all of the recipes created by the user because they are over written by the ones (there and not there) in my recipe database, on my computer. Now, I know this can be avoided by just uploading from the panel to start with. But inevitably, I will forget to do that one day. I would like to store the recipes on an SD card, so that they will not be lost when I make changes to the program. Has anyone done this before? Is it possible?
  12. Hello all, I am still fairly new to this forum and PLC's in general. I am trying to connect a EA9 touch panel via Ethernet to an Allen Bradley Micro Logix 1400 PLC. I am using Ethernet over serial because I need the serial connection to program while using the touch panel. I have given the Panel the IP Address 192.168.1.20 with a subnet mask 255.255.255.0 and I have given the PLC the IP address 192.168.1.10 with a subnet mask 255.255.255.0. The panel is not communicating with the PLC and I have very little knowledge on the subject, anyone's help would be greatly appreciated. The picture on the top is from the PLC and the picture on the bottom is from the C-More program for the panel.
  13. Inductive Automation is conducting a 5-day training course covering the core features of Ignition by Inductive Automation. It will be hosted at Flexware Innovation which is located near Indianapolis, Indiana. Most of the Ignition Core Classes in the US are offered in California, but for this time only we're offering it in Indy - midwest USA. Whether you are a new user to Ignition or an existing user looking to discover the full breadth of Ignition's capabilities, this is the course for you! You will get an in-depth look at the architecture of Ignition, involving the interactions between PLCs and SQL databases. You will learn how successful projects are planned and executed from start to finish. The course is 5 days long with class from 9 AM - 4 PM each day. The course is taught in a classroom where each attendee must supply his/her own computer. Complimentary lunch will be provided each day. The curriculum includes lecture, demonstration, and the creation of a live project that gives each student hands-on experience with all major features of Ignition. The format of the course encourages students to ask questions relevant to specific projects they have planned.   When: May 15-19, 2017 Class Hours: 9am - 4pm Where: Flexware Innovation - 9128 Technology Lane, Fishers, IN 46038 Cost: $2500 first attendee ($2000 additional attendees)   To learn more and register, please visit: http://www.flexwareinnovation.com/inductive-automations-ignition-core-training-fishers-indiana/ OR https://inductiveautomation.com/training/course/details/475
  14. Choosing the right OMRON PLC - Vacuum System

    Hi All, I'm hoping someone can help me. We're currently in the very early stages of re-designing how our vacuum system works. Currently we have 6 vacuum pumps supplying around 8 different packaging machines which we currently have to turn on and off manually depending on the demand on the machines. The challenge is to design and implement a part or fully automated system to control the current vacuum pumps - The key requirements are Supply must equal demand for the vacuum pumps - so they are only used when neededAutomatic switch-off when not in useCycling the use of the vacuum pumps so as not to overuse oneAbility to take a pump out of the loop for service/breakdownsManual override/shut-offScope for expansionUser-friendly interface (possibly touch-screen/wireless)I am a complete novice when it comes to OMRON PLC work and would like some guidance on possibly similar projects or at least pointing in the right direction with which PLC to go for. Thanks for your time Jack
  15.   Discovering the Functionality of the PlantPAx Library of Process Objects (NEW DCS FROM ROCKWELL AUTOMATION) http://j.gs/14738575/plantpax
  16. Online PLC SCADA Training

    I am planning to launch a website for online training of PLC SCADA and drives. Please provide your insights on which software, hardware and other contents do you expect for the online automation course.Also provide suggestions on any online course related to Industrial automation or instrumentation that you wanted to learn.Your feedback is appreciated.Thank You
  17. Hi all, I need to edit the hardware configuration of an existing system on B&R 2005 system. but when I upload program from plc to my computer and trying to open it on Automation Studio so Software is not recognizing this uploaded file from PLC. Actually Digital Mix module is malfunctioning in existing system, and this module is out of stock. What I want to replace it with one Digital Input and one Digital Output Module which is available. Please help me Thanks & Regards    
  18. Online PLC SCADA Training

    I am planning to launch a website for online training of PLC SCADA and drives. Please provide your insights on which software, hardware and other contents do you expect for the online automation course.Also provide suggestions on any online course related to Industrial automation or instrumentation that you wanted to learn.Your feedback is appreciated.Thank You
  19. Hi I have a big issue with machine user access using loggin and password. There are different levels of login (operator, maintenance and admin) locked with physical key or password. The problem is that whenever any other user sees the password or got the key he can use it later. Is there another efficient way to lock the access and may be record who is logged when and how? Thanks  
  20. Micro 830 RTC programming

    Hi all,  Can someone please help me, I am using a Micro830 Controller running connected components workbench software to program the controller. I want the use the Real Time Clock of the controller to control an output to turn on everyday at 01:30am and turn of when it receives a signal from an input. The output will control a backwash valve that will operate and activate a cam switch internally that sends a signal back to the Controller to say the valve has operated and can now stop sending the signal to the valve. (if that makes sense). I have tried playing around with the RTC instructions but I cannot seem to get it to operate how I want it to. Any help would be much appreciated. EnvrioService
  21. RSLogix 5000

    Hello Dear friends, I have following two problems in RSLogix 5000. I just started working with this software. I am using RSLogix 5000 for my project and I want to use inbuilt drag and drop elements like measuring instruments for example Voltmeter etc. in my ladder diagram. Does it possible or do I need to add some libraries or add ons for that?  I want to plot graph of different properties with respect to time in RSLogix 5000. my question is again the same; what is the way to do it or do I need extra Add ons?  Thank you in advance for your help :) Merry Christmas!!
  22. I would like to bring up a topic that I've been been bouncing around in my head for the past few months. I make a living as an industrial programmer, sequencing using PLCs, dealing with drives, networking, controlling heavy machinery. All the hardware we use are from established companies like Allen Bradly, Sick, Cognex, Delta, ABB, etc... big $$$, you pay for the software, pay for the hardware and pay for the support. It's not uncommon for a large control system to cost $50k+ (hardware only) By night I'm just your regular maker. Programming AVR series uC, ARM series, playing with various open source hardware Arduino, RPI, Teensy, 3D printers, designing PCBs, stepper motors... whatever I can get my hands on. Both worlds are the same... but completely different, and there is ZERO overlap. I'm interested in why other people think this is, I'm sure that makers don't get into the industrial stuff because the price point. I'm not going to pay 8k for a AB Logix rack... are you kidding me? but vice versa? is the lack of support really all that daunting? I find OS stuff to be way more powerful, understanding something from the bare metal is the most amazing feeling, and being able to modify it to your needs is even better. Digging into somethings source is without an argument the most flexible platform to build on, and knowing the board level schematic for a chuck of hardware opens up a world of opportunities... Then lies the ethical dilemma... If I was to profit off other people's work, does this make me a bad person? What if I push the changes back into the development (which frankly I have no problem doing) I would love to head other people's opinions...
  23. Productivity 2000

    Has anyone had the opportunity to work with Automation Direct's new "Productivity 2000" PLC? I have personally had the opportunity to use their "Click" PLCs which are, as advertised, very cheap, but effective. These little plcs are similar to Allen Bradley's micrologix line of processors, but definitely are not as well made. The software is free (a nice bonus) but definitely lack in features that you would get from the Rockwell folks. Still, for a simply job on a tight budget they work well. As for the new Productivity line, it looks (from a software side only) like many of the features you would find on the Contrologix and Compactlogix systems are now available. The user interface looks relatively clean and easy to use (Coming from an Allen Bradley background). So...any thoughts on the Productivity 2000?
  24. PLC Programmer Job

    Hi there! I`m a PLC programmer from Romania and i work in automotive industry. I know to program in Step 7 and in Codesys. I`ve been working with S7-300 from Siemens and Wago 750-881. I am also designing the electrical drawing for my project in a software called WSCAD. I am trying to leave abroad because i have a low salary here and i am wasting my knowledge. Can anyone give me an advice or help me with finding a normal paying job in plc programming? Thank you very much in advance and have a really nice day!
  25. PLC training

    PLC is a purpose built machine control computer. It reads carious digital and analog inputs from various sensors and executes a user defined logic program. The PLC training in Pune starts from basics of definitions to development of projects while implementing TTIM platforms. PLC training in Just Engineering is designed with a 90% practical: 10% theory ratio making it easy to understand. Join Just Engineering today for best PLC training in Pune. Just Engineering also provides training for Diploma in Industrial Automation,Project oriented Certificate Course in Automation,Certificate Course in Automation,Certified PLC Programmer,Certified SCADA Professional. To know more Contact us:+91 20 6400 8882/ +91 9595177077. See More.... http://www.justengg.com/plc-training-center-institute- Pune/