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  1. This may be more of a Zebra question than a PLC question but I will post it here. I am using Zebra's Network Connect to enable communication between a CompactLogix L13ER and a ZT410. My issue is that the QR Code omits the 5 elements of the array in Field 1 of the CompactLogix. I expect the first two elements in the array to be ignored per the manual but the first 5 has me puzzled. All the characters in the text shows up fine. I have attached what I am seeing. If you have a QR Code reader, you can scan the QR Code.
  2. Change CIP Service Code

    Hi all, This is my first post here, I read through the FAQ, searched the Allen-Bradley forum and this one for my question but couldn't quite find what i was looking for. My main questions is: Is it possible to programmatically change the service code of a MSG instruction?  It is possible to change the class,  instance and attributes but the application I'm currently writing would be a lot simpler if all I had to create is one instance of the MSG block (and its data) . The only thing stopping me is the service code.   Edit: I'm using a CompactLogix 5380-L306ER   Any input is greatly appreciated!
  3. Hi everyone! I have a question to all of you guys - do you ever use any software or online tools to manage your automation/electrical engineering projects? I have worked in a number of companies and have seen various scenarios, from using excel tables to run multi-million dollar projects to using proprietary SW for every little tiny project. Unfortunately I do not have experience working for any major big integrator and am very curious how projects are managed at this level (and if every engineer likes the way it is handled).  Additional question - does anyone have ever used a software to automatically generate the PLC code? I know some companies develop products to generate the "skeleton" of PLC program and I think it is a great thing to have.
  4. Hello  I am currently trying for testing purposes an Mitsubishi Servo Amplifier M4-J4-TM, which has a Servo motor (also from Mitsubishi) controls to integrate in Beckhoff's TwinCat 3. The controller is directly connected to the computer via EtherCat and is also communication between TwinCat and EtherCAT device is detected. But when I switch to online mode and try to control the engine manually, it always comes the following error message:  Error 51 'TCNC' (500): 'Axis 1' (axis ID: 1): The axis or the drive is not ready for positioning (error code: 0x4225)!  Somehow I miss a step to the valid activation of the engine. ?? In the documentation of Beckhoff and Mitsubishi there is no indication. Actually that should work like that. Has anyone ever had a similar problem and knows about advice? Thanks in advance in advance and many greetings
  5. Hey, I have a 1763 L16BBB...when I plug the 1762IF20F2 analog card in, I get a 0189h error code. Any help would be appreciated. Currently looking at doing a bootp on the plc to get online...no ip
  6. Hello everyone, I'm currently trying to communicate  via ethernet with a Parker drive IPA15-HC. I'm using a 5069-L306ER CompactLogix 5380, revision 30.011. There are add-on instructions that allow you to control the drive, but since they're really basic I'm trying to use message instructions to get more data out of it.  The knowledge base provides a zip named IPA_AOI_Rev4, that includes the add-on instructions and the program you should download to the drive to use them, this is the current file downloaded in the drive. Now, I've tried different msg configurations: CIP Data table read, CIP Data table write, CIP Generic copying the values in the examples and I always get the same:  Error Code: 16#0001 Extended Error Code: 16#0000_0125 That extended error code is nowhere to be found, not in the Logix designer online help and not in rockwell's knowledge base. Any idea?
  7. Hi All, I am pretty new at electrical design for PLC control panels. We are a UL508A shop, so this is the code I refer to most. Something struck me as odd when I was trying to size wire for this control panel. UL508A 28.3.1 says this: The required size of the field wiring terminal shall not be less than 14 AWG (2.1 mm2) and shall be determined by: a) Calculating the required ampacity per 28.3.2 – 28.3.6; and b) Determining the minimum field wiring conductor size from Table 28.1 having a corresponding ampacity that is equal to or greater than the required ampacity from (a). How can the minimum wire size be #14 AWG? We use #16 AWG for wire to the PLC modules? Are we breaking code or is there something I am missing? Also, understanding code books can be difficult. Is there a website or place I can go to get a plain English translation? I feel like I will read a sentence over and over again to try to understand what they are saying, and feel like there's is a much easier way to say it than the way it is written. For example, "28.3.1 b" ……...what is it really saying?  
  8. Hi,     I'm trying to communicate Omron CP1E unit with PC via serial port using hostlink protocol.  I need to read the Timer/Counter SV value and write the timer/counter SV values to the PLC.  I'm able to use other C mode commands (like RC (timer/counter PV read), WC (timer/counter PV write) etc.) but when I give the command for Timer/Counter SV Read 1 which is R#, I get the response as IC (Undefined Command).   How do I write or read the timer SV Values?  Example command and response : @00R#TIMH001028*  (TIMH is the high speed timer, 0010 is the timer number and 28 is the FCS) Response: @00IC4A* Is is that CP1E doesn't support these commands? If so what is the equivalent command that I should send inorder to perform this? Please help.  
  9. Hi everyone - my first post here.  I have a customer with a SLC5/01.  The controller is 1747-L511.  Battery seems good.  The fault LED is flashing.   I tried to connect to it using RSlogix500 and I got this message (photo1).  I selected 'Load From EEPROM' and got this notice. (photo2) Customer has the printed ladder but I can't tell which data types are what. everything is just numbers - no B's, no I's and no O's.  the timers and counters are just numbers too. Luckily the printed ladder has a cover sheet, which led me to the PLC2.(photo3) The rack has two 8 channel inputs and 2 8 channel outputs.  I would like to replace everything with a micrologix 1400 or something, if I could translate the code. Can anyone advise on this matter please?      
  10. good day! I would like to put some ascii code in a device: D3000..D3009 has to be filled with 0x5F54 0x4F5F 0x4150 0x6F73...  ("_TO_APos")  When I fill it using an ascii-input-field in the designer and press "enter" it works. But I would like to put this text automatically in D3000 and following register, when the user press a switch-object. I tried with an 10 actions  "keycode" but I don't see how to say that the key code shouls be saved in D3000. Can somebody tell me the best way to fill more word devices with only one object switch? Thanks in advance   MEBoerner  
  11. Are there any good guide books out there that parse down the NEC to the sections relevant to controls engineering and panel building?
  12. FX-3G MODBUS

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  13. Major Fault

    I have a compact logix with a major fault. Please see my attached file for the complete fault message.  Code 20 array subscript too large. or control data type to large or invalid. Has anyone observed this issue before.  The PLC is a compact logix model.  Every time, the controller is switched from program to run the major fault occurs within 5 seconds.  The fault can be cleared but then it comes back in a few seconds.  I have been told by my tech that no program changes have been made.  Could there be a hardware/wiring issue? Thanks much Document_1234.pdf
  14. I've been building a contraption with linear rails and stepper motors. It has an X, Y, and Z axis. I'm using Velocio PLCs to control the motors which seems to be work well so far. I understand these are not very common and my question are related to general motion control, not Velocio programming specifically. Since I'm new to PLCs, programming, and stepper motion I thought I'd ask for some input instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. I'm to the point in the build where I'll be adding emergency stop/limit switches and am wondering how to go about writing the program; if there's an "industry standard" way to go about it. I figure the PLC will check to see if any switch is active. If one is, drive the motor away from it till it's inactive and store the location. If one is not, drive the motor until a switch activates then back off a until it's inactive and store the location. Drive the motor to the other limit of the axis (the number of steps should be known) to activate the switch, back off and store location. Rinse and repeat for the other axes. Is my approach about right?
  15. Trying to log into NA HMI, NA5-7U001B  Direct, using USB or Ethernet.  All attempts failed .. tho, it was easy to log into the NJ Controller, direct, with USB or Ethernet using the same PC. Then a window popped up.. saying the firmware needed updating in the HMI, and suggested launching the "update" from the same window... Then, after a few minutes.  a "update failed" was displayed on the window.. and the HMI screen changed to this: ..and the green LED went RED ... aaaaagh!   HMI no longer works... any idea why this happened, or the failure to log in happened.. or, what it will take to fix it? Please tell me it was something Omron did .... Thanks Much, Regards, ,Michael PS:  additional info..  I was using Sysmac Studio Version 1.1 .. because I could log in to the CPU (USB and Ethernet) and not the HMI.. I changed to another PC with Sysmac Studio Version 1.17 .. Now I was only able to log into the CPU with Ethernet.. USB login failed. .. and, so did any attempt to log in to the HMI (USB or Ethernet) It looks like if you use a new version of Sysmac.. better not have a device with  "old firmware" ..  I think it was the V1.17 that presented the window suggesting the Firmware Update ...  sigh!
  16. What is M code in mitsubishi qd75d4?

    i have a question about M codes. what is it? using QD75D4 motion control
  17. Help Programming a Beckhoff PLC

    I have a very simple problem that I need help with.  I have some programming experience but I am brand new to PLCs and structured text.  I am using TwinCat 3 to program a Beckhoff CX9020.  My goal is to read the temperature from my thermocouple and open or close a valve based on the temperature.  I have successfully connected the PLC to the TwinCat software and I am able to see the value of the thermocouple increase and decrease when I touch it with my fingers.  I need to link that value to a variable in my code so I can have the valve act on it.  I don't know how to properly address the inputs and outputs.  Thank you!
  18. Gents, i'am getting error code 8 when i try to read from another plc . Both are siemens im151-8 plc's. I hope anyone can help.   Regards, Mucho
  19. Error code: 4140

    Hallo. Recently ive got an error i haven't seen before. Error 4140 im using GX IEC developer  CPU is Q06UDEH I cannot figure out why the error happens.  When show the location to the step where the error occurs it makes no sense. The specific area has only got simple bool operations. When trying to recompile the entire project. The error "moved" to another location in the program. At this step there was a lot of float operations. When monitoring one of the variable value was NAN. I could not find anything about NAN in the manuals. But google stated it could mean not a number, which makes sense when reading the error description. I know it impossible to help me with my specific problem, when i cant really tell where or why the problem happens. But im pretty sure it has to do with me using float operations wrong. Ive tried to do a simple test program just to see if i could provoke the error, but no luck. How can i make a number go out of range, make it unnormal, nonnumeric or even infinite? Maybe someone could give me a simple example how to provoke this error, which might help me on my search in my own program. Thanks. Below is a screen-dump from the manual on this error.
  20. Bit strange - I use CompoNet all the time and just had my first issue. I found Remote I/O error code 9 in the CPU but cannot find what the code means. Went through the manuals and all errors appear to be in hex. Can anyone help at all please?
  21. Greetings, I'm ok with RSLOGX 500 but am an absolute beginer with RSLOGIX 5000 and was wondering if anyone had any simple sample code just to study. I would love something using analog input and or analog output. thanks in advance.
  22. Hello! I am programming with FT view studio version 8. In the program, when I make numeric display, I can not input values for this tag I am using in the display. Then I decided to make 'invisible button' for enabling the input for this tag which is shown in the numeric display. This is okey for me, only if there is other ways to do this please tell me. Now when I have created this numeric display with input enabling -'group', I have a problem, how can I use security levels for this group, so that only logging in values can be set? I have found that there is security code selection for this in the screen displays, but not for the buttons.
  23. Hi all and nice to meet you here! I hope that someone with experience helps me and I hope in future to offer also my help to someone. I am having problem with a Mitsubishi plc with A2N (S1) cpu installed on a machinery. The machinery stayed 20 days switched off and with battery empty as I realised when switched on and the problems come out. I changed the battery but the problem didnt resolved. The plc gave error with stable error led and flashing run led on the cpu. Also an error led stable on a (double role) module of printer and ram. I have to say that I have never used GX developer environment before and it is my first contact with Mitsubishi plcs. Reading some manuals (found on the internet) and by using GX developer I read from plc the faults. Register D9008 was set at 12 error meaning MISSING END INS. I Followed the described flow charts from a2n manual for reseting faults but the situation was the same always as described above. I tried to read the program from plc and succeded to read it. It is a lader with about 6000 lines. Anyway I have no previous experience of the GX development environment but I tried to put the missing END in the program as sugested also by the flow chart in the manual. At this point I have to say that it was automatically added from gx developer as I can remeber from an appeared message. I verified also many times the program on gx developer with the plc and the only difference was that missing END at the last line of ladder program. Anyway I tried to write back to plc the program with correct end but it was not possible. I tried several times. The error mesages took with Gx developer was the following : "THE SAME T/C COIL EXISTS IN PROGRAM (MAIN) AND/OR PROGRAM (MAIN-SFC). THE VALUES ARE SET TO BE THE SAME AS IN THE FIRST FOUND T/C COILFROM THE TOP OF PROGRAM" "THERE IS A DEVICE IN THE PROGRAM (MAIN) THAT IS OUTSIDE OF THE RANGE. CHECK THE PROGRAM AND CORRECT THE DEVICE THAT IS OUTSIDE THE RANGE." Anyway I decided to delete the plc memory. After that the run was stop blinking and the error led went off. Only the error on the printer-ram module was on (This module was changed with a know functioning one witout any variation on behaviour). I thought that problem has gone now that the cpu is empty. I tried again to write the program to the plc but again i take the above mentioned messages. Now I have an empty plc and a program on the Gx developer that cannot be written to plc!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am desperate!!! I do not know how to proceed. I am not knowing the mitsubishi development environment. Other than Gx developer I tried to install the GX simulation but it not works to my computer. At this point I dont know even if the ladder program is somehow corrupted after the described above messages. I can sent the code (GX developer project) and any other information to someone expert, if necessary, to have an opinion. Please help!!! Let me know how to proceed!! I have to write back the code to plc !!!!! Thank you all in advance!! Now i realised that there is SFC that is my problem. Could someone help please? Big part of ladder is in yellow color. How can i proceed?
  24. Hi, Did somebody try or know how to create a QR code on HMI screen? The goal is quickly read data from PLC with a smartphone. regards, Wal