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  1. 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
  2. I am starting my own consulting business, so put my experience and technical know-how to work and ensure the success of your process control projects.  No project is too small!  I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Arkansas, and obtained an Arkansas PE license in 2014.  After working for a Generation and Transmission company as a power plant controls engineer, I have decided to put my skills and experience to work as an independent consultant.  My SCADA/HMI experience includes GE’s Proficy Cimplicity software, and Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk View SE.  I also have experience programming controllers using GE’s Proficy Machine Edition, Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 and RS Logix, and Emerson Delta V. Check out my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevormarmstrong for more details regarding my experience and past projects. Contact me through these forums, LinkedIn, or via email at tmarmst@gmail.com any time for more information on my services or availability.
  3. Is there a way to choose with %MW you use depending on the value of %SW49? For example, i have 7 %MW: -%MW4 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=1 -%MW8 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=2 -%MW12 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=3 -%MW16 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=4 -%MW20 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=5 -%MW24 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=6 -%MW28 that needs to be active when %SW49 :=7 so is there a way to say %MW0 := %MW(4*%SW49) on a operation block?
  4. Hello  i have a versamax plc icu200udr064 which is connected to a modbus rtu network.  i want to send some coils states on the modbus network with a specific data address, so can this be done by proficy machine and if yes can you help with that? thank you 
  5. Hello  i have a versamax plc icu200udr064 which is connected to a modbus rtu network.  i want to send some coils states on the modbus network with a specific data address, so can this be done by proficy machine and if yes can you help with that? thank you 
  6. Is there an built in function in iFix or VB script to export tags from an offline .grf graphics file? Thanks.
  7. Programming a HMI to revert to Home Screen

    Hello everyone, I was wondering if anyone here could explain to me how I can program my human-machine interface (HMI) to revert to a Home Screen after a period of inactivity. If the user has to leave at any time, and leaves the HMI on the last screen he/she was working on, I want the HMI to revert back to my Home Screen after 60 seconds inactivity. Has anyone here done anything similar to this before? Do you think it's worth the trouble of having such a function built into the HMI? Thank you for your time and for reading.
  8. 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...
  9. PLC Software Conversion

    Hi ALL, How do I convert a LM 90 30 (DOS) to a Proficy Machine Edition 8.5 software? Thanks Chris
  10. PME 8.0

    Is Proficy Machince Edition Version 8.0 compatible with PME 8.5?