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  1. Criticore, Thanks for your response. I was able to create the basic logic to convert the dd+mm+yyyy , hh+mm+ss and trip number to strings and then concatenate into a string, as follows (21112020 : 153550 > 12)...  BST AIC S:39 ST78:0 NXB AIC S:38 ST78:1 NXB AIC S:37 ST78:2 NXB AIC S:40 ST78:3 NXB AIC S:41 ST78:4 NXB AIC S:42 ST78:5 NXB AIC N77:10 ST78:9 BND    BST LES N77:10 999 XIC N77:0/0 NXB XIC N77:0/15 BND OSR N77:0/3 BST CTU C5:77 20 18 NXB GRT C5:77.ACC 20 RES C5:77 NXB ACN ST78:0 ST78:1 ST78:10 NXB ACN ST78:10 ST78:2 ST78:11 NXB ACN ST78:11 ST78:7 ST78:12 NXB ACN ST78:3 ST78:4 ST78:13 NXB ACN ST78:13 ST78:5 ST78:14 NXB ACN ST78:12 ST78:14 ST78:15 NXB ACN ST78:15 ST78:8 ST78:16 NXB ACN ST78:16 ST78:9 ST78:17 BND  The output is basic and ugly as follows, (dd+mm+yyyy+:+hh+mm+ss+>+trip number)(21112020  : 153550 > 12) and I would like to enhance it, but the current issue is that I am not able to figure out how to maintain the last 20 events. I tried using a counter to save the last 20 events into 20 contiguous string registers, but am not able to use indirect addressing to save the results to ST78:20 through ST78:40. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. How can I concatenate strings into string files as follows. Any time an event occurs, I want an entry in the string file that includes date/timestamp from real time clock, and also an integer number that correlates with the first out or cause of the event. The integer can be anywhere from 1 to 25, and possibly 100 to indicate the trip has cleared. I would like it to be able to maintain the last 20 events. Please advise. An enhancement to this would be to type out the cause next to the date/timestamp, based on the value of the integer word. Such as...  if N7:0 = 1 "21/11/2020 15:32:24 Tank-1  Level High-High" if N7:0 = 4 "20/11/2020 11:12:04 Tank-2  Temperature High-High" if N7:0 = 2 "17/11/2020 05:31:02 Tank-1  Level Low-Low" if N7:0 = 1 "17/11/2020 03:22:12 Tank-1  Level High-High"
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  4. If the PLC5 or SLC500 PLC program is password protected, can I still monitor it online and upload it to my laptop?
  5. ControlLogix PID tuning

    Thanks for the clarification and additional details Michael. So the takeaway for PID with the INDEPENDENT equation (.PE=0), is/are as follows... 1)  KI is in repeats per minute rather than minutes per repeat…so the bigger the value speeds up the controller response 2) KP is proportional band rather than the bigger value slows down the controller response.
  6. ControlLogix PID tuning

    Michael, Thanks for responding to my post; however, I am following up with you again to better convey my level of understanding and confusion associated with the PID instruction in a ControlLogix ladder diagram. The PID routine is placed in a 1000 msec periodic task. The PID equation type is INDEPENDENT, as confirmed by .PE = 0. Since the PIDs use the independent equation… …this means that KI is in repeats per minute rather than minutes per repeat…so the bigger the value the faster the integral  response…is this correct? …so now I’m trying to understand KP…is it actually gain, or is it proportional band. If it is gain then the larger number would give larger response for given error. If it is proportional band then the larger number would give smaller response for given error. The current tuning parameters are as follows. PD[].KP and PD[].KI are the proportional and integral tuning parameters, currently set at 0.25 and 0.05 respectively. Please advise. Thanks
  7. ControlLogix PID tuning

    Michael, I'm not sure you saw my last reply inserted below. "Looks like I found it is the PE parameter, which in my case is set to 0 (independent) .PE = 0 So that means that the smaller KP value and the smaller KI value work to speed up the controller response...correct? Thanks."
  8. ControlLogix PID tuning

    Looks like I found it is the PE parameter, which in my case is set to 0 (independent) .PE = 0 So that means that the smaller KP value and the smaller KI value work to speed up the controller response...correct? Thanks.
  9. ControlLogix PID tuning

    Super. Thanks for the reply Michael. In determining which equation is used, I was and am unable to determine if it is using dependent or independent equation, so where could I find that parameter?
  10. ControlLogix PID tuning

    Can you please explain the ControlLogix PID with respect to tuning a loop? To speed up the control response should KI be increased or decreased, and same question for KP? Thanks.
  11. PLC5 First-out logic

    Thanks pcmccartney1. At the end of the day I finally built and tested the first-out logic as solicited. The average program scan time is under 20 msec, which contributes to the successful operation of the first-out scheme. As mentioned, I fully tested it today with no errors. Tomorrow, we will be starting the skid/system and the first-out logic will be required to assist with identifying inputs which cause intermittent trips or shut downs. FIRSTOUT.pdf FIRSTOUT.RSP
  12. PLC5 First-out logic

    BobLfoot, I believe the latter is what I am looking for, whereby the first bit in a trip string latches in as the culprit that caused the trip...ergo first-out. thanks
  13. PLC5 First-out logic

    Does anyone have PLC5 First-out logic?
  14. FlexI/O RIO baud rate

    Reading through several publications, it appears that cycling power after changing the dip switch settings is the right course of action. Thanks.
  15. FlexI/O RIO baud rate

    After changing the Flex IO baud rate via the S2-3 and S2-4 dip switches, does the new baud rate automatically become active, or must the power be cycled on the Flex I/O adapter ? thanks