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  1. ScadaPack 314 Counter Inputs

    I see you already put a question on the Schneider SCADAForum. Here's another thread from the same forum that answers your question. The short answer is no. The best you could do is use it for rising edge detection (so you could use if for something like a start button, where the count increments every time the button is pressed). You can use any of the Expansion I/O modules, which are connected using a (provided) ribbon cable. If you want to conserve panel space, the 5414 Compact Digital Input Module would be a good choice.
  2. It would be extra work, but you could export the routines as L5X exports and import them into a new project using the correct controller. From there you would have to do some validation to make sure everything is working correctly afterwards.
  3. load cell SP4M-7Kg   Here's the manual for this unit. I've never used the module before, but it has a "Wavesaver" function that filters out noise. What is the current setting (see page  4-11 in the manual)? Try turning it all the way to 0.25 Hz and see if this helps. You will likely see a slower response time in measurement changes.
  4. Can We Use General Purpose Inverter for Crane?

    Contact your ABB vendor with the details of your project, I'm sure they will be happy to assist you with your specifications.
  5. load cell SP4M-7Kg

    Also, what module are you using to measure the load cells? You must be using a custom module such as this one? 
  6. load cell SP4M-7Kg

    How long are your cables? Is there any other cables nearby? Are you using shielded twisted pair for these cables? Is the shielding terminated correctly (isolated at the device side and grounded at the PLC side. If there is a junction box, the shield has to be connected through at the junction box but not grounded). Using a millivolt output over any measurable length is highly susceptible to noise. Take a voltmeter and measure the DC voltage between any 2 arbitrary points and you'll most likely find there is measurable ambient noise in the millivolts. If your cabling is good as per above and you are still have noise issues, you should consider either a digital load cell, or install a transmitter that converts the millivolt signal to a much more reliable 4-20 mA signal as close as possible to the load cell.
  7. Finding a Panelview Tag in the PLC

    You should be able to restore your .mer file in FT View Studio and look at the tag being used. Here's a youtube video showing the procedure:
  8. Go with a VM. It's incredibly useful, in more ways than one. First, build a clean Windows (7 most likely) VM, then save a backup of it. Next use that clean VM and install all your required AB/Rockwell software. Save a backup of it in that clean, fresh state. Next, do the same with whatever other type of machine you may be working on (Siemens, whatever). Keep a separate backup of each VM setup you build.   I keep a bunch of "purpose built" VMs for whatever I may be working on, so each Windows setup is not loaded down and bloated with millions of installs. Also, whenever one of the Windows environments starts to slow down and feel sluggish (as Windows in prone to do), or if Rockwell starts spitting up some weird errors (as it is prone to do), I just throw out the VM and go back to the backup I saved of the clean setup. Total time to refresh your development environment, 5 minutes. The last benefit of keeping everything on VMs is the portability. I can buy a brand new laptop and be ready for site in 15 minutes (total number of steps required: Install VMWare Workstation, then copy my VM backups onto the new computer) It's definitely worth the additional complication factor. Learn VMs and use em!
  9. Gradient Fill on PV7

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think that when you made you MER runtime you had PV6 as the target build. You can select what device and firmware you will be building the MER file for. Take a closer look when you are in the save dialog for the MER and be sure that you are building for the latest firmware for your PV7.
  10. Hi sorry, I never did notice this! Yes the picture must have disappeared when some updates were done on the servers. I've updated the post to include the picture again.
  11. FactoryTalk attaches the license to the hard drive 99% of the time. It can be specified to attach the license to the MAC address of the computer though. This is very unlikely to be the case, though, so you should be able to fire up your backup drive with no issues.   Also, you can use something like VMWare converter to converter your physical computer to a VM. This allows you to have a quick VM backup you can run on any computer in an emergency and it should also work with no issues.
  12. Also, instead of using  {[Program]VAR1} = 0, just use a NOT instead.
  13. If you have an RSLogix 5000 license you can run any version, all the way up to the latest (V29?). You are correct about Studio 5000 automatically opening up RSLogix 5000 on older versions. Also, I would recommend skipping right past V21, as it has known issues and going straight to V24 or higher. I haven't had much opportunity to use the higher versions so I can't speak for them myself.
  14. From the manual on P_ValveSO (link): P_D4SD or P_ValveMP is what you are looking for.
  15. Program Mode

    Can you put up a couple pictures?