Awloescher

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  1. Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your advice!
  2. I'm an automation tech in a tool and manufacturing facility.  Lately, we've quoted a few projects for customers that include tooling (stamping dies usually) as well as some partial automation.  The automation is fairly simple usually...motor, drive, actuator to transfer material in 2 axes, e.g.  The company president and quoting engineers don't think it's a big deal for us to do this, but I'm a little wary to agree to these projects.  I have 2 years experience doing all sorts of small programming tasks, wiring, control panel design and build, troubleshoot, etc. However, I also know that there are a lot of industry and safety standards to follow when you start machine building/integrating for customers.  The tooling build is straightforward and is our forte.  But we have no electrical/controls engineers, and we have no standards really for automation "builds".  I've done smaller projects for us and I'm trying to develop some sort of standards, but there was nothing like that when I came into this position.   Anyway, should I undertake these sorts of projects in your opinion or not? And if I would, what sort of knowledge/standards should I master in terms of liability and safety, and where would be a good place to start in developing a wiring/electrical schematic standard? Thanks for your assistance. Andrew
  3. Defaulting Memory Card to fix connection issue

    I also saw the option of using a serial port splitter 1747-DSP1/2...it's hard to tell if it would support talking to the ASCII scale.  And it's also quite expensive.  Seems like any option is fairly expensive, since I can't plug into the DH+ or RS232 port and still debug/go online while process is running. It's not a large enough problem where the company is going to spend that kind of money to upgrade the equipment, so I'm most likely going to have to go with "pull the memory card and reset it", since we do have the existing program on file...unless anyone else has other ideas.  Thanks for the help and knowledge gained :)
  4. Defaulting Memory Card to fix connection issue

    So what I've gained from digging for information is that I can't talk to an ASCII driver with RS232.  So I assume my only option then is to default the memory card and reset/ download the program again.  Is that correct?
  5. Defaulting Memory Card to fix connection issue

      Thanks for the reply Joe...yes we are using a virtual machine, and yes we connect through the VM...com port is completely different and won't recognize the port if we go through the COM port through the host.
  6. Newer automation tech here...still taking classes and learning on the job as well.  We've had trouble connecting with our SLC 5/04's.  We get the message "failure to find baud and parity rate...check cables"...or something to that effect.  A few times we've somehow got it to connect.  Cables are new, using RXLinx Lite to connect, USB 1747 CP3 to 1747 CP3 SER A to connect to RS232 port on SLC 5/04.  Autoconfigure just won't communicate...trying to communicate with RS232 DF-1 Driver.  SLC has no fault, no battery low indicator.  I've experienced this twice now on two different SLC's.  One time I was able to connect, but I can't figure out how.  The maintenance guy told me I need to default the memory card, which as I understand it involves shutting off the power to the unit, pulling the memory card, then reinserting it?  Is this the "go-to fix" or something? Thanks in advance for the help. Andrew