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  1. I am setting up a vision inspection station which will require me to have 3 independent jobs within the camera. I am using 2 Cognex 9912, a Cognex 2000, and a S71200 PLC. Cognex has sent me a copy of the job call FB, but it is giving me fits. There are several tags referencing a data base called Insight1_Inputs, when I try to create a data base with this name it will not allow me. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I can upload pictures if needed. thanks in advance 
  2. Siemens S5-95U PLC and Battery Concern

    Hi All, We have a hydraulic press that is being controlled by Siemens S5-95U PLC . Lately the S5-95U has been randomly stopping during operation thus causing the hydraulic press to stop running. However the S5-95U instantly returns to RUN status after stopping. This is the first time it has happened after a decade of service. Prior to the random stops issue, around January 2021 the S5-95U completely stopped and the program in the RAM was erased so we had to replace the PLC battery and restore the program with our backup. Strangely, the PLC battery we replaced still had 3.4VDC upon checking. What's even more baffling is that even after we replaced the PLC battery with a new one,  Battery LED is still yellow although the program is still retained in the RAM. In summary, we have two concerns: 1. S5-95U randomly stops and resumes during operation ever since we were forced to replace the PLC battery and restore the program. 2. PLC battery has been replaced but the Battery LED is still yellow but the program is still retained in the RAM.   I have a suspicion that the two concerns I mentioned above are somehow connected but I lack the technical expertise to diagnose. I'm hoping someone can help me figure out our issue. Worst case, I think our S5-95U needs to be replaced.   Thanks,  
  3. MPI Connection problem

    Hi there. Recently I've experienced problems when connecting to a S7-300 PLC via MPI/PROFIBUS. I use a PG with CP5711 processor. The thing is that I'm able to connect when I plug the 6ES7901-0BF00-0AA0 cable (male to male) directly to the PLC connector, but when I try to do connect to a PLC that has any device connected to the DP port (let´s say an inverter or HMI) I get 33:17075 error. PG/PC Interface it's correct, in fact another PG with the same configuration is able to connect through the already connected DP device's cable. Station number and transmission rate is all correct.  So I tried the Simatic NET Diagnostics Test and I got error 0x0313 and since the mentioned parameters are correct I refered to this link:  How do Diagnostics and Remedy work in STEP 7 when an online connection with the CP... - ID: 11492532 - Industry Support Siemens Where they say the following:    I've searched for this readme file but can't find it, and there are no useful results when looking for it on internet.  Why am I able to connect directly to the PLC but not when another device is connected and I have to use the female connector of the DP connector itself? Should I try to reinstall CP5711 drivers? According to Windows, I got the last drivers for the CP.    Thanks in advance and I hope you can help me!
  4. Hi All, We have a hydraulic press that is being controlled by Siemens S5-95U PLC . Lately the S5-95U has been randomly stopping during operation thus causing the hydraulic press to stop running. However the S5-95U instantly returns to RUN status after stopping. This is the first time it has happened after a decade of service. Prior to the random stops issue, around January 2021 the S5-95U completely stopped and the program in the RAM was erased so we had to replace the PLC battery and restore the program with our backup. Strangely, the PLC battery we replaced still had 3.4VDC upon checking. What's even more baffling is that even after we replaced the PLC battery with a new one,  Battery LED is still yellow although the program is still retained in the RAM. In summary, we have two concerns: 1. S5-95U randomly stops and resumes during operation ever since we were forced to replace the PLC battery and restore the program. 2. PLC battery has been replaced but the Battery LED is still yellow but the program is still retained in the RAM.   I have a suspicion that the two concerns I mentioned above are somehow connected but I lack the technical expertise to diagnose. I'm hoping someone can help me figure out our issue. Worst case, I think our S5-95U needs to be replaced.   Thanks,  
  5. Help Logo!8 to HMI Alarms

    I have an existing LOGO!8 and im adding a HMI (SImatic HMI KTP400). i want to bring up an alarm based on the status of a Flag in the PLC. i can see that i cannot address an alarm to a Bool Tag. so my question is how to i get it to work. Example. i have LOGO flag 1 (M0.0) and Flag 2 (M0.1) what to i need to do to make them into a WORD for the alarms.   Cheers
  6. Hello Savvy! Can you pls advise on how to use FBD so this rod cylinder is working? There are two solenoids,   Tx a million   Ms Newbie    
  7. Hi guys, Has anyone ever implemented a Siemens S7 RFID tag reader into a Mitsubishi PLC system? Is this something that is fairly supported to be able to achieve? Or a right pain to set up?
  8. Hi, I am new using SIEMENS. I am programming a KTP 400 Comfort. linked to a S7-1200. I would like to ask you how to do a solution I normally used in OMRON. There, I use an "indirect label" to index the line of a TXT file I want to show in a label of a button or indicator. This is similar to the "list of text" in TIA Portal. However, in OMRON I found the way to updated automatically the TXT file in the HMI using a computer but not using the software of OMRON. So, I would like to know how to do something similar using this SIEMENS HMI. I would like to show a label whose text changes according to the value of an index. However I would like to be able to change the file where the index points (TXT, CSV, etc) but not using TIA Portal. I would program a software to send the updated file automatically under FTP, or under the protocol you suggest me. Thank you very much.
  9. I have the following for sale, Automating with Step7 in STL and SCL (S7-300/400 controllers) 6th Edition 2012, Very good Condition Automating with Step7 in LAD and FBD (S7-300/400 controllers) 4th edition, New Condition in plastic Automating with SIMATIC (Controllers, Software, Programming data Communication, Operator Control, and Process Monitoring), 4th edition 2009, Excellent condition Automating with the SIMATIC S5-135U, 3rd revised edition 1993, Very good condition.    Pictures forthcoming.   Located in USA.  Make offer, shipping included. Pictures available on request, send email address in a PM.
  10. communication

    i want to communicate ml1400/compact logix L24ER to simatic s7200 via ethernet.Please help me with it i am new to it and dont know how to do it.
  11. TIA Portal for beginners

    If you learn more quickly after watching videos about PLC like reading the literature without example, then these videos can help you if you are a complete beginner. Enjoy it  (If this is against the rules of this site then sorry for spam  )   PLC:   1. How to create project in TIA Portal   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgUBs7nrNmq5ManYyQ-hvKK       2. Program blocks   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbhlni7Uw9-lfs8UIykpuubF       3. Bit logic operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbitdaKvFJv9WZEOj7VrMf_0       4. Timer operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbiaWQL8lXja1_Kd1z-jeDXr       5. Counter operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgfyg2dwDiR7xzsaXtdI9xo       6. Comparator operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgs-WgOvePyRUKgnDBK-qfx       7. Math operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgInRxxraaX6RG5LUS8gcpM       8. Move operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbjQQEXr_bhzjKvNCjBeS1Zw       9. Conversion operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbjsjfMUtVn3QQ6MJM7cBpTW       10. Program control operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgFtnxDkNZ7Amps67nr-KHX       11. Word logic operations   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbh6bGa9bgy6cJhVi-RhF0gH       12. Shift and rotate instructions   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbhlUnK9ECCKUccqt91Qsw6e   HMI:   1.       Beginning with HMI devices   https://youtu.be/EF4Qprf0Mn8   2.       Basic work with screens   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgPAApJCAGcPZOHViTAT9C1   3.       Basic screen objects           4.    Elements objects   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgOSznFb03Rr_St-2WFcygo         5.       HMI Alarms   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbi_V7XENgupV7HFjOJI7Yes   6.       User administration   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbgDP9dfAOkW3eodC5aH0kmR         7.       Scheduled tasks   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqYtPgi-xbbjsaMlovHL2BDrju8kKgkZi     OTHER: Siemens PLC - Hardware configuration (SIMATIC S7-300) https://youtu.be/WVkAGKsxftw     Siemens HMI/PLC - communication (Basic Example) https://youtu.be/AcN50TShHgY   Siemens PLC - Firmware upgrade/downgrade via TIA Portal https://youtu.be/qEsS7RR7QIw   Siemens HMI/PLC - Recipes (Basic Example 1/2) https://youtu.be/wLmH-QT3T9U   Siemens HMI/PLC - Recipes (Basic Example 2/2) https://youtu.be/_2K6l7dYuqY   Siemens PLC - Upload program from PLC to TIA portal (PC) https://youtu.be/igw-4CxjnLw   Siemens PLC - Add and install GSD file in TIA Portal https://youtu.be/LJKUzv3Zykw   Siemens PLC - Activate and work with Web Server in TIA Portal (Part 1/2) https://youtu.be/WCpiej4S8-U   Siemens PLC - Activate and work with Web Server in TIA Portal (Part 2/2) https://youtu.be/xl4pxLK0CDY   Siemens PLC - Scaling/Converting Analog Input/Output (0-20mA to 4-20mA and vice versa) https://youtu.be/BOjFlhAwO0k   Siemens HMI/PLC - Linear scaling of HMI Tag (PLC/HMI tag scaling) https://youtu.be/XBUknb3JDfE   Siemens HMI - Changing of Date/Time format (12/24 hours format) https://youtu.be/bCVKFrLwzWA   Siemens PLC - Configuring and commissioning of SIRIUS ACT (PROFINET IO) https://youtu.be/yIW6kta34_s   and more...      
  12. Siemens WinCC 7.0 SP3 SCADA Value Freezing

    Dear All, We are using Siemens WinCC 7.0 SP3 SCADA software. We are using two Redundant SCADA Computers that are communicating with PLC (CP-343 module) via Ethernet. One Ethernet cable from each PC is connected to Cisco Ethernet Switch and one Ethernet cable from the Cisco Switch is connected with CP-343 Siemens Ethernet Module.  The problem is after every 75 hours one PC value become still (Freeze).Only One system values freeze at a time. If i restart the system the problem is resolved. Please help to resolve this problem. Thanks  
  13. Dear Mr. PLC forum members, I am brand new to the world of PLC’s and I am looking for advice on PLC platform selection for a device prototype. The proposed PLC is for a “smart” hydroponic system. Please see system I/O and other parameters below. Parameter 1: Price - I am self-funding this so price of PLC and software is important. Happy to spend ~$2000 for PLC; I/O cards and related hardware. Total prototype cost is around $15,000 including PLC. Parameter 2: Availability & Support in Australia. Parameter 3:Newbie Friendly: I intend to code the PLC myself and have never coded a thing in my life before.  Parameter 4:Discrete Outputs: 11; Discrete Inputs: 0; Analog Outputs: 2-3; Analog Inputs: 9  Parameter 5: Capability to extend to IOT for remote access control and monitoring (via cellular or wifi router)   As you can see, this is a relatively simple automation project. All my research seems to point to Automation Direct’s BRX PLC but I just wanted to get some suggestions and feedback before purchasing. Anything else that might suit my needs? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Bruce   
  14. I have Chinese machine which has 226CN cpu I'm trying to communicate with it to upload the current program and maybe modify it. But I can't communicate with it  I'm using Chinese cable rs 232 to usb and windows xp. When I use it I get "you must use rs232/usb PPI multi master" massage  Is there a problem with the cable or the software? I tried to change language of the software to Chinese ( as a solution I found on the internet)but it doesn't help What should I do?        
  15. Simens

    Hello everyone, it helps me please. I have a problem in I have a Scale analog signal at 4.20 mA, you can save them through the button, for example, I have the button on 500Kg and save and after the button on the echo save 500 + 500 and echo 500 + 500 + 500  +500 can it be
  16. Simatic pc to simple pc with profibus card

    Hi every one, One of my machine i have to fix , has simatic pc unit installed that causing too much trouble  and client want to replace it with simple pc with additional profibus card installed in PCI slot, is there any way to configure image of simatic pc in new simple pc
  17. I have a Siemens HMI 6AV2 124-0MC01-0AX0 in my machine. I want to clone the display on the HMI to PC/Laptop. My question is: 1. What software that I need for this task? 2. What kind of interface that I need between the HMI and PC/Laptop (for example ethernet cable, etc)? 3. Do I need to communicate with PLC connected with HMI or can I just connect with the HMI? Thanks in advance for the answer.
  18. S7 200 SEG INSTRUCTION

    Hello guys. We are trying to replace a S7 200 PLC at our station with S7 1200.  We are reading the program on the S7 200 and recreating the same on the S7 1200. However, we have encountered the SEG  instruction used several times in the S7 200 (microwin) program. And the SEG instruction is not available in TIA Portal (we are using TIA 11) for the S7 1200. We have tried to read the s7 200 system manual but the explanation of the instruction is not sufficient to help recreate it. Could anyone know how we can create our own equivalent of the SEG instruction? If anyone has the SEG instruction already created as a program, it would be very helpful. Thank you.  
  19. Hi all  I need help with communication between Mitsubishi L06CPU-P with Siemens S7-1500 by Modbus TCP. It's necessary to send data from L06CPU to S7-1500, but I don't know anything about mitsubishi and gx works2.  Picked up some pics how I did it, but I didn't verified how it works. Can anybody help me with this? https://ibb.co/8KDmg5x https://ibb.co/Jm8shCx   edited: I also found LQnUDEModbusTCP_GW2_with_FC_V120 library, but how it works I dont know
  20. Hi everyone, Now the crisis has put myself out of job in short period of time I'm thinking of going Self-employed in Industrial Automation. The salary I could make while being employed would be around £35-50k in UK (even though I had limited experience on Mits and Siemens) which is quite a good salary in UK in this sector, depending on the job as well. I'm more of a hand on guy and I like working on site while prototyping in the lab, and I believe if I was a self-employed Industrial Automation Engineer I would thrive better for a few reason: - Limited schedules means I push myself to 100% of my abilities to help me develop and grow - Hands on, commissioning and prototyping - Higher risk and higher reward as prices are for projects not hours - After few years a possible income of around £70-120k - Possibility of developing my own solutions/programs/scripts/devices for customers in automated facility - Using python for Data science/analytics which is currently my hobby - Automated online diagnostics and maintenance improvments   I've never had a chance to cover all of the above previously and I believe there would be a huge demand for a person who can provide and prove a benefit to the businesses of all of the above subjects. I'm a great problem solver, regardless if it's an electrical or software issue however when I'm hired I don't feel the satisfaction from finishing job and I would rather move on the next project rather than stay still for a long period of time.   Are you guys self-employed/contractors? How did you start?   Thanks, Tom  
  21. I am pretty new to the SCADA world. I wanted to know what are the advantages of using a paid proprietary SCADA software such as WinCC, Wonderware, cimplicity over free software such as OpenSCADA, OpenAPI, IndigoSCADA and so on. I have read, there are more layers of security in the paid one. What does that mean? What are the other main differences between the paid and free ones out there in the market?
  22. I have a purchased Machine that came with a Siemens LOGO 8.FSR PLC (Smart Relay). Generally we use Allen Bradley or Mitsubishi. Anyway, we need to communicate data between the LOGO and an Allen Bradley Compact Logix.  I do not desire to add an additional network to the AB but as best i can tell the LOGO is exclusively Modbus TCP/IP. Has anyone come across a similar situation?  I look online and did find an  Anybus module that claims to be able to link them together.  Looking for anyone who has faced this challenge and succeeded, or failed.   Thanks
  23. Good day all, I'm going to get a new Siemens PLC (model haven't decide) for a project using OPCUA server. I'm curious to know whether I made the right choice or not? Cause I planning to use that PLC to process some data that it got from OPCUA server. Can I know whether I can directly use Ethernet connection to take the data from server directly and fed it into my Siemens PLC? (I probably won't use the DI of the PLC for input data)
  24. Hi, Is it possible to have two hardware configurations which can be switched through HMI. currently i have two hardware configurations and the project remains same. So without connecting with Simatic Manager i want to switch the hardware configuration. 
  25. Check it out here! https://youtu.be/PK6X3S8RlE0