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  1. Data Collection and Display

    Currently I am using DDE links in Excel to run a live "dashboard" with our cycle times and faults/downtime. I was wondering what the best solution would be if I wanted to display a dashboard with this information on a TV within the plant but I only have 1 license of RSLinx Gateway. OPC perhaps? SQL? I attached a picture describing what I need
  2. Hi guys, I installed new MachineExpert v1.2 and Vijeo 6.2.9 on Win10 machine. When connecting simulation PLC to Vijeo to test my application everything is good. I go to PLC and check the nodename (see the pic attached) which I put in my Vijeo application and everything works. Issue is, because of my hard drive capacity I am forced to work via VM (but this is my preffered way also because of number of PLC softwares used). When I installed from the same installer (everything same as my local Win10) on Win7 VM when I run simulation I get empty space where the PC simulator should be visible which nodename I should type in Vijeo. Also I noticed when going to gateway management console in VM the process is active, same parameters as in host machine. Turning off the gateway on the VM turns it off as well on the host. Is there a known problem of connecting to simulator on VM? Or win10? Unfortunately I don't have Win10 VM to try right now.. Anyone can help? Much appreciated!
  3. Hi! I am using a Ethernet/IP and a Brainbox ED-588 as a gateway to a PLC that has 8 in and 8 out Digital IOs. In order to interface with other types of PLCs I am looking for a gateway that has 16in and 16out digital I/Os I have also been asked to work with NPN output, not PNP. This can be achieved using yet another component, but if possible I would like the gateway to be configurable with NPN/PNP output. N.B. The orignial protocol doesn't even have to be Ethernet/IP, I might be able to work with other protocols as the source. Products that I found do not have enough IOs   Thanks!
  4. Which RSLinx License?

    Hi, I have a task whereby I have to hook a WonderWare InTouch (2017) HMI, on Windows 10 through to two Allen Bradley PLCs both programmed via RS-Logix 5000. OPC comms between the HMI PC and the PLCs have to go through RSLinx Classic. The RSLinx Classic install has a paid-for OEM license. InTouch to RSLinx has to be through Wonderware OI-Gateway using Suitelink protocol. I can see and interact with PLC-generated data items at the output side of RSLinx using Matrikon OPC Explorer.  I can also see OPC data generated by Matrikon OPC Server for Simulation from within InTouch with comms to the Matrikon OPC server going through OI-Gateway / Suitelink. However, I cannot get OI-Gateway to talk to RSLinx, and so can't connect InTouch to it.  I have now found that this RSLinx Classic OEM license might not support interaction with Wonderware OI-Gateway. However, fruitless searching means I don't know if this is the case, but I still need to find out and be certain of  the facts before broaching the whole "we actually need to buy another RSLinx license" thing with the Powers That Be. There seems to be content on the Rockwell / Allen Bradley / RSLinx website which deals with it but (frustratingly) it declined to show me that content, appearing to suggest that I needed to pay for a Rockwell support contract before I could get access. I'll not get (too far) into the debate about coolness of this - or otherwise - when we've already paid for this RSLinx Classic OEM license and just want to find out if it will actually do what's required... Cuitting to the chase, could anyone tell me please which RSLinx Classic license I need to have in the setup above in order to be able to speak to RSLinx Classic from Wonderware OI-Gateway? There are 2 PLCs which RSLinx communicates with, but the two of them comprise two 'halfs' of the same overall system. I suspect the OEM license might have to be upgraded to a Gateway license, but I just don't know. Input much appreciated please! Incidentally, the OPC server has to be RSLinx - I'm not allowed to swap it out for Wonderware OI-ABCIP or Topserver etc Thanks      
  5. FinsGateway Help

    First of all, I apologize if there is a simple solution, if there is, I can't seem to find It. I simply want to make and HMI talk to a PLC using Omron's FINSGateway/SYSMAC window's drivers.. Heck, if I can get an example that uses a simple Excel spreadsheet talking via DDE that would help. I have been writing custom drivers in Windows for years to send FINS commands back and forth to the various Omron PLC's, based off of a bit change either on the HMI side or PLC side. Super fast since only the data that has changed is written back and forth... Lately I have tried using DDE (polling type) communications as some jobs require this and not custom drivers. We use Wonderware Intouch for the most part and have found their DA and OI servers for Omron to be terrible at communications on large IO installations. Their IO servers essentially send 1 packet per bit or word every x msecs over the network according to a wireshark capture instead of blocks of word ranges. I was told FINSGateway / Sysmac Gateway could be installed on a machine and map via datalink( or the sorts) PLC memory to  psedo PLC memory on the windows computer; that the local computer mimics a PLC. The third party application can then read the local memory many times faster than going across the network to get it packet by packet. I can't seem to find a simple 'DDE' type interface with FINSgateway whether trying to use it locally or to a remote PLC. Usually a Topic name and an Item / Tagname....  I have used these DDE interfaces with other brand PLC controllers and their local driver, but can't find squat with the Omron Driver.  Usually you specify in the HMI a tagname and it is pointed to a 'TOPIC' and 'ITEM' that relates to an address in the PLC. Anyone have any type of info on this? I see posts in forums about doing this, but can't find any specifics. Again, I would think this would be basic beginner stuff, but can't seem to find any info on FINS/SYSMAC gateway  and how to make a third party app talk to it. It's been around for many years so I find this odd. Thanks for your time..  
  6. Not able to establish DDE connection

    Good day to all, I am trying to establish DDE communication between my PLC (1769-L23ER) and MS Access via RSLinx Classic Gateway (3.9) over Windows Server 2012 R2.  On my developing PC (Windows 7), there isn't any issue at all. But when I port the codes over to Windows Server 2012 R2, MS Access is not able to establish DDE communications with the PLC.  I was wondering what went wrong. The error message from MS Access is "MS Access can't find the specified application and topic because it can't open the DDE channel, err.Number is 282. The code for getting the channel is as follow OpenRSLinx = Application.DDEInitiate("RSLinx","PLC-D") I was wondering was there anything I have miss out. eg. Configuration of the server, path settings, etc.. Any help is welcome. TIA Cheers CY
  7. Hi everyone, we are digital display company that manufactures industrial displays. One of our more popular products are displays that use Ethernet/IP to communicate from a PLC. We are trying develop a gateway device that bridges the PLC (typically AB) to our serial input displays.  We need help writing the firmware. If you are interested or have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks. Dennis Holmberg - President Electronic Displays Inc.  www.electronicdisplays.com d.holmberg@electronicdisplays.com 630-628-0658 x 306  
  8. Hello. I have CPU S319-3 PN/DP which connected with Sinamics G120 by profibus. I have connect with cpu by ethernet. I made setting as explained in help, but it doesn't work. I use Simotion Scout 4.4.0.2, Version of sinamics drive 4.6. Scout can found CPU in accsessble nodes cpu ip is 192.168.3.6. I also trying change slot 0,1,2, but it bring zero result. What additional setting need to do?   Setting HW Setting connection to Sinamics Sinamics Version Accsessble nodes    
  9. My intention is create a visual basic program with access (or excel), if possible with a Cold link (so I wake up when I need data only). See if you can orientate me about the best way and solve my doubts. I am pretty new to all this. I have several Allan-bradley plc’s in the Ethernet network. Several PC’s with windows 8 and excel/acces in the latests versions I have a server in the net where I have installed RSLINX gateway version. I have created a topic and I can see the PLC variables in there OK. In rslinx  commnications -> I have set the click “enable rslinx classic gateway” I have run the OPC test client and it works OK according to some test Ihave found in google 8so OPC/DDE server is active etc) I want to retrieve Data in My PC from the rslinx that is in that server called BCNA08. I have colleagues that know how to run the EDIT ->copyDDE/OPC link and create a HOT LINK in excel in the same computer for other versions of rslinx (lite I believe) that they had for tests purposes. So I try the same but of course it does not work for a PC that is nor running RSlinx. My Rslinx is in BCNA08. How can I set a hot link (excel continuos update) and cold link (visual basic open/close communication). Any help or suggestions will be welcomed. Any good link to learn more too.