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  1. I am now part of a startup company based on energy optimisation of HVAC in buildings. I am assigned to have research on which SCADA system to select for HVAC energy optimisation. The model is in such a way that, we need to create a SCADA / HMI for the client's building on top of existing Building Management System (BMS) to achieve energy saving.  I am still an intern and I am requested to research on various SCADA options available in the market. I have few doubts regarding: 1. How can I select one SCADA / HMI over the other?  2.GE Cimplicity and Niagara 4 are two option which I am interested in. What is the major difference between both? (Price and functionality) 3. Is Tridium Niagara 4 a SCADA software? ( I read about it but I didn't understand as I am new to this field). Is it same like tia portal which is a software that is used to program plc and create user interface??
  2. Hi All, Have recently embarked on a project that has required me to change over to GX Works 3 in order to link an IQ-R120PCPU to a Citect 2018 SCADA package . In days gone by under IEC Developer and GX Works 2 it was quite easy to establish communications between the programming package running in simulation mode and a running Citect system using the MXCOMP driver via MX Components to perform offline testing. Can't seem to find a way to get it to work under GX Works 3 though, has anyone tried a similar setup Simulated logic in GX Works 3 is running fine and can modify the IO from inside MX Components "PLC Monitor Utility" program so there is no issues there, just cant get Citect to communicate. MX Component comm's has also been proven reading/writing variable to an excel sheet with GX Works 3 in simulation mode also. Attached are the files for getting GX Works 2 up and communicating to Citect 2018 via the same method i am trying to get working in GX Works 3 in case anyone ever needs to use that method. Any help would be appreciated.     GXWORKS 2 & CITECT 2018.zip
  3. Check serial connection to Omron PLC

    Hello, I am building an application in CitectSCADA and I want to communicate with an Omron Sysmac CS1G. The connection between the plc and the Citect computer is through an ethernet to serial adapter (the computer doesn't have com ports on board). I'm having some difficulty establishing the communication and I want to make sure that I can actually reach the plc. Is there a way to check that the computer can reach the plc over the serial connection without using CX programmer? Maybe using Hyper Terminal, Putty or something similar. Thank you, Liron
  4. 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?
  5. Hello, I am new to Scada Programming. I am using Citect scada V7.50. I have completed whole project, but I am unable to generate Excel report for Alarms generated during run time. Please help me for this issue. Thanks...
  6. Hi ya,  can someone please advise if it is possible to add a text box that the user can enter a name / description to.  I am hoping the user can select the text box and a pop up keyboard will appear for them to enter a description on a magelis hmi.  I look forward to your advise. 
  7. I am having a problem getting citect to write to my sql database.  Whilst it will write I am restricted by the length of a single cicode command. I think its 255 characters. For my problem I am trying to write 48 tags to the database in one write command to obtain 1 time stamp. Is it possible to write multiple times to the same tables row ? Currently when I write a new row is created at the given timestamp. the cicode is attached. A solution would be to do 4 writes of 12 tags at a time but all would need to go in the same MSSQL table row. I'm ok using the data instead of time and date as this write only happens once each day Any help would be awesome..   *********************************************************************************************************************************** /* **    FILE:        SpurLoad.CI ** * Load Tags from Citect in TO temp array */ STRING tagname[24]="M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0000","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0030","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0100","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0130","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0200","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0230","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0300","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0330","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0400","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0430","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0500","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0530","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0600","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0630","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0700","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0730","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0800","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0830","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0900","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD0930","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD1000","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD1030","M340_PwrCtrl_SLD1100"; /* add array TO hold values */ STRING tagval[24]; INT hSQL; FUNCTION SQL_INSERT_lds() /* Loop FOR number of tags (13 lots of 30 min) TO be read adding to array Variables */ INT i;     FOR i = 0 TO 21 DO              tagval = TagRead(tagname);              END      /* Open ODBC connection TO CitectDB configured in ODBC Manager with DSN_SQL */          hSQL = SQLConnect("DSN=DSN_SQL"); /* IF connection IS OK, insert in TO table "lds" the values */ IF hSQL <> -1 THEN     SQLExec(hSQL, "INSERT INTO lds (dateandtime,S0000,S0030,S0100,S0130,S0200,S0230,S0300,S0330,S0400,S0430,S0500,S0530,S0600,S0630,S0700,S0730,S0800,S0830,S0900,S0930,S1000,S1030) VALUES (SYSDATETIME(),'"+tagval[0]+"','"+tagval[1]+"','"+tagval[2]+"','"+tagval[3]+"','"+tagval[4]+"','"+tagval[5]+"','"+tagval[6]+"','"+tagval[7]+"','"+tagval[8]+"','"+tagval[9]+"','"+tagval[10]+"','"+tagval [11]+"','"+tagval[12]+"','"+tagval[13]+"','"+tagval[14]+"','"+tagval[15]+"','"+tagval[16]+"','"+tagval[17]+"','"+tagval[18]+"','"+tagval[19]+"','"+tagval[20]+"','"+tagval[21]+"')");     SQLEnd(hSQL);     SleepMS(100); SQLDisconnect(hSQL); ELSE     Message("Error Message","SQL TRADING DAY DATABASE WRITE FAIL",48); END END   SpurLoad.ci
  8. Hi All, Hope you all doing well in this pandemic life.  I would need your expertise with an issue I have been struggling with for past few days and thought to reach out here. I am working on a migration project with GE PLC and Citect SCADA 7.10. The GE PLC is migrated to ControlLogix L74 Rev24.10 while Citect SCADA is retained. For testing I only have L71 and L82 and could not managed to organise L74. When the code the loaded in L71 and connected to Citect, I cannot see tags in Graphic page but I see the subscription.txt in Debug folder shows all tags good . The same code when loaded in L82, the Citect works instantly.  Does anyone know this behaviour of PLC and SCADA? Regards, DeeEngr    
  9. Hello Guys, I am very new to CIP messaging and in our project, we are trying to Controllogix to SCADA server using CIP messaging: What I understand from the process right now is : 1. SCADA Opens a connection for Large forward Open ( Connection size set at 2500 bytes) 2. PLC responds and establishes a connection 3. SCADA send an MSP request to access tags from PLC 4. PLC responds to this request The problem we are facing is the PLC doesn't send out a response of more than 240 bytes, Have any of you guys have faced a similar issue or can help me with troubleshooting?   Thanks in advance Attached screen captures from wire 
  10. 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!
  11. Analysing SCADA systems

    Hey guys, I'm currently working on a project to analyze available SCADA systems and make a systematic comparison of some of these selected options. In today's markets, there's a constant rise in demand for Industry 4.0 applications in the production process, connectivity, and data acquisition. What are some other important technical factors that need to be considered in order to compare these systems?
  12. Network Dropouts at Night!

    We have been having a re-occurring issue where some of our PLC's throughout our plant have a network outage that occurs around the same time every night. The PLC's are disbursed among the plant and it has been confirmed no large pieces of equipment are being turned on around this time every night... The network traffic does not fluctuate around this time and is not near a "troubling" level. There was a reboot to one of our servers on the same VLAN as the PLC's that are having the connectivity issues... What could have changed from a server reboot to remedy this issue, the server is not communicating to the PLC's, they are just on the same VLAN. 
  13. Hello. I am trying to make a serial RS 232C connection between Schneider Magelis HMIGXU3512 and Omron PLC CP1E. However, there seems to be a communication problems between both of the equipment. I am using cable XBT Z9740 for the serial communication cable. The format used is 8.2.N for both equipment. The baud rate is 115200. No Flow Rate is choose. Anyone can help with this kind of problems?
  14. Hi, I've been having a problem with my Schneider setup, and I can't seem to figure out the problem. I'm using Machine Expert Logic Builder and Vijeo 6.2, and I can't seem to download to my PLC. I can download to my HMI just fine, but my HMI comes back with the message as mentioned in the title. Also when I perform a full download, machine expert comes up with the message "Could not connect to the device for item "xx", selected target system "PLC name" is different from the connected device "HMI name". The weirdest thing is that machine expert shows my PLC just fine, but doesn't show my HMI. I have no idea what to do, as I feel like I've tried everything. The IP range is fine, subnet is fine. The driver in IO manager in Vijeo has the PLC nodename in it, so that shouldn't be the problem either. Does anyone know what to do in a situation like this? Thank you in advance!
  15. This course is designed to equip the novice with no prior PLC programming experience with the basic tools necessary to create a complete PLC program using ladder logic common to most current platforms. Use Software : - Somachine EcoStruxure Machine Expert Basic - Free - Vijeo Designer Basic Full Articel About Lear PLC Schneider  Video Tutorial Learn PLC Training Free
  16. I am trying to write some citect variables back to the PLC. I have made a startup cicode script which is suppose to copy one variable to another which I found on the web. I am not sure if just using tag = tag is OK in citect 2018. Any help would be fantastic.   Cicode below: *********************** FUNCTION StartUpFunction()     INT hMyTask;     // Start a new task that runs all the time and transfers values using writetag     hMyTask = TaskNew("fnDoThis","",0); END FUNCTION fnDoThis;     //Never Stop this Loop     WHILE 1 DO         //Update the first Tag         TagWrite ("M340PLC_R02kW",Sub02Substation2PowerkWtot)         M340PLC_R03kW = Sub03Substation3PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R04kW = Sub04Substation4PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R05kW = TerminalSubstation_5InstantaneousPowerkWtot         M340PLC_R06kW = TerminalSubstation_6PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R07kW = Sub07Substation7PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R08kW = Sub08Substation8PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R09kW = Sub09Substation9PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R10kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV         M340PLC_R11kW = Sub11Substation11PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R12kW = Sub12Substation12PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R13kW = Sub13Substation13PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R14kW = Sub14Substation14PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R15kW = Sub15Substation15PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R16kW = Sub16Substation_16PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R17kW = TerminalSubstation_17PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R18kW = Sub18Substation18PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R19kW = Sub19Substation19PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R20kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV                 M340PLC_R21kW = Sub21Substation21PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R22kW = Sub22Substation_22PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R23kW = Sub23Substation_23PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R24kW = Sub24Substation_24PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R25kW = Sub25Substation25PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R26kW = Sub26Substation26PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R27kW = Sub27Substation27PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R28kW = Sub28Substation28PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R29kW = Sub29Substation29PowerkWtot         M340PLC_R30kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV         M340PLC_R31kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV         M340PLC_R32kW = PV2_SSB1PowerMeterPowerkWtot         M340PLC_R33kW = PV2_SSB2PowerMeterPowerkWtot         M340PLC_R34kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV         M340PLC_R35kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV         M340PLC_R36kW = M340PLC_G1_GEN_FREQ_PV         M340PLC_PQM3_WATTS_PV = HV_MetersBunnings_Intake_StnPowerkWtot         M340PLC_SOL01_SSB1_KW = SolarSSB1PowerMeterPowerkWtot         M340PLC_SOL01_SSB2_KW = SolarSSB2PowerMeterPowerkWtot         M340PLC_SOL01_SSB3_KW = SolarSSB3PowerMeterPowerkWtot         M340PLC_SOL01_SSB4_KW = SolarSSB4PowerMeterPowerkWtot         //Go to sleep for 1 second so as to not overload CPU         Sleep(1)     //Go back to start of Loop     END //End of Function END  
  17. Wonderware DASMTEthernet Driver

    I have a client who is duplicating an existing Wonderware SCADA/MELSEC Q Series with a Wonderware 2014 R2 configuration, which they want to maintain that version.  The driver they use is the DASMTEthernet, which is no longer available from Wonderware.  I'm looking for any lead I can find to get hold of this driver, or a good solution to resolve the communications.
  18. LOGO! 8 TIA portal WinCC

    Hi all experts, I am LOGO! 8 PLC programmer, and now I am beginning to start SCADA developement. I want to ask which software should I install ?, 1. TIA portal with Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 Professional & WinCC Professional 15.1 x64 2. WinCC RT Professional 15.1 x64 3. STEP 7 Professional 14.0 4. SINAMICS Startdrive 14.0 5. WinCC RT Advanced v15 Please excuse me if my question is not OK as I am beginning scada developement I know nothing about it and I can get limited software through my college programme. I am confused too because I found that "Up from version 12 of WinCC the driver “LOGO” is available" and also "I think the Logo! communication driver is only available for a WinCC RT advanced , not professional."  in this post : unable-to-connect-tia-15-version-to-logo-8/185145 Please hep me so that I can learn SCADA developement with my LOGO8 Waiting for your fruitful reply, Thanks and Regards
  19. Optimized Blocks

    Hello everyone, Are there any alternatives to WinCC at the moment that can handle using optimized blocks. In most other SCADA software, while importing tags, the option to optimize blocks should not be selected as they cannot import in this format. Ignition by Inductive Automation has a driver that can be purchased to solve this problem. I wanted to know if there are some other solutions to this issue.  Thanks!
  20. Dear all schneider Experts, anyone having "Vijeo designer screen editor"Software for XBT012110 megelis HMI. Please give a download link, I got very  stuck  to get this software #Advanced Thanking you......
  21. I have developed Vijeo Citect 7.5 in last 15 Days before at a Plant. During last 15 days scada went good and healthy, But suddenly its pop up window getting stuck after every 10-12hrs. So it is not possible to start/stop motor, drive. when press window button from keyboard then it becomes healthy again.  I am unable to reach at any solution for this problem. Please help me. 
  22. Vijeo Citect - write to tag - error

    Hi everyone.  In Vijeo Citect SCADA I created some tags and I try to write to a bit device of MELSEQ Q PLC. But I get this error : Cicode General software error. Note: I can read from PLC.
  23. hi guys.  I am getting a server problem while communicating pc & scada . is there any solution to rectify it? or problem is in license? thanks in advance
  24. There have been many good discussions on the applicability of cloud-based solutions for manufacturing and process control systems. On one side, some people have concerns regarding security and control of the information, on the other side, there are identified benefits enabled by cloud systems. From VMS minicomputers to DOS and Windows, from ArcNet to Ethernet, it is inevitable the industrial automation systems shall adopt the technologies that are getting predominant in IT general use; the current environment that I am calling the “Cloud-iPad era” is no different; therefore the practical discussion is not if those new technologies will be applied in the industrial environment, but how. This paper is not intended to join the conceptual discussion about the cloud, but just to present a few simple practical examples, where cloud technologies are already enhancing industrial automation solutions and enabling new business opportunities. CloudPracticalApplications.pdf
  25. I am using PLC Modicon M221, I want to make communication between PLC Modicon M221 to OPC Kepware by modbus tcp/ip ethernet. In PLC, I use software somachine basic, I set digital input and digital output. And in OPC Kepware my address  00001, but when I switch turn On/Off in PLC, value in OPC Kepware doesnt change. Could you please correct me? Thank you   Bujang