If you are looking to use your first PLC or you are “power“ users (with extensive PLC programming experience) we have a range of products and a training course to meet your needs. We hold regular training course at our office and can also come to you and train your team.
Give us a call for more information. 01 480 395 256
Sensopart Fibre Optic Sensors
We have teamed up with SensoPart UK to give you the opportunity for a very special deal. To enable customers to try our fibre optic amplifiers we have crashed the prices and given you the choice of three packages.
Sensor amplifier & controller plus a choice of fibres and control cable. All you need to get started for £99.99. More information
Technical Top Tip
Run two programming sessions at the same time!
It’s really useful to compare two programmes, follow this simple guide and you can run two independent instances of the Visilogics programming software on the same PC at the same time. More information
Either in the class room or on line, we have low cost options to get you started quickly…
Webinar on PID and Autotune on February 27th. So if you want to sit at your desk and
learn from the comfort of your PC, please drop me a line to book your place.
Alternatively we run regular training sessions, grouping people of similar ability together so the pace suits either first time users or experienced programmers. Keeping groups small and offering hands on training we cater for people of all experiences. More information
The following products come with USB programming ports and USB programming cables
V1040-T20B ~ 10.4” Colour touch screen, TFT, 800 x 600 Resolution (SVGA), 65k Colours, White LED-illuminated backlight, USB programming port, 9 Programmable function keys, Up to 1024 I/Os, CANbus Port, 3 x RS232/485
V1040-T20B-N ~ 10.4” Colour touch screen, TFT, 800 x 600 Resolution (SVGA), 65k Colours, White LED-illuminated backlight, USB programming port, 9 Programmable function keys, Up to 1024 I/Os, CANbus Port, 3 x RS232/485 OEM product no branding
V1210-T20BJ ~ 12.1” Colour touch screen TFT, IP66, 800 x 600 Resolution (SVGA), 65k Colours, White LED-illuminated backlight, USB programming port,Up to 1024 I/Os,CANbus Port, 3 x RS232/485
V1210-T20BJ-N ~ 12.1” Colour touch screen TFT, IP66, 800 x 600 Resolution (SVGA), 65k Colours, White LED-illuminated backlight, USB programming port, Up to 1024 I/Os,, CANbus Port, 3 x RS232/485, OEM product no branding
Integrated Control Technologies of Texas (USA) is an industrial distributor, integrator and OEM that places its emphasis on drives and automation for the plastics industry. One of their most recent developed solutions for the plastics industry is the TEMPCOM Extruder Control System. (www.extrudercontrol.com)
They needed to develop an innovative solution for extruder control system retrofits specifically for the plastics industry. Their platform was to utilize “Integrated Component Technology” to reduce installation time and cost. They ended up selecting a temperature control module that consisted of PID control, solid state relay, current transformer and fuses for four individual temperature zones.
A PLC control that would communicate to the module utilizing MODBUS communications as well as TCP/IP MODBUS communications for AC drive control.
“The Unitronics Vision1210™ met our control requirements as well as integrated the same ‘Integrated Component Technology’ as a combination of a PLC + HMI.” Said Scott Barlow, Vice President of Integrated Control Technologies.
The TEMPCOM system can control up to 120 temperature control zones and control up to20 drives on an Ethernet Network. Their program allows them to utilize indirect addressing through the use of the data tables yielding flexibility address assignments. The two MODBUS ports on the V1210 allow them to maximize speed in communication and control for the large number of zones. Utilizing shift registers in specified memory locations that are assigned to the specific addresses, information is exchanged between the modules and the V1210. Intelligent decisions for logic control are made upon the information received from the modules-resulting in a comprehensive extruder control system with very few components. Barlow says, “By selecting Unitronics, we remained consistent in our promotion of ‘Integrated Component Technology’ that we desired for our product offering.”
Title: HMI Displays (tips and tricks) Unitronics, Visilogic.
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Energy Plant Solutions of Palmerston North, New Zealand needed a cost effective automation solution for their range of package boilers. The Vision1040™ met all their needs and stayed within their budget. “Working with the Unitronics combined PLC and HMI make other systems feel old fashioned and obsolete.” – Justin Butler, Senior Electrical Engineer at Energy Plant Solutions.
WHY THE VISION1040™? The V1040 provided the right balance of screen size and number of physical buttons as well as communication ports. Because they were using the EX-A2X along with (2) IO-DI16, (2) IO-RO16, (2) IO-AI8 and (2) IO-AO6X’s, (Giving a total of 32 digital inputs, 32 relay outputs, 16 analogue inputs with 14 bit resolution and 12 analogue outputs with 12 bit resolution all neatly DIN rail mounted) the large screen allowed ample room to display the required information while keeping the fonts and elements large enough for easy reading. The physical buttons allowed them to have most buttons always available without using up any of the screen. This also helped with keeping the screen clean.
“There were significant cost savings using the Unitronics PLC,” said Justin Butler, Senior Electrical Engineer at Energy Plant Solutions. “This is for both the development software licensing (it doesn’t get much cheaper than free) and also in the time required to develop the PLC/HMI software. Making changes is so much quicker when you can add the necessary logic to the PLC program and then immediately add the new elements to the HMI without having to export or import tag data, etc.
Also if we need to move some operands we can do it in a single step and the changes are made to the PLC and HMI code immediately.” Butler goes on to say, “With Remote Operator, we can see exactly what the operator sees from our office at the other end of the country via a VPN at absolutely no cost either financially or in development time. This is a huge advantage if the client requires assistance to solve a problem. Because the PLC and I/O modules are all 24VDC, we were able to use a 24VDC uninterruptible power supply (“UPS”) to maintain power to the PLC and I/O on power failure. Because the “UPS” does not need to step the power up to 230VAC before being stepped back down again, we achieve maximum up time afforded by the batteries. It is also safer because there is no 230VAC present when the main power supply is disconnected.”
The SMS system sends the operator an actual description of the fault, rather than just a generic “boiler fault” message. This allows the operator to make a decision on how quickly he needs to attend to the fault. The fault messages on the HMI and SMS are the same and come from the string library- therefore, they do not need to be coded twice.
“Unitronics PLCs allow us to run the PLC without any I/O attached. This is great for testing before the system is deployed on site,” says Butler. “This works like a simulation where we can enter any values we like for conditions and test that the PLC acts as intended. We can also check that all the graphics work and look good on the actual screen that will be used. This means we can do 90% of the testing before we even go to the site.”
“Working with the Unitronics combined PLC and HMI make other systems feel old fashioned and obsolete,” says Butler. “The support from Unitronics, from our local supplier, to email support, to help ideas on the forum, has been absolutely fantastic.”