What Can Be Done with Anybus Wireless Solutions?

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Oct 20, 2017 8:52:24 AM

Overview of Anybus Wireless Solutions

Wireless solutions are being increasingly adopted in the industrial world due to the obvious benefit of mobility they bring to the table. Technologies such as Bluetooth and WLAN have made it easier to form connections with hard to reach appliances, while keeping the installation cost under check. Anybus wireless products provide performance, reliability and security that’s at par with wired solutions, enabling industries to instill a permanent factor of flexibility and move closer towards having an Industrial IoT based system.

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Topics: PLCs, HMI, Networks, ethernet

Benefits of Bearing-free Magnetic Encoder Systems

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Oct 5, 2017 1:56:55 PM

Magnetic encoder technology is vastly used in heavy industries such as steel mills, ship drives, gas turbines, power stations, drilling rigs, and so on. The rugged landscape and threat of harsh elements require delivery of control signals over a long period of time in a reliable and efficient manner. While optical scanning encoder systems are always an option, the extreme conditions make it unsuitable for installation. Extremely confined spaces, large shaft diameters and no free shafts are just some of the reasons as to why Magnetic Encoder technology needs to be adopted.

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Topics: HMI, Monitoring Solutions, efficiency

What is Anybus?

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 29, 2017 12:10:48 PM

Launched in 1994 by HMS Industrial Networks, Anybus technology and products have proved themselves as a worthy cog in the industrial automation machine, making up for the most used 3rd part range of fieldbus connectivity products. Anybus’ functionalities can’t be confined within those of a fieldbus. It can be thought of as a range of generic products that provide support to all types of industrial fieldbus networks.

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Topics: PLCs, HMI, Networks

Siemens Simatic KP400 HMI

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 21, 2017 10:54:29 AM

Simatic HMI Panels have been at the forefront of industrial monitoring and control for years, and are known for their effective and robust nature. Not only do they feature an innovative design, but their high performance makes them applicable throughout all sectors of market. Backed by Simatic WinCC, the panels are a rock-solid component in any industrial workplace.

The HMI Panels are intuitively configurable though the TIA Portal and follow an identical design. This makes them scalable for all kinds of applications. Simply choosing the display size for the desired application and altering a few other details can get your project kickstarted. Same goes for software, which is as scalable as you want it to be. Simatic products value long-term investment, and provide easy migration techniques to keep programs in-line with the latest technology.

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Topics: Siemens, HMI, Networks

Get the Most Out of Your HMI Scripting

Posted by Paul Gazzo on Nov 24, 2015 9:18:11 AM

An underutilized item in your automation toolbox is the scripting capability embedded in your HMI software.

Quite often, the data generated by a control system requires further manipulation, massaging if you will, retransmission on alternate protocols, or long term storage on an MES/MRP system. 

The default approach to these issues is typically:

  • Programming in the PLC with file and data commands that are not ideally suited to the task
  • Implementing a solution on a PC-based system so as to utilize third party software such as Excel
  • Purchasing protocol conversion hardware such as gateways
  • Saving data to text or csv files for further processing by custom written programs

While these methods can provide the required functionality, they may not be best solutions from a cost/time perspective.  Depending on your role in the overall automation solution, these approaches might not even be viable.

 

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Topics: Siemens, PLCs, HMI

Two Easy Clicks for Great Diagnostics at your HMI

Posted by Mark Justice on Feb 22, 2015 12:26:00 PM

Getting good diagnostic information about your system components doesn't need to be a hassle anymore.  With Siemens S7-300, S7-400, and S7-1500 series PLC’s, a simple checkbox can enable System Diagnostics that work in conjunction with Siemens Comfort series HMI’s.  Ok, sounds good, but what is it? 

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Topics: Siemens, PLCs, HMI

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