Category Archive: How To

May
22

iQ Platform and Robots

MELFA Robots

 

 

 

On this year’s Drives and Control Stand Mitsubishi previewed a prototype of the new MELFA CoBOT. This arm will be aimed at the collaborative robot market offering increased rapidity and higher IP rating than the competition as well as easy to use software, direct teaching and collision detection. Mitsubishi showcased a MELFA Robot mounted on an automated guided vehicle (AGV) showing alternatives to conceptual uses for these products.

 

 

 

 

On-Line Configurators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The online configurators for iQ-R, iQ-F, Q series, L series, F series and networks have been updated on the Mitsubishi web site. New features include:

– Quickly visualise the number of I/O points and total current consumption required for modules during selection.
– “Purchase list” with selected module name and quantity can be printed.
– “Configuration chart” based on selected models can be printed
– Configuration Image can be printed

These tool can be found at

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/products/cnt/plc/ex/select/index.html

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May
08

Technical Tip – Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command

 

Mitsubishi Inverter analogue control with STF Start Command

 

 

 

Here is a technical setup tip for a Mitsubishi FR-D700  series Inverter with an analogue control signal, whether its from PLC or a Potentiometer. In this example a 4-20mA signal is used and you can use this method through out the FR series range of Inverters manufactured by Mitsubishi.

CLICK HERE for your Technical Tip in PDF

 

 

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Feb
12

Technical Tip – GOT2000 multiple connections

Setting up GOT2000 HMI with multiple connections over Ethernet.

GOT2000 & GOTSimple HMIs have the capability to setup multiple connections with two different controllers e.g. two different PLC platforms, and is also capable of having up to 64 stations on a single channel. This is achieved by having 2 channel connections.

The technical tip PDF shows the example of setting up FX series PLC on Channel 1 and Q series PLC on Channel 2. Although these two platforms are both Mitsubishi, they are both different in functionality and programming methods.

In other terms if a manufacturing company is working with two different product brands one HMI can communicate to both of them as long as the HMI has a suitable driver installed for that product brand.

Click here for your full technical tip in PDF.

 

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Dec
22

Technical Tip – Mitsubishi GOT2000 Screen Passwords

Setting up screen passwords for GOT2000

 

 

See below the 1st of many technical tips we shall be posting over the coming months.

  • Go to: Common > GOT Environmental setting > Security
  • Click on: Level
  • Set Security Level Device: for example ‘D100’ Register
  • Set Security Level Password: You can set multiple passwords for hierarchy of access

got 1 pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this example the password is ‘1234’.  Once these are filled click on ‘APPLY and OK’

The next stage is to apply a security level to a specific screen(s) accordingly.

In this example base screen 2 is set to level security 1 therefore a keypad will be prompt as soon

as you try to access screen 2. You can access these settings in screen property.

pic 2 got pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Information

 When the GOT HMI screen is running and you have entered the password in the prompt keypad the password will remain in the set data register until it has been reset. A suitable way to reset the data register is to use a switch to reset the data register or use a switch to go back to main screen (screen1) and also to reset the data register as the same time.

Example: Switch for screen switch and changing D100 back to ‘0’

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Once this menu is completed click ‘OK’. Your password screen has now been completed.

Click here to download full PDF.

More technical tips coming soon!

 

 

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Sep
11

Lutze NEW Cable & Connectivity Solutions Catalogue

LUTZE

 

The NEW Cable & Connectivity Solutions Catalogue from Lütze.

 

 

Over 332 pages packed full of innovative products for machine and factory automation is now available.

Throughout you will find a comprehensive product range from the field of industrial automation, including installation cables and accessories, cable assemblies, actuator-sensor interfaces, suppression technology and connectivity.

The focus of the new catalogue is placed on highly flexible cables for industrial use and installation cables produced to UL standards specifically for the North American market. All with excellent stock availability and lead times.

The range of cables comprises control, electronics actuator-sensor (M8, M12 etc), bus and network cables, UL rated cables, motor, servo, power and feedback cables.

The Cable & Connectivity Solutions Catalogue is available online and can be downloaded using the following link… here

Give us a call if you need a quote or any other information !

 

 

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Aug
04

Phoenix Contact Apps

Phoenix Contact have developed their mobile apps to keep you up-to-date with their latest news and new products but they also want you be able to access your systems anytime, any place.

 

Phoenix Contact Mobile Apps

 

catalogue app

Using Phoenix Contact “Catalogue App” you can search their whole product catalogue, by catagory or using search keyboards.  If you would like to create a wish list, there is also a facility to do this, allowing you easy access to your favourite products.  You can even download datasheets or link directly to that product on their website.  All Phoenix Contact latest news is also regulary refreshed to keep you up-to-date.

Available on iPhone and iPad.

 

Available on iPad only is Phoenix Contact “Magazine App” that allows you to interactively browse through their latest new products and highlights brochure on your tablet,

 

safety appPhoenix Contact “Safety App” is a useful tool to give you an overview on how far your machine/system complies with the requirements of the 2006/42/EC Machine Directive.

There is a check list to help guide you through the essential points of the machine directive, you can also determine the performance level or ascertain the MTTFd value for a safety function.

Available for iPhone and iPad

 

Visu+ appPhoenix Contact “Visu+ app” enables you to extend your system visualisation on to your smartphone or tablet, thus allowing you to access your system at any time and from any location.

The Visu+ web server required for the app is already pre-installed in various devices from Phoenix Contact, such as touch panels. IPCs with Visu+ simply need to be extended with the web license option.

Available for iPhone and iPad

 

MINI Analog Pro App
mini analog pro app
Phoenix Contact “MINI Analog Pro App” enables wireless communication between your smartphone and Mini Analog Pro signal conditioners via bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication). The app offers various functionalities depending on the mobile device and product type:

  1. Calling module information
  2. Calling DIP switch setting help
  3. Configuration of the multifunctional modules
    • Via NFC with your Android device, without any need for further accessories
    • Via Bluetooth with your Android or iOS device and the Bluetooth adapter
  4. Monitoring and optimisation of process data in the multifunctional modules –
    • Via Bluetooth with your Android or iOS device and the Bluetooth adapter

Available on iPhone

 

marking systems appPhoenix Contact “Marking App” only available on Android devices. The app allows you to create your device or equipment marking on your tablet or smartphone. There is a product scanner to quickly identify the marking materials you require from the bar code on the product packaging.

Once your project is complete, you can also send your print job directly to a Thermomark Line Printer using a bluetooth adaptor.

 

For further information, get in touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
11

RITTAL EC SPEED CONTROL UNIT

Rittal EC speed control unit for their EC fan & filter units are now available.

 

 

You can now ensure that your cooling solution is maximising its efficiency and protecting critical equipment from high temperatures, this benefits you from 60% energy savings over previous models.

Rittal EC speed control units monitors the speed of and accepts an output signal from up to 4 EC fan and filter units and raises an alarm if they are not turning.

Using Rittal EC speed controls unit in conjunction with EC fan and filter units benefits include:-ec speed control unit

  • Reduce noise levels
  • Demand based cooling
  • Temperature improved stability
  • Remote monitoring – allows immediate reaction to loss of cooling
  • Reduced running costs and energy consumption
  • Reduced maintenance costs and filter changes
  • Extended service life

 EC Speed Control Unit Datasheet

For a quotation, give us a call !

 

 

 

 

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May
26

Mitsubishi – New version of GT Works – V1.130

The latest version of GT Works3 is now available for download from the common platform.

 

V1.130 includes the following new features:

 

 

gtworks

  • Add an array of multiple objects quickly with the ‘Copy Direction function’
  • New GOT diagnostics function to check system status and log data with corrective suggestions
  • Automatic connection and use of PLC function for GT21 & GS21
  • Improved reporting functionality
  • New GT2104 GOT added to the option list

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Apr
01

Mitsubishi IQ-F – FX5U the next generation of FX Family

With the launch of the FX5U Compact PLC, as a part of the IQ-F Series, Mitsubishi has made this best selling PLC even better.

FX5U

Mitsubishi launched the original FX over 30 years ago and being the first compact PLC to be seen in the European market., the FX transformed automation by bringing PLC control and functionality into smaller, lower cost applications that would previously have had to rely solely on discrete relay based logic.

Each generation of the Mitsubishi FX has set new standards and now with the introduction of the FX5U, Mitsubishi has given these compact controllers a huge performance boost by focusing on processing power, expansion, built in functionality and positioning and motion functions.

The Mitsubishi FX5U gives the FX a performance boost and adds new features that set benchmark standards for compact PLCs.  Users are able to develop more complex and sophisticated automation systems, as well as higher performance applications without having to go for larger, more costly PLC families.  Programming through the same GX Works software used for other controllers in the Mitsubishi Electric range supports scalability.

Mitsubishi FX3U offers many features and benefits:-

HIGH SPEED INPUT & OUTPUTS – Users can achieve high speed, precise positioning at low cost with embedded multi-speed, interrupt positioning and simultaneous start.
ANALOGUE & PID – With 2 analogue inputs & 1 analogue output as standard, also with improved PID performance, users have a low cost means of implementing sophisticated functions at low cost and without the need for additional hardware.
IMPROVED CONNECTIVITY – The FX5U offers simple connection options to a wide range of Mitsubishi Servos, Inverters Cognex Vision Systems, Networks & Energy Meters, thus having reduced wiring effort and no additional programming.
BUILT IN ETHERNET – Having Ethernet communications as standard, users can easily set up communications with other Ethernet enabled systems and perform remote data monitoring over the internet.  They can also use the SNTP function (time synchronisation from a time server via a network).
POSITIONING CONTROL – Mitsubishi Electric’s simple motion unit as an intelligent function module is included with the FX5U.  This provides the ability to perform sophisticated motion control for up to 4 axes.  Functions include linear interpolation, circular interpolation, positioning control, synchronised control. encoder following and electric cam.
ADVANCED SYNCHRONOUS CONTROL – Software based synchronous control can be used as an alternative to mechanical control, such as gear, transmission, shaft and cam.  Also cam control is easier with cam auto-generation.  Synchronous control can be simply operated for each axis (stop/start), allowing synchronous and positional control axes within the same program.
CAM AUTO-GENERATION – Simply by registering the sheet length, synchronisation width, rotary cutter axis dimensions etc, cam data for a rotary cutter can be generated automatically.  All servo axes can be synchronised via SSCNETIII/H by plug & play.
MARK DETECTION – The actual position of the servo motor can be obtained based on the registration mark printed on the high speed moving film.  Compensation of the cutter axis position, based on the registration marks, keeps the constant cutting position.
SIMPLE TROUBLESHOOTING – The FX5U offers a range of trouble shooting functions to speed system set up, increase system availability and reduce maintenance requirements.  Included is comprehensive debugging functions along with diagnostics function.  Simple maintenance is facilitated through improved diagnostics including error history, hardware monitor, SD card for logging & tracing functions, automatic systems recognition and several program debugging functions.
SECURITY FUNCTIONS – FX5U comes with several security functions like privilege based program on SD card with copy protection password.
BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY – Reuse existing FX3 expansion modules with the FX5U via a bus conversion module and easily port existing FX3 programs to FX5U.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan
29

CDL Releases their New Year “A World of Automation” Short Form Sales Guide

Following on from the Success of previous editions, we have continued to develop and produce our very own ‘Mitsubishi World of Automation Solutions’ Short-Form Sales Guide.

Brochure Cover

This guide is an additional Sales Tool to help you with your selection of Mitsubishi Hardware for each of your Automation applications.

Within this guide you’ll find listed an abundance of Product Ranges in a pictorial format along with a brief description encompassing additional information along with the current UK List Prices for each product shown. We hope that this guide itself can offer you instant access to part numbers and cost whilst you are planning for new projects, upgrades or straight forward like-for-like replacements.

A typical extract from the Brochure below shows a brief description, dimensions, specifications and Part Numbers for each product shown

The below Image shows a 2 Page extract from the Variable Speed Drives Section

Two Page Spread
 

Whether it be for peace of mind or a technical brain to pick, it’s good to know our Engineers are available to assist with your factory automation or control project. We believe that if our customers are knowledgeable they are more likely to get the best from our products. This means that our technical support Engineers will take the time to explain their advice and not baffle you with science. Therefore as a Sales Guide we hope this latest edition continues to assist with your hardware selection, and to further strengthen our customer commitment we offer in partnership the following services.

 

Technical Support

Our Engineering service supports you during planning, conception and completion of your project. We offer support, consultancy and service in various forms, may it be online, over the phone or on-site. We can help you with everything from equipment specification, system implementation and commissioning to on-going support and training tailored to your needs.

Online

Find us online where we offer a customer download area containing a comprehensive range of old to new manuals, application notes, data sheets and free software.

Telephone/Email

Drop us a call on 01162361861, where one of our Technical Support Engineers will be on hand during the day to advise and support you with any queries regarding selection, functionality, configuration, wiring and programming of our products and systems. Alternatively, you could always send us an e-mail to: support@cdluk.com

On Site Support

Our on-site support team can be booked to assist in design, commissioning or programming of PLCs HMIs and Servo systems. Integration with industrial networks, third party or legacy systems is their specialist area and they are prepared for the unique challenges that each visit can bring.

Training

Whether simple programming or complex system integration on either a software or hardware technology, our training team can provide a range of of standard or bespoke training courses tailored to your exact requirements. Our training courses carry the appropriate accreditation and certification and can lead to the achievement of a Mitsubishi Certified Engineer status.

 

To request a FREE copy of one of our Brochure’s, fill out the contact form below.

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