Category Archive: Guide

Jul
24

Technical Tip – Mitsubishi FA Goods Product Selection Tool

 

So, you have finally managed to select the appropriate iQ-R output module for your application, but realise that it has a 40-pin connector on the front-face as opposed to the usual screw terminals.  So what do you do?

Do not worry, as the ‘FA Goods Product Selection Tool’ will take away endless amounts of time looking through catalogues, manuals and pin configurations.

This easy-to-use tool can be used to select the recommended Mitsubishi terminal blocks and cables for all of the Modular PLC’s in the Mitsubishi range, from A-Series up to the latest iQ-R offering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to save the link below into your web-browser, and refer to it whenever you need it.

 

 

 

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Jun
19

Technical Tip – Updating & Viewing Manuals

Here is a great Technical Tip on how to update your Mitsubishi manuals for IQ Works 2 through GX Works3 all in one go!

These manuals cover current Mitsubishi PLCs (IQ-F, IQ-R, Q Series) and Mitsubishi HMIs (All GOT2000 models). This is a great solution to find all of your Mitsubishi Manuals all in one place and you can even search for something specific!

Click here for your Technical Tip

 

 

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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
21

Lutze VSD Cables

 

 

Have you ever thought about the effects of using just standard cabling for your VSD applications?

Cables are often an afterthought in the planning process but represents actually a very important component in the whole application.

Variable Frequency Drive applications can cause unique electrical issues that are unlike other standard power transmission in machine applications. There are higher demands on the cable connecting the motor to the drive.  Standard multi-conductor cables rated for 500V will most likely not meet the requirements of VSD applications, and can cause operating malfunctions and early failures.

 

Advantages of Lutze Drive Cables

  • Cable is 10-15% lighter than other products – this helps with cable installation.
  • Smaller bend radius means the cable is easier to route and terminate.
  • Low capacitance of the cable aids compliance with EN 50598 as cable losses are reduced.
  • Low capacitance, concentric earth system and effective shielding allows longer
    cable runs in drive applications.
  • Voltages withstand gives protection against transients produced by VSDs
  • Low screen DC resistance affording protection agianst AC harmonics.

 

So for any of your VSD applications, look no further than Lutze, the cable specialists who can offer you the correct cables for the right applications! For further information please click here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Jan
08

iQ Works2 – The Integrated Industrial Software Solution

CDL offers a wide range of Mitsubishi Software Packages, but some may be confused when choosing the correct software for their application.

Mitsubishi’s iQ Works2 Software Suite takes the selection headache away.

This powerful engineering management software solution integrates programming, design and maintenance software applications for Mitsubishi Electric’s automation platform.

The result is one seamless engineering environment.

So what is included in iQ Works2?

 

MELSOFT Navigator – Project Management Tool.

The Navigator enables the design of the entire upper-level system and integrates the other MELSOFT programs into a single workspace. This graphic-based configuration tool provides a visual representation of the overall system.

 

GX Works2 – PLC programming software

Used to program the various Mitsubishi PLC’s including FX Series, L-Series and Q-Series.

 

GX Works3 – PLC programming software

The latest Mitsubishi PLC programming and maintenance software used to program the iQ-R and IQ-F Series PLC’s.

 

GX Developer – PLC programming, for legacy systems

The simplicity and intuitive interface of this well-known software results in a short learning curve to help you get your applications up and running quickly and efficiently.

 

GT Works3 – GOT1000/GOT2000 HMI programming

Graphical Operation Terminal (GOT) screen creation software. Create graphic screens in fewer steps.

 

MT Works – Motion programming software

Motion control design and maintenance software which includes intuitive graphic-based programming together with a digital oscilloscope simulator.

 

FR Configurator2 – Inverter programming software

Simplifies setup and maintenance of Mitsubishi AC inverters. Parameters can be easily adjusted, and written to multiple inverters when replacing. The inverter PLC function can also be programmed from a single setup screen.

 

RT Toolbox3 – Robot programming software

Robot setup software for programming, commissioning, evaluation and maintenance of robot applications. The integrated 3D simulator is a handy tool which can be used to improve preventative maintenance of a machine.

 

QnUDVCPU & LCPU Logging Configuration Tool – Data logging configuration software.

Store and view collected device data on an SD memory card in CSV format.

 

For additional information regarding which version of Windows Operating systems are supported by iQ Works2?  Please click here…

 

So, if you are in need of a complete software solution for a wide-range of Mitsubishi Factory Automation products, then look no further than iQ Works2.

For more information regarding iQ Works2 or any other Mitsubishi FA product, then please contact the CDL Sales Team or Technical Support on 0116 233 9555.

 

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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
16

HMS INDUSTRIAL NETWORKS – ANYBUS WIRELESS BOLT IS HERE !

HMS Industrial Networks has introduced Anybus Wireless Bolt which makes machines communicate wirelessly. anybus-wireless

The Anybus Wireless Bolt is a wireless access point designed to be mounted on a machine or cabinet to give it wireless access via WLAN, Bluetooth or Bluetooth Low Energy.  The wireless access makes it possible to do configuration via a regular tablet or smartphone or connect to a cloud service, realizing Industrial IoT.

Giving a robust wireless interface, the Anybus Wireless Bolt is mounted onto a machine or cabinet just like a bolt is.  You can take your smartphone or tablet to a machine and use it as an HMI, typically used for configuration purposes.  Another typical use for the Anybus Wireless Bolt is connecting a machine to a cloud service.

Anybus Wireless Bolt can communicate wirelessly up to 100m via WLAN, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy.  It can also communicate with devices on serial (RS232/485), CAN or Ethernet on the wired side.  Wireless or wired, it has the same 2x9p Plug Connector.

Anybus Wireless Bolt is available in 3 different versions depending on your communication preferences.  Whether you want to use Anybus Wireless Bolt, Anybus Wireless Bolt – CAN and Ethernet or Anybus Wireless Bolt – Serial RS-232/485 and Ethernet take a look at the attached datasheet.

If you require any further information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

 

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