Category Archive: Remote Access Solutions

Jan
25

Mitsubishi – Introducing the latest iQ-F updates

The Mitsubishi iQ-F range continues to expand and they are now at a stage where they have a comprehensive range of hardware products for this PLC family.

 

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There is now a complete range of DC-powered CPUs available from 32 to 80 I/O.

Mitsubishi now also have PT100 and Thermocouple ADP modules (attach to left hand side of CPU).

As well as new digital I/O modules there will also be an FX5-80SSC-S (an 8 axis version of the existing popular 4 axis FX5-40SSC-S).

All the new line up is in stock except for the FX5-80SSC-S which will be available from February. 

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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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Feb
18

Phoenix Contact RIFLINE Complete

Phoenix Contact’s RIFLINE Complete is a one stop shop relay system.  Why use multiple relay ranges when you can carry out all standard relay applications using just the RIFLINE Complete relay system?  RIFLINE Complete is Phoenix Contact’s new cost effective modular ice cube relay series.  The relays range from a slim 6.2 mm coupling relay to a small power contactor replacement. The most powerful relay can switch voltages up to 440 V.

 

Whether you want to isolate, multiply or amplify signals, it doesn’t matter as you will only ever need the one system.

Phoenix Contact’s RIFLINE Complete can be assembled individually or ordered as a complete module.  All components in the modular system can be ordered individually depending on the application.

The advantages of RIFLINE Complete include:

  • tool free push in connection technology saves wiring time
  • easy function extension as 3 time functions can be selected in a time range 0.5 seconds to 100 minutes
  • high availability ensuring quick replacement
  • Ability to bridge multiple types of relays using standard jumpers from the CLIPLINE Complete range

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch or click here 

 

 

 

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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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May
20

HMS Netbiter

Remote Access — Configure a PLC or machine remotely

HMS Netbiter is a remote access service which opens up a secure tunnel to a PLC or machine. Using your regular PLC configuration software just as you would if you were on site, this enables configuration, programming or debugging of any industrial device from any location.

Netbiter EC300-SeriesINCLUDED SERVICE WITH EC300-SERIES GATEWAYS

Remote Access is an included Netbiter Service with the EasyConnect EC300 communication gateways. It allows one user to connect to one machine.

The service supports data limits up to 1GB per month and is set up through the cloud-based Netbiter Argos data center, maintained and hosted by HMS.

The Remote Access Service can also be combined with View and Control and Manage and Analyze Services as long as an EC300-series gateway is used.

ET UP AND RUNNING IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES!

Once you have connected a HMS Netbiter EC300-series gateway to your device, you will set up remote access to your device in a matter of minutes.

It is an ideal solution for system integrators and machine builders who require immediate access to field equipment in order to minimize equipment downtime and reduce on-site maintenance and travel costs.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF REMOTE ACCESS

  • Fast, secure and easy-to-use cloud-based solution for System Integrators and Machine Builders to remotely access industrial equipment anytime, anywhere
  • Enables remote programming or debugging of industrial PLCs using standard configuration software (such as RSlogix, TIA Portal, GX Developer etc), just as if connected to the PLC/machine on site
  • Access equipment 24/7 using any of the Netbiter EC300 series communication gateways and the cloud-based Netbiter Argos™ data center
  • Machines / PLCs connect via Serial RS232/485, Ethernet WAN or LAN Data communication
  • The Netbiter gateway sends and receives data via Ethernet or cellular 3G networks
  • Creates an encrypted data tunnel to the remote equipment. Netbiter uses a unique 2-step indetification method for login access to your devices
  • Uses Netbiter Argos as an intelligent routing portal. This means that you don’t need an IP-address for the Netbiter gateway, nor do you need a fixed IP SIM card.
  • Included feature when purchasing a Netbiter EC300 series commuication gateway. Free of charge for data usage up to 1GB per month. Subscription-based for higher data usage.
  • Fast deployment and a scalable solution, more functionality can be added if needed.
  • For 3G cellular communication no fixed IP SIM cards are required. Use your local supplier!

HOW IT WORKS

HMS Netbiter Remote Access provides a remote connection through Netbiter Argos to the serial and Ethernet ports on a Netbiter EC300 series gateway. This makes it possible to use PC-based software applications (such as RSLogix or TIA Portal) to program, configure or debug just as if being on site.

To establish the remote connection, the PC-based driver Netbiter QuickConnect is installed on the PC. This creates a secure tunnel through Netbiter Argos to the Netbiter gateway and also establishes a virtual connection to the software application on the PC.

The tunnel established between the laptop and the remote network can be used to create one or more channels for the actual connections to the remote devices.

netbiter

 

THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF CHANNELS ARE SUPPORTED:

  • Network bridge
    This enables a remote connection to the network on the Ethernet LAN port of the Netbiter gateway and allows remote access to any device on that network.
  • TCP/UDP port forwarding
    A channel can be mapped to a specific remote IP-address and specific port for TCP and UDP messaging. Limiting access to specific ports and IP-addresses is often an advantage from a security perspective, which is why this method should always be preferred to Network bridge whenever possible.
  • Virtual Serial
    Provides a virtual COM port that is mapped to the RS-232 or RS-485 port on the Netbiter gateway.

SOLID SECURITY solid security

The data that is transmitted between your local PC and the machine on site is encrypted and transmitted through a secure channel.

The channel is opened with a double authentication procedure: A secure, password-protected login into the Argos server and an SMS-based verification method.

INTELLIGENT ROUTING – NO FIXED IPS NEEDED

The HMS Netbiter Argos acts as an intelligent routing portal offloading the user from having to know the IP-Address of the remote Netbiter gateway. Moreover, the Netbiter gateways provide hardware interfaces to secure the remote access on site with a keylock and LED indicator. Even users without specific IT knowledge can use the system successfully and securely.

What you can do: PLC programming, configuration, debugging and software upgrades

HMS is continually verifying the remote access feature with different device types from all manufacturers. Remote Access is vendor-independent and enables machine builders to deliver to any market irrespective of the PLC brand used.

Give us a call if you would like a quotation.

 

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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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May
24

Phoenix Contact – Highlights 2013

Phoenix Contact have bought out a new catalogue titled – HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Innovations for your success.

Their mission is to create progress with innovative and inspiring solutions. They believe that it is only through products that make your life easier that they can meet this objective. That’s why they focus on making handling as easy as possible, following a systemic approach and ensuring openness for proven standards.

See below, a glance of the development of some of  their product ranges:

The Axioline I/O System

The new Axioline I/O system gives you all options.  Use in control & in the field, choosing the right I/Os for your specific network.  These are available for all networks and environments.  Axioline I/Os are fast, robust and easy to use.

The Axiocontrol Compact Controller

Designed for maximum performance, easy handling and for use in harsh environments, the new Axiocontrol is a trend-setting control technology from Phoenix Contact which, together with Axioline, offers you the highest speeds.Axiocontrol

Industrial Ethernet

One network; a range of possibilities – there are new products for your industrial Ethernet applications, offering improvements in real-time, safety, and wireless features. You can integrate into your network very easily using the Ethernet components from Phoenix Contact. Industrial Ethernet

The RIFLINE Complete Relay System

RIFLINE complete is a complete relay system, offering easy handling from coupling & timer relays through to replacement small power contactors.  Use RIFLINE to complete industrial relay systems and to implement all standard relay applications.

Terminal Blocks for Signal and Power

For machine building, there are now 3.5 mm slimline sensor/actuator terminal blocks and high-current terminal blocks for conductors of up to 95 mm² with push-in connection.

Compact Monitoring Relays

‘Quick wiring and space-saving’, the new monitoring relays can be used to efficiently monitor current, voltage, and phase sequence.  This allows you to detect critical deviations at an early stage.  These are ideal for use in building installations or series production in system manufacturing and machine building.Compact monitoring relays

Intelligent Surge Protection

Using PLUBTRAB PT-IQ surge protection, protect your signal interfaces and be informed of any wear on protective devices at an early stage before an overload can result in failure.  Now with new push-in connection technology to make planning your service easy.Intelligent Surge Protection

Power Supplies With Basic Functionality

UNO POWER power supply units , thanks to their high power density, offer an ideal solution for loads up to 100W.  The compact, highly efficient UNO POWER power supplies impress with high power density and low energy consumption.  Starting with 5 modules, these set new standards in energy consumption.

Device Circuit Breaker Boards

The new device circuit breaker boards allow you to reduce installation times due to having a central potential distribution.  These boards can be fitted individually with thermomagnetic circuit breakers, making them very versatile.

LED Machine Lights

This intelligent lighting gives you a sophisticated installation concept and many new ways to control the light.  Having the advantages of LED technology with PLD machine lights, this installation concept saves time and material costs.

IP65 Compliant Industrial PC’s

Powerful technology and good looks, these multitouch capable PCs offer quick installation directly onto the machine making it the perfect solution for user-friendly machine interaction.

Radioline Wireless System

Easily bring a complete wireless system online. Radioline is now also available for the 900 MHz frequency band, and has new functions including easy assingment of inputs and outputs by simply turning the thumbwheel, without programming.Radioline wireless system

Heavycon Evo

For greater efficiency in machine building, we offer new heavy-duty plug-in connectors. Reduce your logistics costs thanks to a smart mounting concept.  Screw connections are available in 4 sizes from M20 to M40.Plastic plug in connectors

 

Take a look at the 2013 Pheonix Contact Highlights video below and feel free to contact us for further information on any of the above.

 

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