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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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Mar
19

NOW IN STOCK – Low voltage Power Distribution Products

Low voltage Power Distribution Products are NOW IN STOCK!

We are now holding a vast range of stock for Low voltage power distribution products. For more information call our sales line on 0116 233 9555


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A short history of Mitsubishi low voltage breakers

Since Mitsubishi Electric launched the first low voltage circuit breakers in Japan in 1933, Mitsubishi low voltage circuit breakers has satisfied the needs of the age and led the industry market for more than half a century all over the world.
By bringing together our years of experience and technologies, WS-V Series circuit breakers have superior aspects such as the higher breaking capacity, design for easy use, standardization of accessory parts, compliance with the latest international standards and so on.

WS-V Series circuit breakers will fulfill every customer’s needs with its high performance and will continue to develop and manufacture superior products which will contribute to a better life for all people.

Please click on the image below for more information about Mitsubishi Low voltage products!

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Jul
10

Westermo Release New Industrial Routing Ethernet Switches

Westermo has announced the release of 7 new industrial routing switches signalling a step forward in networking performance at the edge of industrial mission critical networks.westermo

The density of equipment at the network edge has increased as well as needs such as enhanced security and network resilience, hence the need for a new generation of industrial Ethernet switches.

RedFox is a high performance layer 3 industrial Ethernet switch designed for high network traffic applications. Seven new switch configurations are available that can be  customised further with SFP transceivers. Two models, the RFI-207-F4G-T3G and RFI-211-F4G-T7G, offer gigabit connections on all ports. The RFI-219-F4G-T7G offers 19 ports altogether including 7 SFP fibre ports in a robust and compact DIN rail mount industrial housing.

The RedFox is designed for use in heavy duty industrial applications in it’s robust aluminium housing and has been tested both by Westermo and external test houses to meet many EMC, isolation, vi­bration and shock standards, all to the highest levels suitable for heavy industrial environments and rail track side application.

RedFox is powered by the Westermo WeOS network operating system which is now delivered in 70 different models in the Westermo range.  WeOS has been developed by Westermo to allow us to offer cross platform and future proof solutions. WeOS can deliver unique IP security functionality for this class of product, for instance a Multiport DMZ can be constructed by utilising the firewall function available in every port.  Remote secure access to a network can be provided using encrypted VPNs.

As a Layer 3 routing switch the RedFox is capable of delivering enterprise type routing functionality with OSPF, RIP and VRRP as well as process level ring recovery times of around 20ms even at speeds of 1 gbit/sec utilising Westermo’s FRNT protocol.

It has wide power range 19-60VDC on dual power inputs for resilience and requires 30% less power than the previous generation of products, a significant benefit for lifetime running costs. A wide operating temperature range –40 to +70°C (–40 to +158°F) can be achieved with no moving parts or cooling holes in the case.

Contact us if you require any further information.

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Jul
09

Phoenix Contact goes mobile

Phoenix Contact has introduced a new app for configuring and printing marking material using your smartphone or tablet.phoenix mobile

First you need to log into Google Play on a PC to check the compatibility of your Google registered device and if it is, you can use the new Marking System App on your android smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth connectivity.

The great thing about this app is no prior knowledge of marking material is required, the search assistant will filter the options for Phoenix Contact and their competitors DIN rail terminal markers.  On top of this, the product scanner can conveniently and quickly call up all possible marking materials for your application.  All you have to do is scan the barcode on the packaging of your Phoenix  Contact product to be labelled.  Also included within the App is wire, equipment and plant marking.

Having selected the appropriate template via the material editor, you can edit adding the required text or symbols.  Once you have completed your template, you can save as a file and archive within a named folder.

You can then print your jobs easily sent via a wireless data exchange to either the THERMOMARK card or roll printer.  This has to be upgraded with the addition of the MINI FD BLUETOOTH, Phoenix article number 0830986.

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Contact us if you require any further information.

 

 

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Sep
10

CDL releases their latest Mitsubishi 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.

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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 additional modules for each product:

L-series spread

L-series 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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Jan
21

E1000 HMI – Access Trends, Recipes & Alarms without ‘HMI Tools’ on an

‘HMI Tools’ is a software package used to transfer program and data files between a PC and an E1000 HMI. Amongst other things, it can be used for transferring trend information, alarm lists, recipe data, html files, Java applets and bitmaps to and from a terminal via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). BUT there’s another way…

Now, if you’ve used HMI Tools before I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a powerful and useful tool, there’s no doubt about that, but for those of you who haven’t got it installed and just want to quickly extract a few files from your E1000, you don’t want to have to run an install from disc – especially if you’re out on site and don’t have the disc with you! And the other good thing is, you can do this method over Ethernet – no need to wait around for serial comms!

So let’s jump straight into it! Here’s what you need:

  • A PC with an Ethernet port
  • An E1000 HMI (not applicable with the E1012 or E1022)
  • Cross-over Ethernet cable
  • E-designer software installed on your computer

Step 1:

We need to first find out what IP address the HMI currently has assigned to it, the easiest way to do this is from E-designer. Click on Setup > Peripherals, you should see the following window:

E1000 Peripheral configuration step 1

As you can see, my IP address was 192.168.8.135.

 

Step 2:

Next we need to match the IP address of your PC to the range the HMI has, i.e. it needs to be 192.168.8.X. This can be done from your Network and Sharing Center: From the screen shown below (left), click the properties button (circled), to show the following (right):

E1000 Wireless network connection status step 2

Wireless network connection status step 2

From the second screen (right), double-click on the “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) to show the following screen:

E1000 Internet protocol version 4 step 2

Internet Protocol Version 4 Step 2

 

From this screen the only thing you need to enter is the IP address which matches the range assigned to the HMI, in my case it was: 192.168.8.10. The subnet mask will populate itself once you tab across to it. As for the ‘Default Gateway’ and the ‘DNS’ settings, they can all be left untouched.

 

Step3:

So at this point we have made a connection between the HMI and PC over Ethernet – feel free to put that serial CAB30 back in your bag and connect the Ethernet cable. The next step is to prepare the HMI for use over FTP. From the project manager, double-click ‘Network Services’ (left) to show the window on the right:

E1000 E-designer Network Services step 3

E-designer Network Services step 3

From the Network Services window ensure that the ‘FTP Server’ option is ticked, then press the Exit button. Now simply transfer the whole project to the HMI – be sure to select TCP/IP transfer from the communication properties before trying to transfer.

 

Step 4:

Now we can now use any internet browser to access the files we want to view, but I found that using windows explorer was quicker – either way the process is the same. Type in ftp://[Insert HMI IP address here] into the address bar. Like so…

E1000 Windows explorer FTP Step 4

Windows explorer FTP Step 4

As you can see, we now have access to Alarms, Images, Trends, Recipes, HTML and if you click into the INFO.TXT file you even have access to basic information about your HMI such as: firmware version, IP address and spare memory etc. If you click into these folders you’ll find they contain .CSV files, which you’re able to open in a Spreadsheet, Ta Dah! This concludes this blog post, thanks for tuning in!

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Jan
07

E1000 HMI – Program backup / upload via USB stick

Sometimes you’re out on site with a dead laptop and you’ve forgotten your laptop charger, or you’ve forgotten that the E1000 HMI’s use a CAB30 cable and not the good old CAB5, OR you simply don’t want to fire up your laptop for a 2 minute job! Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered because the E1000’s offer you the facility to upload/download projects via a USB stick! Here’s how…

Now, obviously, at some point or the other it will be necessary to actually save the project to the USB stick, so it sounds like this would be a good place to start this post:

 

Step 1 – From the ‘Transfer’ Menu, select ‘Export project transfer file’

E1000 HMI – program backup / upload via USB stick - Step 1

Find the path of your removable device and hit save! Be sure to save it in the route directory.

 

Step 2 – Insert the USB stick into the USB port of the HMI, you should then see the following message

E1000 HMI – program backup / upload via USB stick - Step 2

The terminal will then show that a file structure is not available, it will then request that one be created:

Press OK and the project will be downloaded automatically into the terminal and run through the boot-up with the new project.

Congratulations, you have now successfully loaded a project into the terminal!

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