Tag Archive: Tip

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
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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Mar
05

New – Mitsubishi FR-A800 Frequency Inverter

New from Mitsubishi is the FR-A800 Frequency Inverter which has been designed for unparalleled drive precision, speed control, simple start-up, and versatility.  The Mitsubishi FR-A800 is a new generation of drive technology.

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Mitsubishi’s FR-A800 has some outstanding features which include the integrated high level PLC, USB port for programming and parameter copying, an-easy to-read control panel, optimum power usage and energy saving functions, improved system safety, three expansion slots for a range of option and supported network card.

The FR-A800 Series is fully backwards compatible with the FR-A700 series and its parameters can be easily copied by FR Configurator2. In order to match the former machine response time, the input/output signals of the FR-A800 can be delayed.

The FR-A800 series has some powerful features and intelligent functions which include a two channel emergency stop for safe shutdown. This ensures safe operation in compliance with the European Machinery Directive without installation of another contactor. The FR-A800 thus conforms to the EN ISO13849-1/PLd cat. 3, EN 61508 and EN 61800-5-2 SIL2 standards.

The operation panel with the one touch Digital Dial allows direct access to all important parameters. The FR-A800 series also allows the connection of a Mitsubishi Electric graphical operation terminal (GOT). Communication parameters for the HMI connection are automatically set as a batch.

The FR-A800 has a built in EMC filter which ensures full compliance with European EMC Directive standards (EN 61800-3 2nd environment category C3), so separate certification is not required for the drive.  To suit your application, take advantage of the energy saving function, the impressive savings can be displayed on the energy monitor.  With an estimated lifespan of 10 years, the cooling fans and built in capacitors can be further extended by using the ON/OFF control function

The FR-A800 can be controlled and monitored by a controller via network.  Communication options are available for the major network protocols such as CC-Link IE Field, CC-Link, Profibus DP/DPV1, Profinet/Ether- Net IP/EtherCat (to be released soon) and SSCNETIII/H as well as DeviceNet™ and LONWORKS.  RS485 communication (Mitsubishi Electric drive protocol, Modbus-RTU protocol) is supported as standard.

Mitsubishi FR-A800:-

  • High Speed Response: With a speed response of 50Hz, A800 to respond to a change in motor load. A800 reacts to a speed signal much faster too – between 2 to 3 ms as opposed to 5 to 20 ms with A700.
  • Wide Speed Range: 200:1 speed range open loop, 1500:1 closed loop speed range.
  • Extended Maximum Speed: A standard A800 VFD can drive high speed motors at up to 590Hz, compared to the A700’s 400Hz.
  • IPM Motor Control: Standard A800 VFDs can drive the new generation IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) motors, such as the Marathon ‘SyMAX’ series.
  • Safety Stop: A800 is a SAFETY drive. “STO” capability enables SIL2 / PLd category emergency stops.
  • Compatible with USB stick: VFD settings can be easily uploaded or downloaded and ‘black box’ operating data at the time of a drive trip can be copied for diagnosis using the FR-Configurator software.
  • GOT interface: Automatic connectivity to GOT 2000 series GOTs without the need to change any parameters.
  • Improved PLC: A800 has a new internal PLC based around the Mitsubishi ‘L series’ processor. Instructions in the form of ‘Function Blocks’ can now be used.
  • Conformal Coating: All A800 VFDs have Conformal Coated boards as standard.

If you would like a brochure emailing over or require a quotation, get in touch !

 

 

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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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Jun
11

New Mitsubishi GOT2000 HMI’S

Mitsubishi Electric has raised the bar for HMIs with the GOT2000 series, designed to optimise operator control and the monitoring of device and line status.GOT2000

With vastly increased performance, advanced functionality, seamless connectivity to other automation devices, highly intuitive nature, tablet-like operation and high quality graphics, the GOT2000 series provides a range of models and sizes to meet the needs of the broadest spread of applications.

With their enhanced functionality, these HMIs extend capabilities beyond monitoring and visualisation, providing additional features that will help to reduce downtime, enable fast recovery from simple errors, increase availability and boost production efficiency. In addition, a software HMI version, the GT SoftGOT2000, realises all of the GOT2000 features on a PC or panel computer.

The GOT2000 offers seamless connectivity to Mitsubishi Electric automation devices such as PLCs, variable speed drives, servo drives and robots, simplifying automation system set up. Built-in Ethernet communication means users can operate the GOT2000 remotely from a PC (VNC Server) or even from a tablet or portable terminal. An MES interface option enables the GOT2000 to transmit data collected from PLCs and other automation devices directly to higher level system databases, eliminating the need for gateway PCs or complex programming. Furthermore, the GOT2000 comes with the “FA transparent” function that enables users to link from a PC through the HMI to any supported connected automation products.

FEAUTURES AND BENEFITS

  • Benchmark performance
  • Increased memory size
  • Multi-touch/gestures*
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Advanced communications
  • Easy screen design
  • Backwards compatibility
  • Horizontal integration

* Some functions such as Multi-touch/gesture are only available on certain models

For further information or to receive a quotation, please contact us.

 

 

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May
30

Lutze cables keeping Eden Project’s quarantined plants under control.

 

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Photography of the Eden Biomes by Tamsyn Williams

At the Eden Project, as well as maintaining all the mechanical plant on site, there is also the need to maintain the living plant displays in the biomes and surrounding areas. This is done mostly by growing new specimens from seed or cuttings, and sometimes buying in new plant material. Every seed/plant which comes to our nursery site is inspected for any unwanted pests or diseases, and depending on perceived risk, may be quarantined. All tropical material is quarantined for several months before it can join the main collections in order to eliminate the chance of a damaging pest outbreak in the biomes.

At the nursery there was initially a 2MW oil fired boiler which heated the main 5000m2 glasshouse, and also the physically remote quarantine houses. In 2009 this was replaced by a fully modulating gas boiler set 0-600kw, controlled by a custom programmed Priva BMS system and heated area reduced to 2000m2. At that time, the quarantine facility was not heated from the main system, but by a very basic local control gas air heater.

In 2013 the basic gas air heater had deteriorated to such an extent in the warm moist conditions, that it was no longer economic to keep it in operation. It was replaced by a sturdy LPG fired cabinet modulating air heater (36-72kw output) and linked to the BMS system.eden 1

Michael Cutler, Horticultural Technical Engineer at Eden Project explains, “In order to control the heater we needed to run control cables all the way back to the control room and pick up the BMS wiring. To ensure the best chance of reliability of operation for this heater, we installed a good quality branded cable – 200metres of Lütze Silflex 12C, 0.75mm2, YY. The 12 cores enable: control of the relays which activate the fan and enable heat output, modulation level 0-20mA, and supply/return duct temperatures, and lock out signal.

We also used 3C, 2.5mm2, CY cable (also obtained from Lütze) to run power from the DB in at the quarantine house door to the heater and control panel.eden 3

The cables were easy to work with, the outer jacket stripped nicely without sticking to the cores, the individual cores was flexible enough to enable forming and wiring into DIN rail terminals, and the core numbers were easily identifiable. On top of that, prices were better than our hitherto existing suppliers, and customer service had been excellent. We would always consider using Lütze cables, where appropriate, for our projects or maintenance activities”.

If you would like more information on Lutze cables, please contact us.

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Jan
31

SICK Modular Safety Controller: FLEXI SOFT

Difficult learning, complicated programming and system configuration are now a thing of the past when it comes to machine safety.

Sick Flexi Soft

Sick Flexi Soft

Flexi Soft by SICK makes it all so simple by using the intuitive and ergonomic programming software. With the Flexi Soft Designer, the entire project is programmed from beginning to end. The planning is done via the PC, and hardware is selected and combined to offer optimal amounts of inputs and outputs. All tactile and optical safety sensors can be attached to these modules in order to complete the project. Up to 12 modules can be attached to the chosen CPU and thereby up to 144 inputs/outputs can be used. Due to the individual and compact 22.5mm wide modules, the control cabinet only needs to house enough safety controller to match the application.

Flexi Soft is a programmable, modular expandable safety controller by SICK.

The main CPU module FX3-CPU is the CPU of the entire system where all input signals are monitored and processed via safety logic programs stored inside the CPU’s memory.

These signals are used to switch outputs on the system through the FLEX BUS+ interface which interacts all units to one another.

The FX3-CPU has an RS-232C interface allowing connection to the easy-to-use Flexi Soft Designer in order to upload/download projects and change system settings.

The RS-232 port can also be used as a permanent port to a PLC or HMI if required.

The main module FX3-CPU1 has 2 EFI-connections on it.

An input/output extension module FX3-XTIO has 8 safety inputs and 4 safety outputs.

The input expansion module FX3-XTDI has 8 safety inputs.

Flexi Soft Modular Safety Controller

Flexi Soft Modular Safety Controller

Main Modules

  • General function blocks (i.e. AND/OR/XOR/NOT)
  • Application-specific: Bypass, Muting, Press, etc.
  • RS-232 port for configuration and real-time diagnostics
  • EFI connection for expanded sensor functionality, thorough diagnostics and bidirectional device communication
  • FX3-CPU0: without EFI connection
  • FX3-CPU1: with 2 EFI connections
  • Separate memory plug to save the safety controller’s configuration.

In-/ Output expansion modules

  • FX3-XTIO: Input/output expansion with 8 safety inputs, 4 safety outputs and 2 test outputs
  • FX3-XTDI: Input expansion with 8 safety inputs and 8 test outputs
  • Up to 12 modules can be attached to the chosen CPU and thereby up to 144 inputs/outputs can be used

Relay expansion modules

  • UE410-2RO: 2 normally open, 1 application diagnostic output and 1 EDM contact
  • UE410-4RO: 2 x 2 normally open, 2 x 1 application diagnostic output and 2 x 1 EDM contacts
  • UE12-2FG: 2 normally open and 1 EDM contact, cascade
  • UE10-2FG: 2 normally open and 1 EDM contact

Gateways

To connect the Flexi Soft to an existing PLC, you can do this by integrating up to two Gateways.

Gateways

 

The following modules are available:

  • EtherNet/IP FX0-GENT
  • PROFIBUS-DP FX0-GPRO
  • CANopen FX-GCAN
  • Modbus TCP FX0-GMOD
  • DeviceNet FX0-GNEV
  • PROFINET IO FXGPNT

In-System added value

Usage of enhanced sensor functions through the EFI-interface.

The EFI-interface (Enhanced Function Interface) is a two wire communication between safety sensor and controller.

All EFI sensors connected to Flexi Soft can be accessed and programmed via the Flexi Soft’s RS-232 connection.

The software incorporates a high quality diagnostic function delivering fast and accurate actions, allowing the user to make program changes or fix errors productively.

So if you are after simplicity with a high-level of safety, from the integration of an Emergency stop, to the integration of optical safety sensors. Or even the combination of entry/exit stations with entry protection, with the option of networking to complex machinery with minimal effort, then the SICK Modular Safety Controller is the solution for you!

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