Initially launched several years ago with a 3.1″ monochrome STN display, Automation Direct’s C-more Micro was introduced as a replacement for simple message displays. Larger 4″ and 6″ models soon followed but the latest additions this year are 8″ and 10″ products with TFT colour displays. The complete family can be programmed using the free and simple-to-use C-more Micro programming software. All models include graphical capabilities but, naturally, these new models with colour TFT displays are better suited to displaying plant graphics than the smaller monochrome versions. The HMIs can be used in landscape or portrait orientation and include user-configurable function keys Continue reading The Micro HMI that keeps getting bigger
Launched late in 2013, Automation Direct’s Point of View software offers a powerful but easy-to-use software solution for developing and deploying SCADA/HMI solutions throughout industry. The software – available in 500, 1000 and 5000 tag versions – is available as runtime only, development only or combined runtime and development versions and has built-in communications drivers.
The software includes all you would expect from a modern SCADA/HMI package – alarms, recipes, flexible graphical animation, database support, historical data and trending, event logging, FTP, Emailing, scheduling, symbols library, security, scripting and scaleability. It also includes communications drivers for the most popular PLCs.
The most recent enhancement to the software is a dedicated driver for Automation Direct’s newer DoMore processors allowing direct import of the tag name database for the PLC. DoMore – initially released as a high performance CPU compatible with the existing Direct Logic 205 PLC modules – is now also available as a processor in the terminator field-based I/O system.
Take a closer look at Point of View or download the fully operational evaluation software which will run for 40 hours.
Control Technology’s 2500 Series® PLCs now offer much more than replacements for the Siemens® Simatic® TI505 systems. Control Technology (CTI) have announced the release of their latest addition to the 2500® family – the new 2500-ACP1 Application Co-Processor module. The Co-Processor is designed to work in parallel with the existing Ladder Logic CPU but accesses the systems memory and I/O – usually via an ethernet connection to the main CPU. The high speed module is programmed using CTIs IEC-61131 Workbench software and can be used to offload tasks such as complex mathematical computations, string handling and real-time data logging as well as offering an alternative programming choice for Boolean logic, timing, counting and PID loops.
The module incorporates two 10/100Mb Ethernet ports connected to an internal switch. There is also a serial port supporting RS232 or RS422 communications. Supported protocols include
- “CAMP” for reading and writing to CTI 2500 Series® PLCs or Simatic 505® PLCs equipped with a CTI Ethernet module
- Modbus TCP master or slave
- Network data exchange for sharing data between CTI 2500 Series® processors using 2500P-ECC1 Ethernet Co-Processor modules and 2500P-ACP1 Co-Processor modules
- Modbus RTU master or slave serial communications
- General ASCII send/receive to communicate serially with devices using proprietary protocols.
The Workbench software supports any of the 5 IEC61131 languages:
- Ladder Diagram (LD)
- Function Block Diagram (FBD)
- Structured Text (ST)
- Instruction List (IL)
- Sequential Function Chart (SFC)
The module also incorporates an SD memory card used for storing the module’s configuration, the executable program, the program source files and user data files allowing the complete configuration to be moved to another module simply by swapping the SD card. The SD card can also be used for logging real-time data with time stamping which can be accessed remotely using FTP. Contact [email protected] for more information and pricing.