TechTip: Using GETBIT in a Macro on Weintek HMI

Occasionally, you may need to read a bit or bits from a PLC or controller register if they are not directly accessible via the driver being used – an example of this could be a PLC status word where each bit represents the status of various PLC conditions, for example, “Battery Status” or “CPU Error” etc. Or it may be that you want to replicate some PLC logic that is otherwise inaccessible. The GETBIT macro instruction is very useful in these circumstances, enabling you to retrieve an individual bit and use that in conjunction with further logic such as an Continue reading TechTip: Using GETBIT in a Macro on Weintek HMI

New Supplier Announcement: Teknokol HMI Enclosures and Support Arms

Lamonde Automation is delighted to announce that they’ve signed a new supplier partnership with Teknokol, manufacturers of HMI enclosure systems, which can be wall-mounted, machine mounted, or mounted with support arms. Ergonomically designed and with IP65 protection, the enclosures have various depth options, and both the ECOline and TKP2000 series are modular, giving increased flexibility to suit your project. The enclosure front sheets are constructed from 2mm or 3mm aluminium, and Teknokol can provide custom-coloured couplings and covers upon request, as well as the processing of front sheets with laser cut-outs to accommodate HMI, pushbuttons, switches, panel lamps etc. Teknokol Continue reading New Supplier Announcement: Teknokol HMI Enclosures and Support Arms

New Feature Announcement – All Weintek HMI Now Support EasyAccess 2.0

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges and turned remote working into daily normality for many. As we face these changes, Weintek’s EasyAccess 2.0 remote solution is enabling users to overcome some of the challenges associated with remote working. To address these demands, Weintek is introducing EasyAccess 2.0 and VNC support to all their current HMI series. Additionally, for selected non-Ethernet HMI models, 4G dongle support will also be provided so that they can connect to the Internet to make use of EasyAccess 2.0. Since its launch 6 years ago, EasyAccess 2.0 has been offering a stable and reliable remote Continue reading New Feature Announcement – All Weintek HMI Now Support EasyAccess 2.0

TechTip: Connecting a Control Techniques Drive to a Weintek HMI Using Modbus RTU

This TechTip is about connecting a Control Techniques drive to a Weintek HMI using Modbus RTU. For the purposes of this TechTip, we’re using a CT Comander C300 drive fitted with an AI-485 option module. Drive SetupEither using the drive onboard menu via the keypad, or Control Techniques Connect, software, verify the communications settings (Address, Baud Rate, Data bits, Stop Bits, Parity) as these will need to be matched in your HMI project. Addressing FormatModbus Addressing format for Control Techniques drives is: 40000 + (menu number x 100) + (parameter number) The Weintek HMI does not require the 40000, so Continue reading TechTip: Connecting a Control Techniques Drive to a Weintek HMI Using Modbus RTU

Case study: Welland Medical Machine Data Capture

“We are very happy with the service from Lamonde and would recommend using this method of moving data. “ Welland Medical’s Story:We were looking for a method to move data from various production lines into our MySQL server. This would feed a front-end program and provide live OEE type data on large screens on the shop floor, but our machines have many different brands of PLCs fitted. We explored our options and received some quite expensive quotes. Duncan at Lamonde advised that we use Weintek’s cMT-SVR-100. We found this easy to use and can extract data from the majority of Continue reading Case study: Welland Medical Machine Data Capture

New Feature Announcement – Weintek iR-ETN Coupler Now Supports EtherNET/IP

EtherNet/IP is a leading industrial protocol supported by many PLCs and controllers, with this in mind, Weintek has added EtherNet/IP protocol support to their remote I/O coupler module, iR-ETN, allowing iR Series remote I/O to support EtherNet/IP. EtherNet/IP Communication ModesEtherNet/IP provides two communication modes to address different demands. Mode Implicit Messaging Explicit Messaging Transport Layer UDP TCP Exchange Mode Periodic Data Exchange Non-periodic Data Exchange Data is transferred using instructions Applicable Data Data that require immediacy PLC data accessed from the Host Parameter Configuration Architecture Scanner: Device that establishes the connection (PLC) Adapter: Device that provides the data (iR-ETN) The Continue reading New Feature Announcement – Weintek iR-ETN Coupler Now Supports EtherNET/IP

Race Report from Round 2 – Cadwell Park. August 2020

It seems like forever ago that we were at Brands Hatch, however with life slowly returning to normal, or transitioning into the new normal, Lamonde Automation Sponsored #232, Matt Wetherell was back in action at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire. Cadwell is known as a Mini-Nürburgring, due to it’s changing elevation and tight turns, making it a challenging circuit and a favourite of Matt’s. Last year, Matt set a class lap record that had stood for 7 years, so hopes were high for a successful weekend of racing. The weekend started with practise on Friday – at around >34°C, a very warm Continue reading Race Report from Round 2 – Cadwell Park. August 2020

New Feature Announcement – Weintek cMT-CTR01 PLC and CODESYS enabled cMT X Series HMI now support EtherCAT Master

EtherCAT® (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) is an Ethernet-based industrial Fieldbus system that delivers high-performance, high-immediacy communication, with the growing popularity, Weintek has added EtherCAT support for their built-in CODESYS® products. Together with the iR-ECAT and various I/O modules, they form a complete EtherCAT solution where the Weintek CODESYS HMI or PLC serves as an EtherCAT master and iR-ECAT are EtherCAT slaves. cMT Support for EtherCAT Master Simply with a firmware update and some configuration in CODESYS, the Ethernet port of cMT-CTRL01 (with built-in CODESYS) and cMT X series models with CODESYS®  activated become an EtherCAT master port. CODESYS  Scans EtherCAT Continue reading New Feature Announcement – Weintek cMT-CTR01 PLC and CODESYS enabled cMT X Series HMI now support EtherCAT Master

New Feature Announcement – Touch Gesture on Weintek cMT X Series HMI

Use your HMI like a SmartphoneTouch gesture, supported on selected new cMT X Series HMI, provides easier and even more intuitive operation, allowing operators to use a variety of gestures such as swiping or pinching to make the HMI execute specified functions, without the need for on-screen buttons. Easier and Simpler UI StyleDeveloping HMI UI layout can take some time, designing the layout and the look of UI buttons, as shown on the left image below. In comparison, the image on the right illustrates that by replacing UI buttons with touch gestures, not only is the time for button design Continue reading New Feature Announcement – Touch Gesture on Weintek cMT X Series HMI

C-More Programming Software is now free!

Automation Direct’s EA9 C-more HMI programming and configuration software is now a free download! C-more HMI touch panels provide a graphical interface designed to interchange and display graphics, animation and data to and from a PLC by merely touching the screen. You can virtually replace every pushbutton, switch, meter, and other peripheral device with one C-more touch panel. C-more touch screen panels are available in 6″, 7″, 8″, 10″, 12″ and 15″ colour TFT display versions. A headless HMI (no-screen) model is also available for larger or user-defined display options. The C-more HMI configuration software provides a powerful set of Continue reading C-More Programming Software is now free!