Case Study: Increased Productivity in Medical Manufacturing

Direct Automation Case Study

Alex Strokosch of Direct Automation Systems, uses Weintek HMIs with Teknokol enclosures and Productivity PLCs in application for a medical manufacturer. The Teknokol system offers a solution that looks great, works, and has a really great price to performance ratio Alex, tell us a bit about yourself… I’m located in East Kilbride, just south of Glasgow.   I started my career as industrial electrician before moving to Scotland in the early 1980s after a stint in the Merchant Navy, and I’ve worked in electrical engineering for 41 years.  I had my own business from 1992 to 2001, then I worked for Continue reading Case Study: Increased Productivity in Medical Manufacturing

Case Study: Weintek HMIs in Wind/Unwind Application

We talked to Nick Cadby at Nacom Automation Ltd about using Weintek MT8050iE HMIs with analogue PLCs. The speed of the responses I get when I put in a support request is really fast Tell me about yourself – where are you located and what’s your background?We’re based in Chesterfield, and I’ve been working in Industrial Automation for over 30 years.  I was a project engineer for a Swiss strapping company and a friend asked me to come and work for him at Advanced Technical Solutions.  From there, I started Nacom 18 years ago, and now we’ve grown to a Continue reading Case Study: Weintek HMIs in Wind/Unwind Application

New Feature Announcement: Multiple User Connection In Weintek’s EasyAccess 2.0

Weintek’s remote access solution, EasyAccess 2.0, has been an asset to many users, helping them monitor their remote devices and perform maintenance with ease from their offices and homes. As the global pandemic lingers and remote work becomes a regular routine for many, the demand for remote multi-party collaboration has increased as well. From Version 2.9, EasyAccess 2.0 will provide a multi-user connection feature that will permit up to 3 users to connect to an HMI at the same time. This new feature allows an engineer to immediately connect to remote devices and troubleshoot when an error occurs, without having Continue reading New Feature Announcement: Multiple User Connection In Weintek’s EasyAccess 2.0

Case Study: DLE Engineering Ltd

We talked to Dave Ludgate of DL Electrical Engineering about how he’s used Weintek HMIs with the Productivity PLC range. Dave, tell us a bit about yourself…I left school at 16 and went straight into an electrical apprenticeship and progressed from there. I’ve always been interested in new stuff, so the minute I saw PLCs I was hooked.  The beauty of the PLCs is that you wire the inputs and outputs and the magic all happens inside. I went back to college and took City & Guilds for electronics and never looked back. I lectured at Northampton College for a year Continue reading Case Study: DLE Engineering Ltd

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

TechTip: How to program Weintek HMI via Ethernet

This guide will show you how to connect a Weintek HMI to a PC via ethernet; to do this, we’ll be making sure that both screen and PC/laptop network adaptor are on the same subnet as each other.  Note: The illustrations in this Guide are based on an iE Series HMI. Other Series HMIs may appear a little different. For HMIs with dual ethernet, the IP addresses of the ports MUST be on different subnets.  Weintek System Settings1. On the Weintek HMI, tap the black arrow bottom right  2. To check if there is an IP address already set on the HMI, tap the Information button to show the settings for the device. In this case, we Continue reading TechTip: How to program Weintek HMI via Ethernet

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

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

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