New Product Announcement: Control Techniques launches SI-POWERLINK module

Control Techniques SI Powerlink

New Module provides POWERLINK connectivity Control Techniques has expanded the capabilities of its drives further with the launch of a dedicated POWERLINK option module.  SI-POWERLINK serves applications ranging from simple open-loop systems through to those demanding precise motion control. The protocol is based upon standard Ethernet and provides a solution for real-time Industrial Ethernet to satisfy the requirements of industrial automation and process control.  POWERLINK is used in applications in industries including automotive, energy management, machinery, industrial automation, railway and maritime transportation, robotics, vision systems and more. The new module is compatible with Control Techniques Unidrive, Digitax, Commander, and Pump Drive families, and conforms to the latest Continue reading New Product Announcement: Control Techniques launches SI-POWERLINK module

New Product Announcement: New BRX Discrete i/o, Combination i/o, High-Speed Pulse Combo and POM

The BRX expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller. Newly added BRX discrete I/O modules include 5, 8, and 16-point relay output modules with Form A (SPST) and Form C (SPDT) options; 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete input and output modules; a 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete combination input/output module; and the HSIO4 high-speed pulse combo module capable of handling up to a 2MHz frequency in differential or single-ended wiring configurations. In addition, a new Pluggable Option Module (POM) with full Ethernet capability and support for MQTT Client, Do-more, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet Continue reading New Product Announcement: New BRX Discrete i/o, Combination i/o, High-Speed Pulse Combo and POM

New Feature Annoucement: OPC UA Historical Data Access Feature for Weintek cMT Series HMI

NFC Weintek OPC UA Historical Data image

Access to historical data is an important aspect in any smart system upgrade and integration. From data/trend analysis, process optimization and failure prediction to pre-emptive maintenance, analytics rely on complete historical data being available before any meaningful action can be taken. OPC UA, which features platform independence, robust security and high scalability, has stood out as a prominent choice for a standardized IIoT communication protocol; and, given its importance in the field, Weintek continues to develop and add OPC UA related feature support. From EasyBuilder Pro v6.04.02 onwards, OPC UA Historical Data Access (HDA) feature has been added, allowing OPC Continue reading New Feature Annoucement: OPC UA Historical Data Access Feature for Weintek cMT Series HMI

New Product Announcement: EA9-RHMI Headless HMI from Automation Direct

C-more EA9-RHMI Headless HMI

New from C-more®, the EA9 series remote (headless) HMI unit provides all the functionality of an EA9 touch panel without the extra cost of a touchscreen interface. Intended for the user who doesn’t require a built-in HMI display, needs a larger display, or would prefer to use the C-more mobile app, the headless unit supports an HD1280x720 pixel screen resolution with an HDMI output that supplies both video and audio out. USB port A can be used to connect various USB devices to the panel such as a touchscreen, mouse, keyboard, flash drive or barcode scanner. The remote HMI is Continue reading New Product Announcement: EA9-RHMI Headless HMI from Automation Direct

We’re still open!

Once again, we’d like to reassure our valued customers and suppliers that, as during previous restrictions, we remain open for business. Orders can be placed by phone or email, or via our website, and all items are despatched by courier. We hold good stock levels of our most popular products and we do not anticipate disruption to our supply chain for non-stocked items. Of course, our premises will remain COVID-Secure and we will continue with the steps we have already been taking to ensure our staff and customers remain safe; accordingly, this means we will not be able to welcome Continue reading We’re still open!

We’re Exhibiting at Robotics and Automation 2019 – Ricoh Arena, Coventry 29/30 October 2019

We’re exhibiting at Robotics and Automation 2019 being held at the Ricoh Arena 29th & 30th October 2019. Come and see us on stand 622. Be sure to register at https://www.roboticsandautomation.co.uk/ . Look forward to seeing you there.

TechTip: Bit Sequencing Using a Macro on Weintek HMI

In this TechTip, we’ll build on something we’ve looked at previously, and that’s For-Next loops. In this example what we’re looking to do is sequence 8 bits in the HMI (LB-10-17) with a time delay – an application of this might be if you’re looking to perform several bit-triggered data transfers. First off we’ll declare the variables… macro_command main() // Declare variables bool bit // bit is a boolean (bool) short loop // loop value – short (16bit) short time=500 // time – short (16bit) = 500mS Then we’ll do our loop – in this case, 10-17… for loop=10 to Continue reading TechTip: Bit Sequencing Using a Macro on Weintek HMI