Case Study: Defrosting and Temperature Control in Food Production

Donal O’Driscoll from The Goodfish Company shared their case study with us. Problem: We need to defrost fish from frozen blocks at -15°C as quickly as possible without the product temperature exceeding +4°C at any point in the defrost cycle. We need to defrost up to 1.5 tonnes per defrost cycle. 3 trolleys, 12 trays per trolley 6 x 6.81 kg blocks per tray. “Our defroster has run reliably since March 2018. Lamonde provided the Weintek HMI, Haiwell PLC, along with associated expansion digital & analogue modules and 24vdc power supplies.” Both the Haiwell PLC & Weintek HMI come with Continue reading Case Study: Defrosting and Temperature Control in Food Production

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

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

New Product Announcement: Expanded Communications and Analog I/O Capabilities for the BRX PLC

New expansion I/O modules from AutomationDirect for the BRX stackable micro brick PLC include communications modules, universal analogue I/O modules, and universal temperature combination I/O modules. Expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller, creating a sturdy and rugged PLC platform. Added BRX serial communications modules provide four isolated RS-232 ports that support communications flow control or RS-422 serial ports. Also available are BRX single-channel RS-232 (with flow control) and RS-422 Pluggable Option Modules. Supported protocols include Do-more! Protocol, Modbus RTU (Master/Slave), K-Sequence, and ASCII (In/Out). Data rates are 1200 Continue reading New Product Announcement: Expanded Communications and Analog I/O Capabilities for the BRX PLC

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.

New Discrete and Analogue Modules Added To The Productivity 1000 Series

10 new modules have been added to the popular Productivity 1000 Series. These are as follows: P1-08NE3 – 8pt 24V VAC/VDC input module, 2 isolated commons P1-08NA – 8pt 120-240VAC input module, 2 isolated commons P1-08TA – 8pt 120-240VAC output module. 0.5A/pt, 2 isolated commons P1-16ND3 – 16pt 24VDC sink/source input module, 2 isolated commons P1-16NE3 – 16pt 24VCD/VAC input module, 2 isolated commons P1-15TD1 – 15pt 24VDC sinking output, 1A/pt P1-15TD2 – 15pt 24VDC sourcing output, 1A/pt P1-04RTD – 4ch RTD input, 16bit resolution P1-4ADL2DAL-1 – 4ch 0-20mA input/2ch 0-20mA output P1-4ADL2DAL-2 – 4ch 0-10v input/2ch 0-10v output

TechTip: Importing Haiwell PLC tags into a Weintek HMI Project

From Version V6.01.02.146 of EasyBuilder Pro, Component Comments from Haiwell PLCs can be imported into Weintek HMI projects. Component comments are added to the Haiwell program elements by adding // after the address, for example, X0//Start Button, X1//Stop Button etc. Steps 1./ Create your Haiwell PLC program – use Component comments for those elements that you want to use in the HMI – it’s not a bad idea to comment every element in a program for future reference. 2./ Export the component comments from HaiwellHappy programming software: 3./ Select “Component comment table”: 4./ Select a filename for your Component comment/tag export: 5./ Continue reading TechTip: Importing Haiwell PLC tags into a Weintek HMI Project

Weintek Remote i/o and cMT Series, now with CODESYS

cMT HMI with built-in CODESYS is a high-performance HMI with an onboard PLC in compliance with the IEC 61131-3 standard. Combining a cMT+CODESYS HMI with the new Weintek iR Series I/O Modules delivers a new generation solution delivering a more compact and flexible architecture. The CODESYS licence can currently be added to the cMT3151, cMT3090 and cMT3072 models (an OS firmware upgrade may be required for existing models). cMT+CODESYS is a product that integrates high-performance cMT Series HMI with CODESYS PLC controller system, which is built upon an innovative architecture where a dual-core CPU runs 2 independent operating systems. With Continue reading Weintek Remote i/o and cMT Series, now with CODESYS

More Productivity2000 PLC Discrete I/O Modules Added

The AutomationDirect Productivity2000 PLC system now has 50 discrete and analog I/O modules providing over 400 local I/O points. Using remote expansion, over 4,000 total I/O points are possible! New DC discrete I/O modules include 8-, 16- and 32-point, 12-24 VDC, sink/source modules with additional isolated commons. Two for the 8- and 16-point modules and four isolated commons for the 32-point module. The Productivity2000 is a modular, rack-based system with a full lineup of discrete, analog and specialty I/O modules. The high-performance CPU has 50Mb memory, fast scan times and five communication ports. Two 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports allow programming, Continue reading More Productivity2000 PLC Discrete I/O Modules Added