Case Study: Board24 – Remote Monitoring & Control with CCTV and Fire Alarm Integration

We needed to find a way for the engineers on the Baler to see if the fans were running and to stop them remotely.  We also wanted to be able to see the status of the Baler from the fan end of the system without running over to check. Board24 is an FSC Certified manufacturer of recyclable corrugated sheetboard. They set high standards in terms of our product quality and environmentally friendly approach. They produce corrugated board which is 100% recyclable, 100% biodegradable and made from 90% recycled or recovered paper. We talked to Mark Crawford, Electronics Project Manager, about Continue reading Case Study: Board24 – Remote Monitoring & Control with CCTV and Fire Alarm Integration

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

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

New Product Annoucement – Weintek cMT3161X

Following great feedback for the cMT3162X HMI, Weintek have announced the release of a lightweight version, cMT3161X. The cMT3161X is broadly similar to the cMT3162X and retains many of its key features, market-wise, however, it is positioned slightly differently making the cMT X Series an attractive option in cost-sensitive applications. The cMT3161X boasts the most powerful processor compared to those used in similar products, which delivers powerful computing capabilities, meeting customers’ desire for speedy and smooth operation. Hardware and software advantages make cMT3161X an easy fit in diverse applications allowing easy integration, a great fit for OE machine builders, panel Continue reading New Product Annoucement – Weintek cMT3161X

New Product Announcement – Weintek cMT3072X & cMT3072XH

Lightweight and affordable, 7” HMI have been widely adopted in many different industries and are a firm favourite. With this in mind, Weintek have released new 7” HMI models in the cMT X Series range: cMT3072X and cMT3072XH (“cMT3072X(H)”) to help users with IIoT integration in their smart factories whilst also providing exceptional user experience. cMT3072X(H) is equipped with a quad-core 64-bit Cortex A35 CPU, a big performance step up from the dual-core 32bit processor of the existing cMT3071/cMT3072 models, with the new cMT X Series models boasting a 20% improvement in computing and display performance, delivering better, faster user Continue reading New Product Announcement – Weintek cMT3072X & cMT3072XH

New Feature Announcement – WebView on Weintek cMT X Series HMI

When it comes to remote HMI monitoring, in addition to Weintek’s exclusive software – cMT Viewer and VNC Viewer, a new choice has been developed: WebView. WebView makes it possible for you to monitor HMI screen on your web browser using your phone, tablet, or laptop, without the need for additional software. Using WebView is very straightforward: on a web browser, connect to the HMI settings page, click the WebView button and then the HMI screen will appear, ready for operation. WebView can be set to start automatically, so instead of the settings page, the HMI screen shows when a Continue reading New Feature Announcement – WebView on Weintek cMT X Series HMI

TechTip: Window Change on Auto-Logout Weintek HMI

This TechTip is about automatically changing the HMI window when logout, or Auto logout occurs. This could be useful if you want to ensure that if a user with elevated privileges leaves the HMI without logging out then the HMI will return to a normal operating or information window. Auto logout enabled is set in the System tab of System Parameters Setting in EasyBuilder Pro. To achieve window change on logout or Auto logout, we’ll use a macro to check the value of LW 9222 – this is the system register holding the value of operable security classes. If a Continue reading TechTip: Window Change on Auto-Logout Weintek HMI

New Feature Announcement – Macro Debug Tool for Weintek cMT Series

Macros are a powerful and flexible tool that complement built-in features with their complex logic operations and data processing capability. The task of writing macros may seem daunting at first, however, macros have fixed syntax rules that are checked by the compiler and there are manuals detailing macro use and TechTips on our website. However, like most coding tasks, macro debugging is necessary if you encounter unexpected results. In cMT Diagnoser, a Macro Debug Tool has been developed to help users quickly identify macro errors and reduce development time. The Macro Debug Tool is easy-to-use. Simply create your macro, compile Continue reading New Feature Announcement – Macro Debug Tool for Weintek cMT Series