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B&R Automation - Changing Automation Runtime Configurations
Nikhil Holay

B&R Automation - Changing Automation Runtime Configurations

Within the Configuration view, ArConfig contains the Runtime Configuration. The Runtime configuration includes all sorts of useful information, including the unit's assigned IP address, host name, subnet mask, and much more. These functions serve to be extremely useful when configuring a device.  However, if you want to change these setting from the HMI of a unit, there are a few more steps involved.  In the Logical view, add the AsARCfg library to your global librarie...

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WinCC Comfort/Advanced V13 SP1: Pop-Up Screens and Slide-In Screens
Jeff McCormick

WinCC Comfort/Advanced V13 SP1: Pop-Up Screens and Slide-In Screens

Earlier this year (January 2015), Siemens released their latest service pack for the TIA Portal V13. This included updates to Step7 V13 SP1 and WinCC Comfort/Advanced V13 SP1, along with several others. Along with the WinCC V13 SP1 pack came the addition of the Pop-Up Screen and Slide-In Screen features. It is important to note that this is only available for HMIs running WinCC Comfort/Advanced V13 SP1 and WinCC Runtime Advanced V13 SP1. Currently, these features are only available for Comfort a...

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LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix
Devon Fritz

LabVIEW VAS Camera Timeout Fix

Every so often, a software package update/patch's readme notes become really important for a project. To save you from diving into the readme notes for the LabVIEW VAS package, I wanted to highlight a bug I fell prone to. Integrating vision into your application can include difficulties. NI MAX does a good job of addressing one of the challenges with vision systems by smoothly bringing in camera data to the LabVIEW environment. The bug I experienced was a timeout of a USB3 camera after st...

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MS SQL Stored Procedures Directly from Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC
Nicklas Thystrup

MS SQL Stored Procedures Directly from Beckhoff TwinCAT PLC

Beckhoff TwinCAT 2 and 3 PLCs have the ability to execute SQL stored procedures to read or write data without the need for an HMI. This is achieved by setting up TwinCAT Database Server on the PLC to manage the database connections, and using functions from the TcDatabase library to execute stored procedures. This blog will go through the steps to setup the TwinCAT Database Server and execute a pre-existing stored procedure. 1. Setup your SQL database and write your stored procedure. 2....

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WinCC OA Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference
Jimmy Condon

WinCC OA Presentation at the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference

I recently had the pleasure of presenting at the Siemens Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Conference in Denver. This was Siemens' first year holding the conference in Denver and there was an enthusiastic response of over 120 attendees.  The goal of the day-long event on July 28 was to promote discovery and discussion around the Oil and Gas industry's emerging automation and controls trends. All the presentations were well attended, offering a great opportunity to network in the area an...

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Connecting to a Legacy AB PLC-5
Devon Fritz

Connecting to a Legacy AB PLC-5

Sometimes the scariest part of working with legacy hardware is connecting to it with your laptop. This blog will lead you through an easy way to connect one such legacy PLC built by Allen Bradley, the PLC-5 series. Look here if trying to connect to a B&R System. Hardware - PLC-5 Series (catalog PDF here) - Laptop with DB-9/Serial/RS-232 or USB port - DB-25 to DB-9 cable (possible cable here) - Null Modem changer (if cable is not null modem) - RS-232 to USB protoco...

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Conditional Triggered Device Trace in SiMotion Scout V4.4
Andrew Griesemer

Conditional Triggered Device Trace in SiMotion Scout V4.4

This tutorial is for SiMotion Scout V4.4 HF6 with TIA Portal. Features may change in different versions. The Device Trace in SiMotion has built-in functionality that makes it easy to track down a pesky condition that might only happen once or twice per day. Rather than sit at the machine waiting all day for the fault to happen, you can set up a triggered recording and let Simotion do the work while you go get a cup of coffee. The following steps will walk you through setting up the trace conf...

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DMC to Present at the Siemens 2015 Automation Summit
Frank Riordan

DMC to Present at the Siemens 2015 Automation Summit

Every year, DMC looks forward to sharing best practices and industry innovations at the Siemens Automation Summit. The 2015 Siemens Automation Summit will be held June 22 - 25, 2015, at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The four day event offers educational programming and networking opportunities with a focus on Siemens automation product end users. DMC is proud to again be among the presenters at this year's summit. If you're attending, we'd love to see you at our sessions. L...

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How to Find and Replace items in WinCC 7.2
Frank May

How to Find and Replace items in WinCC 7.2

There is no global CTRL+F and Replace in  WinCC v7.2 that catches everything at once, but there are a few tools that can help you accomplish the same thing.  Let’s say we have a picture for Robot Defense. This picture has tags, text, script, and dropdown options for Robots. We want to make an identical screen, but for Alien Defense. Below is what we start with: Highlight everything on the screen and right click to bring up "Linking Options" Select "...

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Connecting to a B&R device in B&R Automation Studio
Nikhil Holay

Connecting to a B&R device in B&R Automation Studio

Connecting to a B&R device over Ethernet or over a network is extremely helpful for updating and troubleshooting programs. Without a connection, a CompactFlash would have to be re-created for any small change that was made. In addition, it would be impossible to monitor the state of the program. This article details how to connect to your B&R device over Ethernet and over a network. Connecting to a Device over Ethernet Purpose: Allows file downloads/transfers to the B&R devi...

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Mapping Physical Keys in B&R Automation Studio
Nikhil Holay

Mapping Physical Keys in B&R Automation Studio

The ability to map physical buttons is a crucial element of fully utilizing B&R's Power Panel platform. Physical keys are a great way of making an HMI more user-friendly and robust. This article details the procedure to map physical keys in B&R Automation Studio. High Level Overview Physical button pressed on the HMI Virtual key is triggered Triggered virtual key performs action or sets variable Variable can be used as a trigger for other actions within the program ...

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DMC Recognized as a SIMATIC WinCC Specialist
Kristie Simon Shea

DMC Recognized as a SIMATIC WinCC Specialist

As a Siemens Solution Partner, DMC is proud to have recently been recognized as a Siemens WinCC Specialist. WinCC Specialists are qualified experts who can implement complex SCADA projects using Siemens’ best practices. This prestigious acknowledgment means that “the quality and project management processes, as well as the technical WinCC-Know-How” at DMC has been approved by Siemens through a central audit process.  With this designation, DMC has a direct line of communic...

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DMC to Present at Siemens Oil and Gas Innovations Conference
Kristie Simon Shea

DMC to Present at Siemens Oil and Gas Innovations Conference

Siemens is hosting the 2015 Siemens Oil & Gas Innovations Conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas from April 22-April 23. As a Siemens Solution Partner and with a new office opening in Houston, Texas later this year, I am honored to represent DMC at this year’s conference. My presentation, Improving and Scaling SCADA Systems: Is WinCC OA Right for Me? will be a part of the Solution Partner Breakouts taking place on Wednesday, April 22. WinCC OA is similar to a traditional S...

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Schneider MDrive Motor Integration with Siemens Programming
Otto Gottlieb

Schneider MDrive Motor Integration with Siemens Programming

I have found little information for commissioning a Schneider Electric Lexium MDrive Stepper Motor and integrating it into a Siemens solution, so I decided to write about how I did it. Commissioning the MDrive Stepper Motor with the Schneider TCP Configuration Utility The software required for commissioning the drive is available for download on the Schneider Motion website. The software that I needed was the Lexium LMDxE TCP Configuration Utility Version 1.2.0.6 that includes the PROFINET...

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DMC Joins the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center
Kevin Ferrigno

DMC Joins the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center

Sam Weber and I recently participated in two meetings for the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center (MEAC). Sam and I spent two days discussing the future of Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Management (MES and MOM) with top experts from Siemens and other members of the SIMATIC IT ecosystem. DMC is excited to extend its partnership with Siemens SIMATIC IT by joining the Siemens MEAC.  By joining the CoE, DMC gains access to an outstanding partner network of ex...

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Motion Control Solutions with Technology Objects in Siemens TIA Portal
Otto Gottlieb

Motion Control Solutions with Technology Objects in Siemens TIA Portal

This article goes through setting up and using the Siemens S120 drive inside TIA Portal after it has been configured in STARTER. While several other Siemens drives can be started with Siemens Startdrive (G120, G120C, G120D, and G120P), performing a hardware configuration of an S120 drive is not yet integrated into TIA Portal. I have heard that the next big release will have this feature! TIA Portal Setup In this example project I’m using an S7-1500 CPU and a CU320 control unit as seen ...

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Commissioning Siemens G120 Drives with Startdrive in TIA Portal
Nicklas Thystrup

Commissioning Siemens G120 Drives with Startdrive in TIA Portal

The built-in drive commissioning features in TIA Portal make it very simple to commission a Siemens G120 drive with a Siemens S7 PLC without the need for any stand-alone software. Drives can be commissioned quickly and easily, and afterwards all drive parameters will be stored in Portal for future reference. I have described the general process of setting up Profinet drives with safety in Portal step-by-step. Small details may vary with every situation, but the general process is as follows: ...

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SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring Tool for Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Kevin Ferrigno

SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring Tool for Overall Equipment Effectiveness

DMC has recently been working closely with Siemens in expanding opportunities to utilize their Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Management platform, SIMATIC IT. One area we've pursued is development of a Line Monitoring tool to help manufacturers implement a cost effective way to measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and perform downtime analysis.   This result is a low cost solution built on a Siemens S7-1200 PLC and SIMATIC IT Line Montioring Syst...

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Datalogging From a Siemens PLC to LabVIEW: Easier Than You Think
Jason Mayes

Datalogging From a Siemens PLC to LabVIEW: Easier Than You Think

Have you ever been disappointed in the data logging options available on your Basic panel? Ever wished it were easier to set up logging directly to a database? Or perhaps you've wanted to set up some simple simulation or test sequences without modifying your PLC control code. If you have a little LabVIEW experience, you're in luck! Recently, I ran across an R&D scenario where we wanted to log some data from an S7-1500 PLC for analysis - a lot of data. We were using a TP1500 Comfor...

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Siemens WinCC OA - The Open Architecture SCADA Package
Leon Grossman

Siemens WinCC OA - The Open Architecture SCADA Package

When asked if we work with a particular technology here at DMC, my answer is always "yes". PLC, Embedded, Test and Measurement, Business Logic: we do it all and more. WinCC OA (OA) is the spiritual analogue to that philosophy in SCADA form. There are native drivers for Siemens and Allen Bradley PLCs as well as an OPC driver so it will work with nearly any modern controller. Supporting a wide range of hardware is expected of a product that is targeted to the same space as Wonderwa...

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