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Identifying Topology Mismatch in Logic

I’d like to take a more in-depth look at an underused feature in TIA Portal, and how to diagnose its associated issues in PLC logic rather than using online diagnostics. As mentioned in this blog, Topology setup in TIA Portal can provide an add...


How to Make a Dynamically Linking Faceplate in Siemens' TIA Portal

Thanks to TIA Portals development environment, laying out and linking a few objects on an HMI screen doesn’t take very much time. Though, this process starts to become tedious when there are many objects with many individual tag connections for...


DMC & Siemens to Present at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference

I will be joining other Siemens Solution Partners and Siemens in giving a presentation on Easy and Scalable Solutions for Brewery Automation with Siemens at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Denver next week. You can also...


DMC to Present at the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit

The annual Siemens Automation Summit is one of our most anticipated events each year. The conference brings together fellow Siemens Solution Partners and hundreds of manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies. The 2019 Sie...


Using a High-Speed Counter’s Hardware Interrupt to Peripherally Write to an Output on a Siemens 1200 PLC

The built-in high-speed counters on Siemens PLCs are very useful for applications in which a machine needs to move material a specified distance. In these instances, the scan time of the program can add inconsistency to this distance. Reduce this ...


Using the Siemens LCom Library for TCP Communication on S7 PLCs

In a recent project, we needed to set up communication between a PC running LabView and a Siemens S7-1500 PLC. Thankfully, Siemens provides the LCom communications library, shown below, for setting up TCP communications on SIMATIC S7-300/400, SIMATIC...


Siemens WinCC Sm@rtServer Set-Up

As of TIA Portal V14, the built-in remote access utility called WinCC Sm@rtServer is now available to Basic Panels and no longer requires a separate license for Comfort Panels. This means that if you have a Comfort Panel-running device (version 14.0....


Custom Data Logging from a Siemens PLC to Microsoft SQL Using VBScript

DMC worked on a project where we wanted to log data to a local Microsoft SQL server to be able to save and display it using Microsoft Report Designer. However, the standard format of Siemens’ data log did not match up with the schema ...


Automation with an Arduino, PLC, or Custom Embedded Controls?

Automation and control come in a lot of different varieties and flavors. On the surface, Arduinos, PLCs, and embedded controls all appear to do the same function. So how do you determine which is best for your application? In this post, I’ll...


Tips for a Successful Synchronous Serial Communication Driver using Siemens SCL

Modern industrial communication is often performed over Ethernet protocols, especially within the Siemens product ecosystem. However, some external devices (especially non-Siemens devices) communicate using serial protocols. Luckily, Siemens provides...


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