Click PLC HMI Rotary Encoder Dial Input

Rotary encoders are modern digital devices that have taken over from the potentiometer in stereos and many other applications. This is because of their fine digital control and they can fully rotate without end stops. We can connect the rotary encoder into the PLC using just two digital inputs. This human machine interface (HMI) has the advantage over touch screens and other methods of control into the PLC. The operator can control the rate and set point with the dial (rotary encoder) without looking at the control. This will allow the operator to concentration on other tasks.


We will be connecting a rotary encoder with dial into the Click PLC. The signals being sent from the rotary encoder will be explained. Different methods of programming this input in our PLC will be discussed. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!

Trumeter ADM100 Series Graphical Panel Meter

The Trumeter ADM100 Series Graphical Panel Meters provide the visual representation of an analog meter and the accuracy of a digital meter all in one unit.
These meters feature a programmable bar graph and alarms to immediately alert operators when a parameter is out of range. In addition, a four-character messaging area displays custom messages, alarms and annunciators.

Every meter is configurable to measure voltage, current or frequency. The M100-Lx model is for use with a low voltage power supply, and the ADM100-Hx is for use with mains power. Both models offer two LCD options – positive LCD for bright conditions or negative LCD for dark environments.
We will be looking at unboxing the unit, powering it up, installing the software and setting and communication to the Trumeter AMD100 Series Graphical Panel Meter. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

ACC Automation 2018 Review

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2018 has been our best year yet thanks to you. Keep on Reading!

Click PLC Update Firmware

Firmware is usually PLC operating system code that is written into a read only memory. The BIOS (Basic Input Output System) of a PC (personal computer) is a good example of firmware. It provides the low level interface between the hardware and software. The Click PLC firmware comes with the programming software.
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We will be updating our firmware of our Click PLC from 2.10 to 2.30. Let’s get started! Keep on Reading!

CTT Counter Timer Tachometer – Tachometer Mode

The CTT series from Automation Direct are multi-function digital units. They incorporate a multi-function digital counter, timer and tachometer all within the same unit. Tachometer mode will bring in pulses that can be from a sensor, incremental encoder, etc. and convert this to a rate. Rates such as speed or frequency deal with units per time. The CTT makes converting and using these pulses easy. The tachometer mode has four different output settings; 2Lo1Lo, 2Lo1Hi, 2Hi1Lo and 2Hi1Hi.

We will be reviewing the tachometer mode of the CTT and programming a rate based on the frequency of a relay output of a PLC. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Productivity 1000 Series PLC Modbus TCP Ethernet Communication

The productivity series of PLCs comes with 4 built-in communication ports for easy connectivity to your PC or various industrial networks. Ethernet protocols like Modbus TCP can be utilized with the RJ45 port on this PLC. Modbus TCP is an open (published) protocol that uses the Server (Master) / Client (Slave) architecture. It’s a very common protocol used in industrial automation controls.

We will be using the RJ45 (Ethernet) port to communicate to a Click PLC. Modbus TCP will be the protocol used on this Ethernet communication media. The Productivity 1000 PLC will be the server and the Click PLC will be the client. We will be creating a network between the two PLC units. A heartbeat will be used so if communications is lost, the server (slave) will know. The throughput time will be timed by using a small program in the Click PLC. You will soon see how the Productivity Series of PLC’s is the best way to handle communication to other devices. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

C-More Micro HMI Object Text

The C-More Micro HMI Panel software uses virtual components called Objects. Five different text objects are available for your industrial human machine interface. (HMI) Static text will place words on your HMI page. Lookup text will display a message corresponding to a value in a tag register. Dynamic text will display the ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) equivalent of the information in the tag register specified. Scroll text will display information too large to display in the area assigned. This will move the information in the display area so the entire message can be seen. Text entry will allow the user through a pop up key pad to enter ASCII characters into a tag register.

We will now look at all five of these text objects our HMI micro panel. A new page will be made to show all of the text object functions and operations. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

CTT Counter Timer Tachometer – Counter Timer Mixed Modes

The CTT series from Automation Direct are multi-function digital units. They incorporate a multi-function digital counter, timer and tachometer all within the same unit. The counter timer mixed mode will operate in sixteen (16) different ways. Two different count input modes can be selected. Up or Down can be selected. We will program eight of the modes with the UP input. A number of output modes can be selected so this unit can adapt to a great number of applications.

In Timer Counter Mixed Mode, timer period setting value SV1 controls Output 1 and counter setting value SV2 controls Output 2. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Productivity 1000 Series PLC Modbus RTU Serial Communication

The productivity series of PLCs comes with 4 built-in communication ports for easy connectivity to your PC or various industrial networks. Serial protocols like Modbus RTU can be utilized with either the RS232 or RS485 ports on this PLC. Modbus RTU is an open (published) protocol that uses the Master / Slave architecture. It’s a very common protocol used in industrial automation controls.

We will be using the RS485 (2-wire) port to communicate to a Solo Process Temperature Controller. Modbus RTU will be the protocol used on this serial communication media. The PLC will be the master and the Solo process temperature controller will be the slave. You will soon see how the Productivity Series of PLC’s is the best way to handle communication to other devices. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

C-More Micro HMI Object Recipe

The C-More Micro HMI Panel software uses virtual components called Objects. Recipe buttons are part of these objects. The Recipe Button Object changes the value of a tag or multiple tags. The Recipe Button Object looks and acts like a Pushbutton Object on the screen. When the Recipe Button Object is pressed, the values in the Source Data Tags are written to Destination Data Tags.

We will now look at recipes that we can use with our HMI micro panel. They include the recipe button. We will program 3 recipes into the unit that will control 4 different timers. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

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