Wiring 3 Wire DC NPN and PNP Sensors




I recently received a question on PNP and NPN sensors. They wanted an explanation of what a sink is and how to wire one. Confusion over the Normally Open and Normally Closed function of the sensor is also a common question. Several diagrams will show a resistor attached to the blue wire and a load across the others, what does it all mean?

It is quite confusing sometimes the language we use for these devices. Sometimes it is the way we talk about the sensor and sometimes about the device we are connecting. (PLC)
We will break it down and go over the wiring to a PLC input. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

C-More EA9 HMI Series Headless RHMI Setup Screens

The C-more headless EA9-RHMI is programmed using the C-more Programming Software, EA9-PGMSW. The developed project is transferred from the PC to the HMI by either a USB or an Ethernet connection between the two. Previously we used the Ethernet connection to establish communication.

We will be using the USB connection to establish communication, save the program and review the setup screens of the Headless C-more.

Troubleshooting of the USB connection and windows driver will also be discussed. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Stride MQTT Gateway to Adafruit IO

MQTT protocol is used for machine to machine (M2M), internet of things (IoT) communication. This publish/subscribe messaging is used where limited device resources are available or network bandwidth is low. The MQTT protocol provides small size, low power usage, minimized data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers.

The Stride MQTT Gateway is an industrial 4.0 hardware component (IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things) that provides isolation and can easily interface with existing Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP communication protocols.

We will again be connecting a Stride MQTT Gateway to a Solo process temperature controller with Modbus RTU(RS485). The MQTT Gateway will communicate to the Adafruit IO Broker. The broker can display, log and allow us to control the data. This is done in an easily configured interface. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

C-More EA9 HMI Series Headless RHMI Panel

The C-More EA9 HMI Panel now comes in a headless version. (EA9-RHMI) All of the great features that are already built into the EA9 are available with the new headless model. This unit can be mounted within the cabinet and you can decide how to display the information.

This user-friendly, time-saving software platform allows your system data to now be shown to the operators in new ways thanks to the C-More headless HMI panel. Capabilities like data logging, FTP (File Transfer Protocol), secure email, remote HMI and data sharing can now be added to existing PLC hardware.

We will be unboxing this EA9-RHMI unit. Once power is supplied to the unit we will then establish communication and save the program. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!