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C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Web Server and Remote Access

The C-More HMI Panel can function as a simple web server. A web server includes software and hardware that will respond to World Wide Web client requests. The communication used between client and server takes place using the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. (HTTP). Information generally takes the form of pages that may include images, style sheets and scripts in addition to the page text contents. Remote access will allow for viewing or controlling the C-More EA9 HMI. We can use any windows based machine or use the C-More remote HMI App from Apple iTunes store, Google Play or Amazon App Store for mobile devices.

We will turn on the webserver functionality in our HMI panel. Using a web browser (Chrome), we will connect to our C-More EA9 HMI. We will then download the remote access software from the website. We will then run this remote access software to control our existing HMI program. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX Do-More Simulator MQTT Publish Subscribe

MQTT stands for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport. It is a simple publish and subscribe communication protocol that does not take too many resources.
Constrained devices with low bandwidth are ideal for MQTT. This protocol provides machine to machine (M2M) connectivity which is ideal for the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industrial Internet of Things. (IIoT)

We will be using a free on-line public MQTT broker from HiveMQ. Messages will be published and subscribed to by two clients. The first will be an MQTT Browser Client by HiveMQ. The Do-More Designer Simulator PLC will be the second MQTT Client. Information in the form of bits and words will be published and sent to both clients. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Barcode Scanner Input

The C-More HMI Panel will support a barcode scanner (barcode reader) input. A scanner uses a light source and a light sensor to translate optical impulses into an electrical signal. The CMore can accept a USB barcode scanner input.

We will now connect and program a barcode scanner into our HMI panel. The PLC ladder logic will then be modified to take action on the barcode input. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX PLC PID Ramp Soak Profile

The purpose of a ramp soak profile is to make gradual, controlled changes in temperature (Ramp), followed by a temperature hold (Soak) period.
We will be using our Proportional-Integral-Derivative PID Instruction with PWM output that we looked at last time to apply the ramp/soak profile.
Using the immersion heater in a cup of water to keep the temperature at a constant value, we will be adjusting the profile of the temperature as we increase the setpoint (Ramp) and hold that set point for a predetermined time. (Soak) We will then decrease that temperature back to the original setting. (Ramp)

We will be modifying our existing program from our PID with PWM Output post. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Object List Clock

The C-More HMI Panel software uses virtual components called Objects. These objects are programmable to simulate the functions that you require on your automation project. Pushbuttons, Switches, meters, and graphs are just a few of the objects that are available to you.
The Clock Objects includes a couple of options to customize the display of a real-time clock (RTC) on a screen.

We will now look at the object list clock that we can use with our HMI panel. The clock objects that are available on the C-More EA9 are analog and digital. We will program each of these text objects. The source for the RTC clock will also be discussed and programmed both externally and internally. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX PLC PID with PWM Output

A Proportional-Integral-Derivative algorithm is a generic Control Loop feedback formula widely used in industrial control systems. A PID algorithm attempts to correct the error between a measured process variable and the desired setpoint by calculating and then outputting a corrective action that can adjust the process accordingly and rapidly, to keep the Error to a minimum.

Here are some references on PID control:
PID without a Ph.D. By Tim Wescott
Understanding PID in 4 minutes
PID Control – A brief introduction
PID Controllers Explained
Who Else Wants to Learn about On-Off and PID Control?
We will be using an immersion heater in a cup of water to keep the temperature at a constant value. Using the Do-More Designer software we will perform an autotune on our PID instruction.
Our immersion heater will be controlled through a relay using time proportional control from our PID output. Let’s get started! Continue Reading!

C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Object List Text

The C-More HMI Panel software uses virtual components called Objects. These objects are programmable to simulate the functions that you require on your automation project. Pushbuttons, Switches, meters, and graphs are just a few of the objects that are available to you.
The Text List Objects include a variety of options to customize the display of text on a screen.

We will now look at the object list text that we can use with our HMI panel. The text objects that are available on the C-More EA9 are Static, Triggered, Lookup, Dynamic, Bitmap and Text Entry. We will program each of these text objects. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Click PLC PID Instruction and Autotuning using Factory IO

A PID (Proportional, Integral, and Derivative) control is possible with the Click PLC. The Click Programming Software version 2.50 now includes PID. This features 8 full-featured control loops with an easy graphical user interface (GUI). PID will run on all of the Ethernet-enabled Click PLCs.
We will be using this PID along with a Factory IO scene to demonstrate PID control and Autotuning using our Click PLC.

Here are some references on PID control:
PID without a Ph.D. By Tim Wescott
Understanding PID in 4 minutes
PID Control – A brief introduction
PID Controllers Explained
Who Else Wants to Learn about On-Off and PID Control?
Our Factory IO scene will be controlling the level of water in a tank. PID will be used to maintain the level based on a dial pot knob on the control panel. Let’s get started! Keep on Reading!

C-More EA9 HMI Series Panel Object List Alarms

The C-More HMI Panel software uses virtual components called Objects. These objects are programmable to simulate the functions that you require on your automation project. Pushbuttons, Switches, meters, and graphs are just a few of the objects that are available to you.
The Alarm List Objects include a variety of options to customize the display of alarms as a screen. This is in addition to the alarm banner at the bottom of the screen that shows the active alarms. We also have the Alarm Screen Style setting in Panel Manager.

We will now look at the object list alarms that we can use with our HMI panel. The alarm objects that are available on the C-More EA9 are Alarm List and Call Alarm Screen. Alarms are specified as an event in the C-More HMI panel. We will program both discrete (On/Off) and limits on a range for our event alarms. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Click PLC PID using Factory IO

A PID (Proportional, Integral, and Derivative) control is possible with the Click PLC. A sample program was written for this PLC by Bernie Carlton in the following thread from the Automation Direct Forum. This was based on the math/process presented by Tim Wescott on is paper titled PID without a Ph.D. We will be using this sample program along with a Factory IO scene to demonstrate PID control using our Click PLC.

Here are some references on PID control:
PID without a Ph.D. By Tim Wescott
Understanding PID in 4 minutes
PID Control – A brief introduction
PID Controllers Explained
Who Else Wants to Learn about On-Off and PID Control?
Our Factory IO scene will be controlling the level of water in a tank. PID will be used to maintain the level based on a dial pot knob on the control panel. We will also discuss the math that the PID loop uses. Let’s get started! Keep on Reading!