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Node-RED Modbus TCP Handling Errors


Node-RED Modbus TCP can recover from communication errors automatically. Options are available to you the programmer to continue the Node-RED flow upon detection of these errors.

Broken Ethernet cable, Modbus Server power, and Node-RED Client offline are just a few of the errors that can occur on the industrial plant floor. Our Node-RED program must account for and be tested for each of these conditions.
We will be communicating Modbus TCP (Ethernet) to our Click Plus PLC. Using the catch node we will detect and display errors that may occur. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Waveshare USB to Serial PC Installation


We will be installing an industrial USB to RS485 converter on our computer. The Waveshare USB to serial port is a 2-wire USB to RS-485 serial communication adapter for RS485 use. It does not require an external power supply or complicated configuration.

It has a Type A (plug) USB connector for the computer side and screw terminals for the RS485 connections. This is an industrial USB to RS485 converter that has an FT232RL chip inside. It features embedded protection circuits such as lightning-proof, resettable fuse, ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection, and TVS (Transient Voltage Suppression) diode, etc. All of these features are packed within a small form size.

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We will be installing the driver for this USB to serial converter and connecting it to our computer. Node-RED will be used to communicate Modbus RS485 protocol to a Solo process temperature controller. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Install Node-RED on Raspberry Pi 4


We will now be installing Node-RED on a Raspberry Pi 4 single-board computer. A static IP address will also be given for both the WiFi and Ethernet connections.
Install Node-RED on Raspberry Pi 4
The Raspberry Pi has quickly become a fixture in the industrial environment when utilizing the internet of things. (IoT) We will be utilizing this low-cost computer to poll and log information from our PLCs using Modbus and MQTT protocols. Node-RED will be the IoT enabling software that will allow us to utilize this hardware.
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Let’s get started with installing Node-RED and setting up a fixed IP address on our Raspberry Pi 4 computer. Continue Reading!

Node-RED SQL Database Log – Modbus Logging


Node-RED can easily log data to a database. SQL (Structured Query Language) can be used to communicate to a SQL database. Databases separate analysis from the data unlike spreadsheets like Excel. The database is designed to hold more information than spreadsheets and allow multiple users to access the information.
Node-RED SQL Database Log - Modbus Logging
We will be creating an SQLite SQL database. SQLite Studio will be used to design the structure of the database. (Tables) Installing the node-red-sqlite-node palette will allow us to log the information from our Solo process temperature controller, Click PLC, and dashboard variables. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Node-RED User Interface – Dashboards


Node-RED can easily display interactive information to the user or operator using a web browser on your phone, tablet, or computer. Any device that has access to the network in which node-red is running.
We will be installing the node-red-dashboard palette. This allows us to create a live data dashboard user interface. (UI)
Node-RED User Interface - Dashboards
The information from our Solo process temperature controller will be displayed. Setpoint information can be set either by the dashboard UI or the Click analog input signal. This will be selected via the user interface. Let’s get started using Node-RED Dashboards. Continue Reading!