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Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers November 12th, 2013, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,573
Posted By tomalbright
Modbus is a standard protocol when you follow the...

Modbus is a standard protocol when you follow the bit patterns in the read/ write words. ;)

I've found it to be pretty much pot luck with each manufacturer. You have to experiment to find out...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers November 6th, 2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,238
Posted By tomalbright
There are vibration monitors you can get where...

There are vibration monitors you can get where you can set a level. On some on the pumps I've worked with, a 1 inch per second over a 5 second time works. It's much easier when you have a...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers November 4th, 2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,231
Posted By tomalbright
You have to know the K-factor of the meter. Raw...

You have to know the K-factor of the meter. Raw pulses are useless without a reference point. Usually they are in "so many pulses per gallon, BBL, etc".

The K-factor is usually on the meter, or...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers November 4th, 2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,078
Posted By tomalbright
Look at Advanced HMI, there's a thread on this...

Look at Advanced HMI, there's a thread on this site. It's free without the extras, and it works well and fast to install basic pages.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers October 4th, 2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,402
Posted By tomalbright
If you get the IO drawings and the specs for...

If you get the IO drawings and the specs for operation of the equipment you should be able to modify it, if not, write a new program. Get as much of the original documentation of the system you can...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers September 25th, 2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,019
Posted By tomalbright
Just a thought... I had a plc5 once that we were...

Just a thought... I had a plc5 once that we were using as a measurement system. We did some division to get time stamps. Apparently the plc had trouble with certain numbers and instead of a simple...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers August 28th, 2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 749
Posted By tomalbright
Don't forget that all RSL5000 timers are in...

Don't forget that all RSL5000 timers are in milliseconds. RSL500 lets you choose which timebase to use. Don't forget to "scale up". That's the biggest change in the timer scheme, to me at least.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers August 8th, 2013, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,741
Posted By tomalbright
We had a customer pay someone else about 6 grand...

We had a customer pay someone else about 6 grand for a remote monitoring installation. I went to check it out after it was installed, to put up antennas and make copies of the graphics and PLC...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 22nd, 2013, 05:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,932
Posted By tomalbright
In the tags, sort by alias. Look at the IO...

In the tags, sort by alias. Look at the IO cards, and the inputs that are tagged in them. When one isn't used, it isn't aliased. Period. If you have a system where somebody actually added all the...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 22nd, 2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,807
Posted By tomalbright
I get to be the old grouchy guy from what I'm...

I get to be the old grouchy guy from what I'm hearing. Actually it's a good thing. I can teach, but it's been so long I don't remember the basics as "basics". We're talking about making a...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 19th, 2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,929
Posted By tomalbright
Passwords are strange. I use the menu box in the...

Passwords are strange. I use the menu box in the title bar on Windowmaker. It's a little more user friendly. The login box uses those names. (WW 9.5)
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 16th, 2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,086
Posted By tomalbright
On the job experience beats a course any day of...

On the job experience beats a course any day of the week. Each company will have procedures that match or reflect the latest electrical code. Keep in mind, if you want to work on PLC systems, or...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 16th, 2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,086
Posted By tomalbright
I learned on the job. I have had no official...

I learned on the job. I have had no official training in instrumentation. Electrical is fairly easy for IE Techs - IF you don't run wire! Troubleshooting up to 480V systems is fairly easy. You...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 13th, 2013, 12:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 814
Posted By tomalbright
Goofy Wonderware printing issue

Wonderware prints fine - except for the alarm page. On the alarm page, it prints the top section, but none of the bypasses or out of services that follow.

What's interesting, it works on my...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers July 13th, 2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,086
Posted By tomalbright
I work offshore; however, I got here with loads...

I work offshore; however, I got here with loads of experience, mostly in PLCs and HMIs. My first job? I got sent to a pneumatic operated platform, and I had NO FREAKIN' IDEA what it was.

You...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers June 19th, 2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,943
Posted By tomalbright
FWIW, I had an older 7.1 Wonderware config I...

FWIW, I had an older 7.1 Wonderware config I tried to upgrade to 9.5. The older version somehow allowed a tag or name that it would not allow on upgrade. If this happens, you'll actually have to...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 26th, 2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,944
Posted By tomalbright
I love the comments on the rungs and bits! ...

I love the comments on the rungs and bits!

/criticism off.

Seriously, comments help.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 10th, 2013, 07:20 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 15,897
Posted By tomalbright
Well, as much as I like this site, coughing up 60...

Well, as much as I like this site, coughing up 60 bucks for a website membership isn't in my budget. I need to sell something on ebay or something to run up the $.

Happy hunting, Okie.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 8th, 2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,141
Posted By tomalbright
We get stuff out here all the time that has...

We get stuff out here all the time that has absolutely no place for a terminal strip. Granted, wire nuts are few and far between, but there is a place for them - low power, signal type stuff, or,...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 6th, 2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 15,897
Posted By tomalbright
THIS TIME! "No harm was done THIS TIME." ...

THIS TIME! "No harm was done THIS TIME." Clearly it was an unlocking violation. Make sure it doesn't happen to you again.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 5th, 2013, 01:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,638
Posted By tomalbright
GE Proficy has one of the best "F1" help sections...

GE Proficy has one of the best "F1" help sections I've ever seen.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 5th, 2013, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 693
Posted By tomalbright
Correct. The GE products are upgradable, but not...

Correct. The GE products are upgradable, but not downgradable. If you use a newer version, you must keep using that version, or a higher one.

Proficy is your best bet at this point. Pricy for...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 3rd, 2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,483
Posted By tomalbright
Put what you want in there. We use servers for...

Put what you want in there. We use servers for alarms, so we needed a message. If you don't need it, uncheck the box.

there is no "system comment". You have alarms or you don't. It's printing...
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 2nd, 2013, 07:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 15,897
Posted By tomalbright
Q: What's black and crispy and hangs from the...

Q: What's black and crispy and hangs from the ceiling?

A: An amateur electrician.

/end lighten up mode.
Forum: LIVE PLC Questions And Answers April 2nd, 2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 15,897
Posted By tomalbright
Don't forget to take your meds in the morning. ...

Don't forget to take your meds in the morning.

Remember Sapulpa. Or was it Sand Springs?

They may argue that you didn't use "their" locks. Regardless, a lock is a lock. Placed and...
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