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  2. Possibly the easiest location is this website: https://www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/download/cad/index.html You can get 2D and 3D CAD there for most of their PLCs, VFDs, Servo Products, HMIs, Robots, Breakers and more!
  3. Maybe you are new to Ethernet Networking or maybe you’ve been doing it for a while and you know how to get it to work but fumble most of the time before getting it right. Either way, this blog is intended to give a basic understanding of Ethernet networking. We won’t get into more advanced topics like VLANs and DMZ, and if you haven’t even heard those terms, that’s fine. This is meant as a beginners guide. So let’s get to it. Firstly, let’s talk about your address. No, I don’t mean your city and state or even your country. But instead your IP ADDRESS! IP is just the abbreviat
  4. Programmable controllers have come a long way in the past few years. And Mitsubishi's iQ-F line of PLCs is no exception - or maybe it is? PLC programmers are used to thinking about using large rack mount systems when they need a lot of processing power, and while that still remains true, the lower end has grown so much that applications we used to have to reach for larger and more expensive PLCs to accomplish can now be done in much lower cost units. For example Mitsubishi's FX5 (iQ-F) series PLCs. In the previous generation of hardware we had the FX3 series PLCs for small simple a
  5. A common question is how do I map the Modbus TCP registers into my PLC program from the Sick Flexi Soft Modbus Gateway? Using the FX3-GMOD gateway can be a little confusing because it can be handled multiple ways. The default will look something like this: Upon first glance it would look like the Input Data Set 1 would be in Holding Registers starting at 400001. However, this is not the case. When you look at the manual for the card you will find this: So if the PLC is requesting the data and the FX3-GMOD gateway is acting as a server, the device addressi
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    This example shows how easy it is to set up recipe files controlled by name without having to create a lookup table on the PLC. The recipe data is stored on an SD card in CSV format for easy offline viewing, editing, or sharing. It can be used on GT models with SD card readers and the GS models.
  7. Almost every week I support someone using Modbus communications in one form or another. And when I say one form or another, I truly mean that. Modbus is not a single protocol but a family of protocols. There’s Modbus ASCII, Modbus RTU, and Modbus TCP and maybe even more, but those are the ones I am most familiar with. I cannot say that I am a guru on Modbus, but I can certainly attest to dozens, if not hundreds of hours setting up and using this protocol. Mostly I have used it in two forms, Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP. For the rest of this article, I am going to be pulling information
  8. Innovative system brings the power of 3D inspections to In-Sight The In-Sight 3D-L4000 is a breakthrough in three-dimensional (3D) vision technology. This unique vision system combines 3D laser displacement technology with a smart camera allowing factory engineers to quickly, accurately, and cost effectively solve a wide variety of inspections. The patented speckle-free blue laser optics, an industry first, acquires high quality 3D images and on-board high-performance processing powers a comprehensive set of true 3D vision tools, without the need for external processing. 3D vision t
  9. Bryon - Your post on SFC programming is very concise and clear. Nicely done! I will be recommending this post to anyone programming on a new FX5U or FX5UC.
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  11. Often with new In-Sight Vision Systems or Vision Sensors, or ones that have been on the shop floor for a while, you find that you can't connect to the system. You may forget what the IP Address is of the camera, or if it's new it comes set to DHCP and you can't get connected. The steps below will help you get connected. We recommend in order to simplify the setup, use hard-wired Ethernet from your PC to a simple Ethernet Switch and nothing else. The reason for this is to make sure that we don't have any address conflicts and that simple communications can work. Do not use a router, or
  12. One thing to be aware of is that the FX5UJ series does not allow SFC. The FX5U and FX5UC PLCs do, but the FX5UJ does not.
  13. This is great new Bryon. We know so many customers that leverage SFC for more efficient programming. Having SFC available on the full range of FX5U PLCs is a powerful combination!
  14. As yet another example of the amazing flexibility and power that Mitsubishi’s iQ-F Controller, Mitsubishi has now added Sequential Function Chart programming to the FX5U and FX5UC compact, cost effective PLCs. If you have been a PLC programmer for a long time you have probably programmed in ladder logic, and most likely Function Block Diagram languages (FBD) which has also been called Structured Ladder programming. You might have even used Structured text (ST) programming. But have you ever tried SFC? If you have a project where the machine acts very sequentially, SFC can’t be beat for mak
  15. I'm interested in obtaining an instrument that will report a quantitative reading of the amount of UV dye in a grease. Is this an instrument you have?
  16. Thanks Al. It's not exactly the most complicated project but it was fun to show my son some real world engineering. He loves coming to the Gibson office (before covid) to see what we do, but this was hands on so he was excited it see something he put together do something.
  17. Thanks Frank. I'm still going to the office so no ambient hens as background noise on my phone calls. They are definitely better than roosters but the hens can get noisy so we've been giving the neighbors plenty of eggs, so no complaints yet.
  18. Wow Joe! This is a very fascinating story. I am impressed by the conviction to build a very high end chicken coop and automating it as well. This is what engineers are all about. It shows ingenuity and impressive resolve. Thanks for sharing...
  19. Joe, Your story is amazing and precisely what I needed in the midst of all the doom and gloom of our current COVID infested world. Since we are on the subject of chickens, I thought I would share a story. Last night my wife was having some issues getting one of the movie channels on our TV to work. She called technical support (which I suspect routed her to a phone center in the Philippines). The workers there, like so many of us, are working from home. Throughout the short phone call, we could hear chickens in the background. Now to my question for you: Are the people phoni
  20. Thanks Sonya. We have some friends that want chickens in the spring. In that case the eggs will come first...we are going to buy some fertilized eggs and let our chickens raise them.
  21. This is what happens when your requirements are perfectly balanced between innovation, customer focus, and Dad vibes. 😂 Well done Joe, thanks for sharing!
  22. A great story with even greater pictures! You can finally answer the age-old question because at your house the Chickens came first, and the eggs after!
  23. Advanced warning, this may not be the most professional or business-centric blog post for Gibson Engineering's Support Community. I wanted to share an automation application and the associated story that may entertain some of our readers. Earlier in the year, as we went into coronavirus quarantine and our kids were sent home from school, my wife decided it was a great time to get chickens. I've shrugged off this idea for a couple of years now. However, I came home one night to three excited children making chicken noises before informing me about the "family decision" they had made that
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