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  1. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. For questions regarding product selection and availability, please reach out to insidesales@gibsonengineering.com or call us at the number below. Address: 90 Broadway, Norwood, Massachusetts 02062 Phone: (781) 769-3600 Fax: (781) 769-8455
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Color Inspection comes to the ViDi Platform Cognex has announced the release of Color cameras for use with its ViDi Deep Learning platform. If you haven't been keeping up with Deep Learning in Machine Vision, this is huge news. Not very long ago Deep Learning and neural networks were limited to lab use or very large complex systems. But now you can train complex applications and deploy them on Smart Cameras on your product line to perform inspections that were never possible with traditional rules based machine vision. Read the blog here at Cognex "5 Inspections Made Possible
  11. Wow, October got away from me. I don't know about you, but things are still moving fast and completing new projects is taking longer than usual right now. But that's where having options and other resources can be a great help. Did you know that Gibson Engineering has been running a Panelshop for decades? That's right, we have a group dedicated to custom panel work. We do everything from kitting, to small assembly work, to custom electrical enclosure, to large multi-bay control enclosures. We even do full Automation Cells. With an Engineering staff of 10 people, and a crew of highly
  12. With GOT1000 and GOT2000 series HMI's when you open GT Designer 3 software, (purchased as GT Works3 package) if you go to the Help menu and click Manual List it will open a PDF that lists all the various manuals for programming GOT terminals. In this PDF is a list of "GOT2000 Series Connection Manuals" that describe how to configure both your HMI and your PLC. The first one in the list is for connecting your Mitsubishi PLC to your MItsubishi GOT. In the bookmarks section of the GOT2000 Series Connection Manual (Mitsubishi Electric Products) there are sections for eve
  13. Very interesting post Batu, thank you! I will add that Gibson Engineering has seen an upswing in requests for custom training during this unprecedented time. We are doing more training than ever and helping to educate both new and experienced employees. I believe some of the increase has been because of the slow down, but I also think companies are seeing the value in the up-skilling that you mention. As terrible as this has been, I'm left optimistic and even somewhat excited to see where this takes manufacturing in the coming months and years.
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    The attached file shows how to connect a Cognex InSight Vision System to an FX3 series PLC with the left side adapter Ethernet card using SLMP or SLMP Scanner communications. It only shows the configuration steps. It does not describe the use of the Control or Status Blocks, that can be found in the InSight help files. This provides connection details only.
  15. Okay - this is tough because it depends on how you are connecting on your PC side and how you are connecting on your PLC side, and new products get added and things change, but here's a general summary. Generally speaking this can be simplified: If you are on a PLC from the last 5-10 years (it's 2020 now) then mini-USB is probably available on the PLC, if mini-USB is not available, then Ethernet is with the exception of the FX3U and the Alpha. So this includes FX3S, FX3G, L Series, Q Series and R Series released in the last 10 years If you are working with an FX1S, FX1N, FX2N
  16. While this doesn't cover absolutely everything this is a good start at a listing of the most common batteries needed for Mitsubishi PLCs.
  17. A very common question is "what software do I need to purchase to program my PLC?". Luckily with Mitsubishi, the answer is simple. GX Works3. As of the release of the iQ-F (FX5) and iQ-R series PLCs, Mitsubishi released their newest programming platform, GX Works3. And the best part is, when you buy it, you get the two previous programming platforms with it. You also get GX Works2 and GX Developer, all for one price and the price is the same as GX Works2 was, so you are paying the same as you used to and you are getting 3 packages. So which package do you need for which PLC?
  18. Download and install the the version of InSight Explorer that matches the firmware on your camera. https://support.cognex.com/en/downloads/in-sight/software-firmware If you are unsure which version you need, get the latest and greatest, then you can use it to determine what firmware you are running and therefore what version of software you should be running as the two should always match. After installing InSight Explorer, you will need to get your Emulator License: Open InSight Explorer Using the pull-down menu at the top: -> System -> Options From the di
  19. Picking the right actuator and determining the pitch required to meet cycle times and carry the desired load can be tricky at times, but not if you are using IAI actuators. By using the cycle time calculators created by Intelligent Actuator which can be found on their website linked below, you can quickly and easily figure out the right actuator for your application. https://www.intelligentactuator.com/cycle-time-calculation-software/
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    The attached file discusses the difference between Sinking and Sourcing, NPN and PNP and Relay outputs. It also includes wiring diagrams and background information into solid state devices like diodes, bipolar junction transistors and how these devices work. If you want an intro into transistor theory and to understand the differences between sinking/sourcing or NPN/PNP, this is the document for you.
  21. Typically when setting up most industrial devices for the first time on your network, you need to configure your PC for a Static IP Address. There are many websites out there that can walk you through this, but this one from Microsoft should be kept current. You can select your OS from the top and get specific instructions: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15089/windows-change-tcp-ip-settings This will cover Windows 7, 8 and 10. Make sure to expand the section on specifying the IPv4 settings manually for Windows 10. There are also a lot of good res
  22. Mitsubishi CC-Link networks have grown substantially over the past decade and it’s no wonder that there is some confusion on the various versions. This blog is to give a quick overview and hopefully clear up some of what can be rather muddy waters. Let’s start with what CC-Link is: CC-Link is a FAMILY of protocols created and maintained by the CC-Link Partner Association (https://www.cc-link.org/) Very much like other industrial communication protocols, it is used to communicate between industrial devices. CC-Link is also an open standard meaning that it is not controlled by Mitsu
  23. Following on the heels of my blog about Ethernet Protocols, I think it’s worth discussing System Architecture and Equipment Requirements. Over the past several years I’ve been on what I consider the wrong end of system architecture gone wrong and had to help people work their way out of a tough spot on a more than one occasion. And the reason that the architecture has gone wrong is usually the same: either lack of equipment requirements or poorly written equipment requirements. So what do I mean when I talk about System Architecture? Simply put System Architecture is defined by the maj
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    The attached file is includes GOT project files, PLC project files and a writeup on how to control your Mecademic Meca 500 from a Mitsubishi FX5 (iQ-F) PLC using the built-in front ethernet port. This could be ported for use with an L, Q or iQ-R PLC with minimal effort. This is a newer version of the function block for Meca 500 running v8.1 Firmware. It adds some new functionality and updates previous functions to work correctly with the new firmware.
  25. Not that long ago, Ethernet wasn’t common on PLCs and other industrial devices. Even 10 years ago you often had to buy a separate option card to add Ethernet to your PLC. But now it has become ubiquitous and with it has come a plethora of terminology and misunderstanding. I often hear customers ask, “does this PLC support Ethernet communications?” Unfortunately, the answer for most current PLCs is yes. Why is this an unfortunate answer? The problem is Ethernet is not a communications standard, and it is not even a hardware standard. So, what is Ethernet and what do I mean when I
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