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Technical support / Re:SetDimmer
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:57:56 AM »

Thanks for the reply.  I went back to the "SetDimmer" Help screens and finally noticed the asterisk...

*{Applicable only to F-series PLC}

I'll pay more attention next time.

I've got 2 Omron proportional SSR's on order now.  I've also got a RS485 controller light dimmer that I bought a couple of months ago for a backup.  Good for 240VAC, single phase at 16 amps.  It's called a RS485 Leading Edge Dimmer and is made by Krida Electronics.  Gonna wire it up today and see how that works with my 2000 watt IR element.  Only problem is it's size.  At 3.2 x 5.1 x 2.5, it's much bigger than a SSR.  As usual my 5 lb bag already has about 9.5 lb of crap in it.  Aah, that's why they call it Development.

Thanks again,
Neal Cooper

Technical support / SetDimmer
« on: February 16, 2018, 01:05:09 PM »
Help.  I am trying to vary the output of an infrared heating element and it looks like the SetDimmer function might work for that application.  I'm coming out of Output 8 of an FMD88-10, to a SSR, then to the quartz element.  I've created a Function Block with the command "SetDimmer, 4, A" where A = DM[1].  DM[1] varies form 0 to 156 and is controlled by a slider bar on my HMI.  I've tried different ladder and Function Block configurations, but cannot seem to get anything to work.  Output 8 never turns on, no matter what the value of DM[1].

The i-Trilogi Help says SetDimmer "will send a short trigger pulse to the SSR to turn it on".  So, that means, SetDimmer needs to be inside a loop??

I've searched the Forum for "SetDimmer" and found nothing. (Does nobody use this Function??) Can someone please provide some ladder and/or Function Block code that shows how SetDimmer is supposed to work?  Do I need a zero-crossing SSR for SetDimmer to work?

Many thanks,
Neal Cooper ???

Technical support / Change TimerSV with Wientek MT8050iE
« on: October 20, 2017, 09:28:13 AM »
I am using an FMD88-10 and Weintek HMI MT8050iE in an oven application. I have the HMI programmed so the operator can monitor and change the SetPoint Temperature, Actual Temperature, conveyor speed and the condition of various fans.  Changing those values from the HMI is relatively easy since I'm only dealing with integer and Data Memory variables.  But, I have 3 heating elements that operate for different times.  They all turn on together, but turn off at different times. Currently I use the TimerSV that is assigned to each Timer when it's created in i-Trilogi.

I want to have the ability to change the TimerSV from the HMI.  I assume I need to use the SetTimerSV function.  However, according to the TL6 Reference Manual "the new S.V. are only stored on RAM-shadowed CPU flash memory and is normally volatile unless..."  OK, requires an extra step to write the data to CPU flash memory.  No big deal.    However, I get a bit nervous when I read things like "Programmer should therefore use this command sparingly".

On the HMI I would also like to have a "CANCEL" and "SAVE" button to give the operator the option to save the new S.V. values or abort the action.  Pressing the "SAVE" button could trigger a Special Function in the PLC to write new values to the TimerSV.  Can the "CANCEL" feature be implemented entirely in the HMI?
Is there and easier (better?) way to change the SV of a timer from the HMI than using the SetTimerSV function?  According to the Comments in Section 12.73 of the TL6 Reference Manual a "TBASIC custom function can start a timer by setting it's TIMERPV[] variable to any integer value between -1 (reset timer) and 9999 so it is not necessary to change the timer S.V."  Really?  How does that work?  Examples?

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