Monthly Archives: December 2018

iX 2.40 SP1 – Taking your EXTER/E1000 applications to the next level.

Beijer Electronics is proud to present iX HMI software version 2.40 SP1 offering a powerful conversion tool to upgrade EXTER/E1000 applications to iX and modern X2 series operator panels, along with other minor improvements.

The EXTER/E1000 operator panels are end-of-life and with the release of iX 2.40 SP1 we help customers set a successful strategy to secure applications created in Information Designer and E-Designer. The powerful conversion tool of iX enables customers to reuse their applications to the greatest extent in iX Developer and on modern X2 operator panels, with the best result and a minimum of work.

The conversion tool in iX 2.40 SP1 supports:

  • Resize & aspect ratio option lets you determine whether an application should be scaled, and aspect ratio locked.
  • Function key templates enables an X2 panel to have a similar user interface as a key panel but realized in a touch panel. The function key templates automatically add objects for navigating/controlling the application and emulate function keys, LEDS and text strips.
  • Key field objects can now be converted directly to iX Developer eliminating the need to add key field objects manually afterwards.
  • Log messages gives a clear overview of the conversion status.
  • Index registers are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer.
  • Data types are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer.
  • Scaled datatypes of scaled INT tags are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer with the original settings.
  • INT tags are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer.
  • Function key macros are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer. 

Other improvements in iX 2.40 SP1:

  • Improved database back-up and restore actions.
  • Consolidation of four data base backup actions into one user-friendly action.
  • The .NET Framework is upgraded to version 4.7.2.
  • Minor general bug fixes.

Learn more about iX here.

Click here to download iX 2.40 SP1 and try the software.


Beijer Electronics launches Nexto Xpress compact controller

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Beijer Electronics is proud to present the new Nexto Xpress compact controller enabling Industry 4.0 applications via its built-in OPC UA interface providing effective communication and interaction with other technical systems.

Nexto Xpress applications are created using CODESYS, the leading hardware-independent IEC 61131-3 development tool on the market supporting all IEC 61131-3 programming languages, complete with online debugging and monitoring, online changes, offline simulation, symbolic variables, system diagnostics and global variable lists.

Nexto Xpress applications are created using CODESYS, the leading hardware-independent IEC 61131-3 development tool on the market supporting all IEC 61131-3 programming languages, complete with online debugging and monitoring, online changes, offline simulation, symbolic variables, system diagnostics and global variable lists.

Nexto Xpress has great communications skills offering an Ethernet port for programming and MODBUS TCP Client/Server and OPC DA/OPC UA communication, a serial port for RS-485 with MODBUS RTU Master/Slave communication and a CANopen communication port featured on the largest model.

Learn more about Nexto Xpress here.


Introducing Pak/iQ to Boost Intelligence of Smart Packaging Machines

Responding to end user needs to rapidly adjust to changing consumer demands and OEM requirements to incorporate the latest technologies into their machines, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., introduces Pak/iQ™ to solve the challenges of both customer segments in the packaging industry. Pak/iQ is a comprehensive portfolio of packaging products designed to improve the performance and lower the total cost of deploying smart packaging machines.

The foundation of Pak/iQ is Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ platform – a modular programmable automation controller that combines several automation disciplines into a single, simplified architecture. Designed to provide superior OEM productivity and machine performance, Mitsubishi Electric’s portfolio of products and value-add solutions include pre-configured diagnostic and maintenance screens, pre-configured operator screens and a pre-engineered application code library for faster designs. Pak/iQ is ideal for bottling, pillowing and wrapping machines to reduce unscheduled downtime and increase production. 

Key benefits of Pak/iQ include:

  • Highly integrated automation:  controls and robotics coordinate seamlessly 
  • Superior machine performance:  high response, high accuracy and fully synchronized servo motion control maximize productivity
  • Reduced development time and improved production quality:  validated function blocks, sample programs and HMI templates are available for most cut-and-seal applications
  • Easy setup and reliable tuning:  machine learning algorithms allow quick and dynamic optimization of the mechanical system 
  • Secure remote access:  allows real-time machine status check and operation from any location
  • Single software environment:  user-friendly experience with fully integrated PLC and motion configuration, programming and diagnostics

By offering a single solution to end users and OEMs in the packaging industry, we not only provide the latest technology and best-in-breed products, we offer the convenience of a single-source supplier, resulting in better inter-connectivity in the system configuration,” said Elaine Wang, product marketing engineer for servo and motion control, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “For example, the vibration suppression capabilities of our servo amplifiers allow for faster production due to reduction in unintentional movement in the mechanical components of the machine.”

“Pak/iQ will be particularly welcomed by our OEM customers who want to improve packaging machine innovation for their end user customers,” said Lee Cheung, product marketing engineer for controller and visualization, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “OEMs will be able to reduce machine development time because of the seamless inter-connectivity of machine components and the ability to reuse existing engineering program code for variations of similar processes.” 

Details about Pak/iQ are available at the Mitsubishi Electric Automation packaging microsite at https://mitsubishipackaging.com.  Visitors to the microsite can also download white papers on the latest technology trends in packaging. 


Introducing Handheld Models For GOT2000 Series HMI

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Making it easier than ever for machine operators and maintenance personnel to monitor and control machine components, Mitsubishi Electric Automation introduces handheld models for its GOT2000 Series, a human machine interface (HMI) that optimizes operator control and monitoring of device and line status. The GT25 Handy GOT, a portable interface offered in both 5.7-inch and 6.5-inch models, connects to industrial automation devices, including programmable logic controllers (PLC), variable frequency drives, servos and temperature controllers. 

The handheld HMI displays information on a high resolution VGA touchscreen and allows operators to easily carry it with one hand. While its compact design allows operators to work wherever they can best observe physical machine changes, the GT25 Handy GOT provides powerful functionality.  

“Freedom of movement allows users to take the HMI around the machine and make changes or monitor status from a convenient location, which is a huge benefit for maintenance personnel and machine operators in a variety of industries, especially automotive,” stated Lee Cheung, product marketing engineer, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “The GT25 Handy GOT is an external connection interface, so it can be easily connected or removed as needed.”

The GT25 Handy GOT can be used in any application that involves local setup, operation, monitoring and maintenance of system components from a graphical interface in which mobility is required.  It can also be used as a teach pendant for robots. Multiple safety and security measures, such as an emergency stop switch and an enable switch keep the operator safe in case of emergency.

Additional information on the GT25 Handy GOT is available at https://us.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en/products/visualization/human-machine-interfaces-hmis-got/got2000-series/handy-got/gt25-handy-overview