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Old 04-25-2013, 05:23 PM
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iFix 5.1, MBE 7.42b, Eurotherm 6180A

Hello,

I am trying to get a couple chart recorders talking to iFix. According to the Statistic tab, both are communicating "good" with no overruns, timeouts, retries, etc.

On the Eurotherm 6180A recorder, the problem is the data I am receiving doesn't seem to match up with what should be there. For example, on channel 1, the PV is approx. 18gpm, yet the data I am collecting at the MBE powertool is 12127, decimal.

I am using 41433 as the starting address and the address length is 100. When I use the Data Monitor function, is see mostly 65535. None of the data varies, which is what I would expect if I was actually reading from the recorder, as it varies locally on screen.

Swap bytes, words, and long words are unchecked. I am using 5-digit, 0-15 addressing. Accepting unsolicited messages. Multiple coil and register writes are checked. Mask register writes is checked (default). I have played around with the setting and while the data I receive back does change, it still doesn't vary as I would expect if I was actually reading live data. And, out of 100 address lengths, I see maybe two or 3 consecative sections showing something other than 65535, which doesnt seem right because all 48 channels have process variables that hover around mid-range (25 gpm for odd channels 1-48, 60 degrees for even channels 1-48).

Also, for 32-bit channels, the addressing starts at 63683, but for some reason the MBE Powertool will not accept this for an address. It says it is out of range. I can't seem to input an address over 49000, actually. So there's that too.

I have a Yokogawa GP10 recorder talking MBE to iFix, currently. And other than I cannot seem to get a decimal point out of it (24.15 volts shows up as 2415.00), it seems to be working ok with all the default settings being used. (16bit, 40001 address). So I am not sure why this other recorder won't talk to iFix.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.>)

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Old 04-26-2013, 08:15 AM
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I think you will need to use 6-digit addressing to read an address like 63683. The address 49000 is address type 4, register 9000. I think 409000 in 6-digit mode is exactly the same as 49000 in 5-digit. Newer equipment now has more than 9999 addresses so the addressing has changed to 6-digit.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:27 AM
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Thanks for the reply.>)

Any idea how it should be formatted for 63683? Should I use 603683 then for 6-digit addressing of the 32-bit channels?
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:35 AM
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Even I had faced same problem working with Eurotherm few years back. I just used CA in iFIX. If there are any other Ideas will be good.
Just try with OPC & check.
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:30 AM
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I've never used that device before but I would guess that if the register number is 63683 then the address in the driver should be 463683. The 4 just indicates that it is an address of type 4, i.e. a holding register.
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check with the point run time data addresses,you can find in manual,i have worked on eurotherm 6180A about 10 days and finally it got communicated.plz check with modscan or modpoll software first.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:05 PM
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Thanks everyone for the advice. We finally got it fixed.

1.) we had to use 6-digit instead of 5-digit addressing
2.) instead of the default 40####, we used 44####
3.) we had to shift the address up by one bit

The original address was 41433. We had to change that to 441433 and shift it up by one bit to 441434 before it would talk. 441433 would cause it to say "Bad, Device Failure".

I'm using 2 decimal places on the recorder. The information is coming across as 2415.00 instead of 24.15 so I have to figure out which Signal Conditioning to use. Anyone know? Thanks again.>)
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You can use the "Linear Scaling" properties of the tag to achieve the decimals. Make the Raw values 100 times the Scale values for 2 decimals.
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