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Hot Tips from Product Support: New Control and Display Examples

SUNY Manages Electrical Power for NY Farms

Focus on: SNAP TEX Breakout Boards with Fuses and Bussed Power

Hot Tips from PSG: New Control and Display Examples

PAC Project software suite

Opto 22's Product Support Group (PSG) develops some helpful tips as they work with customers who contact them for free product support.

In this tip, PSG engineers talk about new examples showing how to log system messages for easier troubleshooting.

The new Message Queue Logger example consists of a PAC Control (or ioControl) strategy and a PAC Display (or ioDisplay) project. It applies to both Basic and Professional versions 7.0 and higher. The example is installed with the PAC Project 8.2 or higher download; you can also download the Message Queue Logger example separately.

You can use the sample strategy and project as starting points for building your own, or you can incorporate the logic into an existing strategy and the historic logging into an existing project. Complete instructions are included in the zip file.

The controller’s message queue is an expanded version of what used to be called the controller’s error queue. The message queue contains error, warning, and informational messages, as well as any messages you want to add.

Logging all these messages to your computer’s hard drive as they occur provides a history of how your system runs under normal conditions. When problems arise, you'll have a history of normal messages as well as error messages to help troubleshoot.

IMPORTANT: To make sure that paths used in the sample strategy and project will work without modification, unzip the files and folders to the following location: C:\Program Files\Opto22\

Download the Message Queue Logger examples now.

Questions? Contact Product Support.

SUNY Manages Electrical Power for NY Farms

applesWhere have all the apples gone?

Farming in the state of New York has sharply decreased over the last several decades, and the high cost of energy is an important cause.

Our new case study tells how, thanks to an OptoGreen Grant, Professor Michael Otis of the State University of New York (SUNY), a team of his students, and The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) are addressing the problem.

The SNAP PAC System provided by the grant will monitor and control energy usage at a large apple farm in upstate New York.

Based on this collected data, solar and other alternative energy sources will be phased in as needed on the farm. The hope is that this example will demonstrate the viability of energy control and alternative energy for farm business operations in the state as a whole.

Read the case study.

Focus on: SNAP TEX Breakout Boards with Fuses and Bussed Power

SNAP-TEX-FB16-H breakout board

Give yourself more room to work!

Here are two new products that make wiring digital I/O easier—our SNAP TEX breakout boards with built-in fuses, fuse-blown indicators, and bussed power.

Each board wires 16 points of digital I/O to field devices. If you use digital I/O—especially if you have high point counts—take a look at these:

Both breakout boards work with SNAP 4-channel and high-density digital input and output modules and with SNAP TEX cables, both the odd-terminals-commoned SNAP-TEX-CBO6 and the straight-through-wiring SNAP-TEX-CBS6.

Read the SNAP TEX Cables and Breakout Boards Data Sheet.
Watch the SNAP TEX OptoMinute video.


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