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Old 12-04-2010, 02:58 AM   #1
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I happened to run into one of the executives at the pisser today - which happens quite often - and this guy has always been quite intrigued by my brewing hobby. Today I told him I want to eventually automate the brewery (long way to go!) and he asked if I need a PLC. Well...sure I do! So he gave me this:



Yes, it's enough I/O to automate my entire home but GDAM I'm stoked! It has relay outputs, analog inputs and he even threw in a USB\VGA screen interface (not a touchscreen, might not be able to do what I want but it's) for free. More than what I need I/O wise...With 2 weeks off this winter I think I have a new project...

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Old 12-04-2010, 03:37 AM   #2
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I happened to run into one of the executives at the pisser today - which happens quite often - and this guy has always been quite intrigued by my brewing hobby. Today I told him I want to eventually automate the brewery (long way to go!) and he asked if I need a PLC. Well...sure I do! So he gave me this:



Yes, it's enough I/O to automate my entire home but GDAM I'm stoked! It has relay outputs, analog inputs and he even threw in a USB\VGA screen interface (not a touchscreen, might not be able to do what I want but it's) for free. More than what I need I/O wise...With 2 weeks off this winter I think I have a new project...
Next time you run into him in the little boys room ask him if there is anyone who can help you write the software (only if you don't know how to already).
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:45 AM   #3
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Looks like a pretty decent Allen Bradley SLC 500 series you got there. Just make sure the battery is good or you will kick yourself later ;-)

We are getting ready to upgrade some of our lines to newer controllers, so there will be a few 500s floating around..hehehe

Have fun with the programming!


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Old 12-04-2010, 06:55 PM   #4
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I plugged her in today and everything seems to be in good condition. The BATT LED did not turn on which means the battery is OK. It's a little surprising to me though.

The programming is part of what I do at work so that's not a problem. There's more than enough IO so I'm thinking I might sell some of the extra cards for some cash to start upgrading the brewery.

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Nice fricking score.

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Thanks IP. Your a fellow PLC guy too, right?

Any ideas where I should start? I was looking and I could probably make about $400 by selling the extra cards that I wouldnt need. Not sure though...I may want to save them for future use.

Where should I start? My current system consists of a 5gal and 10gal cooler and a 10gal BK. I heat with a burner and have a pump for transferring. I think I obviously need to migrate to electric but what do you all think is the best\most logical way to move forward? I dont have a lot of $$ to sink into this thing at once so a slow progression is what I'm thinking.

BTW...even though this thing has sat for at least 3 years the battery is still good!

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Yea nice score Ive been eye balling a few old ones that came out of some old MCP's from an expansion project we just did at work a few months ago. The slick 500's have proven well only issues Ive encountered were with control net redundancy modules (which doesn't matter for you)...

Other than that you have a way overkill device for homebrewing HA.

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Yeah, pretty sad when the redundancy cards are the main failing point of a redundant system. The ConrolLogix systems have redundancy down pretty good though.

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Yeah, pretty sad when the redundancy cards are the main failing point of a redundant system. The ConrolLogix systems have redundancy down pretty good though.
Yea our last issues actually turned out to be the power supply. For some reason it would drop power for a spit second, enough to fault it.

Just out of curiosity what do yall use your plc's for?

I work at Delta so ours are for our new style Jetways and Bagrooms.
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