Maintaining and upgrading legacy systems is one of the most difficult challenges industrial and manufacturing managers face today. Constant technological change often weakens the business value of legacy systems, which have been developed over the years through huge investments. Managers struggle with the problem of modernizing these systems while keeping their functionality intact. Despite their obsolescence, legacy systems continue to provide a competitive advantage through supporting unique industrial processes. Routine checks allow for preventative maintenance, and for replacement parts to be ordered before they are desperately needed. Here at MRO Electric and Supply, we stock a large number of classic and legacy products which can be shipped in record time.
Legacy Systems: IoT
When new technologies arise, engineers simply cannot uproot existing systems. However, some legacy controls can be connected to the Internet of Things. This allows for a high level of data acquisition which can be stored, processed, and analyzed. Several IoT products can also support remote monitoring and control. Many Modicon Quantum Series products have an Ethernet port that allows for this upgraded connectivity. However, not every legacy system has these capabilities.
Legacy Systems: Security
Targeted attacks on industrial systems always remain a threat as our society plows forward into the computer-driven Information Age. Securing legacy systems that were designed to communicate point to point is a enormous challenge. Many of these older systems were installed pre-internet era, are not designed for connectivity, and have no means of authenticated commands that are received. System interruptions for security updates can be difficult and costly, and downtime is expensive. It is always a challenge to find ways to increase security for legacy systems. One important tip is to always keep the software for connected legacy systems updated with the most current version.
Legacy Systems: Looking Forward
Although replacement supplies and remanufactured parts can be ordered for many years to come, it is important to keep in mind that no legacy system will last forever. In this current sluggish world economy, often the best answer is a well-planned, slow and steady upgrade.
If you need a replacement part for any of your industrial classic or legacy systems, please email sales@MROElectric.com or call 1-800-691-8511.
The UNI3404 is available with a number of option modules, which increase its flexibility and make it suitable for a very wide range of applications. These modules are briefly described in the following paragraphs. For full details refer to UNI3404 manual that is supplied with each of them. The modules are in two physical formats and are known as Large Option Modules (LOM) and Small Option Modules (SOM). Each Undrive may be fitted with one LOM and one SOM.
Unidrive UNI3404 Large Option Modules
UD78 High Precision Analog Input Module. (LOM):
This module provides the following features: a) Infinite resolution analog input for precision speed and position control. Large Option Module Small Option Module 1. Introduction 11 b) RS485 communication port. c) Back up supply connector (requires user provided 24VDC) to maintain power to the drive control circuits and encoder feedback when the 3 phase input to the drive is disconnected.
UD70 Co-Processor Module (LOM)
The UD70 is an Intel 960 based co processor module that allows the user to write programs in both IEC1131 ladder / Function Block Diagram and Drive Programming Language (DPL) to provide 1.5 axis motion control and sequence control. This is accomplished using the SyPT programming tool on a PC. The module is fitted with an RS232 programming port for this purpose. It also has an RS485 port for general use and this supports the ANSI protocol as a slave or master controller and ModBus RTU as a slave only.
UD71 Serial Communications Module (LOM)
The UD71 provides simple serial communication and has both RS232 and RS485 ports.
UD73 Profibus Interface Module (LOM)
The UD73 provides full UD70 co-processor functionality and additionally allows the drive to be connected to a Profibus DP network running at speeds up to 1.5 Mbaud.
UD74 Interbus-S Interface Module (LOM)
The UD74 provides full UD70 co-processor functionality and additionally allows the drive to be connected to an Interbus-S network at a fixed data rate of 500 Kbaud.
UD75 CTNet Interface Module (LOM)
The UD75 provides full UD70 co-processor functionality and additionally allows connection to a CTNet nework. CTNet is Control Techniques fully de-centralized peer to peer fieldbus. This allows implementation of a fully distributed control system with no central PLC controller required.
UD76 Modbus Plus Interface Module (LOM)
The UD76 provides full UD70 co-processor functionality and additionally allows connection to a Modbus Plus network.
UD77 DeviceNet interface module (LOM)
The UD77 provides full UD70 co-processor functionality and additionally allows connection to a DeviceNet network.
CAN interface module
This is based on the UD77 hardware but has different firmware to allow the user to communicate through the CAN physical layer but using his own protocol written using the SyPT toolkit.
CanOpen interface module
This is based on the UD77 hardware but the firmware is changed so that the network uses the CanOpen protocol.
Unidrive UNI3404 Small Option Modules
UD50 Extended I/O module
This module provides the following additional I/O capability:
a) qty. 3, 24VDC digital inputs.
b) qty. 3, dual function (user selectable) 24VDC digital inputs / outputs. Rated at 30mA when configured as outputs.
c) qty. 2, 10 bit plus sign analog inputs +10 to –10VDC
d) qty. 1, analog output +10 to –10VDC.
Second encoder module In servo mode this provides the drive with the following additional capabilities:
a) Allows use of a second incremental encoder as a master reference input for digital lock, Electronic Gear box and camming functions.
b) Alternatively the UD51 may be configured for frequency and direction input to be used as the drive speed reference.
UD52 Sin/Cos encoder module
The UD52 allows a servomotor fitted with a sin/cos encoder to be used. This provides an interpolated resolution of up to 1,048,576 ppr when used with a 512 pulse sin cos encoder and also allows use of an optional 4096 revolution absolute encoder. The Unimotor is available with these encoders fitted as a standard option.
UD53 Resolver Module
The UD53 allows use with a servomotor having resolver feedback. This is much more rugged than an encoder and therefore suitable for use in harsh environments. The UD53 can operate with resolver having either 2:1 or 3:1 turns ratio (primary : secondary)
UD55 Cloning Module
The cloning module is intended to make it possible to copy up to 8 different parameter sets and subsequently load any of these onto another drive. It is useful in a production environment when many drives have to be set up with the same parameters. Unlike the other small option modules it is not normally left permanently installed in a drive.
With some simple UNI2403 11kw configuration the drive can be used as an AC Regenerative Unit, also known as a Regen Drive. In the case of a drive operating in Regen mode, the IGBT bridge is used as a sinusoidal rectifier, which converts the AC supply to a controlled DC voltage. This DC voltage can then be used to supply one or more Unidrives which control motors, commonly known as motoring drives.
A regen drive produces PWM output voltage which has a sinusoidal fundamental at an amplitude and phase which are almost the same as those of the AC supply voltage. The difference between the drive PWM line voltage and the supply voltage occurs across the Regen drive’s inductors.
There are a number of possible options available when designing a Unidrive Regen system depending on the user requirements and the nature of the AC supply. Non standard systems can be created where favourable supply conditions exist, allowing cost and space savings to be achieved by reducing the number of components.
A Unidrive can be used as a sinusoidal input current power unit to supply one or more Unidrives via their DC buses. When this mode is selected as the drive type, menu 15 appears. This menu is used to set up the Unidrive. At the same time, menu 0 defaults to showing Pr 15.01 to Pr 15.13 as Pr0.11 to Pr 0.28.
You can check out our previous blog post on the UNI2403 manual and UNI2403-r manual here with additional setup info. To get a UNI2403 price quote or for ordering info you can call 1-800-691-8511 or email email@example.com.
The UNI3405 Unidrive is part of the Classic Unidrive series. Control Techniques introduced the Unidrive Classic around 1993 in Europe and approximately 1995 in the Americas. Because the Unidrive Classic ran simple Open Loop, Closed Loop Vector, and Servo motor applications as well as offering a Regen mode, the UNI3405 found its way into a great many industrial applications, from simple to quote complex. Visit our website to checkout all of our Control Techniques products.
Due to its status as a legacy product, the UNI3405 is becoming available only in limited quantities.
The UNI3405 contains approximately 500-600 parameters that help machine manufacturers achieve the desired functionality for a certain machine requirement. Some applications may require 20-30 or more parameters to be changed from the drives factory default settings. Should drive replacement become necessary, one must have a complete and accurate list of these parameters so that the original functionality can be restored. If you do not have a list of the required parameters, one could copy down these parameters manual. This is assuming that the drive still works enough to power the display, and even then the manual copying of parameters is tedious and error prone.
The UD75 CTnet Interface card for the Unidrive Classic series is supplied in a large option module. It is an add-on card for the UD70 applications card. The UD70 processor and operating system handles all network activity, and uses a dual-port RAM interface to transfer data between itself and the drive.
The UD70 CTnet retains full functionality, allowing the user to download normal DPL application programs. No program modifications are required to allow existing DPL programs to run. A different UD70 operating system file (“UD70NET.SYS”) is used, and the UD70 has this system file pre-loaded.
The Unidrive must be disconnected from the mains supply before installing or removing any option module, including the UD75.
Isolate the drive from the mains supply and allow 5 minute for the DC bus capacitors to discharge. Insert the large option module. Ensure that it is correctly inserted. The module will click firmly into place. To remove the module, pull on the black tab and the module will disengage from the connector and pull out of the drive.
For more info you can visit the UD75 product page here. For price and ordering info you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-691-8511. We have these and all the other Unidrive Classic option modules in stock, along with the drives themselves.
The Control Techniques UNI1405 Unidrive is a 5hp, 9.5A AC drive with a peak output of 9.6kHz. All of the Unidrives have a built-in encoder port which is ready to accept motor rotational feedback after installation. There are three option modules available to compliment or extend the range of motor speed / position feedback capabilities. For additional info about the UNI1405 manual programming of the option modules you can check out our post about the UD73 option module here.
Each of these option modules creates a simulated encoder output as either line driven quadrature channels or as frequency / direction signals to facilitate follower applications.
The Control Techniques UD73 large option module is a high speed microprocessor that provide a low cost facility for a system designer to write app specific programs without needing a PLC or other stand-alone controllers. The module is programmed via the RS232 port using the Control Techniques system programming toolkit.
The UD73 module uses a dual port RAM to interface to the drive’s main processor which provides intimate high-speed bi-directional access. It can ready and modify any of the parameters within the drive. This enables customized real-time calculations under a multi-tasking run-time environment.
The optically isolated RS485 port serves as a communication for for the CTIU operator interface units. It is fully configurable, supporting many communication modes. In addition, the module has the Profibus-DP port for additional communication options.
For additional info you can visit the UD73 product page on our website here. We will continue to post info about the Control Technique option modules in the future. If you would like to order a module or get more info you can email email@example.com or call 1-800-691-8511.
The table below shows a quick reference for all of the different option modules that can be used with the Unidrive Classic series. We have all of the different modules available and in stock.
On Unidrive Classics, when a UD7x Unidrive option module error trip occurs,
the display will show the trip code as “tr__”. The trip number
can also be read in Unidrive parameter #10.20 or UD70
virtual parameter #88.01, and the line number where the trip
occurs in parameter #17.03, though only if the program was
compiled with debugging information.
When an error occurs in the UD70, the DPL program will
immediately stop. Also, depending on the cause of the trip
and the setting of the Trip enable parameters, the Unidrive will
trip on the “tr__” code. Optionally, an ERROR task may have
been defined which would be executed whenever a run-time
error occurs. MRO Electric and Supply maintains a comprehensive stock of new and used Control Techniques Unidrive and Control Techniques Unidrive Classic SP parts. If you need a replacement part, please call 800-691-8511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code Description Action
40 Unknown error Always trips
41 Parameter does not exist Trips if #17.14=1
42 Parameter read only Trips if #17.14=1
43 Parameter write only Trips if #17.14=1
44 Parameter value over range Trips if #17.14=1and #17.17=1
45 Virtual access failed – e.g. IOLink not running Trips if #17.14=1 (access)and
#17.15=1* (all time)
46 Stack Overflow Always trips
47 Internal error Always trips
48 Internal error Always trips
49 The wrong system loaded Always trips
50 DPL Maths fault – e.g. divide by zero, overflow etc Trips if #17.14=1
51 DPL array index out of range Trips if #17.14=1
52 User-generated trip from control word Always trips *
53 DPL Program incompatible Always trips
54 DPL Overload – Clock tick too short Trips if #17.14=1
55 RS485 trip – Mode 3 Trips if #17.14=1
56 Option board and system incompatible Always trips
57 Illegal OSCall Always trips
58-59 Internal Error Trips if #17.14=1
60-69 Option generated trip Trips if #17.14=1 *
Prc2 *Watchdog Trip.See the DPL command WDOG for information
Note: The watchdog trip can be disabled by setting #17.18 to 0.
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*When a trip occurs, all tasks of the DPL program will be halted (real-time tasks will
first complete) and any ERROR task is executed. The only exception to this is with trip 45, trip
52, trip 60 with certain option cards, the Watchdog trip (Prc2) and any other normal drive trips.
The line number is only available when the program was compiled with debugging information.
Any other trip numbers that appear are either generated by the drive itself or the DPL program.
The drop tower is based at the Walibi theme park; the ride is a round tower of 77m in height and has five rows of seats, each with four-person capacity, in a ring around the tower.
The seats, weighing 1.5 tonnes empty, are hoisted by speed-controlled Leroy Somer geared motors to the top of the tower, where they are released to drop in freefall at a maximum speed of 110km/hr, generating complete weightlessness.
Magnetic current brakes that comprise permanent magnets fitted in the seats generating powerful Foucault currents in the metallic frame of the tower provide fault-free guaranteed braking, independent of the power supply, bringing the ride to a safe slow speed with hydraulic shock absorbers providing the final soft stop at the base.
This, Control Techniques said, makes the ride a ’zero-risk’ attraction.
The Dalton Terror was originally installed in the park in 1998 and featured the previous Classic Unidrives to haul the seats to the top of the tower.
Compagnie des Alpes has been investing heavily in the upgrading of many of the rides, with the accent heavily on safety.
When it decided to refurbish the Dalton Terror, the precise movement of speed profile of the previous Control Techniques drives was a key factor in the selection of the latest-generation of AC drives and five heavy-duty 75kW Unidrive SPs, operating in closed-loop flux vector mode, were fitted as part of the total renewal of the control panels.
Signals from encoders fitted to each of the Leroy Somer LSMV motors feed back to the drives and, using SM Universal Encoder Plus option modules, are re-transmitted to the PLCs that control the safety of the whole process.