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  1. Press release yesterday. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2...vailablePR.mspx
  2. I was watching Stunt Junkies on the Discover channel last night and saw a Wind Tunnel Testing site run with LabVIEW software. The episode is called "speed skateboarder" where Michael sherlock tries to become the first skateboarder to go 100mph....The show deals with mitigating risks of performing the stunt, then the stunt itself.... They had a good 3-4 minutes during the wind tunnel testing and showed labview FP VI's numerous times....=) For those interested in seeing this episode...it'll be shown Feb 22nd on Discover Channel....
  3. Instead of using a case structure for acquire the data, try using a while loop with the "Read" Switch connected to break the while loop. That way you get more than 1 data point.....Attachment to follow PS. Just attached to show how looping will get you more than 1 data point (until you switch "READ" to off.) Download File:post-127-1138123626.vi
  4. I'm currently using the Dell 2405FPW monitor and its beautiful. I can only imagine a 30" screen...java script:emoticon(' ', 'smid_29')
  5. can you post the VI that you're using to read the multimeter? Sometimes Tabs, Linefeed, or Carriage Return characters are used to separate data points....not sure in your case...it might be in the MM manual though... Regis
  6. I'm still having problems grasping the concept of Setting a value to a specific Attribute ID. The Device I have is an encoder wheel that will determine the distance traveled and speed of a web converting machine. Every so often, I'd like to "reset" the distance traveled after a run is complete. Basically, the logic is to SET the position value (attribute ID =10) to 0. I can Read the position value (attribute ID =12) and velocity (attribute ID=22) but haven't quite gotten how to Write a value.... Here are some more specific questions: 1a) Do I need to create another OPC DevicenetExplicit "Object" (in the OPC Server) specifically for Writing? The reason I think this is necessary is that the first object I created (for reading), I set the Service code value to 14 (GET). Writing would require the service code value to be 16 (10h). 1b) Related to this, Does it then follow that the Instance ID of this new "Object" would be "2" instead of "1"? We are accessing the same device and since Instance ID=1 is related to the reading, would I need to set Instance ID=2 for Writing? Again, Not sure if my logic is correct here...I've tried both but all i get is "bad" data when i set up the OPC server this way. 2) Base on your "Read" Data logic, this is what i gather for "Writing": 2. Example: If you want to SET the Encoder Position Value to 360 (ClassID=1, InstanceID=1(?), AttributeID=10, DataType=UDINT) Add an OPC item NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UDINT0 You write the value 10 to NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.USINT0 <--- This is to target the right Attribute? ??? You Write the value 360 to NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UDINT0 ???<--- This is where i'm just guessing. Not sure how to set value of "360" into Attribute ID 10. Then If i went and read the position Attribute ID 12, I'd like to see that the new position is 360. Thanks, Regis
  7. I received a reply from NI and posted the message below. It seems like I was expecting the Attribute to be clearly "visible" in the buffer of the encoder. Nowhere was it mentioned that In order to read an explicit attribute item, you have to first "WRITE" to the encoder, the attribute ID. This will populate the buffer with the data corresponding to that item. Then perform a "READ" from the encoder of the correct data type. this will return to you the correct value. Here are some other questions I have: 1) if I wanted to read a bunch of Attributes, would the have to perform a set of "Write Attribute, wait, Read Data Type" for each data point? 2) Any other way to request a set of <insert number greater than 1> attributes?? I'll also be looking at SETTING values to attributes as well....I'm assuming i'll WRITE to the Attribute ID first (using Service code 14), then WRITE the Attribute's Value I want to set (using Service code 10). Does this seem right? Regis -------------- NI Response: -------------------------------------- Hi Regis, The general steps to send & receive the explicit message using the NI OPC Server: 1. Configure an OPC item to write the explicit message, you have to set the attribute ID for the GET request message here. 2. Configure an OPC item to read the explicit message, you will get the explicit response from it. Example: Read the Vendor ID (ClassID=1, InstanceID=1, AttributeID=1, DataType=UINT) (1) Configure the NIDeviceNetExp object with the right MAC ID, ServiceCode=14(GET), ClassID=1 (2) Add an OPC item (Data Member) NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.USINT0 to write the parameter. (3) Add an OPC item (Data Member) NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UINT0 to read the Vendor ID. (4) Then you get the alarm message in IA OPC server and get failure message in your OPC client , if you have one started allready, because it reads the item automatically. The magic action is here: you write the value 1 to NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.USINT0. (then the attribute ID 1 is set correctly). You can get the vendor ID then reading NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UINT0. 2. Example: If you want to get the Serial Number (ClassID=1, InstanceID=1, AttributeID=6, DataType=UDINT) Add an OPC item NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UDINT0 You write the value 6 to NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.USINT0 You can get the Serial Number in NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UDINT0 So you can conclude that: (1) if you write to NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.USINT0, USINT is the data type used to encode the request message parameter. (2) if you read from NIDeviceNetExp1.IID1.UDINT0, UDINT is the data type used to decode the response message. Hope that helps with your problem. DirkW
  8. Khalid, Thanks for the suggestions. I tried using the IID ( Instance ID).USINT (Attribute ID -1) but to no avail. It's not that i don't get any data, it's just that the data received does mean anything. As a number, or Hex, or any combination thereof. I did modify the NI Labview DNET example (GetIdentityAttrs.vi) to get the data i'm looking for; position and velocity. The parameters are such. MAC ID = 32 (allen bradley Slave device) Service Code = 14 (Get) Class Code = 2F (47) - Encoder Instance ID = 1 Attribute ID = 12 (position) = UDINT data type Attribute ID = 22 (Velocity) = UINT data type With the DNET setup of MAC ID (0) Baud Rate = 500k Poll = Automatic So it's good to know that I'm reading the position and velocity in LV. That means the device is functioning properly. If i use the OPC Server with the above set up: IID1.UDINT11 (or UDINT12) & IID1.UDINT21 (or UDINT22), I get '0's as my data. There is NO read error, which is promising, but no data either. As a test, I decided to look at the buffer as UDINT all the way from IID1.UDINT0 to IID1.UDINT35. I only get data for the first two. UDINT1 and UDINT2. Neither data seems to correspond to anything i'm looking for nor does it follow any pattern for attribute ID's (unless I'm completely going about this wrong) Changing the value associated with the Instance ID (ie. IID2 or IID3) makes the OPC item throw an error. The problem is that the OPC server that we have doesn't have Labview installed and since we have about 6 other devices read directly into the OPC server, I'd hate to have to change the set up. Below I have screenshots of what i'm encountering. If anyone has any suggestions or see an error in my ways, Please let me know! Thanks, Regis
  9. I'm trying to set up an Allen Bradley 842D Devicenet Absolute Encoder using the OPC server. To start, I verified that the device and network is functioning properly. The manuals for the device mention that the data can be retrieved from the various Attribute ID's in each class. For example , In Class 1, you can retrieve Vendor ID (Attribute 1), Device Type (Attribute 2), Serial Number (Attribute 4) etc.... From the OPC Server Help example below, it starts to describe the location of the data desired, but fails to show me where I specify the attribute ID. For example, lets say in the example below, I now want Attribute 2 or 3. How does the below example tell me how?. From OPC Server Online Help: NIDeviceNetExplicit Example Suppose you want to get attribute 1 from Class ID 1, Instance 3 of an object. Class ID 1 is the Identity Class, where all the identification information for the device is contained. Enter the background information when you create the NIDeviceNetExplicit object, setting the Service Code to 14 and the Class ID to 1. From the manufacturer
  10. although its not the cheapest alternative, if you don't want to use an OPC server, than NI Fieldpoint units would allow you to do exactly what you want (if you didn't know about this already).... Regis
  11. Have you looked into using the VI Server features in Labview? Also check the examples (search under "server") provided with Labview. Regis
  12. Have you looked into using datasockets and "publishing" your data from your RT units? Depending on how much stuff you're looking at, this could be quick enough for you. Also, using an OPC server is pretty much the same idea as above....ie. having a global repository for data.... In these cases, you'd build your own HMI that would "link" to the Datasocket item (subscribe) or OPC tag. You could then control this vi via a web browser using LV's pre-installed web server.... Regis
  13. You win a free copy of Microsoft Paint! (pre-installed on your Windows PC) :thumbup:
  14. You can check out the frequent updates here: http://www.grandchallenge.org/ Here's an article from news.com that mentions the Virginia Tech team (shown at NI WEEK 2005). It mentions: That Virginia Tech team differs from most others in the competition because it's largely made up of mechanical engineering majors, as opposed to computer science students. The team built Rocky largely with a graphics program, using visual graphs, as opposed to writing lines of code, team members said. Hmmm...i wonder what "graphics" program they use?
  15. Just for clarification, Responses to my questions by the NI presenter are shown after the "A)"
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