Connect multiple PLCs to C-more and communicate with them simultaneously. Use the Event Manager to send tag values from one PLC to another periodically, or when certain conditions are met. C-more can communicate with different brands of PLC at the same time, and can even act as a "protocol bridge", passing values back and forth between different protocols.
C-more panels can access PLC data from PLCs attached to other C-more panels via an Ethernet connection.
From the Panel Manager screen of the "second" C-more unit, choose the correct PLC protocol and then specify the IP address of the first C-more panel (the panel the PLC is physically connected to).
C-more has 2 USB ports, one type A, and one type B.
Use the type B port with a standard USB cable and connect the panel to a PC for fast and easy project transfers. (Click here for more about Programming.)
The type A port accepts devices such as a USB Flash Drive. USB Flash drives can be used for:
Flash drives can be used with C-more to log alarms, messages, even PLC data. Capture the actual C-more screen when certain events occur, and store the screen image on the USB drive for later reference. If the C-more panel is on a network, the contents of the USB drive can even be accessed via FTP or e-mail, without removing it from the panel.
Flash drives can also be used to upload a project to a C-more panel without having a PC present. This feature is great for updating remotely located panels - just send your project on a USB drive to any factory in the world, and remote C-more panels can be updated with the latest project.
C-more's type A port also supports the HID specification for USB devices. External keyboards, bar code readers and card scanners will all work with the C-more type A USB port. Learn More
The Ethernet port can be used several ways:
The EA-ECOM module easily attaches to EA9 panels (excluding Base models) providing an additional 10/100 Base-T Ethernet Auto MDI/MDI-X RJ45 Port. Simply connect the module to the back of your EA9 C-more and secure it with the supplied screws. The EA-ECOM does not require an external power supply and supports all C-more Ethernet drivers.
The stereo audio output port allows C-more to speak! When attached to an amplifier and speaker(s), C-more can play warning sounds, or pre-recorded messages: "Danger - Will Robinson". Check our on-line library for some useful sounds or record your own .WAV files on any PC with a microphone.
Use the Event Manager to send e-mail periodically or when certain criteria are met. You can include tag data in the message itself or even attach log files or screen captures to the e-mail message.
In this example, C-more logs an alarm due to an oven "over temp" condition monitored by a PLC. The Event Manager then sends a preconfigured e-mail to three e-mail addresses; one in the plant, one to an Internet e-mail account, and one to a SMS enabled cell phone (text messaging). This e-mail contains current PLC tag data as well as date and time info.
C-more supports SSL as well as Tag-based storage of e-mail address so that operators can update e-mail addresses without the programmer's support.
For security purposes (in this example) the plant network is not connected directly to the Internet. As shown, the SMTP mail gateway is the only network device connected to the Internet.
Note: AutomationDirect does not recommend connecting industrial control equipment directly to the Internet, and can not be held responsible for any consequences that may arise.
E-mail is not a guaranteed method of communication, do not rely on e-mail for mission critical communications.
Enable the FTP server in your C-more project, connect the panel to your factory network, and transfer files back and forth using the File Transport Protocol (FTP).
Use your FTP client to request files from the C-more panel at anytime. Retrieve log data without disturbing the operator, or even opening the cabinet.
Use the event manager to schedule uploads periodically, or based on a certian conditions occuring. C-more can then upload log data and/or screen captures to a server, or other network connected device.
Connect C-more to your factory network, enable the Web server in your project, and then use any connected PC with a browser to request screen captures and retrieve log files. You can even customize the webpages on your panel with your own HTML files, including your company logo and other user specific information.
Just remember that these are screen captures, not live images. But it's as simple as clicking the refresh button in your browser for an updated view.
Activation or Notification Tags provide an option for each account to have associated user configurable TAGS that allow the Panel project or PLC project to indicate that a remote user is connected, or to enable or disable the remote access feature. These tags can be used to activate alarms, events or notifications to alert local operators that a remote user is connected. The Disable/Enable TAGS can be assigned to a switch to allow local operators the ability to enable or disable the remote access feature for security or safety reasons.
Since the application is downloaded from the C-more panel through a PC's Web browser, authorized users can access and control the panel remotely without purchasing any additional software packages.
C-more Remote Access is also available on your iOS, Andriod or Amazon Fire Device, Remote HMI App.
Three Remote Access user accounts can be configured and stored in the panel project. Each account allows up to five remote users to be connected simultaneously, with the same access rights.
Each account can be configured in one of the following levels of access:
(iOS version 4.2 or later)
(version 4.1 and up)
The C-more Remote HMI is an application for real time remote monitoring and control for the C-more HMI (Human Machine Interface). For this app to function as designed, a C-more panel that supports remote connectivity is required.
C-more Remote Access is also available on your PC, with our free browser based "Remote Access & Control".