PanelMate Remote I/O network transfer option


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I would like to ask help of them who heard about the followings or maybe used it:

I need to update the configuration usually on a PanelMate (cutler-hammer) operator interface which is in connection with an AB PLC5.It has few options like RS232 DH+ and through Remote I/O.
I am interested about the last mentioned method.
I think I should buy a validation soft. patch to install this option to the PanelMate but first I would like to collect information about this option and about it's reliability.

thanks in advance


Steve Myres, PE

I've never used RIO to talk to an MMI, but I've done DH+ many times and it's extremely reliable. The cards I like (I'm assuming you have a PanelMate PC) are dual function ISA slot cards from <a href="">DataLink Technologies,</a> model DL-PC. They can be configured for either DH+ or RIO, and are much less expensive than the equivalent from AB or Sutherland-Schultz (S&S). They configure as a COM port from the point of view of the PC, so no new driver will be required for the C-H (it won't even know it's not talking RS232). Also, even though the RS232 driver in the PanelMate may not allow any baud rate higher that 19,200 or 38,400 say, the DL-PC can run at full network speed anyway. Pretty cool. Very easy setup, too.

Steve Myres, PE
<a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>

And, NO, I don't work for DataLink, I'm just a very happy customer.
I have completed a couple of projects using the panelmate and the AB remote I/O option. This is efficient method to connect to the PLC5. If you have any question please drop me an email.