How to ... work with ClipX!

ClipX is  a precise and easy-to-integrate signal conditioner ideally suited for industrial applications. The following technical articles describe in detail how to operate ClipX under different scenarios.

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Fieldbus Integration

Siemens PLC and ProfiNet with ClipX

The ClipX measurement amplifier supports a huge variety of fieldbus interfaces. This Tech Note gives you an example of how the ClipX communicates with a Siemens PLC via ProfiNet. Instructions are given to create a fresh project with the Siemens Tia Portal. There is also a brief explanation of how ClipX measurement values can be monitored in the Tia Portal Software. Basic knowledge of Profinet networks and HBM amplifiers is recommended.

Siemens PLC and Profibus with ClipX

This Tech Note is meant to be a guideline to demonstrate the use of a ClipX measurement amplifier within a Profibus network. For this example a Simatic 300 Station is used as PLC. There is also an explanation of how ClipX measurement values can be monitored in the Simatic Manager software. Basic knowledge of Profibus network and HBM amplifiers are recommended. The basic setup is shown in the figure below.

Beckhoff PLC and EtherCat with ClipX

The ClipX amplifier system can be parameterized and operated via the internal web server, connected by the standard Ethernet cable to a PC. Connect ClipX with laptop via plug X1 to the USB Ethernet adapter. The present ClipX has the fix IP address 192.168.1.25. Type in the ClipX IP address into the web browser or double click on ClipX in Network. Make sure the right Fieldbus is selected. ClipX BM40IE is able to handle EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP and Profinet.

Schneider PLC and Ethernet/IP with ClipX

This Tech Note provides you with a guideline on to demonstrate the use of a ClipX measurement amplifier within a Ethernet/IP network. For this example a Schneider SoMachine Station is used as PLC. There is also an explanation of how ClipX measurement values can be monitored in the SoMachine software. Basic knowledge of Ethernet/IP network and HBM amplifiers are recommended. The basic setup is shown in the figure below.

Scaling Methods

Indirect Force Measurement with ClipX

This Tech Note gives you an example on how to measure indirect force using ClipX. In this example the press model consists of two strain sensors (SLB) mounted to the left and right leg of a metal frame. Additionally, there is a force sensor (U3) under the punch of the press in the middle. The strain sensors are scaled via the force sensor as reference. So, in fact the pressing force is determined by measuring the strain in the force bypass (indirect force measurement).

MCS Matrix Compensation with ClipX

HBM's custom-made sensors measure force [N] and torque [Nm] in any degree of freedom and are called multicomponent sensors (MCS) or multi-axis transducers. Together with the sensor a so called compensation matrix is delivered, which defines the cross-talk or cross influence between the components. This Tech Note gives you an example on how to calculate with such a matrix.

Wireless Operation

Mobile Configuration via Wlan with ClipX

This Tech Note provides you with an example where a limit switch is set up and monitored using a mobile device. The ClipX Web-GUI has responsive design, which means, that depending on the resolution of your device, it is adjusted in a way to serve the best usability. Therefore, it is quite easy to set up the device with a mobile phone or tablet via WLAN.

Calculation Channels

Calculating Resulting Force with ClipX

This application is about localizing a force and calculating its result value on a plane surface. Therefore, three force sensors are mounted on the bottom of a circular plate. The raw signals from the sensors are further processed by three ClipX measurement amplifiers. Those communicate with each other through the ClipX bus technology. The devices are set up with the ClipX Web-GUI.