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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Communication & 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.

ClipX as OPC-UA Server

This is a quick guide for using a ClipX-module as an OPC-UA server by controlling it with a pc. In the following examples, the Software ‘dataFEED’ of the Company Softing is used.

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).

Adjustment Assistant in ClipX

This is an instruction for adjusting a sensor with the ClipX. The adjustment assistant is especially useful if a sensor is not calibrated, or assembled in a construction, for example in force bypass. There are two approaches available to adjust sensors using the ClipX: A reference channel from the ClipX can be used, or a reference value can be entered manually. Furthermore, the measurement can be carried out statically or dynamically. The result in each case is a linear two-point scaling.

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.

Automatic Mean with ClipX

This Tech Note provides you with an instruction on how to carry out an automatic mean measurement. The calculation filters an easily usable signal from a severely fluctuating or noisy signal by using a specific segment of the signal curve to compute a mean value. This enables you to reduce the impact of overlaid interference. You can also define a range in which the signal is averaged and used as the zero value for further measurements.

Mechanical Work with ClipX

This Tech Note is a guide to measuring mechanical work with the ClipX. This requires two ClipX modules; one to measure the force, the other to measure the distance. The calculation determines the (mechanical) work over a certain period of time from the two variables force and displacement (or torque/angle of rotation). The force must act along the path.

Peak Value Monitoring of a Periodic Process with ClipX

In this Tech Note the peak value monitoring of a periodic signal, e.g. force curve of a high speed press (e.g. coin press or tablet press) with a ClipX.

Tolerance-Window in ClipX

This is an instruction for creating a tolerance-window in the ClipX that can be used for a component or performance test for example. Several of those tolerance-window analyses can be used at the same time. In principle it is possible to define the limits of the tolerance-window as well as the start and stop condition static or flexible by using variable signals, a PLC or a PC software. Those parameters can be changed to the runtime, whereby a “dynamic” measurement window is made.

PID Controller in ClipX

This Tech Note gives you an instruction for creating a PID controller with the ClipX. In this particular example a simple RC circuit first order is controlled. To demonstrate a repetitive process a periodic signal is generate by the internal signal generator of the PMX. This signal is exemplary for any process and can be exchanged by other signals (e.g. from sensors).

Event Counter in ClipX

In this example, the overpassing of a force value should to be counted and displayed. Once the count 5 is reached, this should be signaled on a digital output. Then the operator can set the count back to 0 again. The following example shows how to setup an event counter in ClipX.

Measuring Peak to Peak Time with ClipX

This is an instruction to measure the peak to peak time. In our example the peak to peak time is captured during a force measurement.

Sensors

Connecting an IEPE / ICP® transducer to ClipX

This is a quick start guide to connect an IEPE / ICP transducer to a ClipX system via an External Smart Module.

Using a Piezoelectric Sensor with ClipX

This Tech Note shows you how to connect a piezoelectric sensor to a ClipX system and a charge amplifier (type CMA/ CMD) and how to put it into operation.