Manuals and Videotutorials

Online handbooks and manuals will be added here for easier commissioning and problem diagnostics.

Merbon IDE tutorials

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On this page you will find videotutorials for Merbon IDE. The themes are: Solution build in simple mode, attachment of PLC, adding and setting I/O module, solution build in full mode, FUPLA editor and debugging.
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SoftPLC IDE tutorials

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Videotutorials for SoftPLC IDE: creating a project, I/O module configuration, upload program to PLC, trending online values.
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Communication between Merbon and SoftPLC process stations

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Exchange of data between SoftPLC and Merbon systems may be required from different reasons. The tutorial how to do the integration follows.
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Integration of a hotel reservation system into Domat

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In building with integrated room controls with variable occupation, such as in hotels, building owners often require to set the room to Off automatically on long-term unoccupation. How to control the room activation, based on the data from the hotel reservation system, is described in following article.
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Customized serial communication driver in Merbon RT

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Programming in the ST language (structured text) offers flexibility to application engineers. One of frequently demanded functions is development of 3rd party communication drivers. The following example shows how a customized driver for Pozyton sEAB energy meters looks like.
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Integration of a KNX bus into Domat controllers

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The KNX bus is most often installed in residential objects like family houses, but also on office buildings for illumination and blinds control, or heating and air-conditioning of individual rooms. If there is a building control system installed on the premises, it may be useful to bring all data to a common SCADA or even to interconnect both systems on the automation level.
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Integration of EnOcean peripherials into Domat controllers

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The wireless EnOcean-based peripherials are attractive because of their easy installation and no need of batteries. They are powered using solar cells, piezoelectric elements and thermoelectric cells.
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Setting of I/O modules using PLC in Converter Mode

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The input / output modules (I/O modules) must be configured as part of the commissioning process. They must be addressed at Modbus, and at some types also measuring ranges for analogue inputs must be set. Most frequently, the I/O moduly are addressed and set up using the ModComTool software and a serial converter, e.g. Domat M080 or some other USB or RS232 to RS485 converter.
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Load shedding control

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The aim of the electrical energy distributor is to keep the consumption curve in time as flat as possible. One of the measures to achieve this is to prevent load peaks at individual customers. In terms of contract, it means that the customer must not exceed the maximum amount of electrical energy contracted during a 15 minutes time span. This amount of energy is called a „15-minutes maximum“. If this limit is exceeded, the customer pays a penalty. Achieving and exceeding of the limit is monitored by a digital energy meter installed at the customers‘ premises. The bigger the contracted value, the less risky the plant operation is, but customer pays higher flat fees for higher reserved consumption limit.
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Designers' Handbook

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Handbook for project designers. Creating topologies and wiring diagrams with Domat components. Description of system topology, modules and process stations connections, system limits, and configuration examples.
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Notes to installations

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For the installed programs to work properly, they need support of the operating system inclusive its optional extensions or libraries. In the following text, the basic prerequisites for successfull installation and operation of Domat programs and development tools are listed.
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Network security at building control systems

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Building control systems are highly underestimated regarding network security. There are several reasons for this: Suppliers are companies whose core business is far away from IT security, like construction companies, HVAC suppliers, plumbers, and the like; at the time the system is designed it is not clear how it will be connected to the Internet; and the control system designers do not have the IT background necessary, anyway.
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Security issues of Domat products with Ethernet interface

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Apart from the TCP and UDP port numbers listed below, some of the products may support non-IP protocols for device detection in a local network and setting of the IP address and other IP parameters. It is supposed that the products are separated from the Internet (or any other non-secure network) by an IP router which is routing TCP and UDP protocols only.
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Passive temperature sensors and their commissioning

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Passive temperature sensors are the first choice in building control systems. They are cheap and easy to install thanks to their polarity independence, compared to active sensors with voltage or current output. However, deployment of passive sensor may lead to problems, which - and debugging of which - are dealt in the following article.
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