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6 Circuit Multi-Function Chase.mp4

This is a set of 6 circuit multi-function chase lights I have across the bottom of my Christmas LR window. It is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 with 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. There are 5 modes the display goes through, with a light test mode that can be toggled on by any of the HMI's for testing the lights, especially to make sure they're in the correct order. This is made up of 6) 100 light strings running on 120 volt outputs.


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Curious.... Why are you using Allen Bradley and not something like a J-Works USB interface?  Isn't the AB several thousand dollars?  J-Works is far less costly (less than $100 and more like $50) for what you want to do.

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I got the all the PLC's I have free when I upgraded or stripped out control panels on machinery. The AdvancedHMI software is a free openGNU product and the only special item I purchased for that was a Windows 10 tablet. The only PLC things I have had to purchase was 6 DC output cards for my tree lights, an assortment of plugs & receptacles and a lot of wire. I also have the software & programming cables, and have 25 years experience programming PLC's.

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