Finding Siemens Manuals

Siemens website sucks. The search is arcane and rarely turns up the answer you are looking for.

However, if you already know the part number and are looking for a manual, I have found a method which works every time.

  • Go to Siemen’s support site
  • Enter the FULL part number you are looking for in the search box (top right) (eg 6ES7134-4LB02-0AB0)
    This should give you a list of items to search for, in the same way as Google does
  • Select the product you want to look at.
    You should now have a nice picture of the component you are interested in, with a list of Updates, FAQ and Manuals. Do NOT select this Manual
  • Copy the part number which appears above the picture.
  • Click on “Service & Support” in the right column
  • Click on “Manuals / Operating Instructions”
    This will bring up a large selection of manuals.
  • Paste the part number as it appeared above the picture into “Search Items”
  • BINGO! You now have the manual you wanted

ibaPDA Data Analysis

iba is a German company which specialises in data collection and analysis of realtime process data. Using a combination of reflective memory, WAGO modules and PADUs, you can build a data collection network.

Problems we encountered:

ibaPDA only saving every other file.
We had configured the Data Storage Trigger Mode to trigger every 60 minutes, with a maximum file time of 1 hour. However, we were only getting data files saved every two hours. This was because the start trigger was set to be ignored while a file was already recording. Changing this setting to Start new file resolved the problem.
Digital Input Configuration
The iba PADUs are configured as a load, rather than a high impedence input. That is to say that rather than connecting your PADU across the volt free contacts, it must be connected in parallel with the load. If placed across the contact, it will appear as though the iba is recording the data correctly, but current will flow through the load at all times (either via the contact or the PADU), resulting in a false signal being seen by the control equipment.

No buttons in Adobe PDF Reader

I recently upgraded my Adobe Reader to version 10.1 )Adobe Reader X) and all the buttons disappeared, meaning that you could no longer zoom in or navigate your way around the document; it appeared that the only way to scroll through a document was using thumbnails if the document opened in a browser window or to download the document and open it in a standalone copy of Adobe Reader. Even the annoying buttons which used to appear in Adobe Reader 9 (if you had the mouse in the right place) no longer appeared. These changes rendered Adobe Reader useless for my purposes.

I also tried using right click on an open PDF file to edit the ‘Page Display Preferences’ and clearing ‘Allow documents to hide the menu bar, toolbars and window controls’ under Documents, but with intermittent results.

The solution is to press F8 every time you open a PDF in your browser.

Adding Google UK to Firefox

If you are running any version of Firefox, you may be getting frustrated that the Search Box (next to the ‘Awesome Bar’) only features Google, Yahoo, Bing, Amazon.com, ebay and Wikipedia by default.

I tried searching about:config for google and changed all references from google.com to google.co.uk, but without success. It turns out that the definitions are saved in XML files. You can either edit these directly, or install the necessary add-ons. I tried Get more search engines… from Manage Search Engine…, but was presented with a befuddling confusion of options. The two I ended up adding were Google UK- the web, which although marked as experimental is fault free, and always ‘.com’ which is the converse and forces use of google.com.

In Windows, the XML files for the default search engine are saved in %ProgramFiles(x86)%Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins while the custom definitions are saved under %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\???\searchplugins (where ??? is your profile)

The two add-ons are very similar in structure as can be seen from the XML code below:

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/"
                       xmlns:moz="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/">
<ShortName>Google UK - the web</ShortName>
<Description>Search Google UK with "the web" selected - includes Google suggest</Description>
<InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>
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<Url type="application/x-suggestions+json" method="GET" template="http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?output=firefox&amp;client=firefox&amp;hl={moz:locale}&amp;q={searchTerms}"/>
<Url type="text/html" method="get" template="http://www.google.co.uk/search?q={searchTerms}&amp;hl=en&amp;btnG=Google+Search&amp;sourceid=Mozilla-search&amp;start=0" />
<moz:SearchForm>http://www.google.co.uk/</moz:SearchForm>
</OpenSearchDescription>

and

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/" xmlns:moz="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/">
	<ShortName>Google.com (in English)</ShortName>
	<Description>Google.com that doesn't default to local Google site when outside US, without restricting search to the English language</Description>
	<InputEncoding>UTF-8</InputEncoding>
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	<Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="http://www.google.com/search">
		<Param name="hl" value="en" />
		<Param name="q" value="{searchTerms}" />
	</Url>
	<moz:SearchForm>http://www.google.com/</moz:SearchForm>
</OpenSearchDescription>

so it should be fairly simple to create a suitable XML file for any search engine.