Jonathan Fuller

Jonathan comes from a power and automation background with over 8 years of experience. He enjoys helping and teaching others. As the Automation and Power Distribution Product Manager at EECO, Jonathan fits right in. Jonathan’s primary goal at EECO is to help customers understand their power and automation needs and then help them come up with the right solution to fit their needs.

The most common way to configure a new managed network switch is within a web browser. With TIA Portal, most managed Siemens Scalance switches can be configured directly within the platform. Standard parameters can be assigned as well as assigning the switch to a specific PLC.  Network switches are not added to the project in the same manner as PLC, HMI, VFDs…

Siemens TIA Portal is a powerful platform that supports many devices outside of PLCs and HMIs. TIA Portal manages soft starts with ease. For those that are thinking, “Why would I want to add a soft start to a project” or even better, “why should I even use a soft start in the first place?”…

When having to program or troubleshoot automation systems it can’t always be done from the comfort of home. The technician usually needs to be in front of the system and plugged in to be able to see the physical hardware. A plant floor can be a harsh environment, which a normal laptop isn’t designed to…

The Siemens Industrial PC (IPC) offers flexibility in the automation world by providing different form factors for a computer that can be installed directly on a machine that lives on the plant floor. Some IPCs come with a built-in screen, which can be used as a normal computer screen, but also doubles as an HMI.…

Traditionally in an automation project, there were multiple programs needed to program drives, HMI’s, and PLC’s. With Siemens TIA Portal, everything can be done in one platform for the entire project. This means that that an HMI can be inserted right alongside a PLC and Drives in the same project. So what is an HMI?…

04/30/2021

Usually, when someone goes to start programming automation devices, the software can become overwhelming very quickly. What software do I need? Where is it all located? Siemens has taken a new approach to this problem with their TIA Portal software. Totally Integrated Automation has taken all software and combined them into a powerful tool in one place to make the programmer or person troubleshooting’s life…

When wanting to add a PLC to TIA Portal, there are a few different options to consider.  The version of Step 7 you have, Basic or Professional, determines which PLCs can be added to a project.   Basic will only allow the S7-1200 Family, while Professional will allow the S7-1200, S7-1500, S7-300, S7-400, as well as the ET200SP 1500, and software controllers. …

When working with a Siemens variable frequency drive (VFD), there are a couple of different software options available for those that desire to utilize that technology. All programming can be done from the operator panel on the drive itself as it’s been done since VFD’s hit the industrial market. Let’s evaluate how to commission the drive using Startdrive within TIA Portal.  NOTE: another software that is available is called…

STEM is an initiative focused on teaching younger generations about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This initiative has been declining due in part to the exposure that everyone has to technology at an early age and thus becoming immune to the innovation they are being exposed to. Part of the problem is the gap between…

Will the ability to use hardwired or ethernet control help my facility with labor costs or reliability? Can eliminating the need for a multimeter and having someone walking around to take readings increase my productivity? With the advancement in ethernet over the past 30 years, the intelligent MCC has proven useful in the ability to…

A Short Circuit Study is an analysis of the protective devices of one’s electrical system, such as fuses, circuit breakers, fused switches, or any other devices intended to protect the equipment or isolate short circuits. An SCS is needed to ensure that during a fault or short circuit, that the protective devices are not subjected…

A coordination study is used to determine how devices will behave when they are subjected to overcurrent or short current situations. This is important because unless protective devices are properly set, they may not be able to perform to protect your system. The devices are needed to trip and clear a fault quickly to help…

A load flow study is a study that helps to determine proper loading as well as whether the proper voltage is maintained at each circuit due to voltage drop. In simpler terms, it helps to determine how much current load you have and whether the equipment is overloaded or not. With the voltage, you need…

An uninterrupted power supply (UPS) is used to provide backup power for a certain amount of time to your devices. It is a battery-operated device that is plugged into the mains (power at the wall) and converts the power from AC to DC and then back to AC and provides backup power for your critical…

Some common mistakes in the field are people referring to switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, and motor control centers as all the same thing. This can be confusing for people coming on site to work on equipment or trying to figure out what equipment needs to be supported. A good place to see a lot of different…

A Circuit Breaker (C/B) is a mechanical device that will involve a magnetic solenoid and bimetallic strip inside. When the strip heats up due to current, it will bend and activate the solenoid to trip the circuit breaker and stop the flow of power.  A Fuse is a type of insulating material with a filament in the middle of it. When…

ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute is a nonprofit association that has been around since the early 1900s. They are more focused on making sure that product is built to a certain standard to ensure it functions properly and has a certain longevity. ANSI is for here in the US. UL stands for Underwrites…

What typically comes to mind when you hear Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO)? Safety is usually the number one thing that comes to mind. Being able to safely lock out a piece of gear so that work can be performed. There are several different types of energies that are involved with LOTO. The most common…

Knowing how close you can physically get to electrical equipment is key to staying safe in an industrial environment. So why would you need to engage with this equipment? It could be that testing is needed for preventative maintenance. Before entering these areas ask a few questions: Is the area cluttered? Are there trip hazards?…

Testing power distribution equipment is important and knowing where to test can be confusing. A good understanding of the one-line helps and as technology has evolved virtualizing the one line is becoming more prevalent. Power monitoring is another initiative that is gaining ground and can help pinpoint where to focus testing efforts based off real-time…

A single line diagram, also referred to as a one-line diagram, is usually a single page document that represents a facilities electrical distribution infrastructure. It will have one single line shown for bus (or cable) to represent all three phases. It will also have symbols that represent breakers, meters, relays, and any other control items…