Use iSeries to control ringing of bells

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A user recently wrote the editors at Search400.com asking if an iSeries or AS/400 can be used to control the ringing of bells in plants for break and quitting times. The iSeries would have to be able to control turning on/off some type of a power switch. Would you have to use sockets to perform this task? -- Michelle Davidson, editor, Search400.com

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Recently a couple users had suggestions to accomplish this. Here’s what they said:

“The user might want to look at a class of devices called X-10 devices. Help Systems’ Robot client software talks about them.”
– TJRuff

“We use an AS/400 application (LEADTEC) that also includes a Bells Ringing feature. It has been working OK since 2001.
http://www.cgsinc.com/services/application/shopfloor/ ”
– Centea

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  • Margaret Rouse
    Posted on behalf of Tom Wright: I do this exact thing. I use a Module form HELP/ROBOT called Robot/Client. I purchased a controller and a switch from SMARTHOME to hook up on my PC. Then Robot/Client alows me to send a message from my AS400 to that PC and turns on the switch to my bells in the plant. I have it working in two of my plants. It works very well. I have a schedule from the AS400 that tells it when to turn on the switch to the PC and ring the bells. I have been using it for about 4 years now. Tom Wright
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  • TomLiotta
    Sockets would almost certainly be the way to go. I suspect that the only alternative would be RS-232. Nowadays, almost every switch that allows remote control is going to be via a sockets connection across a TCP/IP network. Tom
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