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Productivity 1000 Series PLC Online Editing and Debug Mode

The Productivity Suite Software allows us to modify our existing program and execute the new code without stopping the scanning of the PLC. This is referred to as online editing. We change the ladder logic code and when we save it to the PLC, the current scan of the PLC is held until the new code is written into the unit. It then releases the scan and our new program start to execute. This happens in milliseconds so our process can continue to operate.
Troubleshooting the logic in our PLC sometimes can be difficult. The Productivity Suite Software has a Debug Mode. This will allow us to control the scan cycle of the PLC, decide on the rungs to execute and control the physical outputs during this time. This ability of control helps to fix errors or understand existing code in our programmable logic controller.
We will be taking our existing Start / Stop circuit from last time and add a Jog input using online editing. We will then use the debug mode in the Productivity Suite software to understand the scan and the jog function that we added.
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Productivity 1000 Series PLC Monitoring and Testing the Program

The Productivity Suite Software provides tools for us to monitor and test our programs. Last time we used Tag Names and Details, Task Names and Descriptions, Rung Comments and Instruction comments to document our first program and transferred this to our connected Productivity 1000 Series PLC. We will be monitoring our ladder using the ladder editor window and display the information two different ways. Data View is a powerful tool to help us to test and view our program. We will be forcing the IO, toggling the IO view and graphing our tags to test our PLC logic circuit.
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Productivity 1000 Series PLC Documenting the Program

Last time we created our first program and transferred this to our connected Productivity 1000 Series PLC. This was programmed with our computer running the Productivity Suite Software. One of the most important aspects of programming the PLC is to document. This will aid you and your team in programming, troubleshooting and modifying the automation control system. Your documentation should read like a book so information can be quickly obtained when required. Time spent on the documentation will be priceless when you go to read your program in 1, 3 or 10 years from now. The Productivity Suite software provides several different methods for documenting your program.

Tag Names and Details, Task Names and Descriptions, Rung Comments and Instruction comments are the ways that we will be looking at documenting our program.
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Productivity 1000 Series PLC Establishing Communication

We will be connecting the Productivity 1000 Series PLC with our computer running the Productivity Suite Software. A micro USB and an Ethernet (RJ45) communication link will be made to our programmable logic controller.
The latest Productivity Suite software version is 3.1.0.11. This is the programming software that we will be using to create our logic for control.

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Productivity 1000 Series PLC System Hardware

The Productivity 1000 series of programmable logic controllers has a slim stackable super compact design. This is sometimes also referred to as a shoebox PLC because of the shape and way in which expansion modules are added. This new Productivity 1000 series PLC is the latest in the Productivity series of controllers that have hit the market.

Productivity 1000 (Stackable Micro PLC)
Productivity 2000 (Micro Modular Programmable Controller)
Productivity 3000 (Modular Programmable Controller)

These three series currently make up the Productivity Series form Automation Direct.

The Productivity 1000 series PLC provides the following features for your automation control panel.
– 50MB user memory – Can handle very complex applications easily.
– 4 built-in communication ports – Easy connectivity to your network. This would include your PC, HMI, Networks, etc.
– Data logging up to 32 GB on a microSD card
– Add up to 8 IP modules to communicate to your field sensors. This will give you a total of 128 discrete IO points or 32 analog IO channels.
– Free Software and 30 days of free training with every CPU from Automation Direct.
– Interactive PLC Configuration Tool
– Tag Names
– Auto discovery IO – Physical I/O tags will be generated based on each module’s position in the base. You can also reconfigure the setup and assign new tags manually.
– I/O Modules have QR codes under the wiring cover. This can be scanned so you can have the latest specifications / wiring diagrams for the module.
– Limitless PID – Auto tuning – Individual or Cascade Mode – etc
– Web Server and Mobile Access
– Advanced Software instruction set

We will be looking at allot of these features of this powerful controller. Let’s start by looking at the hardware. Continue Reading!

BRX PLC Shifting Instructions

PLC shifting instructions will move bits in memory areas a fixed amount when instructed. Bits are on/off, 1 or 0 and are usually associated together to form a memory location. The memory location can be used for numbers or positions.
PLC BITS NUMBERS AND POSITION is a post that will review the different methods that the PLC will interpret the information in memory
We will be looking at the shifting (moving) of the bits within the memory location in several different ways. ROTL rotate left, ROTR rotate right, Math shift left operator, Math shift right operator, Math unsigned shift right operator and SR shift register are some of the instructions in our BRX PLC that will shift bits.
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Modbus RTU Click PLC Master to BRX PLC Slave Communication

Recently I was asked to demonstrate communication between a Click PLC and BRX PLC using Modbus RTU. Both PLCs are available from automation direct com. Modbus serial communication (Modbus RTU) is a standard protocol used in many automation devices. It works on a Master / Slave configuration. You can have only one master per network on Modbus RTU (Remote Terminal Unit). A maximum of 32 devices (Nodes) on the network can communicate to the master. A review of the Modbus RTU protocol (RTU frames) can be seen at the following URL.
http://www.rtaautomation.com/technologies/modbus-rtu/
Using the Click PLC as a Master we will be communicating to the BRX PLC (Slave). Our example will read 10 registers from the BRX PLC and write 10 registers to the Click PLC. Let’s get started! Keep on Reading!

Click PLC AdvancedHMI Communication

Advanced HMI is a powerful, adaptable HMI/SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) development package that takes advantage of Visual Studio. There is no coding required and you can simply drag and drop items onto the page. The best thing is that the software is free. We will look at using AdvancedHMI with the Click PLC. Our sample Click PLC program will read the present value (PV) and the indicating lights on our Solo Process Temperature Controller. It will then write the set value (SV) to the Solo. This communication will be done using Modbus RTU protocol over a RS485 serial port on the Click. The AdvancedHMI package will communicate Modbus TCP over Ethernet to the Click PLC. We will be able to monitor our PV and set our SV on the Solo via the AdvancedHMI window.  Keep on Reading!

Click PLC Send and Receive Instructions

Receive and Send instructions will allow you to send and receive serial data to an external device. The communication method that you setup can be ASCII or Modbus. ASCII (American Standard Communication for Information Interchange) can be used to send to devices such as a printer. Receiving ASCII can be used for connecting barcode scanners to the PLC. The barcode will be read as an ASCII string in the PLC. Modbus serial communication (Modbus RTU) is a standard protocol used in many automation devices. We will demonstrate the Send and Receive instruction by communicating Modbus to a Solo Temperature Controller. Our example will read the current process (PV) value and write the set point value (SV) in the controller.  Keep on Reading!

Click PLC Drum Instruction

Drum instructions are great tools when you have a simple sequence of events that need to occur at a set time interval or as a result of an event. They mimic an electromechanically drum sequencer. The Click PLC has a drum in the instruction set. We will discuss the drum instruction and look at an example of controlling traffic lights.  Keep on Reading!