BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages

BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages


We will now look at creating BRX Do-More dynamic web pages on our PLC web server. These pages are great for operator information display. A dynamic web page is a web page that displays different content each time it’s viewed. For example, the page may change with the time of day, the user that accesses the web-page, or the type of user interaction. There are two types of dynamic web pages.
Client-Side Scripting – Web pages that change in response to an action within that web page, such as a mouse, keyboard action, or timer, use client-side scripting. Scripting languages such as JavaScript will allow this updated content to your users.
Server Side Scripting – Web pages that change when a web page is loaded or visited use server-side scripting. Login pages, forums, and shopping carts are examples of server-side scripting. PHP, ASP, Perl, and ASP.Net, are some of the languages that can be used.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Previously we enabling the HTTP web server, set the whitelist, and reviewed the website on our BRX Do-More PLC. We will be using JavaScript in our HTML web page to create dynamic content for our BRX Do-More PLC. These pages will be stored on the SD memory card and transferred to the RAM memory upon powering up our BRX Do-More PLC. Let’s get started.

Previously in this BRX series PLC, we have discussed:
System HardwareVideo
Unboxing – Video
Installing the SoftwareVideo
Establishing CommunicationVideo
Firmware Update – Video
Numbering Systems and AddressingVideo
First ProgramVideo
Monitoring and Testing the ProgramVideo
Online Editing and Debug ModeVideo
TimersVideo
CountersVideo
High-Speed IOVideo
Compare InstructionsVideo
Math InstructionsVideo
Program ControlVideo
Shifting InstructionsVideo
Drum InstructionVideo
Serial Communication – Modbus RTU to Solo Process Temperature ControllerVideo
Data LoggingVideo
Email – Text SMS Messaging GmailVideo
Secure Email Communication Video
AdvancedHMI Communication – Modbus TCPVideo
Analog IO – System ConfigurationVideo
HTTP JSON InstructionsVideo
Analog Dusk to Dawn ProgramVideo
INC DEC 512 Registers for DMX512Video
PID with PWM OutputVideo
PID Ramp Soak ProfileVideo
Do-More Simulator MQTT Publish / SubscribeVideo
BRX Do-More PLC MQTT CommunicationsVideo
Stride Field Remote IO Modules Modbus TCP Ethernet
Unboxing SIO MB12CDR and SIO MB04ADS Video
Powering and Configuring Video
BRX Do-More PLC to Stride Field IO Modbus TCPVideo
BRX Do-More PLC Ethernet Remote IO Controller BX-DMIO
Unboxing BX-DMIO Video
Configuration and Programming Video
Modbus RTU TCP Remote IO Controller BX-MBIO
Hardware Video
Powering and Configuring Video
BRX Do-More PLC to Modbus Remote IO Controller BX-MBIOVideo
Modbus ASCII ProtocolVideo
Peerlink Ethernet CommunicationVideo
HTTP Web ServerVideo

Our entire BRX D0-More series can be found here.
The programming software and manuals can be downloaded from the Automation Direct website free of charge.

Watch the video below to see how to create, transfer, and view dynamic web pages on our BRX Do-More PLC.

BRX Do-More PLC HTTP Web Server

Our previous post enabled our HTTP web server, Whitelist, and static IP for our website. This must be done prior to creating our dynamic web page on our BRX Do-More PLC.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
In order to run our dynamic web page on our BRX Do-More PLC, we will need to download and install version 2.8 or newer of the Do-More Designer Software.
You can download the latest version of Do-More Designer here.

Do-More Rest API

Ethernet-equipped BRX CPUs contain an HTTP-based RESTful API (REpresentational State Transfer, Application Programming Interface) that will return the contents of PLC memory locations in JSON formatted records. The REST API is accessed by a web browser using a URL with the appropriate parameters.
Additional information on the BRX Do-More Rest API can be found in the following video. The help menu on the Do-More Designer software will also explain the Rest API in the PLC.
In our example we will be using the following URL parameters:
http:///data/json?AnalogIn=WX0,8 &ScaleAnalogIn=RX0,8 &DigitalIn=X0,8

AnalogIn=WX0,8 – This will return eight addresses starting at the BRX Do-More PLC WX0. AnalogIn will be the variable to store the information.
ScaleAnalogIn=RX0,8 – ScaleAnalogIn will be the variable to store eight registers starting at the BRX Do-More PLC RX0. This was the scaling area we used in the previous post for our analog signal.
DigitalIn=X0,8 – The variable DigitalIn will contain the status of the eight discrete inputs on our Do-More PLC starting at X0.
Here is an example of the Rest API information received from the above URL.

{
"AnalogIn":[34,0,0,0,0,0,0,0],
"ScaleAnalogIn":[0.0109867,0,0,0,0,0,0,0],
"DigitalIn":[1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]
}

The data returned is in a JSON array. You can see the three variable names and then the corresponding data called. This will be converted into a JavaScript array for our dynamic web page.

Creating the BRX Do-more Web Page

Website pages can be created using any text editor. In our example, we will be using a windows notepad. Use the extension .htm to save your file. This specifies that we have an HTTP file.
W3School is a great resource to help you develop your web page.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
There is an online editor that you can develop your code. Then use windows, copy and paste to create your web page in notepad.

Creating the Dynamic Web Page

Let’s break down the HTML and JavaScript code for our BRX Do-More dynamic web page.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
An image with a hyperlink will be displayed on our dynamic web page.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body style="background-color:lightgray;">
<h2>
<img src="ACC_Do_1.jpg" alt="ACC_Automation" width="32" height="32">
ACC Automation</h2>
<h3><a href="https://accautomation.ca/" target="_blank">https://accautomation.ca/</a></h3>
<p><b>Sample Program - Dynamic Web Page (Read Only) - BRX Do-More PLC </b><br>
   WX0 - Analog Input <br>
   RX0 - Scaled Analgo Input <br>
   X0 to X7 - Digital Inputs <br>
   Updated every 0.2 seconds (200 milliseconds) <br>
   JSON array will be converted into a JavaScript array</p>

BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
A paragraph is made with the ID of “AccA”. This is where we will be placing the information from the Rest API using JavaScript.
A variable called myArr is created for the JSON parse information from the Rest API information.
We loop through the digital inputs of our JSON array (myArr) and create the information that will be displayed. Each input will have a box around it and highlight when the input is on, and turn off the highlight when the input is off.
Writing to the document (AccA) we write the analog input and scaled analog input. We then write digital information.

<p id="AccA"></p>
<script>
var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();
xmlhttp.overrideMimeType("application/json");
xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
  if (this.readyState == 4 && this.status == 200) {
    var myArr = JSON.parse(this.responseText);
    var StatusDigital = "";
    var i;
    for (i = 0; i < myArr.DigitalIn.length; i++) {
if (myArr.DigitalIn[i] == 1) {
StatusDigital += "<span style='background-color:lightgreen; border:2px solid green;'>  X" + i + " </span>";
} else {
StatusDigital += "<span style='border:2px solid green;'>  X" + i + " </span>";
}
//StatusDigital += myArr.DigitalIn[i] + " ";
    }
    document.getElementById("AccA").innerHTML = "<h2> <span style='border: 2px solid DodgerBlue;'> Analog Input = "
+ myArr.AnalogIn[0] + " = " + myArr.ScaleAnalogIn[0] + " Volts </span></h2>"
     + "<h2> Digital Inputs: <br><br>"
+ StatusDigital + "</h2>";
  }
};

To automatically update information (Dynamic Web Page) we create a function called update data. The timeout of the function will be 200 milliseconds. We then call this function in order to start our timeout.

function updatedata(){
     xmlhttp.open("GET", "http://192.168.1.11/data/json?AnalogIn=WX0,8 &ScaleAnalogIn=RX0,8 &DigitalIn=X0,8", true);
     xmlhttp.send();
     setTimeout(updatedata, 200);
}
updatedata();
</script>

BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
At the bottom of our dynamic web page we will include a link to the Rest API (JSON Array) information.

<p>Take a look at <a href="http://192.168.1.11/data/json?AnalogIn=WX0,8 &ScaleAnalogIn=RX0,8 &DigitalIn=X0,8" target="_blank">http://192.168.1.11/data/json?AnalogIn=WX0,8 &ScaleAnalogIn=RX0,8 &DigitalIn=X0,8</a></p>
</body>
</html>

BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
This is our completed dynamic web page.

BRX Do-More Storage Area for Web Pages

Using the Do-More Designer Software call up the Browse PLC File Systems…
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
This can be found using the main menu | PLC | Browse PLC File Systems…
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Web pages are served from the RAM (random access memory) of our BRX Do-More PLC. (@RamFS)
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Browse to the root of this memory area and create a new folder called UP. (User Pages)
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
In the ‘up’ directory, copy the htm and picture to this directory.
We can now specify the IP address and call up the web page from the User Pages tab on the website. See the video below to watch the dynamic web page in action.

BRX Do-More Sample Program for Dynamic Web Page

Last time we wired our analog input tester to the analog input WX0 on the BRX CPU. A capacitive CK1 proximity sensor was wired to X0 on the BRX CPU.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Our input from our capacitive proximity sensor will directly trigger the first output Y0 on our BRX Do-More PLC.
Analog Input Scaling
Call up the system configuration window. Select BRX Local IO on the left side of the window. Select the analog button.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
We will select 0-10VDC for our analog input signal. The scaling will be enabled from WX0 to RX0. 0 to 32767 will be scaled to 0 to 10. This will represent our voltage on our tester. Select OK.

BRX Do-More Create Folder and Copy Files for Dynamic Web Page

When power is removed from the PLC the RAM memory (@RamFS) is lost. In order for our web pages to be seen, we must transfer the information into the RAM memory upon a power-up of the BRX Do-More PLC.
Detect Power Applied to BRX Do-More PLC
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Using the math instruction we compare the year, month, day, hour, and minute with the current ($Now) and start-up real-time clock. This will turn on a bit (C0) for one minute indicating that the PLC has just been powered up.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Once we detect that the PLC has been powered, we will make a new folder in @RamFS. This will be our ‘UP’ folder (User Pages) for the web pages.
BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages
Once we power-up, a delay of 500 milliseconds is used before we transfer our files from the @SDCard to the @RamFS memory.
That is our completed ladder logic program. Download this to the BRX Do-More PLC and place the PLC in run mode.

Watch the video below to see the dynamic web pages running on our BRX Do-More PLC web server.

Download the BRX Do-More program and web pages with images here.

BRX Series PLC from Automation Direct – Power to deliver
Overview Link (Configure and purchase a system)
Manuals and Product Inserts (Installation and Setup Instruction)
Do-More Designer Software (Free Download Link) – The software will contain all of the instruction sets and help files for the BRX Series PLC.

Watch on YouTube: BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages If you have any questions or need further information please contact me.
Thank you,
Garry

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6 thoughts on “BRX Do-More PLC Dynamic Web Pages”

  1. Gary,

    I really enjoy your site. It has proved very helpful as I learn to implement PLCs.

    I have been having trouble with your: BRX DO-MORE PLC DYNAMIC WEB PAGES. Running your ACCautomation.htm page, it runs without including “AccA”. (I changed all occurrences to the correct IP address.) Clicking the “Take a look at” hypertext link gives the correct JSON response. No other changes were made. Can you help?

    Thanks,

    Scott

    1. Hi Scott,
      Thanks for the comments. Since you are networking the PC and PLC, please ensure that the windows firewall is not interfering with the communication.
      Regards,
      Garry

  2. Gary,
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    This setup was attempted on two windows machines with two different PLCs. The REST request works without problem when placed in the browser’s address line.

    Behavior was unaffected by disabling the windows firewall.

    Is there anyway to determine if the script is running? I attempted to place an “else” to “if (this.readyState == 4 && this.status == 200)” and inject text into “document.getElementById(“AccA”).innerHTML =” without success.

    I would love to make this work–I implimented you HMI suggestion, but I have to admit that I have some trouble navigating Visual Studio find the supplied “controls and displays” somewhat limiting.

    Thanks again for your help.

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