The Productivity Suite Software allows us to use tags in the PLC. Tags are a method for assigning and referencing memory locations (numbering systems) within the programmable logic controller. They allow a more structured programming approach and are stored within a tag database. The tag database is stored in the memory of the Productivity Series of PLCs from Automation Direct. Do not overthink tags. Tags are just names assigned to variables of any data type stored in the PLC memory.
We will now look at the tag numbering systems and database used with the Productivity 2000 controller. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
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 programming or 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 starts to execute. This happens in milliseconds so our process can continue to operate.
We will be taking our existing Start / Stop circuit from last time and add a Jog input using online programming. Changing the program online is a common method of programming. The documentation will also be changed during this online program change. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The Productivity Series 2000 and 3000 CPUs and remote controllers have OLED/LCD displays. The data can be system errors and information or user-defined messages programmed through ladder logic. Operators, maintenance, or programmer can use this information for running conditions, troubleshooting, or other items for the PLC system.
We will be looking at the CPU OLED/LCD on the productivity 2000 PLC. The eight control buttons will display the inputs and output for troubleshooting. System parameters like the real-time clock can also be set using the CPU display and control buttons. Custom messages displayed will be programmed in ladder logic. This will include scrolling messages and displaying tag information. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
Previously we created our first program using the Productivity Suite Software and transferred this to our connected Productivity 2000 Series PLC. 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 PLC 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 PLC 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 PLC program. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The Machine Simulator (MS) is part of the EasyPLC software suite. It has many built-in machines that are used to show different programming techniques. The robotic cell example is one of these machines. This will demonstrate a sequencer example. The logic will step through different steps in order to perform the task. In this case, an engine is lifted and placed onto a rack.
We will be using a Productivity Suite Programming Simulator to program this engine loader of the robotic cell. This will be done using Modbus TCP (Ethernet) for communications. Using the five steps for program development we will show how this sequencer is programmed. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The High-Speed Input Pulse Catch will set an output that can be seen by the PLC ladder logic scan in response to an input pulse. Inputs that are too fast to reliably be seen by the ladder logic scan time will be seen.
The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers have built-in high-speed inputs. These inputs can function in Counter, Timer, or Pulse Catch modes. Every CPU will have either 6 or 10 high-speed inputs (HSI) available depending on the model. These inputs can be used for input frequencies from 0 to 250Khz. 250Khz represents 250000 input counts per second that can be coming from devices connected to your PLC like an encoder. Due to the speed of the inputs, they function on the BRX Do-More PLC asynchronous with the PLC scan time.
We will continue looking at the high-speed inputs on our BRX Do-More PLC, by looking at the pulse catch mode. The pulse catch mode will be set up using the Z phase of our incremental encoder. Pulses will be counted using the input directly in the ladder logic and using the pulse catch bit. Comparisons will be made between the two counts and an output will be turned on when different. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!