Many questions come from serial communications using the Click PLC. Most of these questions deal with communication timing when using multiple send and receive instructions. We will show you how to deal with serial communication timing in the Click PLC.
Receive and Send instructions will allow you to send and receive serial data to an external device. The communication method that you set up 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 RTU to a Solo Temperature Controller. Parameters from the Solo process temperature controller will be read using multiple receive instructions. The send instruction will be used multiple times as well to set the Set Value (SV) and Limits of the SV value entered in the temperature controller. The set values will only be changed when required. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
We will now look at the data logging capability using our Click plus PLC.
Data logging is the collection of data over time. This is usually used for data analysis at a later time. The amount of data (System Information) stored and the frequency of the storage will depend on your specific application.
The hardware used to store the data is usually called a data logger. Using the information from our last post, the MQTT information collected (Temperature in Atlanta and Click Analog) will now be logged in two different ways. A micro SD card on the Click Plus will be used to store the data every minute in a CSV (Comma Separated Value) file. Node-RED will also be used to store the same data in a SQL database. Let’s get started on how to use these data loggers. Keep on Reading!
We will now establish communication using four different methods from our computer to the new Click Plus controller. The click programming software version 3.00 will be used for the communication methods. Click Plus controllers allow you to program them through the micro USB port on every CPU. WiFi (Bluetooth Provisioning) is also available on some controllers. Ethernet and Serial ports may also be used for programming if they are present on your model of Click Plus.
We will be establishing PC to PLC communications using version 3.00 of the click programming software. Four different ways will be discussed on getting connected to the Click Plus controller to program. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The Click Plus PLC has now been released. This can only be programmed with version 3.00 or higher of the Click Programming Software. Version 3.00 will program all of the Click PLC CPU units and add additional features to the Click Ethernet CPU units.
Features of the new Click PLUS PLC (C2-0xCPU) includes the following:
• Micro USB
• DHCP support
• DNS support
• Wi-Fi (programming and Modbus TCP)
• Bluetooth (Wi-Fi) provisioning
• SD Card (Data Logging)
• Data Logger
• Network Time Service
• MQTT (Publish/Subscribe)
• Required PLC Password
• Disable Ports
• Strong Password Support
• Disable Ping Response
• Encrypted Password Transfer
We will be installing version 3.00 of the Click programming software on our windows 10 computer. After starting the software we will review some of the new features. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The click plc has a real-time clock that will allow us to control outputs based on a date or time of day. This real-time clock (RTC) can be set from the click programming software or through the program of the controller. Our programs in the click can use the following calendar and clock values:
SD19 – RTC Year – 4 digits (2021)
SD20 – RTC Year – 2 digits (21)
SD21 – RTC Month – (00 to 12)
SD22 – RTC Day – (00 to 31)
SD23 – RTC Day of the Week – 1 Sunday to 7 Saturday
SD24 – RTC Hour – (00 to 23)
SD25 – RTC Minute – (00 to 59)
SD26 – RTC Second – (00 to 59)
We will be using the RTC – Real Time Clock in a sample program. This program will turn on an output Monday to Friday from noon until 1 pm. It will also adjust for daylight savings time. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!