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How to Make a One-Shot in the PLC

A one-shot in the PLC will turn an output on for one scan. This is used to trigger events that should only happen once. An example of this would be to increment a value in memory. If a one-shot is not used, then every scan of the PLC will increment the value.


What is a one-shot in the PLC?

One-shots are known by several other names. Differential Up (DIFU), Differential Down (DIFD), One Shot Relay (OSR), Powerflow Modifier, Leading edge contact, Trailing edge contact, etc. This all relates to the programmable controller that you are programming.

PLC Examples of One-Shots

Let’s take a look at programming a one-shot using bit logic only. We will program both a leading edge one shot and a trailing edge one-shot bit. This program will work in all PLCs.
Note: The white background in the increment (INC) instruction just indicates the reset for the animation.

How to Make a One-Shot in the PLC

Leading Edge One-Shot Bit Example

Leading-edge one-shot bit: This will turn on a bit for one scan when the input condition makes a transition from 0 to 1. (Off to on)
When input X0 turns on C0 is turned on for one scan. This is because it is in series with the C1 lead work bit. The next rung will latch this on and not unlatch it until the input condition X0 turns off. C0 will only be on for one scan when X0 turns on.

How to Make a One-Shot in the PLC

Trailing-Edge One-Shot Bit Example

Trailing edge one-shot bit: This will turn on a bit for one scan when the input condition makes a transition from 1 to 0. (On to off)
When input X0 turns off C2 is turned on for one scan. This is because it is in series with the C3 trail work bit. The next rung will latch this on and not unlatch it until the input condition X0 turns off.

The Do-more PLC has several different ways to do the leading and trailing edge one-shots. Here is a couple:

How to Make a One-Shot in the PLC

The leading or trailing edge contact instruction will allow logic flow for one scan from a transition. (On to off / Off to on)

How to Make a One-Shot in the PLC

The leading and trailing edge Powerflow Modifier is placed before the output. It will turn multiple input signals into a one-shot for the output.

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Garry



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Creating a Flip Flop Circuit in the PLC

A flip-flop circuit in a PLC usually has one input and two outputs. When the input is activated, the two outputs latch on/off opposite to each other alternately.  Basically, it is used to toggle (latch) an output on and off with just one input. In the PLC it is a single input that will toggle an output on and off each time the input signal is activated.


Flip Flop Circuit using Relays

Here is an example of a hard-wired flip-flop circuit using relays.
Creating a Flip Flop Circuit in the PLC

PLC Flip Flop Circuit Example

The PLC program will be a little different than the relays because of the way in which the PLC scans. Scanning takes place from left to right, top to bottom. The output conditions from the logic are available to the next rung as the logic is solved. Outputs and inputs are read usually only once at the end of the scan. Remember to think of the outputs in the PLC as make before break. This is the opposite of the relay logic presented above which is break before make.

Let’s look at the logic. This is programmed using the Do-More Programming Software which comes with a simulator. This full programming package is free of charge and can be downloaded here.

Creating a Flip Flop Circuit in the PLC

The input is on leading-edge instruction. (One Scan) If output 2 is on then it will set output 1. If output 2 is not on then it will reset output 1. The third line of code will determine the state of output 2 based upon output 1.

You may be asking yourself why do we not just use the conditions from output 1 to control output 1.  This is because if we substituted output 1 for the conditions on the input then output 1 would never turn on/off. The output conditions are available for the next line of the PLC code. This would allow the output to be set and reset within the scan without being updated. Using output 2 is the only way in which this logic would work.

Running the PLC Logic for the Flip Flop Circuit

Here is an automated picture to show the input toggling on / off and the outputs flip-flopping.

Creating a Flip Flop Circuit in the PLC

Note: An emergency condition can be added to the set or reset rungs to automatically control the output either way.

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Garry



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Creating a Flip Flop Circuit in the PLC

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Building a PLC Program Part 4 – Traffic Light

In part 1 we looked at writing PLC programs to control a traffic light using discrete bits and then using timed sequencing using indirect addressing. Part 2 used indirect addressing for inputs as well as output to control the sequence of pneumatic (air) cylinders in the program. Part 3 returned to the traffic light application and expand our program significantly. We looked at the sequence of operations using Input, output, and mask tables. Part 4 will now continue with the programming of the logic in the PLC.


Let’s look at the sequence that we are controlling – Building a PLC Program – Traffic Light

Note that I have color-coded the outputs that will be on in the sequence. This makes it easier to read how the lights will behave. All bits without ‘1’ are assumed to be ‘0’. The pedestrian walk signals flash before they change to walk signals.

The weekend sequence looks like this. We have an overlap of the red signal lights. The arrows are not used.
Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

The weekday off-peak times sequence looks like this. We have an advanced flashing green light for the north and west traffic.
Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

The weekday peak times sequence is as follows. The turn arrows have been added for the north/south and west/east directions.
Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

It is important to note that the sequencing and information contained in these charts must be understood fully before programming can begin. Take the time to review and understand the following tables. Here is a copy of the excel table complete with the inputs, mask, and outputs.

Advantages of Sequencers – Building a PLC Program  – Traffic Light

This method of programming can have a vast number of applications. Here are some of the advantages of using this method:

  • Modification of the program without extensive rewriting
  • Integration with a Human Machine Interface (HMI) to control, modify and/or troubleshoot
  • Ability to sequence forward and backward
  • Easily understood the logic to follow. Looking at the pointers can the on compare instruction will quickly tell you what sensor is not being made.
Troubleshooting this method of programming is easily done. Compare the bits in the input pointed word to the actual bits form the input in binary format. The difference is the input/output that is not working.
The program is basically broken down into three sections:
  • Inputs – Setting bits in the input channel based upon actual and internal conditions.
  • Control  – Control of the pointers, mask and setting the output channel.
  • Outputs – Using the output channel to activate the actual and internal actions required.
 Inputs – Building a PLC Program  – Traffic Light

The program is all controlled by one on-delay timer. This sets the minimum time between each step.
Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

Control – Building a PLC Program  – Traffic Light

This section of the control will tell the PLC what to do when the unit is first powered on. It resets the pointers and moves the initial output setting to the output word. You will see that since we have three different sequences running, there are three different reset rungs in parallel. The table input pointer is compared to the last value +1 of the sequence running.Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

The mask calculation is next. This is used to ignore the inputs that we do not want to see or may not know the status during the execution of the program.  Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

You will notice that the first three sequences are all the same. On this step, we then determine if the pointers need to be changed for the other two. The first is for weekday off-peak times.  Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

This is for the weekday peak times.  Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light

We now compare the actual inputs after the mask with the input table word. If they are equal then move the output table word to the output channel and increment the pointers to the next step.  Ladder Logic Programming Sample Code - Traffic Light

Outputs – Building a PLC Program  – Traffic Light

The actual outputs are set using the output word bits. You will note that the flashing green lights are done when both green outputs are not on. This way will give me the greatest flexibility when developing different sequences. The ‘do not walk signal’ is not part of the sequence but is controlled when the flashing walk or walk is not on.

Ladder Logic Programming Sample Code - Traffic Light Ladder Logic Programming Sample Code - Traffic Light Building a PLC Program Part 4 - Traffic Light Ladder Logic Programming Sample Code - Traffic Light

The program will not change much for completely different sequences.

This program and the data tables can be downloaded here. Note that in order to run this program you must call up the input, mask, and output tables and write them to the simulator or PLC.

Part 5 will make a Game of Simon by learning all about bit manipulation and sequencers.

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If you have any questions or need further information please contact me.
Thank you,
Garry



If you’re like most of my readers, you’re committed to learning about technology. Numbering systems used in PLCs are not difficult to learn and understand. We will walk through the numbering systems used in PLCs. This includes Bits, Decimal, Hexadecimal, ASCII, and Floating Point.

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