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 2000 Series PLC uses the Productivity Suite Software. The software can be downloaded free of charge. It is the full package without restrictions or limitations.
The latest Productivity Suite software version is 3.10.2(1). Automation Direct has put over 20 years of programmable controller software experience along with customer suggestions and feedback into this programming package. It has great features that we will be exploring as we program our Productivity 2000 Series PLC.
This is the same software that will program the entire Productivity Series of programmable logic controllers.
Productivity 1000 P1 (Stackable Micro PLC) P1000
Productivity 2000 P2 (Micro Modular Programmable Controller) P2000
Productivity 3000 P3 (Modular Programmable Controller) P3000
We will be installing and reviewing the Productivity Suite software version 3.10.2(1). Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The Click PLC retentive data memory registers are not included in the program file by default. All Click PLC CPUs are included. This option must be selected to include the C, CT, DS, DD, DH, DF, CTD, and TXT memory in the Click project file.
We will be enabling the option to include the retentive data memory in the Click program file from the Click programming software. We will also be installing a battery and programming an expiry date. This will indicate when the battery will need to be replaced. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!
The real-time clock on the Click Plus can now be more accurate. A network time service (NTP or SNTP) has been added to the Click Plus controller. This will allow the time to be synchronized with an internet time server or local network. Daylight savings time is quickly implemented with just a memory retentive bit that we can turn on and off based on the time change in the area.
We will be setting up the network time service on our Click Plus. The real-time clock (RTC) will be updated via the internet time service. Daylight savings time and the RTC will also be programmed. This will be based on our previous Click Real-Time Clock post. 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 look at the MQTT communication capability using our Click plus PLC.
MQTT stands for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport. This simple ‘publish and subscribe’ communication protocol, does not take too many resources.
Constrained devices with low bandwidth are ideal for MQTT. This protocol provides machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity which is ideal for the Internet of Things. (IoT) This protocol is not for remote IO or real-time (deterministic) applications. MQTT is a good solution for applications that move data from hundreds or thousands of machines (sensors) to clients in many networks.
We will be installing a windows based broker called Mosquitto. The Click Plus PLC will be one of the clients publishing and subscribing to the MQTT broker. Node-RED will be the other client publishing and subscribing to the MQTT broker. Each client will share information. Let’s get started. Keep on Reading!