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BRX Do-More PLC High Speed IO (Input / Output)

The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers has built in high speed inputs and outputs. 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. Every BRX Do-More CPU unit also has 2, 4 or 8 high speed outputs (HSO) available depending on the model. The outputs can send a frequency of pulses out up to 250Khz. Due to the speed of the IO, these functions available on the BRX Do-More PLC will operate asynchronous with the PLC scan time.
We will be looking at sending an output of pulses at different frequencies from our BRX Do-More PLC and inputting these back into the high speed inputs of the PLC. So our output will be wired back into our input. We will then display the frequency of the input pulses and the count. As a system integrator, this ability to send and receive high speed inputs and outputs can prove very useful to you in the field when commissioning your automation system.
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BRX Do-More PLC Counters Explained

A majority of the programmable logic controller (PLC) programs will include a counter instruction. The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers have several different counters available for your program. There are five different basic counter instructions in the PLC. The memory area for counters (CT) includes the Counter PVs (Present Values) Counter SVs (Set Values) and the Counter Completion Flags. The default size of the counter area is CT0 – CT255. This size can change to the amount that we need for our program. Please see BRX Do-More PLC Numbering Systems and Addressing on how to change the memory configuration of the controller.
We will be looking at the counter instructions in the BRX Do-More PLC along with some programming examples. As a system integrator, this ability can prove very useful to you in the field when commissioning your automation system. When dealing with counters, we need to look at timing charts. The Secret of Using Counters is a good refresher on using timing charts.
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BRX Do-More PLC Timers – How to Use

A majority of the programmable logic controller (PLC) programs will include a timer instruction. The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers have several different timers available for your program. There are nine different basic timing instructions in the PLC. The memory area for timers includes the Timer PVs (Present Values) Timer SVs (Set Values) and the Timer Completion Flags. The default size of the timer area is T0 – T255. This size can change to the amount that we need for our program. Please see BRX Do-More PLC Numbering Systems and Addressing on how to change the memory configuration of the controller.
We will be looking at the timer instructions in the BRX Do-More PLC along with some programming examples. As a system integrator, this ability can prove very useful to you in the field when commissioning your automation system. When dealing with timers, we need to look at timing charts. The Secret of Using Timers is a good refresher on using timing charts.
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BRX Do-More PLC Online Editing and Debug Mode

We will now look at online editing and the powerful debug mode of our BRX Do-More controller. Our first program for the BRX Do-More PLC involved a start-stop jog circuit. We will now use the Do-More Designer Software to modify this program while the PLC is scanning the logic. This is referred to as online programming or online editing. As a system integrator, this ability can prove very useful to you in the field when commissioning your automation system.
We will also be using the special Debug Mode of the software to monitor the ladder logic status and bits on a scan by scan basis. Forcing the inputs and outputs, we will control the execution of the PLC scan. This is a great feature of the Do-More Designer software.
Here is a link explaining the logic behind our circuit.
How to Make a Start Stop Jog Circuit in a PLC
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BRX Do-More PLC Monitoring / Testing the Program

We will now look at monitoring and testing our BRX Do-More program in our controller. Our first program for the BRX Do-More PLC involved a start-stop jog circuit. We will now use the Do-More Designer Software to monitor, test, and modify this program. As a system integrator, this ability can prove very useful to you in the field when troubleshooting your automation system.
We will be monitoring the ladder logic status and bits. Changing the bit status will be done by forcing the inputs and outputs.
Here is a link explaining the logic behind our circuit.
How to Make a Start Stop Jog Circuit in a PLC
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BRX Do-More PLC First Program (Start, Stop, Jog)

We will now look at writing our first program for the BRX Do-More PLC. The Do-More Series allows us to write programs online or offline with the PLC controller. The series will also allow us to do online editing. We can change program information and download the new program between scans of our controller. As a system integrator, this ability can prove very useful to you in the field when troubleshooting your automation system.
Our first program will be the start, stop, jog circuit. Here is a link explaining the logic behind the circuit.
How to Make a Start Stop Jog Circuit in a PLC
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BRX Do-More PLC Numbering Systems and Addressing

We will look at numbering systems in our BRX Do-More controller. This will include physical IO, casting, and indirect addressing. The BRX Do-More PLC like all of the PLCs in the Do-More Series use strong data typing. This means that there are fixed memory structures to work within your program. Errors will be displayed if you try to put the wrong type of value in the memory location. The data structures will automatically assist you in your automation system.
Memory can now be as flexible as you want and need. You can define and allocate all the data memory the way you want it up to specific maximums. As a system integrator, you determine what best fits your automation framework.
We will be looking at the addressing and numbering systems in the BRX Do-More Series PLC. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX Do-More PLC Establishing Communication

We will now use the Do-More Designer software to establish communication with the BRX Do-More PLC. This is the same software that we used in the Learn PLC Programming Fee Video Series. Using the Do-More Designer software, we will communicate via USB, RS485, and Ethernet. These three methods will allow us to communicate to our BRX Do-More PLC in order to program or troubleshoot this controller. Once we have established communication we will then look at updating the firmware in our controller. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

BRX Do-More PLC Installing the Software

The BRX PLC uses the Do-More Designer software which can be downloaded free of charge and includes a simulator. The latest Do-More Designer software version is 2.0.3. This is the same software that we used in the Learn PLC Programming Fee Video Series.
The Do-More Designer software can be used to program the whole series of programmable logic controllers.
BRX Do-More PLC Installing the Software - Do-More Designer
Do-More H2 (Micro Modular PLC)
Do-More T1H (Stackable PLC)
BRX Series PLC (Stackable Micro Brick)
We will be installing and reviewing the Do-More Designer software version 2.0.3. Version 2 is mainly to accommodate the new BRX Series PLC. Continue Reading!

BRX Do-More PLC System Hardware / Unboxing

The BRX Do-More series of programmable logic controllers is a stackable micro brick. This is sometimes also referred to as a shoebox PLC because of the shape and way in which expansion modules are added. This new BRX Do-More series PLC is the latest in the Do-More series of controllers that have hit the market.
BRX Do-More PLC System Hardware Unboxing
Do-More H2 (Micro Modular PLC)
Do-More T1H (Stackable PLC)
BRX Do-More Series PLC (Stackable Micro Brick)

The BRX Do-More series offers built-in data logging, integrated motion control, customization communication ports, and expansion capabilities. These features like other Automation Direct products are offered at a very good price point. BRX Do-More series of controllers will use the same software as the other Do-More PLCs (Do-More Designer) and is a free download. We will be looking at this full-featured software that comes with a simulator later in this series.

We will be walking through allot of the features of this powerful controller. Let’s start by looking at the hardware. Continue Reading!