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Productivity Numbering Systems and Tag Database

We will now look at the tag numbering systems used with the Productivity controller. 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 that we assign to variables (numbering systems) of any data type stored in the PLC memory.
Productivity 1000 Series PLC Numbering Systems and Tag Database
We will be looking at data types available in the Productivity PLC and how to use the tag database. Let’s get started. Continue Reading!

Productivity PLC Online Editing and Debug Mode

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 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.
Troubleshooting the logic in our PLC sometimes can be difficult. The Productivity Suite Software has a Debug Mode. This will allow us to control the scan cycle of the PLC, decide on the rungs to execute, and control the physical outputs during this time. This ability of control helps to fix errors or understand existing code in our programmable logic controller.
We will be taking our existing Start / Stop circuit from last time and add a Jog input using online editing. We will then use the debug mode in the Productivity Suite software to understand the scan and the jog function that we added.
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Productivity Monitoring and Testing the Program

We will now look at monitoring and testing our productivity program. The Productivity Suite Software provides tools for us to monitor and test our programs. Last time we used Tag Names and Details, Task Names and Descriptions, Rung Comments, and Instruction comments to document our first program and transferred this to our connected Productivity 1000 Series PLC. We will be monitoring our ladder using the ladder editor window and display the information in two different ways. Data View is a powerful tool to help us to test and view our program. We will be forcing the IO, toggling the IO view, and graphing our tags to test our PLC logic circuit.
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Productivity 1000 PLC Establishing Communication

We will be connecting the Productivity 1000 Series PLC with our computer running the Productivity Suite Software. A micro USB and an Ethernet (RJ45) communication link will be made to our programmable logic controller.
The latest Productivity Suite software version is 3.1.0.11. This is the programming software that we will be using to create our logic for control.
Productivity 1000 Series PLC Establishing Communication
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