Friday, May 13, 2011

The PLC Control Builder Functionality

To create PLC based on control solutions you can use PLC Control Builder which is available in the AC 800M hardware as your PLC hardware. The PLC Control Builder is released with type solutions for alarm handling, simple logic control, device control, loop control, etc. the LC Control Builder is packaged as standard libraries. You can also put in self-defined types from another projects into your recent project. The Control Builder maintains for 5 different programming languages, Sequential Function Chart (SFC), Function Block Diagram (FBD), Structured Text (ST), Instruction List (IL), and Ladder Diagram (LD) according to IEC 61131-3. Additionally it supports the language of Control Module. Another functionalities are test mode and online debugger.

Two initiate manuals are accessible: Control Languages of IEC 61131 and Getting Started. Control Languages of IEC 61131 is a good to begin for knowledge the basics automatic control in different aspects and the control languages subsequent the standard of IEC-61131. Getting Started offers a foreword for new PLC Control Builder users. The manual also provides the installation procedure explanation. PLC Control Builder is a completely incorporated Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional application. It offers tools for configure PLC hardware units and programming applications from the hardware family of AC 800M.

The minimum requirements besides the operating system Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional; Acrobat Reader is needed for reading online manuals and Microsoft Word is necessary for making documentation. The core user interface of PLC Control Builder is called as Project Explorer and it is where you make and construct your projects. A project encloses the whole configuration required for a PLC according to control solution, together with hardware settings and control applications. Context menus are supportive while connecting parameters or hardware units configuring etc. Both the hardware (hardware linked to the PLC) and the software are modeled in a project.

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