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  1. How do you test PLC logic?

    We have been working with PLCs for long time. We used to develop PLC logic, partly test it on an emulator and test the rest on the partly energised equipment. From time to time working with computer software development (C# and JavaScript) I was always looking for something similar to unit testing in the PLC world. As I couldn't find anything at that time I've started developing own automated testing tool. Now we use this tool, which basically simulates PLC inputs in defined actions and checks expected behaviour of internal tags or/and PLC outputs. If it behaved the way we expected, it's PASS, otherwise it's FAIL. We break complex logic into small parts and create unit tests for it. By creating more of these unit tests we can test PLC logic of any complexity. The software called PLC Logic Prover and it's free at https://www.controlx.io Recently, I've been told that there is no point to develop anything new if there are already great tools on the market. Honestly, I didn't do proper research earlier, so I'm here asking the experts. What do you use to test PLC logic? What automated testing tools do you use? Is it using IO simulation or it can test logic by other means? Your replies are appreciated. Thanks, Alex
  2. Hi guys, since this is a forum for people starting out with TIA Portal, I would like to share with you my course that I developed for the last 6 months.  This course uses a real-life sample application and translates it into a fully functional TIA Portal PLC application.  This course of 2,5 hours consists mainly of video explanations with practical programming assignments to put your newly gained knowledge straight to work.  As a controls engineer, I have over 10 years of hands-on experience with TIA Portal ranging from software development, commissioning and troubleshooting. At the end of this course, you´ll be able to: Structure and program a real-life user application in TIA Portal Download and Troubleshoot a TIA PLC application Program function blocks (FB) using ladder logic Build global data structures using user-defined-data-types (UDT) and data blocks (DB) With the coupon link below, you can enrol for only $12.99 (might vary depending on the country you live in).  The course is normally $99.99, so you get an amazing all-round programming package for almost no money.  So go and check it out  Take me to the Course Now!      
  3. Did you always wanted to get started with Siemens TIA Portal programming, but you were never sure where to start or how to get the best performance out of the platform? Eager to upgrade your TIA skillset from an instructor with over 10 years of TIA experience in the field?   -> Then this course might be just for you! My course "Siemens TIA Portal - PLC Programming Basics" will take you through the steps of creating your very first TIA application - from structuring (very important!) and programming your application, to downloading and troubleshooting your application online.  The course is based on video lectures and is around 2.5 hours long, and consists of 40 lectures divided over 6 main chapters. The enrolment fee is offered at a huge discount at the moment, so take action while it lasts! Take me to the TIA Portal course, I´d like to check it out...   Thank you, and I hope to see you inside the course! Hans
  4. AVE instruction Error

    A little background information here, I am trying to create a moving average so I accomplished it with the code (imaged attached) The problem i am having is the AVE instruction error bit goes true. it leaved me with a result of 1.#QAN  I did some googling and it said this is typically done when dividing by zero?? so i added a NEQ to 0 prior to loading the array. then it happened again. so i put the error bit in front of the FFL so it will stop loading the array when i get the error bit so i can see what values are in the array when it errors out. Has anyone else had this issue and what could you do to resolve it? I haven't had any luck find something that points me in the right direction. Thanks in advance for your help.
  5. Hi, Could anyone help me out on how to extract the digits present in a string in sysmac studio... Thanks in advance !!!
  6. Hi, I've been having a problem with my Schneider setup, and I can't seem to figure out the problem. I'm using Machine Expert Logic Builder and Vijeo 6.2, and I can't seem to download to my PLC. I can download to my HMI just fine, but my HMI comes back with the message as mentioned in the title. Also when I perform a full download, machine expert comes up with the message "Could not connect to the device for item "xx", selected target system "PLC name" is different from the connected device "HMI name". The weirdest thing is that machine expert shows my PLC just fine, but doesn't show my HMI. I have no idea what to do, as I feel like I've tried everything. The IP range is fine, subnet is fine. The driver in IO manager in Vijeo has the PLC nodename in it, so that shouldn't be the problem either. Does anyone know what to do in a situation like this? Thank you in advance!
  7. Please could you assist with the software required to download data tables from 4 off DIRIS A10 Multifunction Meters into TM221CE40R Logic Controller via TMC2SL1 Comms Cartridge using Modbus Protocol over RS485. I have downloaded the Modbus tables from Socomec but not sure how to get these into the PLC. I would really appreciate your help in achieving this. I am using EcoStruxure Machine Expert - Basic to program the PLC & DAQ Factory Developer Release for my Touchscreen. Link to Socomec Modbus tables: https://www.socomec.com/files/live/sites/systemsite/files/SCP/6_gestion_energie/diris/diris_a10/DIRIS-A-10_COMMUNICATION-TABLE_2018-01_DCG01013_MULTI.html#General
  8. Control Panel

    Is it possible to view the values / states of all inputs, outputs and workbits (e.g. 64.00 through 64.15 on Omron CQM1 PLC) on a single screen or control panel within CX-Programmer software?  I'm trying to troubleshoot some ladder logic that I wrote and need to know the values of 5 or 6 inputs/outputs/workbits simultaneously.  Having to scroll up and down through my ladder logic repeatedly does not work well with code that changes state every 5-10 seconds or so. Any help is welcome.
  9. Q03UDVCPU

    I am new with PLC's and I am learning how to work with GX Works 2. I have two questions, 1st Question: Using a Q series PLC (Q03UDVCPU) Is it possible to convert the language of a project from ladder logic to structured text? 2nd Question: If I read a project from a PLC why is it always ladder logic? Is there any way to read out structured text?
  10. Hi I'm looking for Ladder Logic code that I could use for a plastic injection molding machine.  I am willing to purchase and/or modify existing code to meet our specifications.  We have lost the Ladder Logic out of the TI/Siemens Controller on our Newbury 100 Plastic Machine so we're looking at replacing both the PLC and the HMI interface with an Automation Direct Controller.  We have the HMI Basic Code for the Newbury but not the ladder.  I've pasted the manual below for our machine.  Any assistance would be much appreicated.  The manual was too large for me to post but I've posted a document with information about how we intend to upgrade which has a little information about the machine also. Newbury 100 upgrade logging.docx
  11. Hey there, I have an "Italian safe CNG dispenser pm head". I googled about it and found that It is a plc board. So I searched how to program it. Then found it use ladder programming language. Now there are no tutorial or documentation about its programming. But I want to repair my damaged plc board. If I goto any technician they will charge a huge amount of money. So I thought I will repair it by my self. So need help about the software name its use and how can I program it.  If any of you guys know about it please provide me your precious knowledge. Use this printerest link for see my pm head(plc board) https://i.pinimg.com/564x/0e/d6/6c/0ed66cb9a1065ab10a07e0b9aadc6f0d.jpg   Thank you (TIA) Masud karim
  12. CCLINK program problem

    Hello everyone, I want to ask,, Does address mapping use this concept to do "remote i / o station" can be done? following the network parameter settings for CCLink and I tried to program with this ladder, is that correct?  
  13. Hello! I have a project where I need to use Allen Bradley PLC, it might be one of CompactLogic series. In scope of the project I need to transfer few real values to DirectLogic PLC that installed on customer side. DirectLogic PLC has installed ethernet card that support Modbus TCP, TCP/IP and UDP/IP protocols as it says on automationdirect website. I start looking for Allen Bradley PLC that support Modbus TCP or TCP/UDP protocol and did find clear information. Could you help me to find out a way how I can pass the data to directlogic PLC from CompactLogic?   Thank you in advance!   Regards, Scotty
  14. GX Work2 Comments in Arrays

    I am very new to the Mitsubishi PLC world (I have a lot of experience with A/B and Omron though).  I am having an issue trying to assign comments to an array of Globally scoped bits - I am also using Structured Ladder - NOT simple ladder.  Is it possible to do this?  I have contacted there tech support group and they were of little help.  I don't care if I update the label comment or the device comment, I just want to assign a simple comment that can be displayed (i.e. I am using this for step sequences).   Any help would be greatly appreciated!  
  15. ladder program

    Hello everyone, I want to know why the Y172 coil is ON / logic 1? whereas contact SM1 is worth OFF / logic 0? can anyone explain it to me ?
  16. Hi everybody! I am an experienced electrical/electronics technician with 6 years of maintenance experience, and my boss at the factory recently suggested that I should start learning PLCs so I can take over the automation maintenance all by my own team. I have a lot of time to prepare for this position. What is the optimal way to start? We are working with OMRON equipment. I found some courses that look interesting, so my training plan is: 1 finish the free courses - the ones from Omron Learning website - the one from LinkedIn learning "Learning PLC Ladder Logic Course by: Zahraa Khalil" 2 finish the payed courses on UDEMY - Learn 5 PLCs in a Day-AB, Siemens, Schneider, Omron & Delta - PLC Programming From Scratch (PLC I) -  Practical PLC Programming (PLC II) -  Process Visualization with HMI / SCADA (PLC III) -  Advanced Programming Paradigms (PLC IV) - From Wire to PLC , A Bootcamp In Industrial Automation -  Factory Automation using PLC Logics   That being said, can you suggest me more courses / textbooks / training programs? BTW your forum has been a good source of information for the last few days that I have took to research the topic, so I want to thank you all for providing all of this information. God bless you all!    
  17. Bits on Contactor

    I use ladder logic in its most simple form. In ladder logic on the left, I have contacts(ANDs and ORs configuration). They are either switches, logic results of functions or switches, or canned strobing On the right, I have all types of functions, timers, keeps, counters, etc. As a simple example, I have a canned 1 second strobe feeding a counter. I can use the counter as a contact to close when it reaches zero. Does all of the" business" have to happen on the right? For example, the left side of the IF/(contact) statement can I put something like a bit comparison on the left? Something like... Counter, Bit# Or do I have to use a bit comparison on the right and its binary result as a contact and put it on the left?     Thanks    
  18. How to watch the value in decimal directly in the ladder page ?  Default Hexadecimal The only way I can do it is in Watch Tab and I/O map per example Thank you
  19. I am new to PlC programming . Plz can anyone guide me for ladder programming for FX5U -4LC Temperature controller with autotune parameters . Plus i want to use a PT-100 for the same . Plz help me out.
  20. Hi..  someone please help me.. i'm working in omron CS1H-H CPU67 PLC. My struggle is I/O in one particular rung is not getting updated.  Note: the rung is consist of a P_On flag followed by a FB ; all I/O to the FB were correctly assigned. but the inputs inside the FB instance are not getting updated so that the output not updated. can anyone please help me....????   sorry for my poor english... thanks in advance.
  21. I need to run 4 exactly same devices with 4 different controllers. The logic for them would be exactly the same but the IPs and controller names would be different. Is there a way to do it using 1 project file? Basically whenever download is done the logic would be downloaded but the controller name/IP would be left unchanged. They will be connected to the same network so the IPs must be different. I am using 1769-L32E for these and all racks are set up exactly the same. Any ideas?
  22. Logix 5000, Array filling

    Hi there! I have a question with AB PLC. My problem:  I have some raw data...distance for example.When the machine starts,the sensor begins to send the information with the distance values. When data is received it is moved into an array. After the first 5 values the program calculates an average and the result is moved into another array.Currently after receiving the fifth value,thus filling the first array,making the calculation and sending the average to the other array,the program empties the entire first array instead of just always discarding the oldest value of the five,and recalculating the average with the newly arrived value every time. I tried to made this with ladder diagram using an an fifo load and unload but isnt working. Please help me if anybody can. Thank You.
  23. Ladder Display Format Change

    My program has the option Tool | Options | Program Editor | Ladder | Ladder Diagram Display Format set to 11 Contacts.  Are there any repercussions to changing this on an existing program?  I would like to spread it out to the 17 Contact setting.
  24. FX2N & Inverter iG5A on RS485

    Hello everyone, I'm a beginner in RS485 communications and i want to control 2 inverter LS iG5A via RS485 from a PLC Mitsubishi FX2N I really don't understand how i should aproach and start this part of program in Ladder Diagram, to write and read parameters from Inverters.  Please help me with an example    Thanks.
  25. Structured Ladder

    Need Help! I uploaded structured ladder program into FX3S PLC. But When I try to read it from PLC it says the program cannot be opened.