User Manual PLC-ANALYZER pro 5 - ER-Soft

User Manual PLC-ANALYZER pro 5 - ER-Soft
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User Manual PLC-ANALYZER pro 5
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1st Edition 2011
SIMATIC, SINUMERIK, SIMOTION, S5, S7, C7, M7, Siemens LOGO!, STEP5, STEP7, S7-200, S7-300, S7-400, and S7-PLCSIM are registered trademarks of Siemens AG
Table of contents
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Table of Contents
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INTRODUCTION
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
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Overview
Fields of application PLC-ANALYZER pro
Technical features
Typical operation
Help
Technical Support
INSTALLATION
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2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
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Hardware and software requirements
Installation
Installation of additional licenses, upgrades
Uninstallation
Starting the program
CONFIGURATION
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3.2
PLC driver
Options
3.2.1 Signals
3.2.2 Directories
3.2.3 Language
3.2.4 Toolbars
3.3 Tools
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DATA ACQUISITION
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Address selection
4.1.1 Use of PLC symbol files
4.1.2 Pseudo signals
4.1.3 Address sets
4.1.4 Assign given addresses to other drivers
Online signal selection
4.2.1 Define online window
4.2.2 Choose addresses for online display
Trigger
4.3.1 AND / OR combination of trigger signals
4.3.2 Trigger on bit signals
4.3.3 Trigger on analog signals
4.3.4 Trigger action
4.3.4.1 Activate and deactivate address sets and trigger (cascading)
4.3.4.2 Send an E-Mail
4.3.4.3 Send an SMS
4.3.4.4 Acoustic signaling
Scaling of register values
Modes of data acquisition
4.5.1 Cycle-precise acquisition
Starting data acquisition
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SIGNAL DISPLAY AND ANALYSIS
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Opening a signal file
Signal selection
Signal Scaling of register values
Signal cursor
Time information
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5.5.1 Absolute and relative time display
5.5.2 Setting the time base
5.5.3 Time measurement
5.5.3.1 Time difference measurement
5.5.3.2 Bit measurement
5.6 Search functions
5.6.1 Find trigger
5.6.2 Find time
5.6.3 Find bit pattern
5.6.4 Find analog value
5.6.5 Find edge
5.6.6 Find note
5.7 Adapting signal display
5.7.1 Moving of signals
5.7.2 Change signal color
5.7.3 Insert notes
5.7.4 Changing symbol addresses and symbol comments
5.7.5 Mark area
5.8 Signal file comparison
5.9 Signal statistics
5.10 Project info
5.11 Saving a signal file
5.11.1 Saving an extract
5.12 Printing a signal file
5.13 Exporting of signal files
5.13.1 Export as a graphic (bitmap)
5.13.2 Export as a HTML-Site
5.13.3 Exporting signal files as a text
5.13.4 Graphical evaluation of signal data in Microsoft® Excel®
5.14 Import of signal files
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PLC-PROCESS DATA RECORDING AND REMOTE SERVICE
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BLACKBOX 2 for PLC-ANALYZER
BLACKBOX - fields of application
Remote service with the BLACKBOX
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DRIVER ADDENDUM SIEMENS SIMATIC S7
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Installation
7.1.1 Installing additional hardware
7.1.2 Installing additional software
7.2 Configuring the PLC driver
7.3 Data acquisition
7.3.1 Supported PLC models and CPUs
7.3.2 Recordable PLC addresses
7.3.3 Number of recordable addresses
7.3.4 Time behavior and particularities
7.4 Cycle-precise acquisition
7.4.1 Installation of additional software
7.4.2 Installation of additional Hardware
7.4.3 Configuration of PLC-driver for cycle-precise acquisition
7.4.4 Input of addresses
7.4.5 Start acquisition
7.4.6 Particularities in signal display and analysis
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DRIVER ADDENDUM SIEMENS SIMATIC S5
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Installation
8.1.1 Installing additional hardware
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8.1.2 Installing additional software
Configuring the PLC driver
Data acquisition
8.3.1 Supported PLC models and CPUs
8.3.2 Recordable PLC addresses
8.3.3 Number of recordable addresses
8.3.4 Time behavior and particularities
8.4 Cycle-precise acquisition
8.4.1 Address entry
8.4.2 Trigger condition entry
8.4.3 Start acquisition
8.4.4 Particularities of signal display and analysis
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APPENDIX A - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
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DRIVER APPENDIX SIMOTION, PILZ, FESTO, BOSCH, CoDeSys, PHOENIX,
JETTER, B&R, MITSUBISHI, ALLEN-BRADLEY, GE Fanuc, HITACHI, OMRON,
SCHNEIDER, BECKHOFF, AUTEM AD_USB-Box® ...
please refer to special reference book
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Table of Figures
Fig. 1-1 PLC-ANALYZER pro 5
Fig. 2-1 License-Key management
Fig. 2-2 The initial screen
Fig. 3-1 Options-menu
Fig. 3-2 Configuration of the PLC driver
Fig. 3-3 Selecting the PLC driver
Fig. 3-4 Setting signal options
Fig. 3-5 Selecting the standard directories
Fig. 3-6 Language selection
Fig. 3-7 Configuring toolbars
Fig. 3-8 Tools menu
Fig. 4-1 Definition of a new project
Fig. 4-2 Entering signals to acquire
Fig. 4-3 Generate pseudo signals
Fig. 4-4 Selecting signals for online display
Fig. 4-5 Entering trigger conditions
Fig. 4-6 Entering the trigger value of a bit signal
Fig. 4-7 Entering trigger value of an analog signal
Fig. 4-8 Principles of analogue triggering ( < , > , = , <> )
Fig. 4-9 Setting trigger properties
Fig. 4-10 Register scaling for online display
Fig. 4-11 Setting the acquisition mode
Fig. 4-12 Signal acquisition with graphics and text online window
Fig. 5-1 Opening a signal file
Fig. 5-2 Signal file display
Fig. 5-3 Time information
Fig. 5-4 Activated time difference measurement
Fig. 5-5 Find trigger
Fig. 5-6 Find time
Fig. 5-7 Find bit pattern
Fig. 5-8 Searching for an analog value
Fig. 5-9 Find edge
Fig. 5-10 Find note
Fig. 5-11 Signalinfo
Fig. 5-12 Signal file comparison
Fig. 5-13 Signal statistics
Fig. 5-14 Signal statistics - register values
Fig. 5-15 Printer selection window
Fig. 5-16 Printout of a signal file (not to scale)
Fig. 5-17 Export in ASCII format
Fig. 5-18 Example of an exported signal file (extract)
Fig. 5-19 Logarithmic representation of PLC analog signals with Excel®
Fig. 5-20 3D representation of PLC analog values with Excel®
Fig. 5-21 Discrete signals with Excel®
Fig. 5-22 Importing Data
Fig. 6-1 BLACKBOX 2
Fig. 7-1 Settings PLC driver (SIMATIC S7)
Fig. 7-2 Driver settings for cycle-precise driver (SIMATIC S7)
Fig. 7-3 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Fig. 7-4 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Fig. 7-5 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Fig. 7-6 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Fig. 8-1 Driver settings (SIMATIC S5)
Fig. 8-2 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
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Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Cycle-precise acquisition status
Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
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List of Tables
Table 3-1
Table 4-1
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Table 4-3
Table 4-4
Table 5-1
Table 5-2
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Table 7-2
Table 8-1
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Toolbar icons
Address syntax SIMATIC S7
Saving behaviour at trigger recording
Trigger operator
Modes of data acquisition
Use of the keyboard
Statistical evaluation of a bit address
Statistical evaluation of a register address
Address syntax SIMATIC S7
Time stamp settings
Overview of the supported SIMATIC S5 models
Address syntax SIMATIC S5
Status display cycle-precise recording S5
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Introduction
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Introduction
Welcome to the new PLC-ANALYZER pro 5, the software logical analyzer, that gives you valuable help in solving automation problems.
The program is very easy and intuitive to use. Nevertheless please read through the manual in
order to familiarize yourself with the numerous applications of PLC-ANALYZER pro.
This manual informs you about installation, operation, and application areas of this program.
Fig. 1-1 PLC-ANALYZER pro 5
1.1
Overview
PLC-ANALYZER pro is a software tool for logic analysis and registration of measured values
on equipment operated with a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). PLC signals of all kinds
can easily be collected, displayed and evaluated. Among others, these signals include inputs and
outputs, flags, timers, counters and data words.
Equipped with the capability of a traditional logic analyzer, PLC-ANALYZER pro normally
requires no software or hardware modification of the PLC for the capturing signal data. This is
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the result of using the existing PLC protocol for data acquisition, whereby PLC-ANALYZER
pro simply uses the typical hookup of programming units via serial connection or automation
network. A to the PLC connected programming device (PC) can be used directly for data acquisition without further modification.
With PLC-ANALYZER pro the user is also able to record all internal PLC signals, e. g. flags or
timers, which are normally not accessible from outside the PLC.
Additionally by using the special measurement interface AD_USB-Box®, external voltage and
current signals, which are not available in the PLC, can also be recorded.
In this manual the MPI/PPI/PROFIBUS driver for Siemens SIMATIC S7 was selected in order
to demonstrate the program operation. The essential facts apply also to all other available PLC
drivers, e.g. the ETHERNET driver for Siemens SIMATIC S7 or the AS511 driver for Siemens
SIMATIC S5. You will find specific comments on the characteristics of other PLC drivers in
the corresponding driver addendum. It is important that you read through the appropriate driver
addendum before using a PLC driver. Please pay attention to the highlighted warnings on possible dangers associated with the use of PLC-ANALYZER pro.
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Errors that may occur in the automated device endangering humans or causing
large-scale material damages must be prevented by additional external precautions
These precautions (e.g. independent limit monitors, mechanical interlocks) must
guarantee safe operation, even in a case of dangerous errors.
Fields of application PLC-ANALYZER pro
Fault analysis in PLC systems
Finding and localizing sporadic errors
Analysis and optimization / cycle time reduction
Short-term and long-term registration of measured values
Documentation and support for your quality assurance system, e.g. QA, TPM/ OEE1
Installation, maintenance, development, training
TPM: Total Productivity Management / OEE: Overall Equipment Effectiveness
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Technical features
Data acquisition via the PLC programming unit interface or automation network /fieldbus
Acquisition of input, output, flags, timers, counters, peripheral, data words, data block, etc.2
Signal display in bit, byte, word or double word formats
Creating of pseudo signals
Adding of additional addresses or trigger conditions while recording
Simultaneous acquisition on several PLC systems (e.g. SIMATIC S7 + S5 or SIMATIC S7 +
Allen-Bradley ...)
Software solution, no additional hardware necessary
No modifications in the PLC program necessary3
Cycle-precise acquisition for SIMATIC controls
Recording of the signal waveform on hard disk
Trigger-controlled creation of signal files or continuous recording
Time controlled signal recording
Online signal display (similar to an oscilloscope)
Comfortable definition of trigger per drag & drop
Substantial trigger features with an and-/or linkage and cascading
Pre-trigger and post-trigger time can be set by user
Start- and stop-trigger
Trigger on binary and register value
Automatic alarm in case of trigger event (E-Mail or send SMS, acoustic announcement)
Comparing signal files
Search for trigger, edge, bit pattern, time and advices over several signal files
Relative and absolute data time
Flexible register scaling and conversion to physical units
Use of symbolic address names and comments from the PLC programming software
Project files for pre-configuring and automating data acquisition runs
Printout and storage of project settings for documentation of measurements
Printout of signal files
Export of signal files as image format, text (CSV / Excel) or HTML-file
Import of measured values in text format (CSV)
Multilingual (German, English, French)
S7-PLCSIM supporting
AD_USB-Box® (optional): Recording of external voltage and current by means of external
box, which will be connected to the USB-Port
BLACKBOX (optional): Ultra compact Mini-PC for installation in switching cabinet, longterm recording of measured values over several years.
Available PLC-Driver: Siemens SIMATIC S7 / C7 / M7, SAIA xx7, VIPA, SIMATIC S5,
Siemens LOGO!, SINUMERIK, SIMOTION, BOSCH, CoDeSys, PILZ, Phoenix, Jetter,
Allen-Bradley, GE Fanuc, HITACHI, OMRON, Mitsubishi, Schneider, AUTEM AD_USBBox®, Beckhoff TwinCat a.o.
Varying terminology and restrictions possible according to PLC model
An exception is cycle-precise acquisition.
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Typical operation
A typical control expiration of the PLC-ANALYZER pro looks as follows:
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Connect PC with the PLC programming unit interface
Select signals to record
Select signals to be displayed on the screen
Set trigger combinations to freeze the data being recorded
Start data recording
End data recording
Evaluate and analyze recorded signals in a graphical display
Use recorded signals to calculate the time intervals
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Help
You have access to a convenient online help for PLC-ANALYZER pro. To activate help just
select the menu item Help topics in the help menu. A help window appears with important information and comments on program operation.
If you need detailed help on a specific window, simply press the F1 key when the window is
active. Direct help on individual dialog elements can be obtained by positioning the mouse over
the element and clicking the right mouse key.
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Technical Support
If you have problems while using PLC-ANALYZER, first try the online help or have a look at
the specific pages of this manual. There is a FAQ list at our Web site http://www.autem.de
containing answers to frequently asked questions.
Please contact our technical department for support, if you cannot solve the problem.
Technical support AUTEM:
Tel. (+49) (0)4921-9610-0
Fax (+49) (0)4921-9610-96
Email [email protected]
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In case you need assistance from our technical department the following information needs to be
at hand:
 Exact error description
 Version- and serial number of PLC-ANALYZER pro
 Model and exact type description of the PC or programming unit, release number
 Amount of memory (RAM) and free space on the hard disk
 Exact version of operating system (e.g. Windows XP - ServicePack2)
 PLC model and CPU type (e.g. SIMATIC S7-300 / CPU 314) and release number
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Don’t forget to register the software with the enclosed recording form. As a registered user you are eligible to receive new information and updates about your
product.
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Hardware and software requirements
To operate PLC-ANALYZER pro the following system configuration is necessary:
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PC with 1 GHz
Microsoft® Windows 98SE/2000/XP/Vista/7
256 MB RAM
ca. 100 MB of available hard-disk space
Depending on the PLC driver, additional requirements may have to be met by the computer
such as the installation of a network card and supplementary device drivers. In this case please
read through the chapter Installation in the corresponding driver addendum.
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Installation
Install the PLC-ANALYZER pro on your PC:
 Insert the CD of PLC-ANALYZER pro in your CD-drive
 Click on the Windows Start button on the task bar
 Select the menu item Run
 Search for SETUP.EXE on CD and start the installation program with OK
After the installation program starts, several dialog windows appear in which you are asked to
make settings. Simply follow the instructions of the installation program.
After successful installation, the licenses has to be activated. Insert the USB License-Key
Dongle into a free USB port of your PC and click the button “Activate licenses now”. The
License Management will start immediately.
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It is possible to activate the licenses after the installation. Therefore start the
License Management of PLC-ANALYZER pro 5.
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Fig. 2-1 License-Key management
Select those licenses from the list Licenses on this License-Key Dongle you want to install on
your PC. Press and hold the button <Ctrl>, if you want to select several licenses. Then press the
button > to transfer the selected licenses to your PC.
The button All> transfers all licenses to your PC once.
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Warning
Formatting or re-installation of your hard disk causes a loss of activated license(s).
Insure that all activated licenses are re-transferred to License-Key Dongle before
deleting your hard disk.
Installation of additional licenses, upgrades
After purchasing additional licenses or upgrades, you will get a license file (e. g. „123456.lic“).
This license file contains all necessary data required to update the licenses on your USB
License-Key Dongle.
Start the license management and choose Load Dongle-License file. Select the license file in the
file selection window and press Open. After positive confirmation of the information window
your licenses on the USB License-Key Dongle will be updated.
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Uninstallation
If you do not need a license on your PC anymore, re-transfer it to the USB License-Key Dongle.
Insert the USB License-Key Dongle into a free USB port of your PC and start the License Management of PLC-ANALYZER pro 5.
Select those licenses from the list Licenses on your PC you want to uninstall. Press and hold the
button <Ctrl>, if you want to select several licenses. Press button < to uninstall the licenses from
your PC.
The button All< uninstalls all licenses at once.
In both cases the licenses will be transferred back to the USB License-Key Dongle.
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The licenses can only be transferred back to that License-Key Dongle, from which
they were installed originally. The License-Key Dongle and the license(s) to be
transferred back must have the same serial number.
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Starting the program
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Please make sure that time and date in your PC are set correctly. Correct the values if necessary.
Start PLC-ANALYZER pro simply by a double-click on the PLC-ANALYZER pro 5 icon in the
program group PLC-ANALYZER pro.
Fig. 2-2 The initial screen
After successful activation of the licenses, the above screen should appear (figure 2-2). If not,
you will see a message window with the request to install the correct licenses.
After you have successfully installed PLC-ANALYZER pro, you have to make several appropriate basic settings in the program. You will find a detailed description on the settings in the
next chapter.
Configuration
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Configuration
Before you can start to acquire and analyze data, you must configure PLC-ANALYZER pro.
The general settings are performed in the menu item Extras. Choose an adequate PLC driver
and configure the program under Options according to your guideline. During installation the
program was already pre-configured according to
your specifications.
The options set are saved when exiting PLCANALYZER pro. The saved options are automatically set when starting the program again.
Fig. 3-1 Options-menu
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NOTE
All options are also saved in the project files.
PLC driver
Fig. 3-2 Configuration of the PLC driver
In the window Extras - PLC driver all PLC drivers that have already been loaded are listed. You
can select further PLC drivers with Add and define the necessary attributes for communication.
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In Fig. 3-3 the selection window for
loading a PLC driver is shown with all
available drivers listed. In case the desired driver is not on the list, the driver
license has to be installed via the License-key management (see also chapter 2-2 Installation).
Select a driver and click on the Add
button, in order to load it.
Fig. 3-3 Selecting the PLC driver
After loading the desired drivers set all
important parameters of the selected
PLC driver with Properties you will
find a description of these parameters in
the corresponding driver addendum
under Configuring the PLC driver.
Already loaded PLC drivers can be removed from the list of the loaded drivers with Delete.
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PLC-ANALYZER pro can load the same or different PLC-drivers more than once.
E. g. to acquire signal data from two different SIMATIC S7 controls via Ethernet,
simply load PLC-driver for S7 - TCP/IP twice and parameterize both accordingly
(TCP/IP address etc.).
To acquire signal data from a SIMATIC S7 and a SIMATIC S5 simultaneously,
just load the PLC-driver SIMATIC S7 and the PLC-driver SIMATIC S5.
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Options
Under Options PLC-ANALYZER pro can be configured according to your conception. Your
configuration settings are stored and will be used when the program is restarted.
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Configuration
3.2.1 Signals
Under Signals you set the signal display and the scope of signal-information.
Fig. 3-4 Setting signal options
Select under Address display the display for the address indication. Here you have the choice to
select besides the absolute display also symbolic or comment. In order to do so it is necessary,
that a symbol file has been loaded (see also Driver-Addendum). The desired font and font size
can also be set.
Under Standard Signal Colour the signal display can be set. By choosing the option colored
each address type (input, output, flag, etc.) will be displayed in a different colour. By choosing
the option black all signals to be displayed are shown in black. The signal colour can be
changed at any time.
The Standard height of binary signals, the Standard height of analogue signals as well as the
Signal line width can also be set.
With Signal file you can choose if the last stored cursor position and time base shall be set automatically.
By selecting the control field Adjust signal height, the height of the PLC signals will be chosen
automatically so that all signals can be printed on one page.
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3.2.2 Directories
Now the standard directory path for project files and signal files have to be set. The PLCANALYZER pro works with this directory in case you don’t explicitly indicate something else.
Fig. 3-5 Selecting the standard directories
You can change the directory paths by clicking on the buttons right of the text fields.
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Configuration
3.2.3 Language
This window is used to set the menu language of PLC-ANALYZER pro. Choose a language,
and then click the OK button to switch to the desired language while using PLC-ANALYZER
pro.
Fig. 3-6 Language selection
3.2.4 Toolbars
PLC-ANALYZER pro offers several toolbars enabling the user to directly select important
functions through the corresponding icons4. You can configure the toolbars according to your
needs on the Toolbars tab page.
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Fig. 3-7 Configuring toolbars
The available toolbars are listed under Toolbars. Activate the control box next to the specific
corresponding name in order to visualize the toolbar.
Individual icons can be moved from the selected toolbar to another toolbar simply by dragging
the desired symbol with the mouse onto the corresponding toolbar in the PLC-ANAYLZER pro
main window.
Use Reset to re-establish the original state of the selected toolbar.
The following table describes the toolbar icons:
Button
Meaning
Creates a new project. Any open project will be closed
Loads a project. Any open project will be closed
Stores the current project
Loads a signal file
Stores the active signal file under its current name
Exports the current signal file as a graphic, a text or a HTML-page
Compares two signal files with each other
Activates a time difference measurement
Activates bit measurement
Inserts a note into the online window
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Button
Meaning
Stores a selected range of the active signal file
Prints the signal file of the active online window
Starts the signal recording in the current project
Stops the signal recording in the current project
Opens the Project settings window
Opens the Bit pattern search window
Opens the Signal-edge search window
Opens the Analog value search window
Opens the Trigger search window
Opens the Time search window
Displays all open online windows as overlapping
All opened online windows are arrange next to each other
Switches the grid on/off in the active online window
Switching between relative and absolute time display
Graphical display of the signals
Signal display in text mode
Loads a PLC driver and the corresponding settings
Opens the help window of PLC-ANALYZER pro and indicates a list of
the help themes
Starts context-sensitive help. Click this button and select a menu item or
a toolbar button in order to display a corresponding help text.
Table 3-1 Toolbar icons
3.3
Tools
Fig. 3-8 Tools menu
The Tools menu can be used to start external programs via PLC-ANALYZER pro. The programs are free selectable and can by modified at any time by using Customize. Clicking on an
existing menu item causes the corresponding program to be started from PLC-ANALYZER pro.
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This chapter describes how to acquire data from a PLC. With PLC-ANALYZER pro every data
acquisition is navigated by a so-called project. In a project all settings will be stored.
Start a project with Assistant 'New project' in the File menu. The project assistant leads you
step-by-step through the new project. In the first dialog window of the assistant you give the
project an appropriate name and if necessary some descriptive comments. With Continue you
can move to the next item. Enter the data appropriate to your new project on each page.
The menu item New project... in the File menu offers another possibility of defining a project.
In the Create new project window you give the project an appropriate name with descriptive
comments. Go to project settings with clicking on Continue.
Fig. 4-1 Definition of a new project
4.1
Address selection
In the Addresses window you specify which signals you want to record. First, select the PLC
driver under Driver for the desired addresses. Then enter the desired addresses sequentially into
the text field Absolute according to the syntax of the PLC driver. Clicking on the Accept button
or pressing <ENTER> causes the entered address to be included in the Addresses in set list. If
several addresses shall be recorded in sequence, e.g. EB0, EB1, EB2, click on the
Next address button. Already inserted addresses can be changed with Replace. With Remove
the signal addresses that should not continue to be recorded will be deleted.
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Fig. 4-2 Entering signals to acquire
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NOTE
The simultaneous acquisition of signals from different PLC controllers with several drivers is possible. Simply load all necessary drivers and make sure that the correct driver for each address has been selected.
The following table shows for instance the address syntax for the Siemens SIMATIC S7
family.
Syntax
Address type
Example
Qx.z
QBx
QWx
QDx
Ix.z
IBx
IWx
IDx
Fx.z
FBx
FWx
Output byte x, bit z
Output byte x
Output word x
Output double word x
Input byte x, bit z
Input byte x
Input word x
Input double word x
Flag byte x, bit z
Flag byte x
Flag word x
Q32.4
QB9
QW14
QD98
I17.0
IB127
IW12
ID124
F3.7
FB250
FW24
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Syntax
Address type
Example
FDx
FGx
Tx
Cx
DByDBXx.z
DByDBBx
DByDBWx
DByDBDx
PIBx
PIWx
PIDx
Flag double word x
Flag x (floating-point representation)
Timer x
Counter x
Data byte x, bit z from data block y
Data byte x from data block y
Data word x from data block y
Data double word x from data block y
Periphery input byte x
Periphery input word x
Periphery input double word x
FD134
FG104
T2
C5
DB23DBX2.5
DB2DBB5
DB12DBW5
DB27DBD0
PIB 123
PIW 124
PED 126
Table 4-1 Address syntax SIMATIC S7
Please have a look at the appropriate driver addendum for the address syntax of other PLC systems.
4.1.1 Use of PLC symbol files
With PLC-ANALYZER pro you can use the PLC symbol files produced by the programming
software. For this purpose load from PLC driver setting the desired symbol file. You will find
the exact procedure in the corresponding driver addendum under Configuration of PLC-Driver.
If a symbol file is loaded all symbolic identifiers and comments of the symbol file will be indexed in the Symbol address list. Now you can also insert symbolic addresses in the text field
Symbol or address comments in the text field Comment. Alternatively you choose a symbol address while making a double click on it or drag the symbol address with the mouse from the list
Symbol addresses to the list Addresses in set.

NOTE
Some programmable controllers (e.g. SIMATIC S7) only allow byte-wise data
acquisition. In such a case PLC-ANALYZER pro converts a given bit-address
automatically into a byte-address. All bits are available for display.
4.1.2 Pseudo signals
With PLC-ANALYZER you have the possibility to generate pseudo signals from chosen addresses. Pseudo signals are artificial signals, which calculate themselves by means of any mathematical formula by existing signals.
According to the formula P = U x I (performance = voltage x current) for example, the performance of a machine can permanently be calculated and indicated in pseudo signals, if voltage
and current are present as measuring signals.
Choose Pseudo signal and click on Add in order to generate a pseudo signal. Now create a formula for this signal through selection of the appropriate buttons. Now this pseudo signal will
continuously be calculated and indicated during the registration.
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Fig. 4-3 Generate pseudo signals
4.1.3 Address sets
With the PLC-ANALYZER pro you are able to define several sets of addresses, so-called address sets. You can assign specific signals to each address set. By selecting the New, a new address set can be generated.
Give the address set a name and choose the online window, in which the address is supposed to
be displayed. With the control field Generate address set you decide, if the signals of the address set shall be generated.
With Remove the selected address set can be deleted.
4.1.4 Assign given addresses to other drivers
If you want to assign given addresses to another driver, mark these addresses in the list Set of
addresses and choose the new PLC-driver under Driver. If the desired driver is not in the list,
you must load the driver first (s. 3.1 PLC-driver).
4.2
Online signal selection
A particular feature of PLC-ANALYZER pro is the online display of recorded values in a continuous line recorder and/or an oscilloscope. In the Online window the current signals to be displayed can be chosen.
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Fig. 4-4 Selecting signals for online display
4.2.1 Define online window
You can define several online windows and even indicate them simultaneously in need. Clicking on the New button causes a new online window. Give the online window a name and under
Display, select the type of display in the online window.
The Time base displays the time per screen pixel. This value also can be changed at any time
during acquisition.
Choose under Display online window, if the online window shall be displayed during the acquisition.
When the control field Grid is activated, a raster grid appears in the display area of the online
window. Indicate whether discrete signals (binary signals) are to be displayed as Bar display or
as lines.
Under Display sample points you can activate the display of sample points, which are then displayed as small points on the signal curve. The sample interval can be set in the window Properties of the PLC driver. More information on this item can be found in the driver addendum for
the corresponding PLC driver.
The selected window can be deleted with Remove.
4.2.2 Choose addresses for online display
All signals, which are registered with the actual project, are indexed under Addresses. Drag all
addresses, which are displayed in the online window with the mouse into the list Addresses in
online window. Alternatively the buttons All > and > can also be used. Position the addresses in
the list Addresses in online window with the mouse in the order in which they shall appear in the
online window. Adjust, if necessary apart from the Position also the Height and the Color of the
signals.
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Under Reset all signals, Position, Height and Color are reset to default values (see chapter
3.2.1. Options - Signals).
If previously selected addresses are no longer displayed in the online window, please drag them
with the mouse out of the list Addresses in online window or use the button < all and <.
Under Change address symbol you can change the symbolic designator and the comment of an
absolute address. Select the desired Absolute address and register the Symbol as well as the
Comment of the address. With Accept the changes will be stored.
4.3
Trigger
The PLC-ANALYZER pro offers the possibility to trigger on certain events, e.g. sporadic arising errors. With this feature you can create signal files containing a specific event with the signal history leading up to and following the event.
You can trigger on binary and analog signals. For binary signals you can trigger on either logical "0" or "1". For analog signals you can trigger on the relations greater than (>), less than (<),
equal (=), and not equal (< >).
Trigger conditions can be combined with the logical operators AND and OR, enabling you to
specify complex trigger conditions.
Fig. 4-5 Entering trigger conditions
A new trigger is generated by activating the button Add. Give the trigger a name and assign it a
Description. You can define several triggers.
By using the control field Trigger active you can activate or deactivate the selected trigger. With
a deactivated trigger no trigger will be activated, even if the trigger conditions are performed.
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The Trigger time of a trigger indicates how many times the trigger conditions must be performed in order to activate a trigger.
The activation of the control field Save leads, by the controlled trigger record (see chapter 4.5
Modes of data acquisition) to the fact that PLC signals are saved in a signal file only if all the
trigger conditions are performed. You can also define, how many times before and after the
trigger occurrence information will be saved. The save reaction depends on the activating of the
control field start trigger and stop trigger.
Activated control fields
Save reaction
Start trigger
The saving starts when the trigger condition is performed. It
ends when a stop trigger occurs or if the storage is ended
manually.
Stop trigger
If a start trigger was activated before, the stop trigger will end
the storage of signals. Otherwise the stop trigger has no influence on the data storage.
Start trigger and Stop trigger
At first appearance of a trigger condition the storage will be
started and at a second time it will be ended.
Neither start trigger nor stop Data around trigger event will be saved. Adjust, how long
trigger
before the trigger and how long after the trigger signals have
to be saved.
Table 4-2 Saving behaviour at trigger recording
By activating the control field Create new signal file, if trigger occurs a new signal file will be
created on each trigger. Otherwise all files will be saved in one signal file.

NOTE
In the record menu Manual (see chapter 4.5 Modes of data acquisition) the trigger
options, which are set under Save are annulled.
Under Action a dialogue window, in which settings for events at trigger release can be made,
appears (see chapter 4.3.4 Trigger actions).
In the window Addresses all addresses are listed, which are available for formatting of trigger
conditions.
4.3.1 AND / OR combination of trigger signals
In order to specify complex trigger conditions PLC-ANALYZER pro allows you to combine
individual conditions with logical AND and OR operations. The AND blocks are combined with
logical OR. The individual conditions within each block are combined with logical AND.
4.3.2 Trigger on bit signals
Drag with the mouse a bit signal address on the desired position in the Trigger list. As soon as
you let go of the address the window Trigger value will open. Now choose 1 = TRUE or 0 =
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FALSE. Confirm your selection with OK. Now the address appears with its trigger value in the
trigger list.
By a double click on the address the trigger value can also be changed later. With <Del> the
selected address will be removed from the trigger list.
Fig. 4-6 Entering the trigger value of a bit signal
4.3.3 Trigger on analog signals
Drag with the mouse an analog value address to the desired position in the Trigger list. As soon
as you let go of the address the window Trigger value will open. Select one of the four comparison operators under Operator, than enter the corresponding number value under Trigger value.
The Hysteresis can be set in order to prevent trigger-bouncing resulting from small signal fluctuations. The program determines the Upper cut-off and Lower cut-off automatically according
to the entered hysteresis value. When triggering on equal „=“or unequal „< >“ the entered hysteresis is used as the fuzzy value.
Fig. 4-7 Entering trigger value of an analog signal
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The following table explains the function of the various trigger operators:
Trigger operator
Description
<
Triggering occurs, if the trigger value is exceeded. Triggering can occur
again, only if the signal falls below the lower cut-off value.
Triggering occurs, if the signal falls below the trigger value. Triggering
can occur again, only if the signal exceeds the upper cut-off value.
Triggering occurs, if the measured value lies in the range between the
lower and upper cut-off values. Triggering can occur again, only if the
signal goes outside the range.
Triggering occurs, if the measured value leaves the range between the
lower and upper cut-off values. Triggering can occur again, only if the
signal enters the range.
>
=
<>
Table 4-3 Trigger operator
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Fig. 4-8 Principles of analogue triggering ( < , > , = , <> )
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Confirm your selection with OK. Now the address appears with your trigger value in the trigger
list.
With a double click on the address you can also change the trigger condition later. With <Del>
the selected address will be removed from the trigger list.
4.3.4 Trigger action
With Action in the window Trigger you can open the action window of the selected trigger.
Here all actions can be set, which should be carried out during the trigger action.
Fig. 4-9 Setting trigger properties
4.3.4.1
Activate and deactivate address sets and trigger (cascading)
A fired trigger can activate or deactivate trigger addresses as well as triggers. The list Address
set activate/deactivate displays the address sets that were defined before in the Address selection
window. Selecting the control field in front of an address set causes the corresponding set to be
selected. If a trigger fires during signal acquisition, the selected address sets in the lists are activated (or deactivated). After the trigger has fired the addresses of the activated address sets are
thus seized, whereas the collection the deactivated sets stops. Under Trigger activate and Trigger deactivate triggers can be activated and deactivated in the same way.
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4.3.4.2
Send an E-Mail
Activate the control field Sending E-Mail in order to send an E-Mail during a trigger event. Under Configure you set the options to send an E-Mail from your computer. The E-Mail will be
send either over the fitted Standard Mail program (e. g. Outlook) or over a SMTP server.
Enter one or more E-Mail addresses. Under Subject the PLC-ANALYZER pro enters a subject
line automatically, which can be changed if necessary. Now enter under Text an E-Mail text.
Through activating Attach signal file to E-Mail the signal file, which has been produced by the
trigger event will automatically added be to the E-Mail.
With Test you can test in advance, if all settings are correct and if the E-Mail has been sent duly.
4.3.4.3
Send an SMS
Activate the control field Send SMS in order to send an SMS during a trigger event.
Under Configure you set the options for sending an SMS. First choose how a connection to the
SMS exchange has to be established. Depending on the equipment of your computer the PLCANALYZER pro can produce a connection over DUN (Dial-Up Networking) adapter (analog
modem or ISDN-CAPI). Choose an SMS Center. Enter, if necessary, your MSN number and
activate the control field Modem at an extension line, as long as your DUN adapter is connected
to an extension. Confirm the input with OK.

NOTE
Other settings for DUN adapter have to be made, if necessary, in the control system of Windows.
Now enter the telephone number of the receiver as well as the text of the SMS.
With Test you can test in advance, if all settings are correct and if the SMS has been sent duly.
4.3.4.4
Acoustic signaling
Activate the control field Acoustic signaling in order to announce a trigger event acoustically
via a sound file (WAV-file) or alternative via audio response. First choose a path to the WAVfile or enter the text the computer should pronounce.
With Test you can test in advance if all settings are correct and if the acoustic signaling has been
sent duly.

Note
The installation of Microsoft Text-to-Speech-Engine is required for a text announcement as well as a soundcard with online speakers. Free download of Microsoft Text-to-Speech-Engine under: http://www.microsoft.com
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Scaling of register values
With the help of online scaling you can influence the display of analog values in respect to their
number value and the graphical representation. For example, you can convert signal values to
physical units (m, kg, hPa ...) and display them correspondingly on the screen. You can specify
unit, factor, and offset of an analog value. The analog signal is converted according to the following formula:
Display value = Factor  Measured value + Offset
Fig. 4-10 Register scaling for online display
Select the signal to be scaled and change, if necessary, the default values in the corresponding
text boxes.
First change the Format of the selected address. Depending on the selected address different
number representations can be chosen. Enter the number of Decimal places. With choice of
Display as floating point the numerical value of the address will be indicated as a floating point
number.
If you are interested in seeing the bit pattern for a particular measured value, switch under Signal display to Bitpattern.
In order to reduce the amount of recorded data for lightly fluctuating analog values, choose Low
order bits ignore. Variation of measured values in these bits will not be considered.
The vertical scale of an analogue signal can be adapted automatically with Auto scaling. The
signal is scaled in such a way that the maximum value lies at the upper end of the scale and the
minimum value at the lower end. Automatic scaling is preset as default.
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If you desire fixed scaling of the displayed values, you can choose the Automatic scaling. Now
you can manually enter the scaling limits for the display under Min and Max. Entry takes place
according to the format set under format.
Fixed scaling is useful, for example, if you would like to “zoom” small changes of a measured
value in a particular value range. Please note, that changing the sign interpretation may cause
the minimum and maximum values to be reversed.
4.5
Modes of data acquisition
Three different types of acquisition are available. You can specify the type of data acquisition
under Acquisition mode.
Fig. 4-11 Setting the acquisition mode
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The signal data acquired by the PLC are saved in a signal file according to the acquisition mode.
The following table shows the differences:
Acquisition mode
Description
Manual
The selected PLC signals are recorded from manual start to end without breaks. Under Signalfile size you can limit the size of the signal
file. If the limit is reached, the current signal file is saved and a new
signal file will automatically be created.
With the control field Ringbuffer you can activate the ring memory
function. The signals are saved in signal files, under Signal file size
with adjustable, fixed size. When the ring memory is full the oldest
signal file will be deleted.
The standby of recording will be started and ended manually. According to the trigger conditions set, (see also chapter 4.3 Trigger) the
measuring data will be saved around one trigger or between a start
trigger and a stop trigger in a signal file, if a trigger occurs.
When acquisition starts, you are requested to specify the Start time
and Stop time for the recording. The selected PLC signals are recorded
between these points in time. Recording stops when the stop time is
reached.
Trigger
Time controlled
Table 4-4 Modes of data acquisition
4.5.1 Cycle-precise acquisition
In addition to the acquisition modes already explained, some PLC drivers (e.g. SIMATIC S7
and S5) allow cycle-precise data acquisition. Selected signals within the PLC are pre-acquired
cycle-precise. More detailed information can be found in the corresponding driver addendum.
4.6
Starting data acquisition
Make sure that the data acquisition attributes have been set correctly. Exit the Project options
window only by clicking on the OK button. The online windows you have defined appear on the
screen. Save your project with Save project in the File menu, so it can be used again later. If you
want to modify your project again, select the menu item Project options... in the Project menu
or confirm
.
Start acquisition with Start acquisition in the Project menu or by the symbol
in the icon
toolbar. PLC-ANALYZER pro tests the communication with the automation device first, in
order to test the connection and to determine any particularities of the connected PLC driver or
its CPU.
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
NOTE
If the communication test fails, you are notified with the message "Error during
connection attempt". In this case, check the settings of the PLC driver under Extras
- PLC driver and hardware connection to the PLC (see driver addendum).
After successful connection PLC-ANALYZER pro records the selected PLC signal data and
creates - depending on the acquisition mode - one or more signal files.
If you have selected online signals, these are displayed on the screen either in an oscilloscopelike manner or in text form. Otherwise the signal display area of the screen remains empty. For
online display the left column shows the address identifier in absolute or symbolical form as
well as the y-axis of the signals. In the right column the currently measured values are displayed. Occurring triggers are displayed immediately as vertical dashed lines on the screen.
The time base can be changed during acquisition.
Signals and their scaling can be changed when data acquisition is running. To do this, select the
menu item Project - Project settings
. Data acquisition is not interrupted, however. The settings are stored in the signal file.
Fig. 4-12 Signal acquisition with graphics and text online window
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NOTE
An analog signal is displayed in grey, if the signal falls outside the range of the
scaling limits. With automatic scaling the scale is corrected after every pass of the
signal over the screen.
Communications trouble also causes the signal color to change to grey. In this case
the current values are not displayed.
The name of a signal file is dependent on the time of the first recorded PLC signal entry. The
name is made up of day, month, year, hour, minute, and second, plus extension ".SPS ", e.g.
45
2005-04-21 12.45.00.SPS (created on 21 April 2005 at 12. ).
Acquisition is terminated by selecting the menu item Project - Stop acquisition or by the symbol
in the icon toolbar.
After ending acquisition the last signal file created will automatically be opened. The time base
is automatically chosen, so that the entire recorded signal is visible in the online window.
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5
Signal display and analysis
The evaluation of recorded signal data is described in this chapter. Various tools are available
from PLC-ANALYZER pro for detailed analysis, e.g. time measurement, various search functions and signal statistics.
5.1
Opening a signal file
After data acquisition PLC-ANALYZER pro automatically loads the last signal file created.
You can also open a signal file in the File menu either with the History list (contains the four
most recently loaded signal files) or with Open signal file...
Fig. 5-1 Opening a signal file
The signal files are listed chronologically in the file selection window. Comments with notes on
the contents of a signal file are displayed under Comment.
To open a signal file, select it and then simply click on the Open button.
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Fig. 5-2 Signal file display
The name of the opened signal file is displayed in the title bar of the signal window. You can
have several signal files open simultaneously, so that a direct comparison is possible.
A signal window is opened with the signal selection and scaling contained in the signal file. In a
signal window the left side displays the address identifiers of the displayed signals in absolute or
symbolic form. The right side shows the signal values at the current cursor position.
The time base for the display is always chosen, so that the contents of the entire file fit in the
signal window. For a detailed analysis it is useful to set an appropriate time base (s. chapter
5.5.2 Setting the time base).
5.2
Signal selection
When a signal file is opened the PLC signals are displayed according to the online selection in
the signal file. If you wish to change the signal selection then click on the menu item Selection
in menu Signal file. Alternatively, you can click the right mouse button in the display area of the
signal window and choose the Selection menu item in the context menu Signal file.
Now make the adequate settings (see chapter 5.2 Signal selection) and press the button OK.
Now the signal process is displayed in the signal window.
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5.3
Signal Scaling of register values
While opening a signal file the PLC signals will be displayed as set by the stored online selection. If you like to change the signal selection choose under Signal file the menu item Signal
selection. You also can use the right mouse button in the current signal display and select Signal
selection.
Now make the adequate settings (see chapter 4.4. Scaling of register values) and press the button OK. The signal course will now be displayed in the signal window.
5.4
Signal cursor
The vertical green line (blinking) is the signal cursor. All values displayed in the display fields,
such as current level and time, are always in respect to the current cursor position. You simply
move the cursor to the signal position you wish to investigate and than read the corresponding
measurement values.
The signal cursor can easily be moved either with the mouse or the keyboard. You can move the
cursor to a desired position e.g. by moving the mouse. If you move the cursor through the left or
right border of the signal display window, the signal file view will scroll slowly forward or
backward. The same effect can be achieved by clicking in the address display or on the current
values.
Key
Function


cursor steps forward
cursor steps backward
scroll forward by 10 pixels (cursor does not move)
scroll backward by 10 pixels (cursor does not move)
page up
page down
cursor to beginning of screen on left
cursor to end of screen on right
cursor to beginning of signal file
cursor to end of signal file
Ctrl+
Ctrl+
Page
Page
Home
End
Ctrl+Home
Ctrl+End
Table 5-1 Use of the keyboard
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Time information
On the bottom of the graphics signal window important information and options in respect to
time display are shown.
Fig. 5-3 Time information
5.5.1 Absolute and relative time display
In the Cursor time text field the current time at the signal cursor position is displayed continuously. Two different displays can be selected:
1. Relative: Time display relative to the beginning of the signal file.
2. Absolute: System time (computer time) from the moment of incoming data.
You can change the time display under menu item Relative time display in menu View or via the
symbol
in the toolbar. The general format for time display is: hh:mm:ss,xxx (hh = hour, mm
= minute, ss = second, xxx = millisecond).
5.5.2 Setting the time base
The time base shows the time per screen pixel. The setting has to be made under Time base.
Activate the left spin field with the mouse in order to modify the time base. Alternatively, you
can enter the new time base directly into the text field. Confirm your entry with <ENTER>.
The time-base unit is automatically adapted to the number value entered. When the number value moves outside certain limits, the unit is automatically changed to the next lower or higher
unit. If the signal file is long enough, you can also manually change the unit by using the right
spin field.
In cycle precise signal files the time base „ZP“ (cycle per pixel) resp. „mZP“ (milicycle per pixel) is used too. Refer to 7.4.6 Particularities in signal display and analysis for detailed information.
5.5.3 Time measurement
For making a time measurement of signals via PLC-ANALYZER pro it is possible to accomplish a time difference measurement and a bit measurement.
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Fig. 5-4 Activated time difference measurement
5.5.3.1
Time difference measurement
The time difference measurement allows you to measure the time difference between two arbitrary positions. First, position the signal cursor on a reference point. Now activate the time difference measurement and choose under Signalfile the menu item Time measurement / timedifference or click on the symbol
in the toolbar. The reference point is marked by a fixed
reference cursor. Click with the mouse on the second measuring point. The time difference will
now be shown.
If you like to change the measuring points later, drag with the left mouse button to the new
measuring point. If you like to change the measuring points with the keyboard, navigate the cursor to a measuring point and press the button <Ctr>. Hold the button <Ctr> and change the position of the measuring point with the arrow keys ( and ).
Mark a time difference measurement with the mouse to remove it and press <Del>.
5.5.3.2
Bit measurement
With the bit measurement bit signals can be measured easily. The time between two edges of a
bit signal will be measured. Activate the bit measurement and choose under Signalfile the menu
item Time measurement / time-difference or click on the symbol
in the toolbar.
Click with the signal cursor on a bit signal. The corresponding bit signal will be measured automatically. Finish the measurement via the menu item Time measurement / time-difference or
click on the symbol
in the toolbar
Mark a bit measurement with the mouse to remove it and press <Del>.
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Search functions
PLC-ANALYZER pro supports the search for certain bit patterns, signal slopes, triggers, specific points in time or notes within a signal file.
Activate the search function with the menu Find by clicking the right mouse button in the display area of the signal window (keyboard: Ctrl + ) or by choosing the adequate symbol in the
toolbar.
5.6.1 Find trigger
The triggers set within a signal file are displayed as vertical dashed lines. Select the menu item
Find – Find trigger , in order to activate the Find trigger window.
Fig. 5-5 Find trigger
Enter the name of the trigger in the Trigger text field. With the option "All triggers", all arising
triggers will be searched for. Specify the search direction with forward and backward.
If you like to scan all signal files in the directory of the current signal file, choose the menu item
Search in all signal files in this directory.
Click on Find to start the trigger search. The program now searches for the next trigger in the
given search direction and positions the signal cursor on it.
5.6.2 Find time
Select the menu item Find - Find time to find a specific point in time in a signal file.
Fig. 5-6 Find time
Enter the desired time. It is also possible to use the spin controls to find a specific point in time.
The time search will be done according to the setting in the signal window (absolute or relative
time). The time search will be started with Find. The program searches for the corresponding
time stamp and positions the signal cursor on it.
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Signal display and analysis
5.6.3 Find bit pattern
In order to search for a particular binary signal pattern, select the menu item Find - Find bit pattern .
All bit addresses displayed in the active signal window are
listed under Addresses. Now enter the desired search pattern
in the text fields right of the addresses. Permitted signal
conditions are "1", "0", and "X" (1 = TRUE, 0 = FALSE, X
= don’t care). Alternatively, you can change the search values by using of the spin controls on the appropriate spin
field.
If you like to scan all signal files in the directory of the current signal file, choose the menu item Search in all signal
files in this directory.
Specify the search direction with forward and backward.
Click on Find to start the trigger search.
The program now searches for the next bit pattern in the
given search direction and positions the signal cursor on it.
Fig. 5-7 Find bit pattern
5.6.4 Find analog value
To find a specific analog value
in a signal file, use the analogvalue search. Select the menu
item Search - analog value
.
Fig. 5-8 Searching for an analog value
First, select under Address the signal to be examined, and then enter the Operand and the Value
you wish to find.
If you like to scan all signal files in the directory of the current signal file, choose the menu item
Search in all signal files in this directory.
Specify the search direction with forward or backward. Start the search with Search.
The program now searches for the next analog value in the given search direction and positions
the cursor on it.
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5.6.5 Find edge
In order to search for a particular signal edge, select
the menu item Find - Find edge
.
All bit addresses displayed in the active signal window
are listed under Addresses. Now enter the desired edge
form in the text fields to the right of the addresses.
Permitted entries are "+", "", "B", and "X" (+ = positive edge,  = negative edge, B = any edge, X = don’t
care). Alternatively, you can change the search values
by using of the spin controls on the appropriate spin
field.
If you like to scan all signal files in the directory of the
current signal file, choose the menu item Search in all
signal files in this directory.
Specify the search direction with forward and backward. Click on Find to start the search.
The program now searches for the next edge pattern in
the given search direction and positions the signal cursor on it.
Fig. 5-9 Find edge
5.6.6 Find note
To find already inserted notes you have to choose the menu item Find - Note (see also chapter
5.7.3 Insert Note).
Fig. 5-10 Find note
First choose the note you are looking for. If you select „All Notices“, all notices will be
searched for. Set the search direction via forward und backward.
Set Find to start the search. The program will search for the next note in the search direction and
positions the signal cursor on it.
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5.7
Adapting signal display
PLC-ANALYZER pro allows you to make an individual configuration of the signal display.
The signal colour, shift signals and title signals can be changed.
5.7.1 Moving of signals
Choose from the left column of the online window the identifier of the PLC-address with the
mouse, then drag the signal with the left mouse button to the desired position.
It is also possible to change the height of analogue signals. Drag the upper or lower gage of the
signal scale with the left mouse button upward or downwards.
The signals can also be moved directly in the online window (see chapter 5.2 Signal selection).
5.7.2 Change signal color
Choose from left column of the online window the identifier of the PLC-address, which colour
you want to change. Press the right mouse button and select the menu item Change signal color.
Choose the desired colour.
It is also possible to change the colour of the signals directly in the online window (see chapter
5.2 Signal selection).
5.7.3 Insert notes
Choose the menu item Notice / New in the signal file menu and click on a point in window
where the signals are shown and where you want the note to be shown. A text field will appear.
Fill in your desired text. By pressing <ENTER> you can jump to the next line. With the mouse
you can click in this text field or press <ESC> to accept the note.
Already existing notes can also be moved. Drag the note with the left mouse button to the desired position. The position of the arrowhead can also be moved in the manner.
The text of a note can be changed by a double click on the note.
If you like to remove an existing note, move the mouse on the not, press the right mouse button
and choose menu item Delete.
5.7.4 Changing symbol addresses and symbol comments
Position the mouse cursor on the PLC address whose symbol or comments you wish to modify.
Right-click the mouse and select the menu item Signal info.
Fig. 5-11 Signalinfo
Via the window Signalinfo it is possible to change the symbol and the comments.
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5.7.5 Mark area
For specific features of PLC-ANALYZER pro it is necessary to mark an area of a signal file, e.
g, if you like to store, export, print, zoom an area or make a statistic analysis.
Position the signal cursor on the beginning of the part, which you like to be marked. Choose
Area / Mark in the menu Signal file and drag the cursor to the desired end of the marking. The
marked area will be displayed in blue. Make a left-click to end the marking, or choose the menu
item Area / Mark via right-click.
It is also possible to press and hold the shift button (Shift ) and move the signal cursor with
the mouse or through the keyboard.
Press right mouse key in the marked area to choose more options under the menu item Area.
5.8
Signal file comparison
PLC-ANALYZER pro also gives you the opportunity to compare two signal files. By doing so
it is for instance easy to find out creeping wear and tear of machines.
Open the signal files, which you like to compare, one after another. Now choose Compare in the
signal file menu. The signals of both signal files will be shown superimposed in one online window.
Fig. 5-12 Signal file comparison
The signals of the non-active signal file are displayed in grey. The signals of the active signal
file appear in the previously set color. Under Active signal file the active signal file can be
changed if needed.
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All signal-file functions, e.g. cursor time, time difference, search functions, refer to the active
signal file.
With Offset you can shift the signals of the active signal file horizontally. This enables you to
specify a common reference point.
5.9
Signal statistics
With PLC-ANALYZER pro you can create a statistical overview of the signals over a period of
time. Select the menu item Signal statistics in the signal-file menu in order to obtain various
statistics on a given signal.
Fig. 5-13 Signal statistics
Select under Absolute the address over which statistical information is to be obtained. Symbol
name and comments of the selected address are adapted automatically.
Select under Range the desired range of the signal file to which the analysis is to refer. If you
have marked the desired range of the signal file already (see chapter 5.7.5 Mark area), only the
marked range will be valuated statistically.
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The following table explains the statistical evaluation for a discrete signal (bit address):
Field
Explanation
Signal high
Shows the period of time during which the signal in the selected range
was HIGH (TRUE, logical 1)
Shows the period of time during which the signal in the selected range
was LOW (FALSE, logical 0)
Number of signal-edge changes in the selected range
Shows the longest period of time during which the signal in the selected
range was HIGH (TRUE, logical 1)
Shows the shortest period of time during which the signal in the selected range was HIGH (TRUE, logical 1)
Shows the longest time during which the signal in the selected range
was LOW (FALSE, logical 0)
Shows the shortest time during which the signal in the selected range
was LOW (FALSE, logical 0)
Signal low
State change
Longest high phase
Shortest high phase
Longest low phase
Shortest low phase
Table 5-2 Statistical evaluation of a bit address
Under Cycle time cycle times of single bit signals will be shown. First adjust the type of cycle.
Choose either Signal at High (from rising edge to next rising edge) or Signal at Low (from trailing edge to next trailing edge). The longest high phase, the shortest high phase, the longest low
phase and the longest low phase will be displayed.
For register values (byte, word, or double word) the following information is displayed:
Field
Explanation
Maximum value Maximum value of the signal in the selected range.
Minimum value Minimum value of the signal in the selected range.
Average
Average value of the signal in the selected range.
Table 5-3 Statistical evaluation of a register address
Fig. 5-14 Signal statistics - register values
When selecting a register value you can also calculate how often a particular signal value has
occurred. Enter an operand and a signal value. Click on Calculate and the result will be displayed.
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Signal display and analysis
5.10 Project info
With PLC-ANALYZER pro it is also possible for the documentation of a project to create a
general view of all project settings.
Select the menu item Project info in the project menu. All project data will be shown by Project
info. If you select Save all project settings will be stored in a text file. Use Print to print all project data.
5.11 Saving a signal file
To save changes in a signal file select in the menu File the menu item Save signal file or Save
signal file as.
5.11.1 Saving an extract
PLC-ANALYZER pro enables you to also save extracts of a signal file. Simply select the desired area with the help of the time difference measurement (see chapter 5.7.5 Mark area) and
select the option Area / Save under the menu Signalfile. Specify a name for the extract and click
Save.
5.12 Printing a signal file
You can either print the entire signal files or extracts of the signal files. Via the menu item
Print… in the File menu the printer selection window will be opened.
Select under Printer the desired
printer. Enter the desired range to
be printed from the signal file.
Click on the option Current page,
if you would like to print the displayed area in the active signal
window. Select All in order to
print the entire signal file with the
time base set in the current online
window.
Fig. 5-15 Printer selection window
If you like to print a very specific
range, please mark the range first
(see chapter Mark area), then
choose Current page in the printer
menu to print this area.
The option field Copies indicates how many copies of the signal file shall be printed.
Start printing with OK. An information window appears during printing. In figure 5-16 you can
see an example of a printout:
Signal display and analysis
Fig. 5-16 Printout of a signal file (not to scale)
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5-15
Signal display and analysis
5.13 Exporting of signal files
Signal data can be exported as a text (CSV - comma separated values), as a graphic or as a WebSite (HTML). In text form the measuring data can e.g. be processed in a spread-sheet analysis.
HTML exports are very useful for showing the signal files to third parties, via Web-Browser
(e.g. Internet-Explorer).
Via the menu item Export… in the menu File the export selection window will be opened.
Fig. 5-17 Export in ASCII format
5.13.1 Export as a graphic (bitmap)
Enter the name of the export file under File / Export and activate the control-field Graphic.
Under Properties you are able to specify the graphic format.
By using Export the signal file will be exported as a graphic in the specified format.
5.13.2 Export as a HTML-Site
Activate the control button Web-Site and select under Export folder the path of the HTML-site
and the attached JPEG-pictures (Signal file sector). By clicking on Properties the properties
window will be opened. Here you can create a Description and the Size of thumbnails and you
can define the Number of pictures, in which the signal file shall be separated.
Clicking the button Export generates a Web-Site and exports the signal file areas as a JPEGpicture.
The Web-Site can be opened with each Web-Browser (e. g. Internet-Explorer). With the WebSite you get an overview and it shows the signal file - divided in sectors - as little thumbnails.
Click on the thumbnails to display the pictures in original size.
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5.13.3 Exporting signal files as a text
Specify under Export file the name of the export file and activate the control field Text (CSV).
Under Range you can choose the desired area of the signal file, which shall be exported. You
only can activate Mark, if you have marked an area in the signal window before (see chapter
Mark area).
Click on the Properties button to open the properties window. Determine the Separating characters between each measured value. If you activate Data definition in the first line the data
column will be captioned with headlines.
With Interval you set the time lag between the signals you like to export. Choose Export when
signal changes only, if you like to export signal changes. The export file will be much smaller
then. By choosing Every scan point data will be exported, if a scan point appears.
Clicking on Export exports the signal file. Relative time, absolute time, signal values, trigger as
well as occurred errors during the data recording will be exported. The export file is formatted
in such a way, that a processing for instance with Microsoft® Excel® is possible.
Relative
time
...
Absolute time
Q 3.1
Q 3.2
Q 3.5
Q 3.7
FW3
T
1
Z
1
10 DW 1
Trigger
Errors
0 12:50:40.000
0
1
0
0
8677
95
55
29745
0
0
50 12:50:40.050
1
1
0
0
8677
95
56
32301
0
0
100 12:50:40.100
1
1
0
0
8816
87
57
32301
0
0
150 12:50:40.150
0
0
0
0
8957
80
58
30679
0
0
200 12:50:40.200
1
0
0
0
8957
72
59
28123
0
0
250 12:50:40.250
1
0
0
0
9097
72
60
28123
1
0
300 12:50:40.300
0
1
0
0
9238
65
61
25567
0
0
350 12:50:40.350
1
1
0
0
9238
58
62
23011
0
0
400 12:50:40.400
1
1
0
0
9377
58
63
23011
0
0
450 12:50:40.450
0
0
0
0
9517
50
64
20473
0
0
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Fig. 5-18 Example of an exported signal file (extract)
5.13.4 Graphical evaluation of signal data in Microsoft® Excel®
The following examples illustrate the graphical evaluation of signal data in a spread-sheet
program (Microsoft® Excel®). The examples shown are designed to give you ideas. Interesting
results can also be obtained by using other analysis programs, e.g. mathematics and statistics
programs.
Start Excel® and open the CSV file exported by PLC-ANALYZER pro. After you have
responded to some queries regarding import (e.g. used separators), Excel® reads the data formatted into cells (see Fig. 5-18).
Now you can use the built-in graphic functions of Excel® to obtain useful graphical representations for various application purposes.
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Revolution turbine SLK04
100000
10000
FW 3
1 / min
1000
10 DW
123
100
10
11:48:50.800
11:48:40.800
11:48:30.800
11:48:20.800
11:48:10.800
11:48:00.800
11:47:50.800
11:47:40.800
1
time
Fig. 5-19 Logarithmic representation of PLC analog signals with Excel®
Furnace 6
700
600
500
FW 130
400
T 3
300
10 DW 10
Z 11
200
100
11:48:50.800
11:48:40.800
11:48:30.800
11:48:20.800
11:48:10.800
11:48:00.800
11:47:50.800
11:47:40.800
0
Fig. 5-20 3D representation of PLC analog values with Excel®
Impulse plan
25
I
21.7
I
32.2
I
32.1
Q
3.1
Q
3.2
Fig. 5-21 Discrete signals with Excel®
30000
25000
20000
15000
10000
5000
0
0
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5.14 Import of signal files
With PLC-ANALYZER pro it is also possible to import data in a text format. The import format
has same structure as the format for the signal export (see chapter 5.13.3 Exporting signal files
as a text).
Fig. 5-22 Importing Data
Click the Import button in the file menu to start the importing of data. Choose the data file,
which shall be imported and click Open. The window Import will appear. The settings for the
import can be made from here.
In the bottom part of the window data preview is shown. Here you can see how the settings affect themselves.
Set the Separating character, which separates the measured values in the data file. By activating
Data definition in the first line the first line will be ignored when importing the data, because
normally the headlines of the columns are positioned here.
Under Data format of columns you can assign the appropriate format to each column. Mark in
the data preview those columns, where you would like to change the format. Change to the desired format. A column can include the Relative time, the Absolute time, a Date or a Measured
value. For a measured value determine the Name of the measured value as well as the Format.
Choose Don’t import column, if a column shall be ignored.
Click Import. PLC-ANALYZER pro will take over the data form from the text file and indicates
it in an online window. The created signal file can be changed and stored at any time.
Remote diagnosis
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6
PLC-Process data recording and remote service
Long-term recording of signals is favourable in many respects. Besides detecting of sporadic
errors, the recorded data also serves as and incorruptible evidence in searching for causes and
helps to eliminate faults. Based on the logic analyzer „PLC-ANALYZER pro“, AUTEM provides a BLACKBOX Mini-PC, which archives PLC-signals. This equipment records signal data
of different PLCs over years and also allows remote service.
Fig. 6-1 BLACKBOX 2
6.1
BLACKBOX 2 for PLC-ANALYZER
The BLACKBOX from AUTEM provides an ultra-compact data acquisition computer for longterm recording of PLC signals and external electrical values (PLC process data archiving). Due
to its small dimensions, the system can be integrated in a switching cabinet without any problem.
The BLACKBOX can continuously record and archive processing data over a longer period of
time; typically in excess of 3 years. The special recording software “PLC-ANALYZER pro for
BLACKBOX” is used.
The BLACKBOX works autarchic and does not need any additional periphery. Simply power
supply (24 V DC or 100-240 V AC) and a connection to the PLC are necessary. An integrated
“Watchdog” ensures that the BLACKBOX is automatically rebooted in case of a recording
fault. The operating status of the BLACKBOX can also be requested at any time from an external device (floating contact). Recording is automatically resumed after rebooting.
The high degree of operational reliability enables a continuous recording of signals over several
years. When the capacity limit has been reached, the oldest signal file is automatically deleted to
create new space for signal data.
Remote diagnosis
6.2
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BLACKBOX - fields of application
PLC-process data recording
Failure diagnosis
Determine cause of downtimes
Preventive maintenance
Plant documentation
QS, TPM, OEE
Remote service
This form of continuous recording is relevant for system- and machine- manufacturers and users
because the data obtained is applicable for localizing faults as well as documenting operating
behavior and system operation.
Maintenance, construction and quality assurance receive valuable information concerning the
system.
The recorded data also serves as incorruptible evidence in searching for the causes and elimination of faults.
It is connected to the PLC by the PLC-ANALYZER pro, via connection to the PU interface or
an automation network (MPI, PROFIBUS, Industrial Ethernet TCP/IP, Modbus+ …).
The optionally available AD_USB-Box even enables additional, simultaneous acquisition of
external electrical measured values (Input: 8 x analog, 20 x discrete).
It is possible acquire data from several, different PLCs simultaneously. The same values as from
PLC-ANALYZER pro can be recorded: Input, output, flag, counter, timer, data word, data
block, etc.
Operating disturbances and associated losses of production cause immense costs. Therefore it is
very important for the management to find out, who is responsible for damages and for instance
to claim against the suppliers. Detailed recorded process data is very helpful in this matter.
6.3
Remote service with the BLACKBOX
The keyboard, the mouse and the screen can be directly connected to the BLACKBOX. Very
smart is the Remote-Service via network connection (LAN) from any desired PC. The software
needed is part of the scope of delivery.
The BLACKBOX is preset for distance control by DUN (Dial-Up Networking Modem) or Internet (VPN). The remote service of facilities is therefore much easier.
At any time it is possible to transfer signal data, recorded by PLC-ANALYZER pro, via the
remote network connection to any external PC, even during the recording process.
The BLACKBOX will be supplied with the desired software configuration - “ready-to-run”.
SIMATIC S7
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7
Driver addendum Siemens SIMATIC S7
This driver addendum describes the particularities of the following PLC drivers and gives you
hints on using them.
 Siemens SIMATIC S7 - MPI / PPI / PROFIBUS - cycle-precise1
 Siemens SIMATIC S7 - Industrial Ethernet TCP/IP / PROFINET - cycle-precise
The listed driver SIMATIC S7 - MPI / PPI / PROFIBUS allows acquisition of PLC signals
through PROFIBUS and all usual MPI/PPI PLC circuits from Siemens. The SIMATIC S7 Industrial Ethernet driver makes a recording of data via Industrial Ethernet TCP/IP or PROFINET
possible.
It is important that you read through the driver addendum before using a PLC driver. Please pay
attention to the WARNINGS that advise you on possible dangers when using PLCANALYZER pro.
!
7.1
WARNING
Errors that may occur in the automated facility, endangering humans or causing
large-scale material damage, must be prevented by additional precautions. These
precautions (e.g. independent limit monitors, mechanical interlocks) must guarantee safe operation, even in case of dangerous errors.
Installation
The PLC driver can be installed while PLC-ANALYZER pro is operating. Select PLC driver in
the menu Extras. Click Add in the PLC driver window. If the desired driver is not on the list,
you have to install a new driver via the License-key management (see chapter 2-2 Installation).
PLC-ANALYZER pro can load the same or different PLC-drivers more than once. E. g. to
acquire signal data from two different SIMATIC S7 controls via Ethernet, simply load PLCdriver for S7 - TCP/IP twice and parameterize both accordingly (TCP/IP address etc.).
To acquire signal data from a SIMATIC S7 and a SIMATIC S5 simultaneously, just load the
PLC-driver SIMATIC S7 and the PLC-driver SIMATIC S5.
7.1.1 Installing additional hardware
If you have already connected your programming unit (or your PC) for programming under
STEP7 (or alternative programming software) with the automation device through a
PROFIBUS-, Ethernet-, an MPI or a PPI interface, normally nothing else must be done.
All conventional programming-interfaces are supported.
7.1.2 Installing additional software
To use the S7 driver STEP 7, at least version 3.0 must be installed on your computer. You also
have to install SIMATIC NET, if you want to establish a connection via Industrial Ethernet
TCP/IP / PROFINET.
1
also suitable for SIMATIC C7, SAIA xx7 and VIPA
SIMATIC S7
7.2
7-2
Configuring the PLC driver
After installing the driver important parameters can be set under Properties. If you have loaded
more than one driver, you can set the properties for each driver individually.
Fig. 7-1 Settings PLC driver (SIMATIC S7)
Choose a Name for the driver first. Set the Station address and the slot number of the desired
CPU. Depending on the PLC driver, the Station address can be an MPI/PPI/PROFIBUS- or an
ethernet address.
If the CPU is only reachable via a gateway, acivate Gateway. Enter Station address of Gateway
and S7 subnet ID of destination network. Refer to the hardware configuration of your STEP7
project for these settings.

Note
For SIMATIC S7 Ethernet-driver you can enter either the TCP/IP-address or the
MAC-address of the CP. Pay attention to enter under slot the slot of the CPU and
not the slot of the CP.
Use Time stamp to specify whether the time stamps should be entered into the signal file continually (at every scan point) or only for signal changes. For a continuous time stamp the exact
scan points are documented, even for a signal which does not change. The signal files are therefore larger.
Under Scan interval enter the length of time between read-out of data from the PLC. A longer
scan interval may be chosen for non-critical time signals, e.g. temperature. The signal files thus
created then become smaller.
Under Symbolism you can refer a symbol file for the loaded driver. This makes it possible to use
symbolic identifier for the address definition (see chapter 4.1 Address selection). Besides the
absolute addresses, the symbolic identifier and the comments will be shown and stored in a signal or a project file.
SIMATIC S7
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For recording of very brief signal changes, activate Cycle acquisition (see chapter 7.4 Cycleprecise acquisition).
7.3
Data acquisition
7.3.1 Supported PLC models and CPUs
The drivers for the SIMATIC S7 family support the CPUs for the PLC S7-200, S7-300, S7-400,
S7-1200, M7, C7, SINUMERIK (S7), SAIA xx7, VIPA S7 and also S7-PLCSIM.
7.3.2 Recordable PLC addresses
The following table shows the recordable addresses and the corresponding address syntax:
Syntax
Address type
Example
Qx.z
QBx
QWx
QDx
Ix.z
IBx
IWx
IDx
Fx.z
FBx
FWx
FDx
Tx
Cx
DByDBXx.z
DByDBBx
DByDBWx
DByDBDx
PIB x
PIW x
PID x
Output byte x, bit z
Output byte x
Output word x
Output double word x
Input byte x, bit z
Input byte x
Input word x
Input double word x
Flag byte x, bit z
Flag byte x
Flag word x
Flag double word x
Timer x
Counter x
Data byte x, bit z from data block y
Data byte x from data block y
Data word x from data block y
Data double word x from data block y
Peripheral input byte x
Peripheral input word x
Peripheral input double word x
Q32.4
QB9
QW14
QD98
I17.0
IB127
IW12
ID124
F3.7
FB250
FW24
FD134
T2
C5
DB23DBX2.5
DB2DBB5
DB12DBW5
DB27DBD0
PEB 231
PEW 232
PED 304
Table 7-1 Address syntax SIMATIC S7
SIMATIC S7
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7-4
NOTE
The automation devices of the SIMATIC S7 family allow only byte-oriented data
acquisition. PLC-ANALYZER pro automatically converts a given bit address to a
byte address. All bits are available for display.
7.3.3 Number of recordable addresses
Up to 1000 addresses can be recorded. Per scan 20 addresses are transferred simultaneously. If
more than 20 addresses are selected, blocks of 20 addresses will be transferred.
7.3.4 Time behavior and particularities

NOTE
Acquiring data with PLC-ANALYZER pro results in a small increase in cycle
time in the automation device to the same extent as with STEP7 in the operating
mode "Watch and control variable".
The intervals between scan transfers from the SIMATIC PLC to the computer are dependent on
the PLC CPU, the number of acquired signals and the transmission speed of the Ethernet-,
PROFIBUS- or the MPI- network.
For the S7-300 the scan interval (with MPI board) for a byte is approximately 25-30 ms, i.e. for
a cycle time > 30 ms there is one scan for each cycle. For each an additional acquired byte the
scan interval increases by about 2 ms.
With Industrial Ethernet (TCP/IP) the minimum scan interval is about 10 ms.
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7.4
!
Cycle-precise acquisition1
WARNING
For cycle-precise acquisition PLC-ANALYZER pro programs a small extension to
the PLC program in the connected automation device. Please pay attention to the
fact that an effect on the operation of the automation device or the PLC program
cannot be completely ruled out.
Cycle-precise signal acquisition guarantees an acquisition of selected signals of each PLC-cycle
without gaps.
During cycle-precise signal acquisition a limited number of signals are acquired in the memory
of the PLC. The selected signals are stored in the memory during each PLC cycle and are
transmitted to the PC in such way, that a continuous cycle-precise acquisition is possible.
There is no visible difference in contrast to a normal acquisition. Even the online display can be
used as usual.
7.4.1 Installation of additional software
For using the SIMATIC S7-driver the STEP7-Software (at least version 3.0) must be installed
on your computer. You also have to install SIMATIC NET, if you want to establish a connection with the SIMATIC Industrial Ethernet driver.
7.4.2 Installation of additional Hardware
We strongly recommend the usage of a PROFIBUS-, Ethernet- or MPI-card for cycle-precise
acquisition; otherwise you may get gaps in the acquisition.
7.4.3 Configuration of PLC-driver for cycle-precise acquisition
You can set important parameters for the cycle-precise S7-driver in the menu Options – PLCdriver under Properties. The base configuration of the driver is described in chapter 7.2 Configuring the PLC driver.
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SIMATIC S7-200 doesn’t support cycle-precise acquisition
SIMATIC S7
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Fig. 7-2 Driver settings for cycle-precise driver (SIMATIC S7)
For recording of very brief signal changes, activate Cycle acquisition (see chapter 7.4 Cycleprecise acquisition).
Generate time stamp is used to associate the time with the data during cycle-precise recording.
Deactivate this option when you have so much data to record that data loss can not be prevented. In this case there will be no time information available during signal analysis.
In addition you can choose, if the PLC is to be stopped before and after the transmission of the
modules to the PLC, by selecting With PLC-Security Stop, you can select whether a conditional
module end (BEB) should be checked with a corresponding notification. Such a command in
OB1 can result in the required modules for cycle-precise acquisition not being
executed.
Choose in Time stamp if the data shall be stored in signal file continuously for each cycle or
only if the signal changes. The following settings are recommended:
Setting
Description
continuously
Choose this setting, if the desired signals will probably change in
each cycle.
Choose this setting, if the desired signals will probably not change in
each cycle. You enable PLC-ANALYZER pro to optimise the recording of signals and to acquire more signals continuously cycleprecise.
Only if signal changes
Table 7-2 Time stamp settings
SIMATIC S7
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NOTE
If more addresses are stored to the memory than can be read from the PLC at one
time, an overflow of the circular memory will occur and data will be lost. This can
be avoided by reducing the number of addresses to be recorded.
7.4.4 Input of addresses
Up to 200 addresses (byte-, word- or double word-values) can be acquired simultaneously in the
cycle-precise acquisition mode. This restriction is the result of the restricted memory capacity of
the PLC and the transmission speed of the PROFIBUS-, Ethernet- or MPI-Interface. An acquisition without gaps is not guaranteed for, if too many addresses are recorded. The number of addresses which will be recorded continuously depends on the following:
 Cycle time of the PLC program
 Setting of the time stamp-option (see chapter 7.4.3 Configuration of PLC-driver for cycleprecise acquisition)
 Transmission speed of the PROFIBUS or MPI-Interface
 Frequency of the signal change
 Recording with/without time stamp
For a cycle time of 10 ms with a S7-300 (CPU315-2 DP) you can acquire approx. 40 bytes
without gaps, if the bytes change each cycle. If the bytes change only each 10th cycle you can
continuously acquire approx. 200 bytes without gaps.
7.4.5 Start acquisition
Select the option Cycle-precise acquisition in the Properties windows of the PLC driver.
!
WARNING
It is absolutely necessary that the system is in a safe state before making any modifications. With the setting "With PLC safety stop" PLC-ANALYZER pro switches
control of module transfer (or modification) into a STOP state. The operation after
the end of the recording will be analog.
Now select in the menu Project the menu item Start acquisition. The modules are transferred
either during operation or after control stop, depending on the setting you have made in the PLC
driver window Properties (see chapter 7.4.3 Configuration of PLC-driver for cycle-precise
acquisition). One of the following information windows will appear:
SIMATIC S7
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Fig. 7-3 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Fig. 7-4 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Confirm with Yes only after you have stopped the process or if it is in a safe state. Make sure
that damages to property and person by impairment of the function of the control is impossible!
PLC-ANALYZER pro searches in the PLC for free module numbers and creates a function
module and two data modules for data recording. In addition, a call to the new function module
is appended to the end of OB1.
The controller is now in the RUN state or is switched to the RUN state. The cycle-precise acquisition begins. The signal changes will now be displayed online.
Recording is stopped with Stop acquisition. You should now stop your system (process) or bring
the system into a safe condition. Removal of the modifications is now done analogously in the
stop state or online. One of the following message windows will appear:
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SIMATIC S7
Fig. 7-5 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Fig. 7-6 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Confirm the message after you have stopped your system or bring it into a safe condition. The
original state in the PLC is restored now.
After the end of acquisition the last signal file created is automatically opened for display. The
time base is chosen in such a way, that the entire file fits on the screen.
7.4.6 Particularities in signal display and analysis
Evaluation of cycle-precise acquired signal files is nearly identical to normal signal files. If no
time stamp is generated during signal recording (see 7.2 Configuring the PLC driver), no exact
time is assigned to the data. In this case the time will be specified in cycles. The time base is
„mZP“ (milli cycle per pixel) resp. „ZP“ (cycle per pixel).
Example: A time base of 100 mZP means a PLC cycle is 10 screen pixel wide.
If more addresses are recorded than can be read from the PLC continuously, an overflow of ring
buffer will occur. Some data will be lost. These gaps in the acquisition are displayed as grey
lines.
SIMATIC S5
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Driver addendum Siemens SIMATIC S5
This driver addendum describes the particularities of the following PLC drivers and gives you
hints on the usage:
 Siemens SIMATIC S5 - PG-Interface - cycle-precise
The listed driver makes the acquisition of PLC signals through the programming interface of the
PLC possible. In addition to normal operation the cycle-precise data acquisition is also possible.
Chapter 8.4 Cycle-precise acquisition describes the particularities of this recording mode.
It is important, that you read through the driver addendum first, before you use a PLC driver.
Please pay attention to the WARNINGS that advise you on possible dangers when using PLCANALYZER pro.
!
8.1
WARNING
Errors that may occur in the automated facility endangering humans or causing
large-scale material damage must be prevented by additional external precautions.
These precautions (e.g. independent limit monitors, mechanical interlocks) must
guarantee a safe operation even in the case of dangerous errors.
Installation
The PLC driver can be installed while PLC-ANALYZER pro is operating. Select PLC driver in
the menu Extras. In the window PLC driver click the button Add. If the desired driver is not on
the list, you have to install a new driver via the License-key management (s. content 2-2 Installation).
With PLC-ANALYZER pro you can load the same or different PLC drivers more than once.
You can, for example, acquire simultaneously signal data from two SIMATIC S5, which are
connected to two different COM ports of the PC.
8.1.1 Installing additional hardware
If you have already connected your programming unit (or your PC) for programming under
STEP 5 (or alternative programming software) with the automation device over a serial cable,
usually nothing else must be done.
Otherwise connect a free COM port (serial connection) of your programming unit (or PC) with
the PG interface of the automation device. Because the serial PG interface on the automation
device functions as a current interface (TTY/20mA) , you will need for the connection of you
PC, an appropriate connecting cable with integrated RS232 TTY converter (AUTEM item-no.
ANA1500 or Siemens item-no. 6ES5 734-1BD20).
8.1.2 Installing additional software
In addition to the PLC-ANALYZER pro basic module and the PLC driver no other software is
necessary.
SIMATIC S5
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8.2
Configuring the PLC driver
After installing the driver you can change important parameters under Properties. If you have
loaded several drivers, you can set the properties for each driver individually.
Fig. 8-1 Driver settings (SIMATIC S5)
Choose a Name for the driver first, than specify under Connection the COM-Port (serial interface) of the PC, which is connected by a cable to the PLC.
For recording of very brief signal changes, activate Cycle acquisition (see chapter 7.4 Cycleprecise acquisition). This setting has priority over the choice of the acquisition mode (s. chapter
4.5). You can also specify, if for safety reasons the automation device should be stopped before
and after the transfer of the acquisition modules. Additionally you can specify, if a conditional
module end shall be checked.
Use Time stamp to specify, if the time stamps should be entered into the signal file continually
(at every scan point) or only for signal changes. For a continuous time stamp the exact scan
points are documented even for a signal which does not change. The signal files are therefore
larger.
Under Scan interval enter the length of time between read-out of data from the PLC. A longer
scan interval may be chosen for non-critical time signals, e.g. temperature. The signal files thus
created become smaller.
Under Symbolism you can refer a symbol file for the loaded driver. This makes the use of a
symbolic identifier for the address definition possible (see chapter 4.1 Address selection). Besides the absolute addresses, the symbolic identifier and the comments will be shown and stored
in a signal- or project-file.
SIMATIC S5
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Data acquisition
8.3.1 Supported PLC models and CPUs
The following models of the SIMATIC S5 family are supported by the AS511 driver:
PLC
CPU
90U
95U
95F
100U
101U
115U
115F
135U
150U
155U
100, 102, 103
941, 942, 943, 944, 945
942
921, 922, 928, 928B
Particularities
No acquisition of PW,
No cycle-precise acquisition
No acquisition of PW
No cycle-precise acquisition, no acquisition of PW
Cycle-precise acquisition only with CPU 103
No cycle-precise acquisition
No cycle-precise acquisition
No cycle-precise acquisition
946, 947, 948
Table 8-1 Overview of the supported SIMATIC S5 models
Other automation devices and CPUs from the S5 family are generally compatible with PLCANALYZER pro, but have not been explicitly tested.
SIMATIC S5
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8.3.2 Recordable PLC addresses
The following table shows the recordable addresses and the corresponding address syntax:
Syntax
Address type
Example
Qx.z
QBx
QWx
QDx
Ix.z
IBx
IWx
IDx
Fx.z
FBx
FWx
FDx
FWAx
PWx
Sx.z
SYx
SWx
SDx
Tx
Cx
yDLx
yDRx
yDWx
yDDx
yDXx
Output byte x, bit z
Output byte x
Output word x
Output double word x
Input byte x, bit z
Input byte x
Input word x
Input double word x
Flag byte x, bit z
Flag byte x
Flag word x
Flag double word x
Flag word analog6 x
I/O word x (only input)
Special flag x, bit z
Special flag x
Special flag word x
Special flag double word x
Timer x
Counter x
Left data byte x from DB y
Right data byte x from DB y
Data word x from data block y
Data double word x from DB y
Data word x from DX-module y
Q32.4
QB9
QW14
QD98
I17.0
IB127
IW12
ID124
F3.7
FB250
FW24
FD134
FWA26
PW214
S1010.1
SY2027
SW1423
SD1028
T2
C5
20DL15
21DR53
12DW5
27DD0
22DX15
Table 8-2 Address syntax SIMATIC S5
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NOTE
The automation devices of the SIMATIC S5 family allow only byte-oriented data
acquisition. PLC-ANALYZER pro automatically converts a given bit address to a
byte address. All bits are available for display.
The address type FWA (flag word analog) can be used to acquire analog output values, which are directly transferred in a flag word in the user program to left-justified output format and finally to the analog periphery without
using a standard functional module. Backward formatting to the right-justified two-complement-form takes place.
SIMATIC S5
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8.3.3 Number of recordable addresses
Up to 20 addresses can be recorded. The term “address” means a byte- or a word-address. The
recording of a double-word-address results in transferring of 2 words, so 10 double-wordaddresses can be recorded.
8.3.4 Time behavior and particularities
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NOTE
Acquiring data with PLC-ANALYZER pro results in a small increase in cycle
time in the automation device to the same manner as it happens with STEP5 in the
operating mode STAT VAR.
The intervals between scan transfers from the SIMATIC PLC to the computer are depending on
the PLC CPU and the number of acquired signals.
For the SIMATIC S5-115U (CPU942) and the 95U the interval for a byte is approximately 30
ms, i.e. for a cycle time > 30 ms there is one scan for each cycle. For a longer PLC cycle time
data transfer is synchronized with the PLC cycle.
For a shorter cycle time the computer does not obtain a scan for each cycle, resulting in a partial
loss of information. In the normal acquisition mode this loss can be made up by repeated measurements of the signals in question.
If you request more signal addresses than one byte, the minimal transfer interval increases by
about 4 ms per byte.
The scan interval for the S5-155U has been fixed in the automation device by Siemens to 150
ms. The CPU 921 (S processor 135U) is the second slowest CPU with regard to the transfer
rate; about 70 ms scan interval for the first byte.
SIMATIC S5
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8.4
Cycle-precise acquisition
WARNING
!
For cycle-precise acquisition PLC-ANALYZER pro programs a small extension to
the PLC program in the connected automation device. Please pay attention to the
fact that an effect on the operation of the automation device or the PLC program
cannot be completely ruled out.

NOTE
In the properties window of the PLC driver (see chapter 8.2 Configuring the PLC
driver) you can select, if a conditional module end should be checked with a corresponding notification. Such a command in OB1 can result in the fact, that required
modules for cycle-precise acquisition cannot be executed.
During cycle-precise signal acquisition a limited number of signals are acquired in a circular
memory within the PLC. The selected signals are stored in the circular memory during each
PLC cycle.
Acquisition will only be done trigger-controlled. After triggering, the acquired signals are transferred to the PC and are saved as a signal file. The so created signal file can be displayed and
evaluated at any time. Online display is not possible.
8.4.1
Address entry
For cycle-precise acquisition you can acquire up to 8 addresses (byte or word values) simultaneously. This restriction is a result from the limited storage capacity of the PLC. The fewer addresses you enter, the more cycles can be acquired in one run.
8.4.2 Trigger condition entry
A trigger condition must be entered for cycle-precise acquisition. In contrast to the other acquisition modes only two AND blocks are available for entering the trigger conditions. For each
AND block you can insert a maximum of 8 bit values or 2 analog values in the trigger combination (one analog value corresponds to 4 bit values).
8.4.3 Start acquisition
Select the option Cycle-precise acquisition in the Properties windows of the PLC driver.
!
WARNING
It is absolutely necessary that the system in a safe state before making any modifications. With the setting "With PLC safety stop" PLC-ANALYZER pro switches
control of module transfer (or modification) into the STOP state. The operation
after the end of the recording will be analogously.
SIMATIC S5
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Now select in the menu Project the menu item Start acquisition. The modules are transferred
either during operation or after control stop, depending on the setting you have made in the PLC
driver window Properties (see chapter 8.2 Configuring the PLC driver).
Fig. 8-2 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Fig. 8-3 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Confirm with Yes only after you have stopped the process or after it is in a safe condition. Make
sure, that injury or damage cannot happen by affecting control operation!
PLC-ANALYZER pro searches in the PLC for a free module number and creates a function
module and a data module for data recording. In addition, a call to the new function module is
appended to the end of OB1.
SIMATIC S5
8-8
The controller is now in RUN condition or is switched to RUN condition. Cycle-precise acquisition will start. The following display will appear:
Fig. 8-4 Cycle-precise acquisition status
The displayed signals serve as a status display for cycle-precise recording. Their meaning is
shown in the following table:
Signal
Meaning
Trigger
Mem full
Transfer
Signals, if the trigger condition is fulfilled.
Shows that the circular memory is full.
The circular memory is transferred from the PLC to the PC and a signal file is
created.
The trigger combination from AND block # 1 is activated.
The trigger combination from AND block # 2 is activated.
T1 active
T2 active
Table 8-3 Status display cycle-precise recording S5
Recording is stopped with Stop acquisition. You should now stop your system (process) or put
the system into a safe condition. Removal of the modifications is now done analogously in the
stop state or online. One of the following message windows appears:
SIMATIC S5
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Fig. 8-5 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "With PLC safety stop"
Fig. 8-6 Message before modifications in the PLC for pre-setting "No PLC safety stop"
Confirm the message after you have stopped your system or put it into a safe state. The original
state in the PLC is restored now.
After the end of acquisition the last signal file created is automatically opened for display. The
time base is chosen in such a way, that the entire file fits onto the screen.
8.4.4 Particularities of signal display and analysis
Evaluation of cycle-precise acquired signal files is nearly identical to normal signal files. However no time stamp is generated during signal recording, so no exact time is assigned to the data. Therefore the time will be specified in cycles. The time base is „mZP“ (milli cycle per pixel)
resp. „ZP“ (cycle per pixel).
Example: A time base of 100 mZP means a PLC cycle is 10 screen pixel wide.
Appendix A - FAQ
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Appendix A - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Installation and License-key-management
During the installation following error message appears „File xxx cannot be opened“
 The Installation-CD is defect.
You can start the License-key-management, but there are no licenses visible (following message
appears: „Licenses not found“)
 Check, if there are data files in the installation directory (Data.000, Data.001, ...). If there are
no data files, install the PLC-ANALYZER pro on another PC (but do not activate) and copy
the data files to the first PC afterwards.
PLC-ANALYZER pro cannot be deinstalled
 Pay attention, that during the deinstallation the license medium is connected to the PC.
 There is a posibility of forced deinstallation. NOTE: All activated licenses get lost.




Start License-Key Management
Press button <Strg> + <Alt> + D simultaneously
By confirmation of the information window all licenses will be deleted irrecoverably
Following it is possible to deinstall PLC-ANALYZER pro under control panel / software-program
Dongle malfunctioning
 Download the WIBU-KEY Runtime-Kit (Win 32) under www.wibu.de/download_user.php
and install it.
Start PLC-ANALYZER
PLC-ANALYZER pro cannot be started.
 Did you activate the license of the ANALYZER?
An errors appears while starting PLC-ANALYZER pro
 If the PLC-ANALYZER crashes during the start or other errors appear during the start,
remove the following key in the registry (Start / Run / insert „regedit“/OK ):
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AUTEM\PLC-ANALYZER pro 5\DRIVER
Start the PLC-ANALYZER pro again.
No drivers can be loaded
 Make sure, that you have installed a PLC-driver.
 In the registry (Start / Run / insert „regedit“ /OK ) the key "DriverPath" is defined under
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\AUTEM\PLC-ANALYZER pro 5\Settings
Check, if the PLC-driver of PLC-ANALYZER pro is present in this path. If not, change the
path or copy the driver into the directory.
Appendix A - FAQ
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Connection establishment to PLC and data recording
Error occurs during connecting to SIMATIC S7
 STEP7 (min. Version 3.0) has to be installed.
 During the connecting via Ethernet „Softnet“ has to be installed
 If you are not able to make a connection to you PC by STEP7, check the hardware
connection between PLC and PC.
 Check, if the right settings for the connection under „PG/PC-set interface“ (STEP7) have
been made.
 Did you make the right settings for the PLC-address in the PLC-ANALYZER pro under
Extras/PLC-Driver / Properties (MPI-, Profibus or TCP/IP-address)?
 Did you make the right settings for the slot of the CPU under Extras/PLC-Driver /
Properties?
A connection via Ethernet to SIMATIC S7 cannot be made
 If you made the right settings for an „Industrial Ethernet“ connection under „PG/PC-set
interface“, you have to enter the MAC-address in the S7-driver of the PLC-ANALYZER pro
(Format: xx.xx.xx.xx.xx.xx).
If you use the connection „TCP/IP“ a TCP/IP-address has to be entered in the S7-driver of
PLC-ANALYZER pro (Format: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx)
 Pay attention, that you enter under slot the slot of the CPU and not the slot of the CP.
A connection via MPI-USB-Cable cannot be made
 If you like to make a connection via USB, you need at least STEP7 Version 5.0 SP3
or 5.1 SP2
A connection to SIMATIC S7-200 cannot be made




Step 7 has to be installed (S7-Micro-Win is not enough)
Choose under PG/PC-interface an MPI-connection or a PPI-connection
If you use MPI you have to adjust the MPI-speed to 19200 Baud
Check, if you can see the S7-200 via the „accessible notes“ in STEP7. Use the shown
address and enter it in the PLC-driver of the PLC-ANALYZER pro under the station
address.
A connection to SIMATIC S5 cannot be made
 If you are not able to make a connection to your PLC via Step5, check the hardware
connection between PLC and PC.
 Did you choose the right COM-port under Extras/PLC-driver/properties?
 Close all programs, which interfere with the choosen COM-interface (e. g. Step5)
A connection to Allen-Bradley-PLC (DH+) is not possible
 Did you insert the right DH+-address settings of that card into the driver properties?
 KTXD-Card: Enter the address, which you entered on the card.
 PCMK-Card: Open in the system control the program PCMKInfo. Enter the driver properties shown in the
PCMK-Info.
 If you use a PCMK-Card the PLC-ANALYZER pro will only operate under Win9x
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Appendix A - FAQ
It is not possible to start data recording with the AD_USB-Box-Driver
 You need at least Win98 SE to make data recording
There are interruptions during the recording with the AD_USB-Box
 Perhaps there are problems with other USB-units you use. Remove all other USB-units from
your PC (e.g. your USB-mouse etc) and try it again
General help for problems with connecting to the PLC
 If it is not possible to make a connection to your PLC via your programming software
(Concept, Medoc, Modsoft…) check the hardware connection first.
 Did you make the right settings under Extras/PLC-driver/properties (COM-Port, Baudrate,
PLC-adddress…)?
 Close all programs which are using the same interface, these were set under Extras/PLCdriver/properties
There are interruptions during the recording
 Deactivate the Powermanager via the system control of your PC.
 Check the hardware connection. Take care for electromagnatic shielding against electrical
and magnetical fields.
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