CX-Designer Users Manual

CX-Designer Users Manual
Cat. No. V088-E1-03
NS-Series
CX-Designer
Ver. 2.1
NS-CXDC1-V2
USER’S MANUAL
CX-Designer
Ver. 2.1
NS-CXDC1-V2
User’s Manual
Revised July 2007
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Notice:
OMRON products are manufactured for use according to proper procedures by a qualified operator
and only for the purposes described in this manual.
The following conventions are used to indicate and classify precautions in this manual. Always heed
the information provided with them. Failure to heed precautions can result in injury to people or damage to property.
!DANGER
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or
serious injury. Additionally, there may be severe property damage.
!WARNING
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or
serious injury. Additionally, there may be severe property damage.
!Caution
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or
moderate injury, or property damage.
OMRON Product References
All OMRON products are capitalized in this manual. The word “Unit” is also capitalized when it refers to
an OMRON product, regardless of whether or not it appears in the proper name of the product.
The abbreviation “Ch,” which appears in some displays and on some OMRON products, often means
“word” and is abbreviated “Wd” in documentation in this sense.
The abbreviation “PLC” means Programmable Controller. “PC” is used, however, in some Programming Device displays to mean Programmable Controller.
Visual Aids
The following headings appear in the left column of the manual to help you locate different types of
information.
Note Indicates information of particular interest for efficient and convenient operation of the product.
1,2,3...
1. Indicates lists of one sort or another, such as procedures, checklists, etc.
Terminology
NS-series PT
A Programmable Terminal in the NS Series manufactured by OMRON.
PLC
A Programmable Logic Controller manufactured by OMRON.
Host
A PLC, factory computer, personal computer or other controller controlling an NSseries PT.
NS-Designer
The [email protected] NS-Designer produced by OMRON. The NS-Designer is an
applications software package that enables creating screen data for NS-series PTs.
CX-One
The [email protected]@C-E CX-One FA Integrated Tool Package produced by OMRON.
This applications software package provides all of the software packages for OMRON
PLCs and components.
CX-Designer
The NS-CXDC1-V2 CX-Designer produced by OMRON.
NS-Runtime
The NS-Runtime software runs on Windows XP and provides the same functionality
as an NS-series PT.
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OMRON.
No patent liability is assumed with respect to the use of the information contained herein. Moreover, because OMRON is constantly striving to improve its high-quality products, the information contained in this manual is subject to change without
notice. Every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this manual. Nevertheless, OMRON assumes no responsibility
for errors or omissions. Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of the information contained in
this publication.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION 1
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1
1-1
Features of the CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2
1-2
Basic Operation Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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SECTION 2
Setting Up the CX-Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2-1
Preparations for Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12
2-2
Installing the CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13
2-3
Uninstalling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
18
2-4
Installing USB Drivers for NS-Series PTs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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SECTION 3
Basic Operations of the CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-1
Starting and Exiting CX-Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-2
Menu Commands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-3
User Interface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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SECTION 4
Useful Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-1
Creating Screens Using Symbols. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-2
Using Screens from Other Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-3
Classifying Screens by Application. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-4
Checking and Changing Functional Object Properties without Opening Property Setting
Dialog Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-5
Listing and Editing Functional Object Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-6
Editing Overlapping Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-7
Creating Multi-language Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-8
Checking Address Usage Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-9
Searching for Embedded Macros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-10 Transferring Only Edited Data to PT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-11 Creating Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-12 How to Use Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-13 Integrated Simulation for the Entire System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-14 Setting Security for Data Transfers with the PT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-15 Setting Symbol Names and I/O Comments for Use as Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-16 Executing Multiple Functions with a Single Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-17 Replacing a Lamp with a Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-18 Creating Polygonal Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-19 Registering Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-20 Using Machine Navigator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Appendices
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A
Comparison of Functions with NS-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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B
Shortcut Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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C
Exchanging Data between NS-series Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Revision History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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About this Manual:
The CX-Designer is a software package that enables creating screens for OMRON Programmable Terminals. Please be sure you understand the functions and performance of the CX-Designer to ensure
correct application of the Programmable Terminals.
Please read this manual and related manuals carefully and be sure you understand the information
provided before attempting to use the CX-Designer.
Section 1 provides an overview of the CX-Designer and its features and explains basic operating
methods.
Section 2 describes how to install and uninstall the CX-Designer.
Section 3 describes the CX-Designer menus and basic procedures.
Section 4 describes convenient functions of the CX-Designer.
The Appendices provide a comparison between the CX-Designer and NS-Designer, tables of shortcut keys, and data transfer procedures between different versions of NS-series PT.
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Guide to Version Upgrade
From CX-Designer Version 1.0 to Version 2.0
Item
Previous versions
Version 1.0 (NS-CXDC1-V1)
New version
Version 2.0 (NS-CXDC1-V2)
NS system software
Integrated simulation
Version 6.2 or 6.5
The only function available was simulated
testing of PT screen operations on a personal computer.
Version 6.6
Using a personal computer, a virtual PT
can be connected to a virtual PLC (CXSimulator) or to an actual PLC, and the
operation of the entire PT-PLC system can
be simulated. This makes it possible to
reduce the total time involved in debugging.
Symbol programming without
addresses
Symbol names, addresses, and comments
were entered in symbol tables. Then the
required symbols were selected from the
symbol tables when creating screens.
Multi-vendor connectivity
Not supported.
Symbol names and comments can be input
for symbol tables with no addresses. This
allows screens to be created using symbol
names without inputting addresses. Entering symbols in screen designs without
addresses makes it possible to reduce the
total time involved in design.
It is now possible to connect OMRON NSseries PTs to Mitsubishi FX-series PLCs,
A-series PLCs, and Siemens S7-series
PLCs.
Data security
The following two types of data transfers
are possible between CX-Designer (running on a personal computer) and a PT:
•Data transfers with the PT.
•With data transfers using a Memory Card,
data can be uploaded and downloaded by
any user.
A password can now be set for creating
data. When data with a set password is
transferred to a PT, the password is then
required in order to upload the data. This
prevents users who do not know the password from obtaining that data from the PT.
In addition, a password can be required to
transfer data to the PT. This prevents data
from being accidentally overwritten.
User security
Any of five levels of passwords could be set
for each functional object. A dialog box asking for the password was displayed each
time an attempt was made to use a functional object for which a password had
been set, and the object could not be used
unless the password was input.
Once a user inputs the password to use a
functional object for which a password has
been set, the password does not have to be
input again as long as the user continues
using only functional objects for which
lower level passwords have been set. Functional objects with a higher-level password
cannot be manipulated. (A warning message will be displayed if an attempt is
made.) This makes it possible to create
applications that permit only the necessary
operations by users who have entered
passwords, and thus helps prevent faulty
operations.
Consecutive line drawing
Not available.
Data in memory is treated as X and Y coordinates, and straight lines are drawn
between the applicable coordinates to create consecutive line drawing. This makes it
possible to handle applications involving
the drawing of various graphics in twodimensional space that could not be drawn
using the existing graph components.
CX-Designer
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Item
Improvements in broken-line
graph
Ladder Monitor
Symbol table transfers when
transferring screen data
Previous versions
Number of monitor points: 256 max.
New version
• Number of monitor points: 1,000 max.
• Batch reading
• Graph overwriting
• Indirect specification of starting display
position
• Indirect specification of displaying/hiding
graph lines
• Indirect specification of displaying/hiding
scale lines
To use the Ladder Monitor it was necessary With version-2 NS-series PTs (except for
to copy the Ladder Monitor software from a the NS5-V2 and NSJ5), ladder monitoring
CD-ROM to a Memory Card and to install
is built into the PT as a standard feature, so
the Memory Card in an NS-series PT. In
no separate Memory Card is required. (A
addition, the PT was reset when starting or Memory Card is required for version-1 PTs,
exiting the Ladder Monitor.
however, just as before.) In addition, neither
version-1 nor version-2 PTs are reset when
starting or ending the Ladder Monitor when
Ladder Monitor version 2.8 is used. These
improvements make the Ladder Monitor
easier to use and reduce operating time.
Symbol tables set using the CX-Designer
When screen data is downloaded from the
could be managed only by the CXCX-Designer, the symbol tables are downDesigner, and symbol data was lost when loaded together with it. Likewise, when
data was uploaded from an NS-series PT. screen data is uploaded, the symbol tables
are uploaded too.
Holding log and alarm information when transferring screen
data
PLC data trace reading
All of the log and alarm information in the
PT was initialized when screen data was
downloaded.
Not supported. (This was a function of the
CX-Programmer.)
It is now possible to select whether log and
alarm information is to be initialized when
screen data is downloaded.
Trace results from data traces (which is a
CPU Unit function) can now be read by the
PT and displayed in time chart format.
(CSV files cannot be saved.) This makes it
possible, using just the PT without CX-Programmer, to isolate the causes of errors
that occur on-site.
Addition of European fonts
With the built-in raster fonts in NS-series
PTs, Russian and Greek characters were
full-width and not all characters were available.
Two-byte characters could not be used for
project file names.
Image quality could not be adjusted when
an NS-CA002 RGB/Video Input Unit was
used.
All Russian and Greek characters are now
available, and all characters are half-width.
Japanese file names
Video display mode setting
SAP (Smart Active Parts)
---
Automatic using symbol names --and I/O comments as labels
and alarm messages
NS-Runtime
---
Two-byte characters can now be used for
project file names.
It is now possible to select from three patterns for image quality adjustment. When a
visual sensor is connected, even small display characters can be read. It is now also
possible to adjust the display position for
RGB display.
SAP has been added for the EJ1 Modular
Temperature Controller, G3ZA Multi-channel Power Controller, and Troubleshooters.
Symbol names and I/O comments of the
communications addresses can be automatically used as functional object labels
and alarm messages.
Projects can be created for NS-Runtime.
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From CX-Designer Version 2.0 to Version 2.1
Item
Previous versions
New version
CX-Designer
Version 2.0
Version 2.1
NS system software
Multi-vendor connectivity
Version 6.6
---
Version 7.0
It is now possible to connect NS-series PTs
to the following devices.
• OMRON Trajexia Motion Controllers
• Yaskawa MP-series Machine Controllers
• Yaskawa F7-series Varispeed and VS
Mini V7-series Machine Controllers
• Mitsubishi Q-series PLCs
• Yaskawa Eshed Technology XtraDrive
Motion Controllers
NT compatibility
---
System memory can now be allocated to
PLC memory areas in the same way as for
the NT Series, enabling PLC ladder programs to be easily transferred when migrating from the NT Series to the NS Series.
Holding previous system mem- When an NS-series PT was started, the ini- It is now possible to display at the next starory values
tial screen set in the System Setup was
tup the screen that was being displayed
always opened.
when the program was closed.
Multilingual system capability
Multifunction Objects
Machine Navigator function
Flicker function
The system supported two languages:
English and Japanese.
In addition to English and Japanese, the
system now also supports German,
French, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese (both
traditional and simplified).
Macros were required in order to executed Multifunction Objects have been added to
multiple processes for a single functional
functional objects.
object.
With Multifunction Object, multiple processes can be registered and can then be
executed with the press of a button.
Processes that previously required the creation of macros can now be executed by
simply setting properties.
Multiple objects, such as frames, labels,
A Machine Navigator function and a funcand bitmaps, were used to change displays tional object contents display function have
such as on-screen characters and BMP
been added. Machine Navigator provides
files. Contents of displays were set individ- unified control of text and image files (i.e.,
ually, which was time-consuming and made “contents”) to be displayed, and the new
maintenance troublesome.
display function displays those contents.
Contents requiring association can be
managed in ID units, and the display can
be easily changed by simply changing the
ID specification.
The only flicker method for objects was dis- The following flicker methods have been
play color inversion.
added.
• Display/hide (entire object or label)
• Flicker color specification (fill color, character, and line colors)
Improved alarm/event summary and history display
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When the history was displayed using the
Alarm/event Summary & History command,
the same alarm/event was displayed in
multiple places for each date of occurrence.
This made it difficult to check the frequency
of occurrence.
In addition, in some cases there were many
items to be displayed and not all of them
could fit on the screen.
A function has been added to provide a
summary of a particular alarm/event on a
single line, making it possible to quickly
check conditions without unnecessary displays.
A horizontal scrolling function has also
been added to allow all items to be
checked.
Item
Previous versions
Raster fonts could be set for objects with
changing display character strings, such as
numeric displays and inputs. Rounded
areas became rough, however, when the
font size was increased.
New version
Scalable fonts have been added to enable
smooth displays. Gothic numeral and 7segment displays have also been added to
allow more attractive and up-to-date
screens to be created.
Improved screen switching
function
---
Speed and bitmap performance have been
improved for switching screens.
Improved connection operations
When serial ports A and B were both set for
use for NT Links, “Connecting” was displayed if either of the hosts was not connected.
SAP Library settings could not be checked
even by displaying addresses using screen
data checking from the System Menu.
Even if one host is not connected, the monitoring results of the connected host can be
displayed on the screen without “Connecting” being displayed.
The following information can now be displayed.
• Command destination port names
• Destination network addresses
• Destination node addresses
• Destination unit numbers
• DeviceNet Slave Unit address and
Inverter node addresses
Programming Console function To use the Programming Console function
with the NS5-V2, it was necessary to copy
the program onto a Memory Card and to
insert the Memory Card into the NS5-V2.
Bar codes
The maximum length of data that could be
processed by an NS-series PT was 40
bytes.
The Programming Console function is builtin to the NS5-V2, so there is no need for a
Memory Card.
Test screens
---
DXF files
DXF files could not be accessed.
The following functions have been added to
test screens.
• Zoom
• Always displaying on top
• Starting test screens in the previous display position and zoom status
It is now possible to convert DXF files to
graphics and position them with the CXDesigner.
Initialization options for alarm/
event history data
When the alarm/event history data was
cleared by using $SB32, all history data
was cleared including current alarms or
events.
The settings of a host connected by Ethernet or Controller Link could not be checked
with the System Menu.
Fonts
SAP Library allocated unit
number and communications
setting information display
Changing host settings with
the System Menu
The maximum data length has been
increased to 254 bytes, allowing the data to
be processed by two-dimensional bar code
readers.
System Memory $SW40 has been added
so that it is now possible to specify initializing cleared or confirmed history data.
A list of hosts can now be displayed by
selecting Communications Settings from
the System Menu. It is now also possible to
change the host network address, node
address, and host type.
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Related Manuals:
The manuals related to using the CX-Designer are listed below. Manual suffixes have been omitted.
Please be sure you have the most recent version for your area.
Installing the CX-Designer
CX-Designer User’s Manual - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -V088
This manual describes how to install the CX-Designer and the user interface. It also describes
characteristic functions and application methods.
Confirming Functional/Fixed Object Setting Procedures when Using
the CX-Designer
CX-Designer Help
The online help feature explains CX-Designer operating methods and settings (including
detailed settings for functional and fixed objects).
It also explains how to transfer screen data to the NS-series PT.
Using NS-series PT Functions and Troubleshooting Errors
NS-Series PT Programming Manual - - - - - - - - - -V073
This manual describes using NS-series PT functions and application methods. It also provides
troubleshooting methods in the event that problems occur with the PT.
Checking NS-series PT Functions, Operations, and Restrictions
NS-V1/V2-series PT Setup Manual - - - - - - - - - -V083
This manual describes installation and connection procedures, general specifications, and
other hardware information for NS-V1/V2-series PTs (NS12-V1/V2, NS10-V1/V2, NS8-V1/V2,
and NS5-V1/V2).
NS-series PT Setup Manual - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -V072
This manual describes installation and connection procedures, general specifications, and
other hardware information for NS-series PTs (NS12, NS10, and NS7).
Installing the CX-Designer from the CX-One
[email protected]@C-EV2/[email protected]@D-EV2 CX-One Ver. 2.1 Setup Manual
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -W463
This manual provides an overview of the CX-One FA Integrated Tool Package and describes
installation methods.
Using an NS-series PT for the First Time
CX-Designer Introduction Guide - - - - - - - - - - - - -V089
This tutorial describes using a NS-series PT for first-time users, from simple screen creation to
system operation.
Using NS-series PT Macros
Macro Reference (Installed from CX-Designer CD-ROM.)
The online help for the CX-Designer provides detailed descriptions of the NS-series PT macro
function. The same level of detail is also provided in this reference manual, which is installed
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on the hard disk as a PDF file when the CX-Designer is installed. Use either the online help or
this reference as required.
Checking PLC Functions and Operation
Operation Manuals for the PLC Being Used
For information on PLC operation and functions, refer to the operation manuals for the CPU
Unit, Special I/O Units, CPU Bus Units, Communications Units, or other Units that you are
using.
Checking NS-Runtime Functions, Operations, and Restrictions
NS-Runtime User's Manual - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - V093
This manual describes the special functions of NS-Runtime.
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Read and Understand this Manual
Please read and understand this manual before using the product. Please consult your OMRON
representative if you have any questions or comments.
Warranty and Limitations of Liability
WARRANTY
OMRON's exclusive warranty is that the products are free from defects in materials and workmanship for a
period of one year (or other period if specified) from date of sale by OMRON.
OMRON MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE
PRODUCTS. ANY BUYER OR USER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE BUYER OR USER ALONE HAS
DETERMINED THAT THE PRODUCTS WILL SUITABLY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR
INTENDED USE. OMRON DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY
OMRON SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
LOSS OF PROFITS OR COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE PRODUCTS,
WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED ON CONTRACT, WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT
LIABILITY.
In no event shall the responsibility of OMRON for any act exceed the individual price of the product on which
liability is asserted.
IN NO EVENT SHALL OMRON BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WARRANTY, REPAIR, OR OTHER CLAIMS
REGARDING THE PRODUCTS UNLESS OMRON'S ANALYSIS CONFIRMS THAT THE PRODUCTS
WERE PROPERLY HANDLED, STORED, INSTALLED, AND MAINTAINED AND NOT SUBJECT TO
CONTAMINATION, ABUSE, MISUSE, OR INAPPROPRIATE MODIFICATION OR REPAIR.
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Application Considerations
SUITABILITY FOR USE
OMRON shall not be responsible for conformity with any standards, codes, or regulations that apply to the
combination of products in the customer's application or use of the products.
At the customer's request, OMRON will provide applicable third party certification documents identifying
ratings and limitations of use that apply to the products. This information by itself is not sufficient for a
complete determination of the suitability of the products in combination with the end product, machine,
system, or other application or use.
The following are some examples of applications for which particular attention must be given. This is not
intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible uses of the products, nor is it intended to imply that the uses
listed may be suitable for the products:
• Outdoor use, uses involving potential chemical contamination or electrical interference, or conditions or
uses not described in this manual.
• Nuclear energy control systems, combustion systems, railroad systems, aviation systems, medical
equipment, amusement machines, vehicles, safety equipment, and installations subject to separate
industry or government regulations.
• Systems, machines, and equipment that could present a risk to life or property.
Please know and observe all prohibitions of use applicable to the products.
NEVER USE THE PRODUCTS FOR AN APPLICATION INVOLVING SERIOUS RISK TO LIFE OR
PROPERTY WITHOUT ENSURING THAT THE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO
ADDRESS THE RISKS, AND THAT THE OMRON PRODUCTS ARE PROPERLY RATED AND INSTALLED
FOR THE INTENDED USE WITHIN THE OVERALL EQUIPMENT OR SYSTEM.
PROGRAMMABLE PRODUCTS
OMRON shall not be responsible for the user's programming of a programmable product, or any
consequence thereof.
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Disclaimers
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SECTION 1
Overview
This section describes the features of the CX-Designer and the startup procedures for NS-series PTs for first-time users.
1-1
1-2
Features of the CX-Designer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2
1-1-1
Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2
Basic Operation Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Features of the CX-Designer
1-1
Features of the CX-Designer
The CX-Designer is software that can be run on Windows 98 SE, NT, Me,
2000, XP, or Vista to create screen data for NS-series Programmable Terminals (PTs).
The CX-Designer has a variety of functions to enable efficient screen creation
and debugging.
Project Workspace
The entire project structure can
be displayed in a directory tree.
Property List
Functional object property
settings can be changed and
checked without having to open
a properties dialog box.
Edit Screens
Screen data displayed on the PTs
can be created for a group of objects.
Output Window
Displays data such as search
results and error details.
1-1-1
Features
Screens Can Be Created
Using Symbols
Symbols can be used with the CX-Designer. Symbols are addresses to which
names have been assigned. In addition to the existing method of directly
inputting addresses to be browsed by functional objects, the addresses can
also be set by using symbols (names). When the address allocated for a symbol is changed, the address is changed for all objects that access that symbol.
This makes it easy to change address allocations and reuse screens. Symbols can also be shared by the CX-Designer and CX-Programmer by copying
the symbols from CX-Programmer symbol tables to the CX-Designer.
Refer to 4-1 Creating Screens Using Symbols for details.
Project Management
Using Project Workspace
Screens, alarms, and other common settings can be displayed in a directory
tree in the CX-Designer project workspace. Projects are easy to manage
because the entire project structure can be checked at a glance.
Screens and settings can be copied between multiple CX-Designer project
workspaces. Screens can also be copied within the same project workspace.
Refer to 4-2 Using Screens from Other Projects for details.
Easy Reuse of Screens
Screens and settings can be copied between multiple CX-Designer project
workspaces. Screens can also be copied within the same project workspace.
The common settings accessed by screens are also copied automatically.
If symbols are used, it also becomes easy to change addresses after screens
have been copied. Refer to 4-2 Using Screens from Other Projects for details.
Screen Classification by
Application for Easy
Management
Screens can be classified into any category, e.g., by application, and displayed in a directory tree. When screens are created, consecutive screen
numbers are automatically applied to screens in the same category. These
numbers can also be changed. This makes screen management even easier.
Refer to 4-3 Classifying Screens by Application for details.
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Features of the CX-Designer
Functional Object
Property Settings Using
Property Lists
Functional object settings can be changed and checked without having to
open a dialog box.
When more than one object is selected, common settings for those objects
can be changed in one operation from the property list.
Refer to 4-4 Checking and Changing Functional Object Properties without
Opening Property Setting Dialog Boxes.
Edit Properties from Lists
Properties of objects on the screen can be displayed in table format and the
settings changed.
Settings for more than one object can be changed at the same time and consecutive addresses can be automatically set.
Refer to 4-5 Listing and Editing Functional Object Properties for details.
Select and Display
Specified Objects
Objects on the screen can be listed and specified objects selected. The
screen display can also be limited to specified objects.
This makes it easy to check and change the property settings for overlapping
objects.
Refer to 4-6 Editing Overlapping Objects for details.
Find Macros
Embedded macros can be listed.
This improves debugging efficiency by no longer requiring individual object
property settings to be opened to find objects that use macros.
Refer to 4-9 Searching for Embedded Macros for details.
Automatic Transfer of
Edited Data Only
Once screens have been transferred to the PT, quick transfers of only the
changed data can be made automatically. Screens are edited and data transferred many times during debugging, so the quick transfer function greatly
reduces transfer time and increases efficiency.
Refer to 4-10 Transferring Only Edited Data to PT for details.
Easy Document Creation
Common settings and property settings for objects in screens can be output in
rich text format (.rtf). The output settings are displayed in a list for easier viewing.
Screen images can also be output to bmp and jpg files.
Refer to 4-11 Creating Documents for details.
Integrated Simulation for
Entire PT-PLC System
(CX-Designer Version 2.0
and Higher)
The CX-Designer test function can be connected to the CX-Simulator (a virtual PLC). When the CX-Simulator is started, the PLC user program created
using the CX-Programmer can be debugged on a personal computer together
with screen data.
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In addition, the test function can be connected directly to an actual PLC. This
enables debugging (including monitoring and settings) using actual I/O, Special I/O Units, and CPU Bus Units connected to the PLCs, as well as data
from external devices and PLC data on the network.
1. Integrated operations with
screens and user programs
can be tested on a personal
computer
Personal computer
2. Screen operations can be tested
while connected to the actual PLC
System (including external devices).
Personal computer
Virtual PT
Virtual PT
Virtual PLC
CX-Simulator
Actual PLC
Basic I/O Units,
Special I/O Unit,
CPU Bus Units
External
devices
Actual PLC
Prevent Unauthorized
Uploading of Data from
the PT (CX-Designer
Version 2.0 and Higher)
Note
4
Settings and monitoring are enabled
for CPU Bus Units, Special I/O Units,
external devices, and PLCs on the network.
To prevent data theft from the PT, a password can be required to upload
project data. Data cannot be uploaded from the PT unless the correct password is input. A password can also be required for downloading data to prevent data from being accidentally overwritten.
Project data created using the NS-Designer can be used with the CXDesigner. Project data created using the CX-Designer can also be used with
the NS-Designer. (Only project data versions supported by NS-Designer,
however, can be used.)
Section 1-2
Basic Operation Procedures
1-2
Basic Operation Procedures
This section describes the basic procedures for creating screens using CXDesigner, transferring data to the PT, and displaying screens. Refer to the CXDesigner online help and the NS Series Setup Manual and NS Series Programming Manual for details.
Creating Projects and
Screens on the CXDesigner
Start CX-Designer.
Select Programs - OMRON - CX-One - CX-Designer - CX-Designer Ver. @.
Refer to 3-1 Starting and Exiting CX-Designer
in this manual.
Create New Project.
Select File - New Project.
Set the PT model, PT system version, and file
name in the New Project Dialog Box.
Specify the screen number for the new screen in the
New Screen Dialog Box.
Make Project Communications Settings and Register Host.
Decide the settings for the PT and PLC and register the PLC host for
communications.
Select Communication Setting on the project workspace System Tab
Page.
Alternatively, select PT - Communication Setting.
Set whether or not to use Serial Port A, Serial Port B,
Ethernet, and Controller Link networks and set the
communications conditions.
Click the Add Host Button in the Communication
Setting Dialog Box to set the host name, host type,
network address, and node address.
Note: Up to 98 hosts can be registered in addition to
SERIAL A and SERIAL B.
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Copy symbols from the CX-Programmer Symbol
Table as required.
Refer to 4-1 Creating Screens Using Symbols
for details.
Make Project System Settings.
Select System Setting on the project workspace System Tab Page.
Alternatively, select PT - System Setting.
The address allocation settings for system memory
and the screen number to be displayed at startup are
set on the Initial Tab Page in the System Setting
Dialog Box.
Set the project properties as required. Make settings
such as language selection and label settings for
when using the switch label function.
Select Project Properties on the project workspace
System Tab Page.
Alternatively, select PT - Project properties.
Set the screen properties as required. Set the screen
title, size, pop-up screen setting, background and
other settings.
Select PT - Screen/sheet properties.
Create New Screen.
Select File - New Screen.
Create Functional Objects.
Select the functional object from the toolbar. Move
the cursor to the screen and drag the cursor from
the start point to the end point of the functional object.
Select the functional object just placed on the screen
and make address and other settings from the
property list. (Select the host name and set the
address. The address can also be set by selecting a
symbol from the symbol table.)
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Also set the properties for that functional object.
Save Screen.
Select File - Save Screen/Sheet.
Save Project.
Select File - Save All.
Print data as required. Select File - Print.
Check operation using the screen data on the
CX-Designer if required.
Select Tools - Test.
Debugging Newly Created
Screen Data while
Integrated with a Virtual or
Actual PLC (CX-Designer
Version 2.0 or Later)
When using integration simulation with an actual PLC:
Connect the personal computer to the actual PLC.
Start the Test Tool.
Select Tool - Test.
Connect to the virtual PLC (CX-Simulator) or to the actual PLC.
Select Connect to CX-Simulator or Connect to PLC, and then click the
Start Button.
Run the user program and execute the integrated simulation with the
PLC. Run the virtual PLC (CX-Simulator) or the actual PLC user program
to debug the PT and the entire PLC System.
In personal
computer
Virtual PT
or
In personal
computer
Virtual PT
Actual PLC
Virtual PLC
External devices
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Transferring Projects and
Screens to the PT
Connect the CX-Designer (Computer) and the PT.
Refer to 3-3 Connecting the CX-Designer
in the NS Series Setup Manual.
Transfer Screen Data to PT.
Select the communications method.
Select PT - Transfer - Transfer Setting.
Transfer the screen data.
Select PT - Transfer - Transfer [Computer → PT].
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Communications between
the PT and PLC
Connect the PT and PLC.
Use a Serial, Ethernet, or Controller Link network to connect the PT and PLC.
Confirm Communications Settings.
Match the PT communications settings to the PLC system settings on the PLC.
Use either of the methods outlined below.
1. Check the PT communications settings under the PT System Menu. If
required, change the settings on the PT or change the PLC system settings
on the PLC.
• Select System Menu - Comm. Tab Page and check the settings. (The default
baud rate under the CX-Designer communications settings is High-Speed and
the default NT link unit number is 0.
• Match these settings to the serial communications mode settings under the
PLC system settings on the CX-Programmer. Check that the RS-232C port
serial communications mode is set to NT Link and that the maximum unit
number for NT Link mode is higher than the number of units used. (The default
baud rate in the PLC system settings is Standard and the default maximum
unit number for NT Link mode is 0.)
If the unit number for NT Link mode is set to 0, set the maximum NT Link unit
number to 1 or higher in the PLC Setup.
2. Use the automatic NT Link connection setting function in CX-Integrator.
• Start CX-Integrator and click the right mouse button on the CPU Unit
in the Online Connection Information Window. Select NT Link Tool NT Link Automatic Connection.
The NT Link automatic connection function automatically detects the
communications settings on the PT connected to the PLC by a serial
network and automatically changes the serial port settings under the PLC
system settings on the PLC.
CX-Integrator
Automatically changes the serial port settings
on the PLC to match the serial port settings
on the NS-series PT.
• Serial connection
(Toolbus or Host Link)
• Network connection
Automatic serial connection using
NT Link (using RS-232C port)
Start Operation.
(If the System Menu is displayed on the PT, press the Exit Button.)
Refer to 6-10 Starting Operation in the
NS Series Setup Manual.
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SECTION 2
Setting Up the CX-Designer
The CX-Designer must be installed on the computer before it can be used for the first time. The CX-Designer is application
software that runs on a Windows 98 SE, NT, Me, 2000, XP, or Vista operating system. This section describes how to install
the CX-Designer assuming that the Windows 98 SE, NT, Me, 2000, XP, or Vista operating system has already been installed
on the computer.
2-1
Preparations for Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2-2
Installing the CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13
2-3
Uninstalling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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2-4
Installing USB Drivers for NS-Series PTs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Section 2-1
Preparations for Installation
2-1
Preparations for Installation
Check to be sure that the following system requirements have been met
before installing the CX-Designer.
System Requirements
Item
Operating system
(OS) (See note 1.)
Japanese or
English system
The system requirements for the CX-Designer are given in the following table.
Microsoft Windows 98SE or
Me
Microsoft Windows NT (Service Pack 6a)
Requirement
Microsoft WinMicrosoft Windows 2000 (Ser- dows XP
vice Pack 3 or
higher)
Microsoft Windows Vista
(except for 64-bit edition)
(See note 3.)
Computer
IBM PC/AT or compatible with a Pentium II 333 MHz or faster processor
(Pentium III 1 GHz or faster recommended.)
IBM AT-compatible personal computer with the
processor recommended
by Microsoft.
A minimum of 1 GHz is recommended.
Memory
256 MB minimum
A minimum of 1 GB of
memory is required, and a
minimum of 1.5 GB is recommended.
Hard disk
Approx. 700 MB or more available space is required to install.
Display
Disk drive
SVGA (800 × 600) or better high-resolution display with 256 colors min.
CD-ROM drive
Communications
ports
1 port minimum, either RS-232C or USB (See note 2.)
Other
Internet access is required for online user registration, including a modem or other hardware connection method.
(1) CX-Designer Operating System Precaution
The CX-Designer will not run on Microsoft Windows 95 or any other OS
not listed above. If such an OS is being used on the client computer, the
OS must be upgraded before installing the CX-Designer. System requirements and hard disk space may vary with the system environment.
(2) An RS-232C or USB port is required for connecting to the NS-series PT.
When Windows NT4.0 is used, however, data cannot be transferred via
the USB port.
(3) The following restrictions apply when using CX-Designer version 2.1 with
Microsoft Windows Vista.
Some help files cannot be referenced.
Help files can be referenced if the help program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows Vista (distributed by Microsoft Corporation) is imported. For details,
either refer to the Microsoft home page below or contact Microsoft Corporation. (When connected online, the download page is displayed automatically by opening the help file.)
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917607/en
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Installing the CX-Designer
Using CX-Designer with
Windows Vista
The following restrictions apply when using CX-Designer with Windows Vista.
Item
Contents
When project data created outside of Windows Vista is
saved in Windows Vista, characters using fonts that are
different in Windows Vista will be changed.
Similarly, characters in project data using fonts added or
changed in Windows Vista will be changed when saved
outside of Windows Vista.
Fonts
Memory Card Transfer
Support Software
2-2
Two-bytes characters used in file names and folder
names on the Memory Card will not be displayed normally.
Installing the CX-Designer
Install the CX-Designer in the hard disk.
To install the CX-Designer, execute the installation program provided.
For details on procedures for installing the CX-Designer from CX-One FA Integrated Tool Package, refer to the CX-One Ver. 2.1 Setup Manual provided with
CX-One.
Cat. No.
W463
Note
1,2,3...
Model
[email protected]@CEV2/[email protected]@D-EV2
Manual name
Contents
CX-One Ver. 2.1 Installation and overview of CXSetup Manual
One FA Integrated Tool Package.
If the CX-Designer was previously installed from the CX-One and it's necessary to install it from the individual CX-Designer CD-ROM, always uninstall
the CX-Designer using the following procedure before installing it from its individual CD-ROM. The CX-Designer will not operate properly if it is installed
without first uninstalling it.
1. Insert the CX-One installation disk 1 into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Select the Modify Option to enable modifying the Support Software that is
installed.
3. In the Select Features Dialog Box, clear the selection of only the CX-Designer. Do not change any other selections.
4. Continue by following the instructions in the dialog boxes to modify the installation and uninstall CX-Designer.
5. Once the CX-Designer uninstallation process has been completed, place
the individual CD-ROM disk for the CX-Designer into the CD-ROM drive
and install the CX-Designer. (See note.)
Note
If the version of the CX-Server bundled on the individual CX-Designer CD-ROM is lower than the version of the CX-Server bundled
with the CX-One, install only the CX-Designer and NOT the CXServer. If a version of CX-Server that is lower than the version with
the CX-One is installed, the CX-One will not operate properly.
The main buttons that are displayed during installation are as follows:
Confirms the settings in the window displayed and moves to the next
window.
Cancels the settings in the window displayed and returns to the previous window.
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Closes the window currently being displayed. The settings in the window are cancelled.
Installation can be cancelled by pressing this button in the installation
window. A confirmation message will be displayed.
The actual folder configuration is displayed in a tree format, from
which the folders where installation files are to be installed can be
selected.
Installation Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Start up Windows 98SE, NT, Me, 2000, XP, or Vista.
2. Close all applications before executing installation. Place the CX-Designer
CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive. The setup program is started automatically. If the setup program does not start automatically, such as after executing uninstall, locate Setup.exe in the CD-ROM using Windows Explorer,
and then double-click the file to execute the setup program.
Note
If CX-Designer is already installed, a dialog box to confirm deletion of this version will be displayed. Click the OK Button to start deleting this version. To exit
the setup program, click the Cancel Button and then click the Exit Button. FinsGateway and CX-Server will not be uninstalled by this operation.
3. The CX-Designer Setup Wizard will be displayed.
Install the CX-Designer by following the instructions in the Setup Wizard.
4. During installation, the installation progress is displayed as a percentage.
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Section 2-2
5. When CX-Designer installation has been completed, a message to confirm
installation of Smart Active Parts will be displayed. Click the Yes Button to
start the installation. If Smart Active Parts installation is not required, click
the No Button and proceed to step 10.
Smart Active Parts are libraries containing setting/monitoring screens
(e.g., Position Control Unit setting screens and Temperature Controller
monitoring screens).
6. The following dialog box will be displayed. Install the software according
the instructions given in window messages.
7. During installation, the installation progress is displayed as a percentage.
When installation has been completed, the following dialog box will be displayed. Click the Finish Button.
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Section 2-2
8. A message will be displayed to confirm installation of the CX-Server. Click
the Yes Button.
9. When installation has been completed, the following dialog box will be displayed. Select whether or not to restart the computer immediately, and
click the Finish Button to complete the installation.
Always restart the computer before using CX-Designer.
Note
(1) When installing CX-Designer in Windows NT, 2000, XP, or Vista, log onto
the computer as the administrator to ensure that system DLL files can be
overwritten. If overwriting system DLL files fails, CX-Designer may not operate properly.
(2) When adding Smart Active Parts after installation of CX-Designer, double-click the CD-ROM directory \SmartActiveParts\Setup.exe from Windows Explorer to execute the setup program. Select all the Smart Active
Parts to be used in the dialog box for selecting components.
(3) Refer to the How to manage after conversion file in the Programs Folder
under the Windows Start Menu for details after NT31C/NT631C Conversion Support Tool conversion.
(4) Internet Explorer Ver 5.5 or higher is required to transfer data.
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Installing the CX-Designer
The folder structure after installation is as follows:
CX-Designer
bldparts
intaparts
BMPfiles
Parts Collection (bitmaps)
Manual
Directory containing manuals
Guide
Users
Macro
Introductory Guide
User's Manual/NSH Operation Manual
Macro reference
Setup
Programming
SmartActiveParts
HostConnection
Setup manual
Programming manual
How to use Smart Active Parts
Host Connection Manuals (Temp. Controller and Memory Links/Host Links/Multivendor)
RGB_Video (NS-CA002)
NS-CA002 RGB/Video Input Unit Manual
library
SAP
SmartActiveParts_E
Smart Active Parts for NS8/NS10/NS12
SAPmini_E
Smart Active Parts for NS5
runparts
System Backup (See note.)
NS12_V1_V2
V7_0
NS12-V1/-V2 system folder (Version 7.0)
NSJ12
V7_0
NS10_V1_V2
V7_0
NSJ12 system folder (Version 7.0)
NS10-V1/-V2 system folder (Version 7.0)
NSJ10
V7_0
NS8_V1_V2
V7_0
NSJ10 system folder (Version 7.0)
NS8-V1/-V2 system folder (Version 7.0)
NSJ8
V7_0
NS5_V1_V2
NSJ8 system folder (Version 7.0)
V7_0
NS5-V1/-V2 system folder (Version 7.0)
V7_0
NSJ5 system folder (Version 7.0)
V7_0
NSH5 system folder (Version 7.0)
NSJ5
NSH5
Ver. 7.0 recovery/update program
Directory containing NT31C/NT613C Conversion Support Tool
RecoverUpdate_7_0
NT631C_Cnv
Thermo
Readme_E.txt
Please read. (Contains precautionary information.)
Sample
Collection of sample screen data
Note
The System Backup folder is created only when the CX-Designer is installed
from its individual CD-ROM.
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Section 2-3
Uninstalling
2-3
Uninstalling
Operation Procedure
1,2,3...
1. To uninstall the CX-Designer, click the Windows Start Button and select
Settings - Control Panel.
2. Double-click Add/Remove Applications.
3. Select CX-Designer_V2.1 from the list and click the Edit/Delete Button.
Follow the instructions displayed in window messages to uninstall the CXDesigner.
4. When uninstalling the CX-Designer has been finished, a message will be
displayed indicating that the uninstall operation has been completed.
Check the message and then click the Finish Button.
2-4
Installing USB Drivers for NS-Series PTs.
Install the NS-series USB driver in the personal computer. After installation,
data can be transferred between the personal computer and NS-series PT via
USB.
Note
(1) With NS-V1 Series models, make sure that the PT has a lot number that
supports USB transmission. The system program version of the NS-series PT must also support USB transmission. For details, refer to 3-3-2
Connecting via USB in the NS series Setup Manual (Cat. No. V083).
(2) If an NS-series USB driver has already been installed for use with the NSDesigner, the NS-series USB driver must be installed again to use the
CX-Designer.
(3) Do not install the NS-series USB driver for the NS-Designer while the CXDesigner is being used.
Applicable Operating
Systems
Windows 98SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows
Vista
Operation Procedure
Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista:
1,2,3...
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1. Start Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista.
Installing USB Drivers for NS-Series PTs.
Section 2-4
2. Connect the personal computer to the NS-series PT USB slave connector
using the USB cable. The following Found New Hardware Wizard will be
displayed.
3. For Windows 2000, select Display a list of the known drivers for this device
so that I can choose a specific driver and click the Next Button. For Windows XP, select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) and click
the Next Button.
4. The dialog box shown below will be displayed. Confirm that Search for the
best driver for my device (Recommended) is selected. Select the Include this location in the search option, click the Browse Button and
specify the following CX-Server installation directory folder:
\USB
Then click the Next Button.
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Section 2-4
5. The dialog box shown below will be displayed. Click the Continue Anyway
Button.
6. When installation is completed, the following dialog box will be displayed.
Click the Finish Button.
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Installing USB Drivers for NS-Series PTs.
Section 2-4
Windows 98SE and Windows Me:
1,2,3...
1. Start Windows 98SE or Windows Me.
2. Connect the personal computer to the NS-series PT USB slave connector
using the USB cable. The following Add New Hardware Wizard will be displayed. Click the Next Button.
3. The following dialog box will be displayed. Select Search for the best driver for your device (Recommended). Click the Next Button.
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Installing USB Drivers for NS-Series PTs.
Section 2-4
4. Select Specify a location only and then click the Browse Button and
specify the following directory.
CX-Server installation directory
\USB
5. Click the Next Button.
6. Click the Next Button to start installation.
When installation is completed, the following dialog box will be displayed.
Click the Finish Button.
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Section 2-4
7. The Add New Hardware Wizard will be displayed again. Click the Next Button.
8. The following dialog box will be displayed. Check that Search for the best
driver for your device (Recommended) is selected, and then click the
Next Button.
9. Select Specify a location only and then click the Browse Button and
specify the following directory.
CX-Server installation directory
\USB
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Section 2-4
10. Click the Next Button.
11. Click the Next Button to start installation.
When installation is completed, the following dialog box will be displayed.
Click the Finish Button.
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SECTION 3
Basic Operations of the CX-Designer
This section describes basic functions and operation methods, such as starting and exiting CX-Designer and the user
interface.
3-1
Starting and Exiting CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-1-1
Startup Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
26
3-1-2
Exiting CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
26
3-2
Menu Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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3-3
User Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Section 3-1
Starting and Exiting CX-Designer
3-1
Starting and Exiting CX-Designer
This section describes how to start and exit the CX-Designer.
3-1-1
Startup Method
To start the CX-Designer, click the Windows Start Button, and then select
Programs - OMRON - CX-One - CX-Designer - CX-Designer Ver. @ (The
items displayed may vary according to the program folder specified during
installation). Alternatively, right-click the NS-series PT in the Network Configuration Window of CX-Integrator, and select Start Special Application - Start
Only.
When the CX-Designer startup is completed, the Main Window will be displayed, as follows:
Note
(1) More than one copy of the CX-Designer application can be run at the
same time.
(2) To start CX-Designer, log in as the administrator when using a personal
computer running Windows NT, 2000, XP, or Vista.
3-1-2
Exiting CX-Designer
Use one of the following operations to exit the CX-Designer.
• Select Exit from the File Menu.
• Click the Close Button
at the top right of the Main Window.
• Double-click the CX-Designer icon at the top left of the Main Window.
• Click the CX-Designer icon at the top left of the Main Window and select
Close from the Control Menu Box.
• Press the Alt + F4 Keys.
If the project data that is open has not been saved, a confirmation message
will be displayed.
When the CX-Designer is exited, the system will return to the Windows display.
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Section 3-2
Menu Commands
3-2
Menu Commands
The commands that appear on the pull-down menus of the CX-Designer and
their functions are described in the following tables.
File Menu
Command
Function
Shortcut keys
New Project
Open Project
Creates a new project.
Opens an existing project.
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Close Project
Closes the project currently open without
exiting the CX-Designer.
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Save Project As
Saves the current project under a specified
name.
Saves (overwrites) all of the data for the current project.
Creates a new screen under the current
project.
Opens the project workspace.
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Save All
New Screen
Open Screen
Save Screen/Sheet
New Sheet
Apply Sheet
Import CSV File
Export CSV File
Page Setup
Preview
Print
Saves the current screen or sheet.
Creates a new sheet under the current
project.
Sets a screen with overlapping sheets.
Ctrl+S
Ctrl+N
Ctrl+O
Ctrl+Shift+S
Ctrl+Shift+N
Ctrl+J
Imports project or screen data saved in CSV --format to the current project or screen.
Exports the current project or screen data to --a file in CSV format.
Makes the printer settings.
--Shows a preview of the printed image.
--Outputs current project or screen information Ctrl+P
to a printer or to a file. Select Print to display
a preview.
Data Transfer Security
New Data Transfer Security Setting
Change Data
Transfer Security Setting
Cancel Data
Transfer Security Setting
Recent Projects
Exit
Sets a password to be input when transferring data.
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Changes data transfer security setting.
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Deletes data transfer security setting.
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Displays a list of currently edited projects.
(Up to ten projects are displayed.)
Ends the CX-Designer.
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Menu Commands
Edit Menu
Command
Undo
Redo
Function
Discards changes and restores the previous
status.
Restores the changes discarded with Undo.
Ctrl+Y
Cut
Deletes the selected objects and places them Ctrl+X,
in the internal buffer.
Shift+DEL
Copy
Copies the selected objects and places them
in the internal buffer.
Pastes objects that have been cut or copied.
Paste
Paste (Style Only)
Delete
Group
Group
Pastes objects that have been cut or copied
using the default address settings.
Deletes the selected objects.
Ctrl+C
Ctrl+V,
Shift+Ins
--DEL
Groups more than one functional or fixed
object to create a single object.
Ctrl+G
Ungroups grouped objects.
Ctrl+U
Front
Brings the currently selected object to the
front.
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Back
Sends the currently selected object to the
back.
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Ungroup
Order
Bring Forward
Brings the currently selected object forward.
Send Backward Sends the currently selected object back.
Align/Distribute
Align Left
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Aligns the currently selected objects to the
left.
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Center in a
Column
Aligns the vertical centers of the currently
selected objects.
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Align Right
Aligns the currently selected objects to the
right.
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Align Top
Aligns the currently selected objects to the
top.
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Center in a Row Aligns the horizontal centers of the currently
selected objects.
Align Bottom
Aligns the currently selected objects to the
bottom.
Distribute
Distributes the currently selected objects equiHorizontally
distant (between mid-points) horizontally.
Distributes the currently selected objects equiDistribute
Vertically
distant (between mid-points) vertically.
Make Same Size
Smallest Width
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Shortcut keys
Ctrl+Z
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Aligns the currently selected objects to the
smallest width.
Largest Width
Aligns the currently selected objects to the
largest width.
Smallest Height Aligns the currently selected objects to the
smallest height.
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Largest Height
Aligns the currently selected objects to the
largest height.
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Table Column
Width
Aligns table columns to equal widths.
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Table Row
Height
Aligns table rows to equal heights.
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Menu Commands
Command
Nudge
Function
Shortcut keys
Moves the selected object one dot or one grid
unit up.
Moves the selected object one dot or one grid
unit down.
Moves the selected object one dot or one grid
unit to the left.
Moves the selected object one dot or one grid
unit to the right.
↑
Rotates the currently selected object 90
degrees to the right.
Rotates the currently selected object 90
degrees to the left.
Rotates the currently selected object 90
degrees to the right around the center of the
screen or frame.
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Rotate Left 90
Degrees
Around Center
of Screen/
Frame
Rotates the currently selected object 90
degrees to the left around the center of the
screen or frame.
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Flip Horizontal
Flip Vertical
Flips the currently selected object horizontally. --Flips the currently selected object vertically.
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Flip Horizontal
Around Center
of Screen/
Frame
Flip Vertical
Around Center
of Screen/
Frame
Flips the currently selected object horizontally --around the center of the screen or frame.
Up
Down
Left
Right
Rotate/Flip
Rotate Right 90
Degrees
Rotate Left 90
Degrees
Rotate Right 90
Degrees
Around Center
of Screen/
Frame
Edit Node
Select All
All Objects
Same Type
Objects
Repeat
Edit Properties
↓
←
→
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Flips the currently selected object vertically
around the center of the screen or frame.
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Changes the positions of the vertices to
change the shape of a fixed object node.
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Selects all objects on the screen.
Ctrl+A
Selects all objects of the same type as the
currently selected object.
Ctrl+D
Makes multiple copies of the selected objects. Ctrl+W
Displays a list of functional objects on screen Ctrl+L
to enable changing property settings.
Find Menu
Command
Find
Replace
Address Cross Reference
Macro Cross Reference
Replace Host
Function
Searches for address or character string keywords.
Shortcut keys
Ctrl+F
Replaces the specified addresses.
Ctrl+H
Finds locations where an address is used and Ctrl+R
lists the results.
Lists macro locations.
--Replaces the host for all addresses in the
project.
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Menu Commands
View Menu
Command
Toolbar
Function
Displays and hides the toolbar.
Shortcut keys
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Displays and hides the project workspace.
Alt+1
Displays and hides the symbol table.
Alt+2
Property List
Library
Displays and hides the property list.
Displays and hides the Library Window.
Alt+3
Alt+4
Select Object
Address in Use
List
Output Window
Displays and hides the object selection.
Displays and hides the List Up Addresses
Used Window.
Displays and hides the Output Window.
Alt+5
Alt+6
Status Bar
Previous Label
Displays and hides the Status Bar.
Displays the previous label.
--Ctrl+PgUp
Next Label
Previous Screen
Displays the next label.
Displays the previous screen.
Ctrl+PgDn
Shift+PgUp
Next Screen
Previous Frame
Page
Displays the next screen.
Displays the previous frame page.
Shift+PgDn
PgUp
Next Frame Page
Show Address
Displays the next frame page.
PgDn
Show Symbol
Name
Switches to functional object display showing
symbol names.
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Show Address
Switches to functional object display showing
addresses.
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Show I/O
Comment
Switches to functional object display showing
I/O comments.
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Hide
Switches to functional object display hiding
addresses.
Displays and hides ID numbers for objects.
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Window
Project
Workspace
Symbol Table
Show ID
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Alt+7
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Simulate ON/OFF
Switches ON and OFF display for functional
objects.
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Show Sheet Object
Displays and hides objects registered in
sheets.
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Grid
Show Touch Points
Sets the grid.
Displays and hides PT touch points.
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Zoom
Refresh
Zooms the display in and out.
Redraws the screen.
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Menu Commands
PT Menu
Command
Transfer
Quick transfer
(Computer →
PT)
Transfer (Computer → PT)
Transfer (PT →
Computer)
Function
Compares project data with data in the PT and Ctrl+Q
transfers only refreshed data to the PT.
Transfers all project data to the PT.
Ctrl+B
Uploads the project data stored in the PT to
the computer.
Ctrl+Shift+B
Transfer Setting Sets the communications path to be used in
the transfer.
Transfer Program
Shortcut keys
Ctrl+Alt+B
Starts the tool for transferring project data cre- Ctrl+I
ated on the CX-Designer to the PT or receive
project data from the PT to the CX-Designer.
System Setting
Sets the PT operating parameters. (This is the --same as double-clicking System Setting on
the project workspace System Tab Page.)
Project Properties
Sets the project properties. (This is the same
as double-clicking Project Properties on the
project workspace System Tab Page.)
Registers hosts and sets communications
conditions. (This is the same as double-clicking Communication Setting on the project
workspace System Tab Page.)
Communication
Setting
---
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Alarm/Event Setting Registers and corrects alarms and events.
--(This is the same as double-clicking Alarm/
Event Setting on the project workspace Common Setting Tab Page.)
Data Log Setting
Registers and corrects the data log function.
--(This is the same as double-clicking Data Log
Setting on the project workspace Common
Setting Tab Page.)
Broken-line Graph
Group Setting
Registers and corrects broken-line graph
groups. (This is the same as double-clicking
Broken-line Graph Group Setting on the
project workspace Common Setting Tab
Page.)
Data Block Setting
Registers and corrects data blocks.
--(This is the same as double-clicking Data
Block Setting on the project workspace Common Setting Tab Page.)
Document Table
Used to register or correct document files dis- --Setting
played for document display objects. Used
only with NS-Runtime.
String Table Setting Used to register or correct character strings in --character tables. (This is the same as doubleclicking String Table Setting on the project
workspace Common Setting Tab Page.)
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Menu Commands
Command
Password
Function
Sets the password. (This is the same as double-clicking Password Setting on the project
workspace Common Setting Tab Page.)
Sets the units and scales used by numeral
objects. (This is the same as double-clicking
Unit/Scale Setting on the project workspace
Common Setting Tab Page.)
Shortcut keys
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Dialog Setting
Sets the dialog displayed when functional
objects are pressed.
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Flicker
Color Transparent
Sets flicker settings for each screen or sheet.
Sets transparent colors for bitmap files set in
the project.
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Screen/Sheet
Properties
Sets the screen properties.
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Unit/Scale
---
Change Input Order Sets the order for shifting the focus for
numeral and text input objects on the screen.
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Edit Contents
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Object Properties
Edit Label
Sets switching the contents of individual
screens and sheets.
Sets the properties for the currently selected
functional object.
Enables direct editing of functional object
labels on the screen without opening a property dialog box.
Enter
Space
Functional Objects Menu
Command
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Function
Shortcut keys
ON/OFF Button
Word Button
Starts creation of an ON/OFF button.
Starts creation of a word button.
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Command Button
Bit Lamp
Starts creation of a command button.
Starts creation of a bit lamp.
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Word Lamp
Multifunction
Starts creation of a word lamp.
Starts creation of a Multifunction Object.
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Label
Numeral Display &
Input
String Display &
Input
Starts creation of text.
Starts creation of a Numeral Display & Input
Object.
Starts creation of a String Display & Input
Object.
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List Selection
Thumbwheel
Switch
Analog Meter
Starts creation of a List Selection object.
Starts creation of a thumbwheel switch.
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Starts creation of an analog meter.
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Level Meter
Broken-line Graph
Starts creation of a level meter.
Starts creation of a broken-line graph.
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Bitmap
Starts creation of a bit map.
Alarm/event Display Starts creation of an alarm/event display
object.
Alarm/Event Sum- Starts creation of an alarm/event summary &
mary & History
history object.
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Date
Time
Starts creation of a date object.
Starts creation of a time object.
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Data Log Graph
Data Block Table
Starts creation of a data log graph.
Starts creation of a data block table.
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Video Display
Starts creation of a video display object.
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Menu Commands
Command
Temporary Input
Function
Starts creation of a temporary input.
Shortcut keys
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Consecutive Line
Drawing
Document Display
Starts creation of a continuous line.
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Contents Display
Frame
Starts creation of a contents display.
Starts creation of a frame region.
Table
Starts creation of a table on a table creation
screen.
Selects document display and starts creation --of a screen. Document display is supported for
NS-Runtime only.
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Fixed Objects Menu
Command
Function
Shortcut keys
Rectangle
Circle•Oval
Starts creation of a rectangle.
Starts creation of a circle or oval.
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Straight Line
Polyline
Starts creation of a straight line.
Starts creation of a continuous straight line.
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Polygon
Sector
Starts creation of a polygon.
Starts creation of a pie-shaped sector.
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Arc
Starts creation of an arc.
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Tools Menu
Command
Function
Shortcut keys
Performs an operating test on the computer.
Ctrl+T
The test can be performed while connected to
either the CX-Simulator (virtual PLC) or an
actual PLC. (CX-Designer version 2.0 or
higher.)
PLC Error Simulator Starts the PLC error simulator. For details on --the PLC error simulator, refer to the CX-Programer Operation Manual (Cat. No. W446).
Resource Report
Displays a report on the resources that have
--been used.
Validation
Test
Validation
(Project)
Checks all screen data in the project accord- Ctrl+E
ing to validation settings to see if any mistakes
have been made.
Validation
(Current
Screen)
Validation
Setting
Checks screen data displayed at the front
according to validation settings to see if any
mistakes have been made.
Sets the project data check items.
DXF Explorer
Starts the tool for accessing DXF files using
the CX-Designer.
Library
Displays the Library Window to enable pasting Alt+4
objects registered in the library on the screen.
Also enables registering objects on the screen
in the library.
Converts a library created on CX-Designer for --use with CX-Designer.
Import Old Library
Ctrl+Shift+E
Ctrl+Alt+E
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Conversion
Version
Model
Changes the system version of the project
currently being edited.
Changes the model of the NS-series PT for
the project currently being edited.
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Command
Reset Defined Default
Functional
Object
Fixed Objects
Option
Function
Shortcut keys
Resets functional object specified values to
--default values.
Resets fixed object specified values to default --values.
Sets optional functions for editing screens.
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Window Menu
Command
Function
Shortcut keys
Next Window
Moves to the next window of the windows dis- Alt+0
played under View - Window.
Previous Window
Moves to the previous window of the windows Alt+Shift+0
displayed under View - Window.
Close All
Cascade
Closes all open screen editing windows.
Cascades the screen editing windows.
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Tile
Arrange Icons
Tiles the screen editing windows.
Arranges the minimized window icons.
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Window List
Lists all open screen editing windows. The
front screen will have a check mark by it.
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Help Menu
Command
Contents
Search Topic
Function
Online Registration Registers the user online.
About CX-Designer Displays information on the product.
3-3
3-3-1
Shortcut keys
Displays the contents for the online help.
Displays a search dialog box for help topics.
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User Interface
Names of Basic Screen Components
The configuration and names and functions of the components in the CXDesigner operation screen are described here.
Title Bar
Menu Bar
Toolbar
Project Workspace
The entire project
structure can be
displayed in a
directory tree.
Property List
Functional object
property settings
can be changed
and checked
without having to
open a properties
dialog box.
Screen Creation
Window
Screen data
displayed on the PTs
can be created for a
group of objects.
Status bar
Title Bar
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The title bar displays the application name, project name, and screen number.
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Menu Bar
The menu bar provides groups of related functions.
Each group name is displayed in the menu bar and the functions are displayed on pull-down menus under each group name.
Project Workspace
The project screen data and settings are displayed in a tree hierarchy in the
project workspace.
Screens and sheets can be created, copied, and deleted in the project workspace.
Screens from different projects can be copied between workspaces if more
than one copy of CX-Designer is running at the same time.
The project workspace can be displayed and hidden by selecting View - Window - Project workspace.
A list of the created screens and sheets will be displayed on the Screen/Sheet
Tab Page.
Double-click on any screen
or sheet to open it.
Screens and sheets can be
created, copied, and
deleted.
The Common Setting Tab Page displays the common settings browsed by all
functional objects.
Double-click any item to
open the settings dialog
box.
The System Tab Page displays the project and communications settings.
Double-click on any
item to open the
settings dialog box.
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Property List
Property Lists display the property settings for the functional object selected
on the screen. Settings can be checked and changed without opening a Property Setting Dialog Box.
Changes to properties made on the Property List are immediately reflected on
the screen, which enables changes to be checked during screen creation.
Property Lists can be displayed and hidden by selecting View - Window Property List.
Enables display
and settings of
properties of
the selected
object without
opening a
property dialog
box.
■ Global Replace
More than one object can be selected and the common settings for those
objects can be changed in one operation.
The following example shows a global change of the object color.
The color for the two
selected objects is changed
in the one operation.
The two objects on the
screen for which the color is
to be changed are selected
and Color 1 is changed.
Screen Creation Window
Screens displayed on the PTs can be created using functional and fixed
objects.
Status bar
The Status Bar can be displayed and hidden by selecting View - Status Bar.
Describes the
function of the
toolbar icon or
menu item
selected.
Displays the current
coordinates of the
cursor.
Displays the
frame page
number currently
selected.
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Displays the
switch label
name currently
selected.
Displays the
system
version of
the project.
Displays the
Displays
upper left
the set PT
coordinates of the model.
object currently
selected.
Displays the
key status.
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Toolbar
Each toolbar can be displayed and hidden according to the settings in the
Customize Dialog Box displayed under View - Toolbar.
■ File Toolbar
Displays functions relating to file operation, such as creating or saving
projects and screens and transferring project data, as icons.
Save All
New
Project
Open
Project
Transfer
Apply Sheet
Save
Print
(Computer → PT)
Screen/
Export
Quick Page Setup
Sheet
CSV File
transfer
New
Sheet
New
Screen
Import
CSV File
Transfer
Setting
Preview
Transfer
(PT → Computer)
■ Edit Toolbar
Displays functions relating to editing objects, such as copy, cut, and paste as
icons.
Undo
Cut
Redo
Paste
Copy
Repeat
Delete
Host selection
■ Find Toolbar
Displays functions relating to searching and replacing as icons.
Find
Replace
■ Tool Toolbar
Displays frequently used functions from the Tools Menu as icons.
Resource
Report
Validation
PLC-PT
(Current Screen)
Integrated
Option
Simulation
Test
Validation
DXF Explorer
PLC Error Setting
Validation
Simulator
(Project)
■ Help Toolbar
Displays help and version information functions as icons.
Contents
About CX-Designer
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■ Functional Object Toolbar
Displays screen creation functions for functional objects as icons.
Select the icon button of the functional object to be used to start screen creation.
Consecutive Line
Multifunction Numeral
Data
Alarm/
Display
Drawing
Analog event
Log
Bit
& Input
Meter
Graph
Display
Contents
Lamp
Display
Word
Video
Broken-line
List
Button
Date
Display
Table
Selection Graph
Temporary
Thumbwheel Bitmap
Frame
Time
Word Label
ON/OFF
Input
Switch
Lamp
Button
Alarm/
Data
String
Level
Document
Command
Event
Block
Display
Meter
Display
Button
Summary
Table
& Input
& History
Note
Document display is supported for NS-Runtime only.
■ Fixed Object Toolbar
Displays fixed object drawing functions as icons.
Select the icon button of the fixed object to be used to start drawing screens.
Straight
Rectangle Line
Polygon Arc
Circle/ Polyline Sector
Oval
■ Grouping Order Toolbar
Displays object grouping and change distribution order functions as icons.
Group
Front Back
Send Bring Forward
Backward
Ungroup
■ Edit Objects Toolbar
Displays functions relating to changing object layout and object alignment as
icons.
Align
Right
Align
Left
Align
Center
Rotate Selected
Object 90° Around
Center of
Screen/Frame to
the Right
Distribute
Smallest
Horizontally
Height
Rotate
Align
Smallest
Right
Middle
Width
Flip
Horizontal
Largest
Align
Rotate
Flip
Width
Left Rotate
Align Bottom Distribute
Vertical
Largest
Selected
Top
Vertically
Object 90°
Height
Around Center
of
Screen/Frame
to the Left
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Flip Selected
Object Horizontally
Around Center of
Screen/Frame
Edit Node
Flip Selected
Object Vertically
Around Center
of Screen/Frame
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■ Window Display Toolbar
Displays functions for displaying windows as icons.
Select
Property
List Symbol Object
Table
Toolbar
Project
Workspace
Status bar
Library
Output
Window
Address in
Use List
■ Switch Toolbar
Displays functions for switching labels, screens, and frame pages as icons.
Label Switch
Next
Label
Next
Page
Previous
Previous Page
Label
Next Frame
Page
Previous
Frame Page
■ View Toolbar
Displays functions for switching the Screen Creation Window display as icons.
Show Show Sheet Object
Address
ID
Display Type
Show Touch Points
Comment
Show
Address
Grid
Zoom
Select ON/OFF
■ Font Toolbar
Displays the functions for setting text font properties in functional objects as
icons.
Font
Font Size
Zoom
Font Color
Align Top
Italic Center
Align Bottom
Bold Align Align Center
Left Right
■ Color Toolbar
Displays the color settings for functional objects and fixed objects as icons.
Color 1
Color 2
Color 3
Color 4
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■ Address Toolbar
Displays the setting functions for the addresses of the functional objects in a
toolbar. Select the functional object for which the address is to be set and set
the address.
Address Selection
Address Edition
Address Settings
■ Edit Contents Toolbar
Sets the basic contents change settings required for using the Machine Navigator. By changing the contents number, the display can be changed to the
contents set for that contents number.
Click the Edit Contents Button to display the Edit Contents Dialog Box.
Detailed settings can then be made for changing contents.
Address for switching contents
Contents No.
Output Window
Edit Contents Button
No. of contents
The Output Window displays various data such as CX-Designer search, data
check, and other processing results and error details.
The Output Window can be displayed and hidden by selecting View - Window - Output Window.
The Output Tab Page displays the CX-Designer operating status and error
information.
The Found Results Tab Page displays the search and replace results.
Click an item to display and select the corresponding object.
The Data Check Results Tab Page displays the data check results.
Click an item to display and select the corresponding object.
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CX-Designer Functions and Screens
Symbol Table
A symbol table lists the symbols registered to the project.
The CX-Designer can specify symbols as the data to be accessed by functional objects, in addition to directly specifying PLC or other host addresses or
internal memory.
“Symbol” is a name to which an address is allocated. This symbol can be
used instead of the address in the CX-Designer. This allows addresses to be
changed simply by changing the address set for the symbol, instead of opening each screen and changing the property settings for the functional objects
on that screen. In addition, comments can be specified for symbols in the CXDesigner.
The Symbol Table Window can be displayed and hidden by selecting View Window - Symbol Table from the menu bar.
Click Name to
change the
display order
between
descending and
ascending (the
sort function).
Click to display a
pull-down list and
display only the
desired type (the
filter function).
Note
(1) Symbols can be added or deleted and functions that use a symbol can be
searched for in the symbol table.
(2) Symbols (communications addresses) to be set can be copied from the
symbol table to the Property List using the drag-and-drop function.
(3) Symbols can also be copied from the CX-Programmer's symbol table and
pasted to the CX-Designer's symbol table. This enables the same symbol
to be used by both the CX-Designer and CX-Programmer.
Library Window
A library object is a group of registered functional and fixed objects together
with their property settings registered as one unit of data.
Objects can be registered as a library object and easily reused in multiple
locations or screens from the Library Window.
The Library Window can be displayed and hidden by selecting View - Window - Library.
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Objects can be easily registered and reused, using the drag-and-drop function.
Register
Library Window
Reuse
Object List Window
The Object List Window lists the functional objects located in Screen Creation
Window.
Any object can be selected and the display on the Screen Creation Window
can be restricted to a specified type of functional object from the Select Object
Window.
Selecting and displaying objects by type enables easy editing of objects hidden under other objects. Normal screen editing is also possible in this mode.
The Select Object Window can be displayed and hidden by selecting View Window - Object List.
Screen Creation Window
Select Object Screen
Lists objects on the screen.
Select only Label to display
labels that were hidden under
other objects. Labels can also
be edited in this mode.
Label objects that were
hidden underneath
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Section 3-3
User Interface
Address in Use List
Displays a list of the number of times each address is used in functional
objects.
A list of the functional objects using the addresses is also displayed in the
Output Window and specified functional objects can be selected on the
screen.
The Address in Use Window can be displayed and hidden by selecting View Window - Address in Use List.
Displays the addresses.
Sets the start address
for the search range.
Sets the search range.
Displays the number of
times each address is used.
(Unused addresses are
displayed in gray.)
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User Interface
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Section 3-3
SECTION 4
Useful Functions
This section describes useful CX-Designer functions for creating project data and debugging and how to use these
functions.
4-1
4-2
4-3
4-4
4-5
4-6
Creating Screens Using Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-1-1
Changing Allocated Addresses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-1-2
Reusing Existing Projects in Another System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-1-3
Copying and Pasting Symbols Between the CX-Programmer and
the CX-Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-1-4
Using I/O Allocation Table in Symbol Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-1-5
Creating Screens Using Symbol Names and Then Setting Addresses
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Using Screens from Other Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Classifying Screens by Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-3-1
Creating Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-3-2
Moving Screens between Categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-3-3
Creating New Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Checking and Changing Functional Object Properties without Opening
Property Setting Dialog Boxes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-4-1
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Globally Replacing Settings for More Than One Object . . . . . . . . .
Listing and Editing Functional Object Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-5-1
Setting Consecutive Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-5-2
Copying the Same Setting to More Than One Cell . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Editing Overlapping Objects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-6-1
Method for Selecting Specified Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-6-2
Displaying Only Specified Objects on a Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-7
Creating Multi-language Labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-8
Checking Address Usage Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-9
Searching for Embedded Macros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-10 Transferring Only Edited Data to PT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-11 Creating Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-12 How to Use Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-13 Integrated Simulation for the Entire System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-13-1 Debugging Screens and the User Program with a Virtual PLC . . . .
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4-13-2 Debugging Screens and the User Program with the Actual PLC . . .
66
4-14 Setting Security for Data Transfers with the PT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-15 Setting Symbol Names and I/O Comments for Use as Labels . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-16 Executing Multiple Functions with a Single Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-17 Replacing a Lamp with a Button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-18 Creating Polygonal Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-19 Registering Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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4-20 Using Machine Navigator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Section 4-1
Creating Screens Using Symbols
4-1
Creating Screens Using Symbols
The CX-Designer can enter addresses as symbols when setting functional
object addresses. (Addresses can also be directly input, the same as for the
NS-Designer. Symbols are automatically allocated in these cases.)
This means that all addresses used in a project can be managed from the
symbol table.
The following operations can be performed easily using the symbol table.
• Changing allocated addresses when the address allocation changes suddenly.
• Reusing existing projects in another system.
Symbols can also be copied and pasted between the CX-Programmer and
CX-Designer symbol tables.
Also, any I/O allocation table created using Excel or other software can be
used as is in symbol tables.
Register symbol names
for PLC addresses using
CX-Designer and use
symbol names to specify
object addresses.
Register symbol
names for ladder
program and other
PLC addresses using
CX-Programmer.
Example: A
Symbol Table
Example: A
Symbol Table
Example: A
PT
SERIAL A:
CIO0.00
A
PLC
I/O allocation
table created
using Excel or
other software.
I/O memory
CIO0.00
Copy/paste directly.
Copy/paste via Excel.
4-1-1
Changing Allocated Addresses
If an address allocated for a symbol is changed on a symbol table, the change
is automatically reflected in all screens.
This allows allocated addresses to be changed simply by changing the symbol table, instead of opening each screen and changing the property settings
for the functional objects on that screen.
There is flexibility with symbol changes to meet any requirement. The replace
function can be used to globally replace the host and addresses. Symbols can
also be changed individually.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select Symbol Table on the project workspace Common Setting Tab
Page. The symbol table will be displayed.
2. Double-click the symbol for which the allocated address is to be changed
in the symbol table.
3. Change the allocated address in the displayed Address Settings Dialog
Box.
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Section 4-1
Creating Screens Using Symbols
4. When the changes have been completed, they will be reflected in all functional objects that use that symbol.
HOST1: 0.0
Screen 1
HOST1: 0.0
Screen 2
HOST1: 0.0
Screen 3
Change the
address
in the symbol
table to 10.0.
HOST1: 10.0
Screen 1
4-1-2
HOST1: 10.0
Screen 2
HOST1: 10.0
Screen 3
Reusing Existing Projects in Another System
When using existing projects in another system, the addresses allocated for
objects can be easily changed simply by changing the addresses in the symbol table.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Change the allocated address for each symbol in the symbol table.
2. To replace addresses in the symbol table, right-click the mouse and select
Replace from the pop-up menu that is displayed.
4-1-3
Copying and Pasting Symbols Between the CX-Programmer and
the CX-Designer
Both CX-Designer and CX-Programmer have symbol tables and can share
their symbol data.
This means that CX-Programmer symbols can be copied to the CX-Designer.
And symbols added using the CX-designer can be copied to the CX-Programmer.
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Section 4-1
Creating Screens Using Symbols
CX-Programmer symbols are copied and
pasted to the CX-Designer symbol table.
The same symbol as the CX-Programmer
symbol is added.
Procedure
Copying CX-Programmer Symbols to the CX-Designer
1,2,3...
1. Start CX-Programmer and open the project with the symbol to be shared.
2. Select the symbol from the CX-Programmer symbol table.
3. Open the CX-Designer symbol table and paste the symbol.
4. If a host address is set for the symbol, select the applicable host for the
destination.
Copying CX-Designer Symbols to the CX-Programmer
1,2,3...
1. Select the symbol from the CX-Designer symbol table and copy it to the
CX-Programmer.
Copy the symbol for which a PLC address
is allocated and paste it to Excel.
2. Paste to Excel. Select and copy the cells in Excel other than those in the
Host column.
This section is copied.
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Section 4-1
Creating Screens Using Symbols
3. Open the CX-Programmer symbol table and paste the symbol.
The same symbol as the CX-Designer symbol is added.
4-1-4
Using I/O Allocation Table in Symbol Table
The user can create the required I/O allocation table when creating projects. If
the I/O allocation table is created in the same format as the symbol table, the
I/O allocation table data can be copied as is to the symbol table. This enables
symbols to be created easily from the I/O allocation table.
Copy the I/O
allocation table
created using Excel
and past to the CXDesigner symbol
table.
The I/O
allocations in
the table are
registered as
symbols.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Create an I/O allocation table using Excel. Use the following order in the
I/O allocation table: Host, symbol name, type, address, and I/O comment
2. Copy the I/O allocation table.
3. Open the CX-Designer symbol table and paste the symbols.
4-1-5
Creating Screens Using Symbol Names and Then Setting Addresses
Screens can be created using only symbol names even if addresses are not
set. When the addresses are later determined, they can be input collectively
in the symbol table. In addition, if an address allocated as a symbol in the
symbol table is changed, that change is reflected in all functional objects
where that symbol is set.
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Section 4-2
Using Screens from Other Projects
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Input the symbol names for the communications address setting locations
for the functional object.
HOST1: Flag 1 HOST1: Flag 2
Screen 1
HOST1: Flag 1 HOST1: Flag 3 HOST1: Flag 2 HOST1: Flag 3
Screen 3
Screen 2
2. Set or change the addresses for the symbols input from the symbol table
in step 1.
Afterwards set
the addresses in
the symbol table.
3. After the addresses have been set, they will be reflected in all the functional objects that reference the symbols.
HOST1: 0.00
Screen 1
4-2
HOST1: 0.01
HOST1: 0.00
Screen 2
HOST1: 0.02
HOST1: 0.01
HOST1: 0.02
Screen 3
Using Screens from Other Projects
Screens from different projects can be copied between project workspaces if
more than one copy of CX-Designer is running at the same time.
If there is an alarm/event display object, data log graph, or other functional
object on the copied screen that accesses common settings, the common settings are automatically copied as well. This means that settings do not need to
be adjusted to use the same common settings in both the source and destination project.
Procedure
1,2,3...
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1. Start two copies of CX-Designer and open the source project on one copy
and the destination project on the other copy. Open the project workspace
Screen/Sheet Tab Page.
Section 4-2
Using Screens from Other Projects
2. Select the screen to be copied on the source CX-Designer and drag-anddrop the screen to the destination category. The dialog box for setting the
destination screen number and host will be opened.
Select the screen and
drag-and-drop to the
destination.
3. Specify the destination screen number and the address host in the dialog
box. The screen will be copied.
The screen will be copied.
4. The addresses used in the source screen will be automatically copied to
the symbol table in the destination project. The common settings accessed
by screens are also added automatically.
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Section 4-3
Classifying Screens by Application
■
Copying Screens with Alarm/Event Displays
Source settings
Destination settings
Addresses registered as
alarm/events in the source project
are automatically added to both
the symbol table and the
Alarm/Event Dialog Box.
5. Address allocations can be changed from the symbol table to an address
suitable for the destination project. (Refer to 4-1 Creating Screens Using
Symbols.)
Note
(1) All screens in a category can be copied by selecting the category and
dragging-and-dropping it to another project workspace.
(2) Sheets can also be copied using the same method.
(3) Common settings can be copied by selecting them on the project workspace Common Settings Tab Page and dragging-and-dropping them to
another CX-Designer's project workspace Common Settings Tab Page.
4-3
Classifying Screens by Application
Screens can be classified by application in the CX-Designer. These classifications are called “screen categories.”
To display screens by screen categories, right-click in the Project Workspace
and select Display Screen Category from the pop-up menu.
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Section 4-3
Classifying Screens by Application
Screens are classified
by application.
Up to 3 levels of categories
can be created.
Consecutive screen numbers are automatically allocated in the same category when a new screen is created. The screen numbers can be changed.
When a screen is created in this category,
the next screen number is allocated to the screen.
4-3-1
Creating Categories
1,2,3...
1. Open the project workspace Screen/Sheet Tab Page.
2. Select Screen Category or an existing category.
3. Right-click and select New Category from the pop-up menu.
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Checking and Changing Functional Object Properties without Opening Property Setting Dialog Boxes
Section 4-4
4. A new category will be created. Enter the category name.
4-3-2
Moving Screens between Categories
Existing screens can be moved to different categories.
1,2,3...
1. Select the screen to be moved to a different category from the project
workspace Screen/Sheet Tab Page. (More than one screen can be selected.)
2. Drag the screen or screens to the destination category.
Drag
Note
4-3-3
The screen moves
to the new category.
Categories can also be moved by selecting and dragging them to the desired
location. Screens in that category are also moved.
Creating New Screens
Screens can be created in a category.
1,2,3...
1. Select the category for the new screen on the project workspace Screen/
Sheet Tab Page.
2. Right-click the screen category and select New Screen from the pop-up
menu.
4-4
Checking and Changing Functional Object Properties
without Opening Property Setting Dialog Boxes
Click a functional object on the screen to display the properties of that object
in the Property List. Settings can be checked and changed on the Property
List without opening a Property Setting Dialog Box.
Settings for more than one object can be changed in the Property List by
using the global replace function.
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Section 4-5
Listing and Editing Functional Object Properties
The Property List is used
to display and set the
properties for the
selected object.
Changes to properties
are immediately reflected
on the screen, which
enables changes to be
checked during screen
creation.
Note
4-4-1
The Property Settings Dialog Box for an object can still be displayed by double-clicking the object.
Globally Replacing Settings for More Than One Object
More than one item can be selected and settings common to all items can be
changed. The changed settings will be reflected in all selected objects.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select all the objects for which settings are to be changed.
2. Change the setting items common to all selected objects on the Property
List.
The setting common
to the selected
objects, Color 1, will
be changed.
3. The change will be reflected in all objects.
All selected
objects change
to the same
color.
Note
4-5
Items not common to all selected objects cannot be changed.
Listing and Editing Functional Object Properties
Properties of objects on the screen can be displayed in table format and the
settings changed.
Settings for more than one object can be changed at the same time and consecutive addresses can be automatically set, making editing more efficient.
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Section 4-5
Listing and Editing Functional Object Properties
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select Edit - Edit Properties.
2. The functional objects on the screen and their properties will be displayed.
Entries made to each item will be reflected as changes in the functional object.
The display can be
limited to functional
objects selected from
the list.
4-5-1
Click the Display Item Setting
Button to change property
settings displayed in the Edit
Properties Window.
Setting Consecutive Addresses
Addresses can be changed to make the address consecutive.
1,2,3...
1. Select the cell for the set address and move the mouse to the bottom-right
of the cell. When the cursor changes to a + cursor, drag the cursor down
or up.
2. The addresses will change to descending order when the cursor is
dragged down, and to ascending order when dragged up.
4-5-2
Copying the Same Setting to More Than One Cell
Each setting can be copied to other cells for items of the same type.
1,2,3...
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1. Select and copy the desired cell.
Section 4-6
Editing Overlapping Objects
2. Select the destination cell and paste the copied setting. Copied settings
can be pasted to more than one cell, enabling global replacement of settings.
Note
(1) If an object is selected on the screen, only the properties for the selected
functional object are listed.
(2) The properties of the following functional objects can be set using the list
edit function.
• ON/OFF Buttons
• Word Buttons
• Command Buttons
• Bit Lamps
• Word Lamps
• Text
• Numeral Display & Input
• String Display & Input
• Thumbwheel Switches
• Dates
• Time
• Temporary Inputs
• Consecutive Line Drawing
• Multifunction
4-6
Editing Overlapping Objects
The CX-Designer has an Object List Function, which lists objects on the
screen.
4-6-1
Method for Selecting Specified Objects
Specify objects in the Object List Window to have that object selected.
This enables objects hidden under other objects to be selected and for the
settings for these objects to be checked and changed on the Property List.
Select a bit lamp in the
Object List Window.
Bit lamp properties can be
checked and changed on
the Property List.
The bit lamp hidden
behind other objects
will be selected.
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Section 4-7
Creating Multi-language Labels
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select View - Window - Object List.
2. The Object List Window will be displayed and the objects on the screen listed.
3. Objects specified on the Object List Window will be selected on the screen.
Hold down the Shift or Ctrl Key to select more than one object.
The list of objects in the Object List Window can be restricted to a specific
type of object. Select the type of objects to be listed from the drop down
list at the top left of the Object List Window.
Select ON/OFF Button.
4-6-2
Only ON/OFF Buttons
will be listed.
Displaying Only Specified Objects on a Screen
The screen display can also be limited to objects selected on the Object List
Window. These objects can be edited on screen.
Select a bit lamp.
Only objects of the selected
type are displayed, i.e., bit
lamps.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select the object in the Object List Window and click the Range Selection
Button.
2. Click the Release All Button to display all objects on the screen.
4-7
Creating Multi-language Labels
CX-Designer multi-language displays use Unicode for the character information displayed in a screen. This enables switching the screen between different languages, such as Japanese, English, and Chinese, for display and
setting.
The CX-Designer also has functions to export functional object label strings to
CSV files and import label strings from CSV files, called the CSV import/
export functions.
These functions can be used to edit and set label strings in multiple languages, such as Japanese, English, and Chinese, making it easy to create
multi-language screens.
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Section 4-8
Checking Address Usage Status
An operating system that supports Unicode (Windows 2000, XP, or Vista) is
required to use multi-language labels.
Japanese
English
Chinese
The language
display can be
switched during
PT operation.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select File - Export to CSV File.
2. Follow the directions in the displayed dialog box and export the labels to a
CSV file. Select Unicode in the Output Code Area.
3. Edit the CSV file with a version of Excel that supports Unicode (Excel 2000
or higher).
Enter the label strings in
Japanese, English, Chinese, etc.
4. Select File - Import CSV File.
5. Follow the directions in the displayed dialog box and import the edited CSV
file.
The strings in the CSV file will be reflected in each object.
Note
(1) Set the number of labels to 2 or more under Project Property to set multilanguage strings for one object.
(2) In order to create screen data with CX-Designer using the multi-language
function, it is necessary to perform Windows settings beforehand. Refer
to the CX-Designer online help Reference - Multi-language Display for
details.
4-8
Checking Address Usage Status
The Address in Use Window displays a list of the number of times each
address is used in functional objects.
A list of the functional objects using the addresses is also displayed in the
Output Window and specified functional objects can be selected on the
screen.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select View - Window - Address in Use.
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Section 4-9
Searching for Embedded Macros
2. Set the addresses and search range and click the Go Button to display the
number of times the addresses are used.
Displays the addresses.
Sets the start
address for the
search range.
Sets the search
range.
Displays the
number of times
each address is
used. (Unused
addresses are
displayed in gray.)
3. Select an address and click the Find Reference Object Button to display
a list of functional objects using that address in the Output Window. Select
a functional object in the Output Window to automatically select that object
on the screen.
Objects selected in the Output Window are selected on the screen.
Note
4-9
Searches can be made for the addresses used in a project or in a screen and
the results displayed in a list. Select Find - Address Cross Reference.
Searching for Embedded Macros
Embedded macros can be found and displayed in the Output Window.
Objects selected in the Output Window are automatically selected, so macro
details can be checked on the Property List.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select Find - Macro Cross Reference.
2. Specify the search range in the displayed Search Embedded Macro Dialog
Box and execute the search.
3. A list of macro locations will be displayed in the Output Window.
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Section 4-10
Transferring Only Edited Data to PT
Macro details can be checked
on the Property List.
Select a functional
object in the Output
Window to select that
object on the screen.
A list of macro
locations will be
displayed.
4-10 Transferring Only Edited Data to PT
The data is edited and transferred to the PT many times when debugging
projects.
The CX-Designer has a Quick Transfer function. The Quick Transfer function
automatically compares project data with the data already transferred to the
PT and transfers only changed data.
This means that only the required data is transferred to the PT, which greatly
reduces the time and work required for transfers.
Screen
Screen 1
Screen 2
Screen 3
Screen 4
:
Date updated
2005/6/19 09:55
2005/6/19 10:00
2005/6/19 10:05
2005/6/19 09:55
Screen
Screen 1
Screen 2
Screen 3
Screen 4
:
Date updated
2005/6/19 09:55
2005/6/19 09:55
2005/6/19 09:55
2005/6/19 09:55
Only changed screens 2
and 3 are automatically
selected and transferred.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select PT - Transfer - Quick Transfer [Computer → PT].
2. A dialog box to confirm the transfer will be displayed. Press the Yes Button
to start transferring the data.
Note
(1) Transfer routes and other settings need to be made before executing
Quick Transfer. Select PT - Transfer - Transfer Setting to make the settings.
(2) Select PT - Transfer - Transfer [Computer → PT] to transfer data for the
whole project to the PT.
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Section 4-11
Creating Documents
4-11 Creating Documents
Project and screen settings and functional object property settings can be output to RTF files by using the CX-Designer print function.
Screen images can also be output to bmp and jpg files.
The CX-Designer print function facilitates the production of a variety of documents, e.g., these files can be used as is for specifications, or the data can be
processed to create operation manuals, etc.
Outputs settings data
to RTF files.
Outputs screen images
to bmp and jpg files.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select File - Print.
Select File to output
settings to an RTF file.
Select Image File to
output screen images
to a bmp or jpg file.
2. When printing is executed, an RTF or bmp/jpg file is created.
Note
(1) If Output to: is set to Printer, the settings will be output to the printer.
(2) If Output to: is set to File or Printer, header, footer, and margin settings
can be made.
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Section 4-12
How to Use Help
4-12 How to Use Help
Press the F1 Key or click the Help Button in dialog boxes to display help information relating to the selected menu or dialog box.
Press the F1 Key or click the Help
Button on the History Tab Page of the
System Setting Dialog Box.
A description of the History Tab Page of
the System Setting Dialog Box will be
displayed.
Procedure
Click on the diagram in Help Mode to display a description or switch to
another topic.
If the mouse is moved to locations that can be clicked in Help Mode, the cursor will change shape to
.
Click an item in the
diagram to display a
description of that item.
If there is a tab page in the explanatory dialog box, the Help diagram display
can be switched by clicking that tab page.
Click the Initial Tab Page.
The display switches to a description
of the Initial Tab Page.
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Section 4-13
Integrated Simulation for the Entire System
4-13 Integrated Simulation for the Entire System
The CX-Designer can simulate PT operations on a personal computer, so
screens created on the computer can be debugged using the test function
even without transferring the screens to a PT.
4-13-1 Debugging Screens and the User Program with a Virtual PLC
The CX-Designer can connected to a virtual PLCs running on the CX-Simulator (i.e., on a user program execution engine). By using the CX-Simulator to
run programs created using the CX-Programmer, screen data and user programs can be debugged together on a personal computer.
CX-Designer
CX-Programmer
CX-Simulator
Executing the user program
Connecting the CX-Programmer to the
CX-Simulator makes it possible to debug
programming while checking user program
operation.
The results of executing the user program
in the CX-Simulator are displayed on the screen.
Conversely, changes in values due to screen operations
are used as CX-Simulator user program inputs.
CX-Programmer
PLC
NS
Screen data
I/O memory
Using
actual
devices
User program
Virtual
operation
Test tool
Operations
on personal
computer
Integrated
simulation by
coordinating CXDesigner, CXSimulator, and
CX-Programmer.
CX-Designer test function
(virtual PT)
Host name
(communications
addresses)
HOST1 (applicable host)
CX-Simulator
(virtual PLC)
User program
Screen data
User program
(CXP file)
HOST2
Specify Start
Screen operations can be
simulated in conjunction with
virtual PLC user program
execution.
Start
Select Connect to CX-Simulator.
HOSTn
Specify the host name for
connecting to the CX-Simulator.
(Example: HOST1)
Specify the CXP file.
Previous test function
Test function when connected to the CX-Simulator
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Integrated Simulation for the Entire System
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Click the PLC-PT Integrated Simulation Button (
) in the Tool Bar.
2. Specify the host name to connect to the CX-Simulator, select the user program (CXP file) to be written, and click the Start Button.
Specify the host name to
connect to the CXSimulator, and specify the
user program
(i.e., specify the CXP file).
3. The CX-Simulator and the CX-Programmer will start, and the user program
will be written to the CX-Simulator.
4. The CX-Designer test function will start, and the specified host will be connected to CX-Stimulator.
5. When the user program is executed or debugged (step, scan execution,
etc.), the applicable host communications addresses are changed according to the user program execution results, and this is reflected in the lamps
on the screen and in the numeric displays. Conversely, applicable host
communications address values are changed according to screen button
operations and numeric inputs, and these are used as inputs for user program execution. This enables the simulation of screen operations in conjunction with virtual PLC user program execution.
Note
(1) If a test is performed from the CX-Designer while the CX-Simulator is already running, a connection will be made to the CX-Simulator.
(2) Only one host can be connected to the CX-Simulator. If multiple hosts are set in
a CX-Designer project, use the test tool to change the communications address
values for the hosts that are not connected to the CX-Simulator.
All of the communications address used by the
displayed screen are displayed in a list. For
example, if host SERIALA is connected to the
CX-Simulator, the SERIALA communications
addresses are used as values at the CXSimulator. The values for other host
communications addresses can be changed
using the test tool.
(3) Address values at the CX-Simulator can be changed using the Switch Box Utility.
The Switch Box Utility can be started from the test tool.
(4) The CX-Designer will be minimized when the test is started.
(5) If the Start test from the current screen Option is selected under Tools
- Test, the screen currently being edited will be opened when the test is
started. If this option is not selected, the test will start with the initial
screen specified in the PT's System Settings.
(6) Integrated simulation can be executed by selecting Tools - Test and then
selecting Connect to CX-Simulator from the Test Dialog Box.
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4-13-2 Debugging Screens and the User Program with the Actual PLC
With CX-Designer, simulation can be executed with the personal computer
connected to an actual PLC. This enables debugging (including monitoring
and settings) using actual I/O Units, Special I/O Units, and CPU Bus Units
connected to the PLC, as well as data from external devices and PLC data on
the network.
Personal Computer Screen
Actual PLC
Special I/O Units and CPU Bus Units
CX-Designer
Network
Actual I/O
Serial
The results of executing the user program in
the actual PLC are displayed on the screen,
along with the status of external devices.
Conversely, changes in values due to screen
operations are used as the actual PLC user
program inputs and in the set values for
external devices.
External devices
CX-Programmer
PT
PLC
Screen data
I/O memory
User program
Virtual
operation
Externally connected device
Test tool
CX-Designer test
function (virtual PT)
Host name
(communications
addresses)
HOST1
Integrated simulation by coordinating CX-Designer,
actual PLC, and CX-Programmer.
(Applicable host)
Screen data
In personal computer
HOST2
Screen operations
can be simulated in
conjunction with actual
PLC user program
execution.
Actual PLC
I/O memory User program
HOST n
Previous test function
Specify.
Select Connect to PLC.
Specify the host name for
connecting to PLC.
(Example: HOST1)
Specify the method for
communicating with the PLC.
Test function when connected to actual PLC
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Setting Security for Data Transfers with the PT
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Connect the personal computer to the PLC by either a serial or network
connection.
2. Select Tool - Test.
3. Select Connect to PLC, specify the host name and host type for connecting to the PLC, specify the communications method, and click the Start
Button.
Select Connect to PLC,
specify the host name
and host type for
connecting to the PLC,
and specify the
communications
method.
4. The CX-Designer test function will start and the actual PLC will be connected.
5. When the actual PLC user program is executed, the applicable host communications addresses are changed according to the user program execution results, and this is reflected in the lamps on the screen and in the
numeric displays. Conversely, applicable host communications address
values are changed according to screen button operations and numeric inputs, and these are used as inputs for execution of the actual PLC user
program. This enables the simulation of screen operations in conjunction
with actual PLC user program execution.
4-14 Setting Security for Data Transfers with the PT
Transfers between the
Computer and PT
When a project for which data transfer security has been set is stored in the
PT, a password is required to upload the project data from the PT. Data cannot be uploaded from the PT unless the correct password is input, preventing
theft of data from the PT. A password is also required in order to download
data. This prevents data from being accidentally overwritten.
When data transfer security is set
NS-series PT
Download
Upload
A password from the computer is required to
transfer data (either uploading or downloading).
The data cannot be transferred unless the correct
password is input.
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Setting Symbol Names and I/O Comments for Use as Labels
Transfers between the PT
and a Memory Card
When a project for which data transfer security has been set is stored in the
PT, a password must be input at the PT to upload the project data from the PT
to a Memory Card. Data cannot be uploaded from the PT unless the correct
password is input, preventing theft of data to a Memory Card. A password is
also required to download data from a Memory Card. This prevents data from
being accidentally overwritten.
NS-series PT
Upload
Memory Card
Download
Password input from the PT
When data transfer security is set
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select File - Data Transfer Security - New Data Transfer Security Setting.
2. Set the security password.
3. Transfer to the PT the project for which data transfer security has been set.
4-15 Setting Symbol Names and I/O Comments for Use as
Labels
Symbol names or I/O comments of communications addresses can be automatically used as label text strings for the following functional objects.
• ON/OFF Buttons (when Write Address is set)
• Word Buttons (when Write Address is set)
• Bit Buttons (when Display Address is set)
• Word Lamps (when Display Address is set)
In the same way, when setting communications addresses in the Alarm/Event
Details Dialog Box, symbol names or I/O comments can be set as the alarm
messages.
Set the communications
address.
The symbol name of the
communications address is
automatically used as the label.
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Setting Symbol Names and I/O Comments for Use as Labels
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Select Options from the Tools Menu. The Option Dialog Box will be displayed.
2. Open the Edit/Display Tab Page in the Option Dialog Box.
3. Select Reflect to label when an address is set, and select either Symbol
Name or I/O Comment for the label text string.
Select the option, and
select either Symbol Name
or I/O Comment for the
label text string.
4. Create the functional object.
5. Set the communications address for the functional object in one of the following ways.
• Input the address in the field in the Property Setting Dialog Box for the
functional object.
• Input the address in the field in the Property List.
• Use the Address Tool Bar.
• Edit the properties in table format.
The symbol name or I/O comment that has been set will be automatically
set as the label text string.
6. To set an alarm message, select Alarm/Event Setting from the PT Menu.
The Alarm/Event Setting Dialog Box will be displayed.
7. Click the Add/Edit Button in the dialog box to open the Alarm/Event Details
Tab Page.
8. Set the communications address in the Address Field. The symbol name
or I/O comment for the communications address that was set for the message will be used automatically.
Note
(1) If there are two or more labels, the symbol name or I/O comment will be
set for the text strings for all of the labels.
(2) Symbol names and I/O comments will not be set automatically in the following cases:
• When the communications address is replaced by another one.
• When a symbol name or I/O comment is changed in the symbol table
after the label text string has been set.
• When communications address settings other than those indicated
above are set.
• When the communications address is set by a method other than
those indicated in step 5.
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Executing Multiple Functions with a Single Operation
4-16 Executing Multiple Functions with a Single Operation
With Multifunction Objects, multiple processes can be set and can then be
executed with just the press of a button. Processes that could previously be
executed only by using macros can now be easily executed by making settings based on properties.
Previous
Multifunction Object
Executed by macro
Easy property settings
Executed in order of settings.
Procedure
This procedure describes how to use a Multifunction Object to perform the following operations.
• Turn ON $B100.
• Set SERIALA:DM0 to 123.
• Switch to screen 100.
1,2,3...
1. Create a Multifunction Object and open the Property Setting Dialog Box.
2. In the General Tab Page, open the When pressing Tab Page and select the
first item in the action item list.
3. Click the Write Button and select Write Bit from the menu. The properties
for the bit setting will be displayed.
4. Set $B100 for the write address, and SET for the action.
1. Click the first item.
2. Click the Write Button
and select Write Bit.
3. Make the following settings:
●
Write Address: $B100
●
Action: SET
5. Click the Add Button to add the new action item.
6. Click the Write Button and select Write Word from the displayed menu.
7. Set SERIALA: DM0 for the write address, Set Value for the action, and 123
for the set value.
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1. Click the Add Button.
2. Click the Write Button and
select Write Word.
3. Make the following settings:
●
Write Address: SERIAL A:DM0
●
Action: Set Value
●
Set Value: 123
8. Click the Add Button to add the new action item.
9. Click the Switch Screen Button and select Switch Screen from the displayed menu.
10. Set Specified Screen for the switch method, and 0100 Screen for the
screen selection.
1. Click the Add Button.
2. Click the Switch Screen
Button, and select Switch
Screen.
3. Make the following settings:
●
Switch Method: Specified Screen
●
Select Screen: 0100 Screen
When the Multifunction Object is pressed on the NS-series PT, the functions
that have been set will be executed in order.
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Section 4-17
Replacing a Lamp with a Button
4-17 Replacing a Lamp with a Button
If a bit lamp is converted to a Multifunction Object, the functions of a button
and other functions can be added by simply changing property settings without creating new objects.
Bit lamp
Multifunction Object
Convert
Bit lamp settings can be left
unchanged and settings for
button operations can be added
to create a "Button + Lamp"
object.
Touch operations also enabled
Similarly, converting to a Multifunction Object makes it easy to add new functions to buttons and lamps that have already been created.
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Open the Bit Lamp Property Setting Dialog Box.
2. Click the Convert Button to convert the bit lamp to a Multifunction Object.
Click the Convert Button.
3. The property settings for the Multifunction Object will open automatically.
In the General Tab Page specify Perform an action when pressing the object option to set the function for when the Multifunction Object is pressed.
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Creating Polygonal Lamps
Set the operation for when the
Multifunction Object is pressed.
In the Color/Shape Tab Page, the same settings will be set as for the original
bit lamp.
The settings will be the same for
the Multifunction Object as for the
bit lamp before the conversion.
Note
The following functional objects can be converted to Multifunction Objects:
ON/OFF buttons, word buttons, command buttons, bit lamps, and word lamps.
4-18 Creating Polygonal Lamps
Polygonal lamps can be created by using Multifunction Objects. This example
procedure shows how to create a polygonal lamp that is turned ON and OFF
by turning ON and OFF HOST1:0.0.
HOST1:0.0 : OFF
HOST1:0.0 : ON
Procedure
1,2,3...
1. Create a Multifunction Object and open the Property Setting Dialog Box.
The General Tab Page will be displayed.
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2. Open the When pressing Tab Page in the action item list.
Clear the selection of the Perform an action when pressing the object option.
Clear the Perform
an action when
pressing the object
option.
3. Open the Color/Shape Tab Page and select Polygon as the shape.
Set Bit Address as the display method, and HOST1:0.0 as Display Address
1.
Select Polygon.
Select
Bit Address
and
HOST1:0.0.
4. Click the OK Button to close the Property Setting Dialog Box. The shape
of the Multifunction Object will change to a polygon. The object will be displayed as a pentagon.
The shape is changed to a pentagon.
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Registering Contents
5. Change the shape of the Multifunction Object to a triangle by deleting the
two unnecessary nodes.
Delete these two nodes.
With the Multifunction Object selected, select Edit Node from the Edit
Menu. Hold down the Ctrl Key, move the cursor to the node that is to be
deleted, and click the mouse button when the shape of the cursor changes
to an X. The node will be deleted.
In the same way, delete the other node to change the shape to a triangle.
Note
(1) When using Edit Node from the Edit Menu, nodes can be dragged to
change their positions. It is also possible to add nodes by clicking on the
outline while holding down the Ctrl Key.
(2) When a Multifunction Object set as a polygon is registered as the default
shape, then when subsequent Multifunction Objects are created it will be
possible to specify the positions of their nodes just as when creating a
polygon.
(3) Sector lamps can be created in the same way. For a sector lamp, just select Sector as the shape in the Property Setting Dialog Box for the Multifunction Object.
4-19 Registering Contents
Character strings and image files displayed using Machine Navigator are
called "contents." Machine Navigator changes values for specified communications addresses and the displays of contents registered on the screen
according to alarms and events that occur. This section describes how to easily register contents.
1,2,3...
1. Create the required number of contents displays on the screen.
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Registering Contents
2. In the General Tab Page in the contents display Property Setting Dialog
Box, specify whether character strings or images are to be displayed.
Specify whether
character
strings or
images are to
be displayed.
3. Set the number of contents in the Edit Contents Toolbar. In the No. of contents field, set the total number of character strings and images to be displayed. In the Address for switching contents, set the communications
address for switching the contents.
Set the communications
address to use to switch
contents.
Set the total number of
contents to be
displayed.
4. In the Contents No. field in the Edit Contents Toolbar, input the number of
the contents to be edited.
Set the number of
the contents to be
edited.
5. Select the contents display and press the Space Key.
If it is a character string that is to be displayed, input the character string.
If it is an image that is to be displayed, the File Selection Dialog Box will be
displayed. Select the image file to be displayed.
Press the
Space Key.
If displaying a character string
has been specified, input the
character string to be
displayed.
If displaying an image has
been specified, input the
image file to be displayed.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as required for the number of contents being created.
Note
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Make detailed settings for the contents in the Edit Contents Dialog Box that is
displayed when the Edit Contents Button is pressed in the Edit Contents
Toolbar.
Section 4-20
Using Machine Navigator
4-20 Using Machine Navigator
The countermeasures for when an alarm occurs can be automatically displayed using the Machine Navigator function.
The Machine Navigator function changes the character-string and image displays registered on the screen when the value of a specified communications
address changes or an alarm or event occurs.
NS-series PT
When an alarm occurs, a
popup window is automatically
displayed to show the
countermeasure. It includes
both text and graphics.
This section describes how to create the following screen data.
• Registering HOST1:100.00, HOST1:100.01 as an alarm
• Displaying popup window 100 when an alarm occurs
• Displaying the countermeasure for the alarm on popup window 100, and
not displaying anything when no alarm occurs
Creating the Popup
Window
1. Create popup window 100.
2. Set up two contents displays in popup window 100: one for text and one for
images. In the General Tab Page in the Contents Display Property Setting
Dialog Box, set Display a string and Display an image.
Select the
Display a string
option.
Select the
Display an image
option.
3. Click the Edit Contents Button in the Edit Contents Toolbar.
4. The Edit Contents Dialog Box will be displayed. Make the settings for
switching contents. (If the settings shown in the figure on the next page are
not displayed, click the dialog box title displayed at the upper left of the dialog box.)
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• Set No. of contents to 3. (The 3 represents two states in which an alarm
occurs and one state in which no alarm occurs.)
• Select Switch contents linking with alarm. (Default: Selected)
• Set Contents No. when alarm does not occur to 0.
• Set Address for switching contents to $W100.
Set to 3.
Set to $W100.
Select
Set to 0.
If the contents number is not displayed in the tree on the left of the dialog
box, click
after inputting the set values.
Click here.
ID No. for character string
contents display
ID No. for image contents display
5. Set the contents. (No setting needs to be made for 0 because for Contents
No. when alarm does not occur is set.)
a. Click contents No. 1 for CNT0000 to input the character string for the
countermeasure.
b.
Set the background color to white.
1. Click here.
2. Input the
countermeasure.
3. Set white.
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Using Machine Navigator
c.
Click contents No. 1 for CNT0001 to set the image file for which the
countermeasure is shown.
d. Set the background color to white.
1. Click here.
2. Set the image file.
3. Set white.
e. Make the settings in the same way for contents No. 2.
Set the
character-string
and image
displays for
contents No. 2.
f.
Click the OK Button to close the Edit Contents Dialog Box.
6. Make the alarm-related settings.
a. First select Alarm/Event Setting from the PT Menu. The Alarm/Event
Setting Dialog Box will be displayed.
b.
Click the Add Button in the dialog box to open the Alarm/Event Details
Dialog Box.
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Using Machine Navigator
1. Set HOST1:100.00.
2. Set screen 100.
3. Select this checkbox.
4. Set to 1.
5. Select this checkbox.
c.
Click the OK Button to close the Alarm/Event Details Dialog Box.
d. Make the settings related to HOST1:100.01 in the same way, but in this
case set Contents No. to 2.
1. Set HOST1:100.01.
2. Set screen 100.
3. Select this checkbox.
4. Set to 2.
5. Select this checkbox.
e. Click the OK Button to close the Alarm/Event Details Dialog Box.
f.
Click the OK Button to close the Alarm/Event Setting Dialog Box.
7. The settings are now complete. Transfer the project data to the NS-series
PT.
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Using Machine Navigator
Using the Machine Navigator function, popup screen 100 will be displayed
when HOST1:100.00 turns ON at the PT, and the contents of contents No. 1
will be displayed.
Similarly, popup screen 100 will be displayed when HOST1:100.01 turns ON
at the PT, and the contents of contents No. 2 will be displayed.
NS-series PT
HOST1:100.00 or
HOST1:100.01 turns ON.
Popup screen 100 is automatically
displayed, and contents related to
the alarm are displayed in the
contents display.
Note
Character strings and image files can be set by selecting the contents display
and pressing the Space Key.
Press the Space Key.
For a contents display showing a
character string, input the
character string to be displayed.
For a contents display showing
an image, select the image file.
In addition, specifying a contents number in the Edit Contents Toolbar will
cause the contents for that number to be displayed. This makes it possible to
set character strings and image files for individual contents numbers without
having to open the Edit Contents Dialog Box.
The Edit Contents Dialog Box can also be displayed by selecting PT - Edit
Contents.
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Appendix A
Comparison of Functions with NS-Designer
The following tables show the CX-Designer menus, commands, and functions that correspond to NS-Designer
menus.
Menu
File
Edit
NS-Designer menu
command
New Project
CX-Designer menu/function
File - New Project
Open Project
Save Project
File - Open Project
File - Save Project
Save Project As
Template
File - Save Project As
---
Project Maintenance
New Screen
--File - New Screen
Open Screen
Close Screen
File - Open Screen
---
Save Screen
Save All
File - Save Screen/Sheet
File - Save All
Open Sheet
Apply Sheet
Project Workspace - Screen/Sheet Tab Page
File - Apply Sheet
Import CSV File
Export CSV File
File - Import CSV File
File - Export CSV File
Transfer Data
Print
PT - Transfer
File - Print
Recent Projects
File - Recent Projects
Exit
Undo
File - Exit
Edit - Undo
Redo
Cut
Edit - Redo
Edit - Cut
Copy
Paste
Edit - Copy
Edit - Paste
Offset Paste
Delete
Edit - Repeat
Edit - Delete
Find
Replace
Edit - Find
Edit - Replace
Select All
Repeat
Edit - Select All
Edit - Repeat
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Comparison of Functions with NS-Designer
Menu
View
NS-Designer menu
command
Toolbar
Status Bar
Switch Label
Functional Object
CX-Designer menu/function
View - Toolbar
Previous Screen
View - Status Bar
View - Previous Label
View - Next Label
View - Previous Screen
Next Screen
Previous Frame Page
View - Next Screen
View - Previous Frame Page
Next Frame Page
Simulate ON/OFF
View - Next Frame Page
View - Simulate ON/OFF
Show ID
Show Address
View - Show ID
View - Show Address - Show Address
Show Error Object
Show Sheet Object
Output Window - Data Check Results Tab Page
View - Show Sheet Object
Show Touch Points
Zoom
View - Show Touch Points
View - Zoom
Refresh
ON/OFF Button
View - Refresh
Functional Object - ON/OFF Button
Word Button
Command Button
Functional Object - Word Button
Functional Object - Command Button
Bit Lamp
Word Lamp
Functional Object - Bit Lamp
Functional Object - Word Lamp
Label
Numeral Display & Input
Functional Object - Label
Functional Object - Numeral Display & Input
String Display & Input
List Selection
Functional Object - String Display & Input
Functional Object - List Selection
Thumbwheel Switch
Analog Meter
Functional Object - Thumbwheel Switch
Functional Object - Analog Meter
Level Meter
Broken-line Graph
Functional Object - Level Meter
Functional Object - Broken-line Graph
Bitmap
Alarm/Event Display
Functional Object - Bitmap
Functional Object - Alarm/Event Display
Alarm/Event Summary & His- Functional Object - Alarm/Event Summary & History
tory
Fixed Object
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Date
Time
Functional Object - Date
Functional Object - Time
Data Log Graph
Data Log Table
Functional Object - Data Log Graph
Functional Object - Data Log Table
Video Display
Frame
Functional Object - Video Display
Functional Object - Frame
Table
Temporary Input
Functional Object - Table
Functional Object - Temporary Input
Rectangle
Circle/Oval
Fixed Object - Rectangle
Fixed Object - Circle/Oval
Straight Line
Polyline
Fixed Object - Straight Line
Fixed Object - Polyline
Polygon
Sector
Fixed Object - Polygon
Fixed Object - Sector
Arc
Fixed Object - Arc
Appendix A
Comparison of Functions with NS-Designer
Menu
Settings
Layout
Tool
Window
Help
NS-Designer menu
command
Object Properties
CX-Designer menu/function
PT - Object Properties
Edit Label
Change Settings at Once
PT - Edit Label
Edit - Edit Properties
Flicker
Password
PT - Flicker
PT - Password
Unit/Scale Setting
Alarm/Event Setting
PT - Unit/Scale
PT - Alarm/Event Setting
Data Log Setting
Data Block Setting
PT - Data Log Setting
PT - Data Block Setting
Change Input Order
Project Properties
PT - Change Input Order
PT - Project Properties
Screen Properties
System Setting
Reset Defined Default
PT - Screen/Sheet Properties
PT - System Setting
PT - Communication Setting
Tool - Reset Defined Default
Convert
Register Hosts
Tool - Convert
PT - Communication Setting
Align/Distribute
Make Same Size
Edit - Align/Distribute
Edit - Make Same Size
Order
Nudge
Edit - Order
Edit - Nudge
Rotate/Flip
Modify
Edit - Rotate/Flip
Edit - Edit Node
Group
Ungroup
Edit - Group - Group
Edit - Group - Ungroup
Grid
Screen Maintenance
View - Grid
Project Workspace - Screen/Sheet Tab Page
Sheet Maintenance
Error Check
Project Workspace - Screen/Sheet Tab Page
Tool - Validation
Validation Result
Functional Object List
Output Window - Data Check Results Tab Page
Edit - Edit Properties
List Up Functional Objects
Used
View - Window - Select Object
List Up Addresses Used
Address Cross Reference
View - Window - Address in Use List
Find - Address Cross Reference
Edit Background Bitmap
Register Library
--Tool - Library
Use Library
Test
Tool - Library
Tool - Test
Resource Report
Option
Tool - Resource Report
Tool - Options
Cascade
Tile
Window - Cascade
Window - Tile
Arrange Icons
Contents
Window - Arrange Icons
Help - Contents
Search Topic
About NS-Designer
Help - Search Topic
Help - About CX-Designer
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Appendix B
Shortcut Keys
The following tables list the shortcut keys that can be used with CX-Designer.
Menu
File
Edit
Find
View
Function
Open Screen
Ctrl+O
Shortcut Keys
Save All
New Screen
Ctrl+S
Ctrl+N
Save Screen/Sheet
New Sheet
Ctrl+Shift+S
Ctrl+Shift+N
Apply Sheet
Print
Ctrl+J
Ctrl+P
Undo
Redo
Ctrl+Z
Ctrl+Y
Cut
Copy
Ctrl+X, Shift+DEL
Ctrl+C
Paste
Delete
Ctrl+V, Shift+Ins
DEL
Group
Ungroup
Ctrl+G
Ctrl+U
Up
Down
↑ (when object is selected)
↓ (when object is selected)
Left
Right
← (when object is selected)
→ (when object is selected)
One dot shift
All Objects
Shift + ↑, ↓, →, or ← (when Snap to Grid is selected)
Ctrl+A
Same Type Objects
Repeat
Ctrl+D (when object is selected)
Ctrl+W
Edit Properties
Find
Ctrl+L
Ctrl+F
Replace
Address Cross Reference
Ctrl+H
Ctrl+R
Project Workspace
Symbol Table
Alt+1
Alt+2
Property List
Library
Alt+3
Alt+4
Select Object
Address in Use List
Alt+5
Alt+6
Output Window
Previous Label
Alt+7
Ctrl+PgUp
Next Label
Previous Screen
Ctrl+PgDn
Shift+PgUp
Next Screen
Previous Frame Page
Shift+PgDn
PgUp (when frame is selected)
Next Frame Page
Refresh
PgDn (when frame is selected)
F9
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Shortcut Keys
Menu
PT
Tool
Window
88
Function
Quick transfer (Computer →
PT)
Ctrl+Q
Shortcut Keys
Transfer (Computer → PT)
Transfer (PT → Computer)
Ctrl+B
Ctrl+Shift+B
Transfer Setting
Transfer Program
Ctrl+Alt+B
Ctrl+I
Object Properties
Edit Label
Enter (when functional object is selected)
Space (when functional object with label setting is selected)
Test
Validation (Project)
Ctrl+T
Ctrl+E
Validation (Current Screen)
Validation Setting
Ctrl+Shift+E
Ctrl+Alt+E
Library
Next Window
Alt+4
Alt+0
Previous Window
Alt+Shift+0
Appendix C
Exchanging Data between NS-series Products
The following tables show the data compatibility between different versions of NS-series products.
Hardware and System Programs
The versions of the system program that can be installed in the PT vary with the model. The possible combinations are shown in the following table. Use a system program that can be installed for the hardware used.
Item
NS12/NS10/NS7
System Program Ver. 1.X
Yes
NS12-V1/NS10-V1/
NS8-V1/NS5-V1
No
NS12-V2/NS10-V2/
NS8-V2/NS5-V2
No
NSJ12/10/8/5
NSH5
No
System Program Ver. 2.X
System Program Ver. 3.X
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
System Program Ver. 4.X
System Program Ver. 5.X
No
No
Yes (Not for NS5-V1)
Yes
No
No
No
No
System Program Ver. 6.0
System Program Ver. 6.2
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
System Program Ver. 6.5
System Program Ver. 6.6
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
System Program Ver. 7.0
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes: Can be installed, No: Cannot be installed
System Programs and Screen Data Versions
The versions of screen data that can be used on the PT depend on the version of the system program installed
there. The “screen data version” is the version of the program selected when screen data is created on CXDesigner. The combinations that can be used on the PT are shown in the following table. Screen data versions
are upwardly compatible.
Item
Ver. 1.X
Screen
Data
Ver. 2.X
Versions
Ver. 3.X
System program
Ver. 1.X Ver. 2.X Ver. 3.X Ver. 4.X Ver. 5.X Ver. 6.0 Ver. 6.2 Ver. 6.5 Ver. 6.6 Ver. 7.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 4.X
Ver. 5.X
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.0
Ver. 6.2
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.5
Ver. 6.6
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.7
Ver. 7.0
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes: Can be used on the PT, No: Cannot be used on the PT
Note With the NSJ12, NSJ10, NSJ8, NSJ5, and NSH5, operation is possible only if the screen data version
has been converted to 6.5 or higher.
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Appendix C
Exchanging Data between NS-series Products
CX-Designer and Screen Data Versions
The versions of screen data that can be read and created depend on the CX-Designer version. Convert the
data as required with CX-Designer before reading it.
Item
CX-Designer
Version 2.0
Version 1.0
Screen
Data Versions
Ver. 1.X
Ver. 2.X
Yes (See note.)
Yes
Yes (See note.)
Yes
Yes (See note.)
Yes
Ver. 3.X
Ver. 4.X
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 5.X
Ver. 6.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.2
Ver. 6.3
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.4
Ver. 6.5
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.6
No
Yes
Yes
Ver. 6.7
Ver. 7.0
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes: Can be read, No: Cannot be read
Note Screen data can be read only if a Japanese operating system is used.
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Version 2.1
Revision History
A manual revision code appears as a suffix to the catalog number on the front cover of the manual.
Cat. No. V088-E1-03
Revision code
The following table outlines the changes made to the manual during each revision. Page numbers refer to the
previous version.
Revision code
Date
01
02
November 2005
July 2006
Original production
Revised to include CX-Designer version upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0.
Revised content
03
July 2007
Revised to include CX-Designer version upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1.
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Revision History
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