Allen-Bradley_SLC5

WebAccess Configuration Manual
AB SLC5
Allen-Bradley SLC5 Driver
Configuration Manual
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Table of Contents
Allen-Bradley SLC5 Driver Configuration Manual
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1.
2
AB SLC5 Configuration
1.1
1.2
2.
AB SLC5 ............................................................................................. 2
Module Settings .................................................................................. 2
WebAccess Configuration
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
3
Port ..................................................................................................... 3
2.1.1
Check the port number .......................................................... 3
2.1.2
WebAccess Comport Page ................................................... 5
2.1.3
Comport Number ................................................................... 5
2.1.4
Description ............................................................................. 5
2.1.5
Baud Rate .............................................................................. 6
2.1.6
Data Bits ................................................................................ 6
2.1.7
Stop Bits ................................................................................ 6
2.1.8
Parity...................................................................................... 6
2.1.9
Scan Time ............................................................................. 6
2.1.10
Timeout .................................................................................. 6
2.1.11
Retry Count ........................................................................... 6
2.1.12
Auto Recover Time ................................................................ 7
2.1.13
Hand Shake RTS................................................................... 7
2.1.14
Hand Shake DTR .................................................................. 7
2.1.15
Backup Port ........................................................................... 8
Device ................................................................................................. 8
2.2.1
Unit Number .......................................................................... 8
2.2.2
Checksum .............................................................................. 8
Block ................................................................................................... 8
Tag...................................................................................................... 9
2.4.1
Parameter .............................................................................. 9
2.4.2
Address ................................................................................. 9
2.4.3
Scaling Type .......................................................................... 9
Supported Block List ........................................................................... 9
Main Parameter List ........................................................................... 9
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1. AB SLC5 Configuration
1.1
AB SLC5
The WebAccess SCADA Node provides an interface to the Allen-Bradley
SLC500 series of Programmable PLCs using the DF1 protocol. This manual
describes using a Serial RS232 or RS422 connection from the SCADA node to
a DF1 compatible device.
The WebAccess ABSLC5 Device Driver uses the DF1 protocol (Full Duplex
Mode) to communicate to Allen-Bradley SLC500 series processors.
1.2
Module Settings
Open the configuration software given with your PLC and set the PLC port
that you want to connect to WebAccess with the following settings.
Remember that the port should support DF1 protocol (Usually only the
Channel 0 does).
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RS232/422
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Full-Full Duplex DF1 Point-to-Point
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8 Data Bits
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1 Stop Bit
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Parity = None
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Error Checking = CRC (Cyclic Redundancy Check)
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Handshaking or Modem Flow Disabled
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Typical is 19200 baud. 9600 to 19200 (or faster) recommended.
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Port configured as a DF1 Slave (required to communicate with
WebAccess SCADA node)
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2. WebAccess Configuration
2.1
Port
The ABPLC5 protocol uses a serial port. Even if you use a serial port server or
a USB to serial converter the apparent port in your computer (and therefore
the port to select in WebAccess) is a serial port.
2.1.1
Check the port number
If you are using a comport emulator and you do not know the port number
then open the “Start Menu” and right click on “Computer” and select
“Manage”
In the device manager section you can see the list of COM ports on your
computer and recognize the virtual port by its driver name
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2.1.2
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WebAccess Comport Page
Open your WebAccess Configuration and select the SCADA node you want to
add the device to. Then select “Add a new Comport”
All the settings in this page must match the settings in all the modules
attached to the port. So all the modules attached to the same comport must
have the same settings.
2.1.3 Comport Number
The Serial Comport requires the comport number to match that of the
physical interface (e.g. COM1, COM2, COM3, etc) on the SCADA Node.
2.1.4 Description
This is an optional field used for user reference.
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2.1.5 Baud Rate
For the ABSLC5 modules the typical baud rate is 19200.
This must match the baud rate configured in the module and the eventual RS485 to RS-232 converter.
2.1.6 Data Bits
The packets can have 7 or 8 Data Bits. The typical setting for ABSLC5 is 8
bits.
2.1.7 Stop Bits
The packets can have 1 or 2 Stop Bits. The typical setting for ABSLC5 is 1
Stop bit.
2.1.8 Parity
The Parity can be None, Odd, Even or Disabled. The typical setting for Adam
ABSLC5 is Parity = None.
2.1.9 Scan Time
This is the time in milliseconds to scan the Devices. This must match the
ability of the device to respond. A typical scan rate is 1 per second.
If the Device cannot respond as fast as the SCAN Time entered, WebAccess
will scan at a slower rate.
2.1.10 Timeout
With a 1 second scan rate, a typical Time Out = 200 Milliseconds.
Timeout is the time waited before re-sending a communications packet that
did not have a reply.
Timeout specifies how long the software waits for a response to a data
request, specifically to wait for a reply from one packet. A recommended
value is one-fifth the scan rate, longer if the communication device is slow.
Combined with Retry count, Timeout also determines time to consider a
device or port as BAD. Timeout is the time to wait since last communication
packet sent without a reply. Time is in milliseconds. Slow or poor quality
communications require longer timeout. The faster the communications, the
shorter the timeout required. Shorter timeouts result in faster reconnects
after communication failures.
2.1.11 Retry Count
A typical Retry count = 3.
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Number of times to retry communications if no reply is received from a device.
Combined with Timeout, also determines time to consider a device or port as
BAD.
This is the number of times after the first attempt has failed that
communication should be attempted before indicating a failure. (If Retry
count is 3, a total of 4 failed requests have occurred before tags are marked
bad). Specifically, this is how many times to send a single packet after the
field device fails to respond to the first packet. After the retry count is
exceeded, all the tags in the packet are marked with asterisks and the next
packet of requests is sent. A reasonable value is 3 to 5 times. After this
number of tries, the tags in this packet are marked as "fail to respond" (i.e.
asterisks) and are disabled. In reality, increasing the number of retries hides
failures on the part of the field device to respond to a request. Essentially,
increasing the retries gives the field device more chances to reply.
2.1.12 Auto Recover Time
A typical Auto Recover Time = 60 Seconds.
Auto Recover Time is the time to wait before attempting to re-establish
communications with a BAD device or port.
If communications to the PLC is unusually slow due to hardware,
communications or network issues, you might consider increasing this value.
If communications to the PLC or RTU fails frequently, you may want to
decrease this number in order to have WebAccess try to re-establish
communications sooner.
If communications to the PLC, RTU or device Fails (i.e. exceeds Timeout)
WebAccess will wait the Auto Recover Time before trying to re-establish
communications.
2.1.13 Hand Shake RTS
The typical setting for ABSLC5 is HandShakeRts = No.
The RTS (Request To Send) signal is raised and lowered on the Serial
Communications Port if this value set to Yes. RTS is determined by settings
in the field device. Refer to your device interface manual to determine the
value for this field and the type of cable used.
2.1.14 Hand Shake DTR
The typical setting for ABSLC5 is HandShakeDtr = No.
The DTR (Data Terminal Ready) signal raised and lowered on the Serial
Communications Port if this value is set to Yes. DTR is determined by settings
in the field device and the type of cable used.
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2.1.15 Backup Port
The Backup Port has not been tested for ABSLC5
2.2
Device
Then Go to the port page and select “Add a new device”. Select the ABPLC5
device Type.
2.2.1
Unit Number
Unit Number corresponds to the Node Address for Allen-Bradley PLC, and
must match the Number used in the protocol addressing.
Node addresses on the DH and DH+ are in octal notation. The DH
network supports addresses between 000 and 376 (octal). The DH+
network supports addresses between 00 and 77 (octal).
Unit Numbers configured in WebAccess are in decimal notation.
For example, the SLC5 Addresses 000 to 077 (octal) correspond to
WebAccess Unit Numbers: 0 to 63 (decimal). Refer to the AllenBradley User’s Manual to determine the actual address of the PLC5.
2.2.2
Checksum
Modules can add a checksum to the transactions to confirm the integrity of
the data. The checksum setting must match the one in the module.
2.3
Block
There are no preset blocks in the ABPLC5 driver but it is possible for the user
to set custom blocks if necessary.
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Tag
If you do not use all the channels in the device and you want to reduce your
tag count you can add the parameters one by one using “Add tag”.
2.4.1
Parameter
The parameter gives the type of tag you want to import. Try to select a
parameter as close to the tag type as possible because it will fill the other
option with the default parameters.
2.4.2
Address
The address in ABPLC5 driver starts with letters representing the data type
followed by the file number then “:” and the position of the tag in the file (For
Example N7:1). Some types (like input and output) do not need a file number.
2.4.3
Scaling Type
If the data sent by the module is not in a human readable unit you can use
the scaling to change the unit and display a more convenient unit in the node.
In most cases a linear scaling type will be sufficient.
2.5
Supported Block List
There are no predefined blocks in ABPLC5 driver.
2.6
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Parameter
Data
Type
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Description
Address format
AI
Analog
Analog Input
I:000
AO
Analog
Analog Output
O:000
B
Analog
Binary
B3:0
C_ACC
Analog
Counter Accumulated Value
C5:0.ACC
C_PRE
Analog
Counter Preset Value
C5:0.PRE
F
Analog
Floating Point
F8:0
N
Analog
Integer
N7:0
R_LEN
Analog
Control Length
R6:0.LEN
R_POS
Analog
Control Position
R6:0.POS
T_ACC
Analog
Accumulated Value
T4:0.ACC
T_PRE
Analog
Preset Value
T4:0.PRE
C_CD
discrete
Counter Down Enable
C5:0.CD
C_CU
discrete
Counter Up Enable
C5:0.CU
DI
discrete
DI
I:000/00
DO
discrete
DO
O:000/00
R_DN
discrete
Control Done
R6:0.DN
R_EN
discrete
Control Enable
R6:0.EN
R_EU
discrete
Control Enable Unloading
R6:0.EU
T_DN
discrete
Timer Done
T4:0.DN
T_EN
discrete
Timer Enable
T4:0.EN
T_TT
discrete
Timer Timing
T4:0.TT
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