Allen-Bradley_Logix

WebAccess Configuration Manual
AB MLGX
Allen-Bradley MLGX Driver
Configuration Manual
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Table of Contents
Allen-Bradley MLGX Driver Configuration Manual
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1.
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AB MLGX Configuration
1.1
1.2
2.
AB MLGX ............................................................................................ 2
Module Settings .................................................................................. 2
WebAccess Configuration
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
5
Port ..................................................................................................... 5
2.1.1
Check the port number .......................................................... 5
2.1.2
WebAccess Comport Page ................................................... 5
2.1.3
Comport Number ................................................................... 6
2.1.4
Description ............................................................................. 6
2.1.5
Scan Time ............................................................................. 6
2.1.6
Timeout .................................................................................. 6
2.1.7
Retry Count ........................................................................... 6
2.1.8
Auto Recover Time ................................................................ 7
2.1.9
Backup Port ........................................................................... 7
Device ................................................................................................. 7
2.2.1
Unit Number .......................................................................... 8
2.2.2
Port Number .......................................................................... 8
Block ................................................................................................... 8
Tag...................................................................................................... 8
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 MLGX Configuration
1.1
AB MLGX
The AB MLGX driver targets the Logix PLC from Allen-Bradley which means
MicroLogix, CompactLogix and ControlLogix series. These PLC are connected
to the SCADA node through Ethernet and use the PCCC protocol.
1.2
Module Settings
To configure your PLC you will have to install two software: RSLinx which is
the Allen-Bradley connection manager and RS Logix Micro for Micrologix
series or RS Logix 5000 for CompactLogix and ControlLogix series.
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Before connecting to the module if it has not been configured you need to set
the IP address. Open the BOOTP server and make a new BOOTP request
(Create a new relation)
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The MAC address of your PLC should be written on the hardware. Type the
mac address and choose an IP address to set it to the PLC.
Now Open RSLinx to define the communication between the PLC and AllenBradley softwares.
Add a new driver of Ethernet/IP type.
Enter the IP address of the PLC.
The PLC should now be available in RS Logix for its configuration.
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2. WebAccess Configuration
2.1
Port
The ADAM6K protocol uses a TCPIP port. Unlike Serial Ports multiple
connections (and therefore multiple WebAccess TCPIP ports) can be opened
on the same physical IP port.
2.1.1
Check the port number
For TCPIP ports the port number does not impact the driver. It is used to
recognize the port inside WebAccess. You can choose any number bellow 64
but you should make sure that the port number does not correspond to a
serial port on your computer (As the port number for serial connections must
match the comport number in your computer).
2.1.2
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.
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2.1.3 Comport Number
Choose any available comport number
2.1.4 Description
This is an optional field used for user reference.
2.1.5 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.
2.1.6 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.
2.1.7 Retry Count
A typical Retry count = 3.
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.
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2.1.8 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.
2.1.9 Backup Port
The Backup Port has not been tested for Adam 6K
2.2
Device
Then Go to the port page and select “Add a new device”. Select the ABMLGX
device Type.
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2.2.1
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Unit Number
The Unit number is not important for TCPIP communication as it is
replaced by the IP Address. Just select any available unit number.
2.2.2
Port Number
For Logix PLC modules the port number is 44818.
2.3
Block
There are no preset blocks in the ABMLGX driver but it is possible for the user
to set custom blocks if necessary.
2.4
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”.
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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 ABMLGX 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
Parameter
Main Parameter List
Data
Type
Description
Address format
B
Analog
Binary File
B3:0
CACC
Analog
Counter ACC
C5:0.ACC
D
Analog
BCD File
D9:0
F
Analog
Floating Number File
F8:0
L
Analog
Long File
L9:0
N
Analog
Interger File
N7:0
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Parameter
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Data
Type
Description
Address format
S
Analog
Status File
S:0
TACC
Analog
Timer ACC
T4:0.ACC
I
discrete
Input
I:000/00
O
discrete
Output
O:000/00
SD
discrete
Status file / Discrete
S:0/0
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