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Central engineering tool links drives with PLCs

02 January, 2012

ABB has announced a central engineering tool for PLCs, drives, HMIs, fieldbuses, networks and Web services. The PS501 Control Builder Plus can configure all “smart” ABB machine automation devices. It combines all of the tools needed to configure, program, troubleshoot and maintain almost any automation project via a single intuitive interface. Third-party data can be imported and exported using the CSV spreadsheet format.

For the first time, the package integrates parameterisation and diagnostics for ABB drives with PLC projects. It provides instant access to drives and controllers via Profibus or Profinet. A PLC can communicate directly with drives via Profibus, facilitating central diagnostics and configuration. Operators can access linked devices from any point of a network using a PC.

As well as supporting five IEC 61131-3 programming languages, the software also offers CFC (Continuous Function Chart) and C programming. Integrated visualisation can be used to create Web pages and applications for CP600-WEB terminals. Various function libraries are available for motion control, communications and other functions, simplifying application development.

The software can be used to configure AC500 controllers to run IP-based protocols and services, allowing data transfer to data centres using the FTP server. Emails with up to ten attachments can be sent automatically to staff.

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