Software

Description

IO-Link - Software

Port Configuration Tool

With the Port Configuration Tool (“PCT”), the STEP7 Engineering possesses a powerful software for the parameterization of Siemens IO-Link master modules and IO-Link devices. S7 PCT is integrated into STEP7 from V5.4 SP5 on and is called via the hardware configuration of the IO-Link masters. In addition to this version integrated into the STEP7 Engineering, a separately installable 'stand-alone' version of the S7-PCT program is available. 

All IO-Link products available from Siemens are already present in the hardware selection catalog of the Engineering. Certified devices from third-party providers can be integrated quickly and easily into the Engineering by means of their device description file IODD.

Through the Port Configuration Tool, parameter data of the IO-Link devices can be set, changed, copied and saved in the STEP7 project: In this way, all configuration data and parameters down to the device level are stored consistently.  

The S7-PCT stand-alone version enables an easy use of IO-Link with the distributed I/O system SIMATIC ET200 – also in control systems from third-party providers (without STEP7). 

Function Block IOL_CALL

The function block IOL_CALL increases the programming and parameterization convenience in the IO-Link Engineering with the following attributes:

  • (Re)parameterization of an IO-Link device while in operation

  • Reading of additional information from the IO-Link device (e.g., diagnostics, maintenance) 

  • Execution of IO-Link port functions

  • Storing and restoring of IO-Link parameters when replacing IO-Link masters or devices 

  • Utilization of the FB1 "IOL_CALL" for replacing IO-Link masters and devices without a PG

The function block IOL_CALL can be used to read any data object from IO-Link devices, store these objects power-failure-proof and write them back to the IO-Link device by means of IOL_CALL after replacing an IO-Link device or master.     

The call of the function block IOL_CALL and the non-volatile saving is to be controlled by the application program.  

Product-specific IO-Link Advantages

Port Configuration Tool (S7-PCT)

  • Intuitive configuration of ET200 stations with IO-Link master modules and devices

  • All Siemens components are already preinstalled

  • Integrated environment for STEP7 for consistent data storage

  • Stand-alone version for open use in third-party systems

  • Available as a free download from the Internet

Function Block IOL_CALL

  • Executable on all CPUs of SIMATIC S7

  • No programming work for the IO-Link parameterization and diagnostics in the runtime environment

  • Universally usable for all masters and devices

  • Supports IO-Link masters on PROFINET and PROFIBUS DP

  • Includes HMI faceplates for SIMATIC HMI with user interfaces for Siemens masters and devices

  • Parameterization and diagnostics while in operation without Engineering system 


Details

Port Configuration Tool (S7-PCT)

  • Address length and assignment of the devices adjustable

  • Configuration screens (tabs) in S7-PCT with plain text and product image directly from the IODD of the certified device

  • Central data storage of all project data in the STEP7 project

  • Extensive test and diagnostics functions

  • Reading of identification data from the device

  • Reading back of the device information including the parameterization is fully supported

Function Block IOL_CALL

  • Address length and assignment of the devices adjustable

  • Plain text configuration in the IODD languages

  • Central data storage of all project data in the STEP7 project

  • Extensive test and diagnostics functions

  • Reading of identification data from the device

  • Reading back of the device information including the parameterization is fully supported 

Application Areas

  • In all areas of the production automation, PCT fully integrates IO-Link-certified devices below the fieldbus level into Totally Integrated Automation (TIA).