The central editor for configuring hardware and networks

A complete plant can be configured using a single graphical editor. The editor offers three views to ensure clear division of tasks between networking and device configuration:

  • Network view – graphical connections between devices

  • Device view  – parameterisation and configuration of the individual devices

  • Topology view  – actual interconnection of PROFINET devices

Video devices & networks

This makes complex systems easy to handle and ensures a clear overview of large projects.
Diagnostics information is displayed in clear graphic form in online mode.

Network view

The network view enables configuration of plant communication. The communication links between individual stations are displayed here graphically and very clearly.

  • Combined view of all network resources and network components

  • Fully graphical configuration of the individual stations

  • Resources are networked by linking communication interfaces using drag&drop

  • Multiple controllers, peripherals, HMI devices, SCADA stations, PC stations and drives possible in a single project

  • Procedure for integrating AS-i devices identical to PROFIBUS/PROFINET

  • Zoom and page navigation

  • Copying/pasting entire stations, incl. configuration, or individual hardware modules

Device view

The configuration of racks and assigning of addresses etc is performed in device view. All devices are represented in a photo-realistic way.

  • Buffering of configured hardware modules and reuse with module clipboard

  • When zoomed to at least 200%, I/Os are displayed with the symbolic names / addresses..

  • Automatic readout of available hardware with hardware detect

  • Full text search in the hardware catalogue

  • Option of filtering the hardware catalogue to show modules that can currently be used

  • All parameters and configuration data are displayed on a hierarchical and context-sensitive basis

Topology view

Decentralised peripherals on PROFINET are configured in network view. The controllers and the decentralised peripherals assigned to them can be shown graphically. During ongoing operation, however, it is not possible to see which ports are actually connected and communicating with each other.

Yet this is precisely what is often important for diagnostics. For PROFINET networks, the topology view enables this information to be displayed quickly and easily. An offline/online comparison identifies the communicating ports. By detecting, presenting and monitoring the physical connections between devices on PROFINET IO, the administrator can easily monitor and maintain even complex networks.