Network and device configuration

Easy setup and parameterization of devices; intuitive graphical networking with the "Devices & Networks"- Editor


A complete plant can easily be configured with a single graphical editor. For a clear differentiation of tasks between networking and device configuration, the editor offers three views:

  • Connections between the devices can be set up graphicallyin the network view.

  • Individual devices are parameterized and configured in thedevice view.

  • In the topological view the actual interconnection of thePROFINET devices is shown

This means that complex systems are easy to handle and large projects remain manageable. In online mode, diagnostic information can be presented in a clear graphic form.

Network view

The network view permits the configuration of the plant communication.Here the communication links between individualstations are configured graphically and very vividly.

  • Combined view of all network resources and network components

  • Pixel-graphics configuration of individual stations

  • Multi-line view of all components in a project

  • Resources are networked through connecting the communication interfaces by mouse click

  • Several controllers, HMI devices, SCADA stations, and PC stations are possible in one project

  • Process when integrating AS-i devices is identical to PROFIBUS/PROFINET

  • Zoom and page navigation

  • Copying/insertion of entire stations including configuration or of individual hardware modules

Device view

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

  • Buffering of configured hardware modules and their reuse in another controller

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

  • Automatic readout of the available hardware

  • Full text search in the hardware catalog

  • Option of filtering the hardware catalog to show just those modules that can currently be used

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

Topology view

Distributed I/O on PROFINET is configured in the network view. This enables the controllers and the distributed I/O assigned to them to be displayed graphically. During operation, however, it is not possible to see which ports are actually connected and communicating with each other. But this is often extremely important for diagnostics.

For PROFINET networks, the topology view enables this information to be displayed quickly and easily. An online/offline 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.