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Reliance SCADA/HMI and Siemens LOGO!

December 16, 2014 | Bretislav Valek

The following article was taken from a review by Mr. Jaroslav Blazek who tested the connection of a Siemens LOGO! PLC to the Reliance system. The original Czech version of his article can be found at www.blaja.cz.


A driver for LOGO!, a programmable relay by Siemens, is part of the Reliance SCADA system. It communicates over Ethernet. So, let's have a look at how it works.


For Ethernet communication, only LOGO!, version 7 (0BA7), can be used. Although communication with this little relay is not
a priority for such a SCADA/HMI system as Reliance, it can be useful. It can be used, for example, to control air-conditioning – it is nice to be in a main control room and see data directly from individual circuits. It emerged that Reliance's Siemens LOGO! driver was very interesting, so I decided to make a short video. So go ahead and give it a try. Reliance (the trial version) is free of charge and LOGO! 0BA7 is also available.


The latest hardware version of LOGO! requires that the LOGO! Soft program be updated (automatically from the tool's menu). First of all, some settings must be configured in LOGO! It is also necessary that our test program be uploaded to it.


About LOGO! Soft

About LOGO! Soft



This window shows how to properly configure communication (based on a server connection). Make sure you set the TSAP properties properly. Our LOGO!'s IP address was 192.168.1.112.


Communication configuration

Communication configuration



In LOGO! Soft, it is of the essence to map the used blocks' tags whose values are to be displayed in the visualization project.


Mapping the used blocks' tags

Mapping the used blocks' tags



Before mapping the tags, it is useful to go through the LOGO! Soft online help because the VM area contains information about the status of everything you have used in the program (including physical output states). Later, you will see how to display this status in two ways: directly and through the VM area. The output byte's status is VB942.


LOGO!Soft Comfort Online Help

LOGO! Soft Comfort Online Help



Okay, it's all done now. LOGO! is connected and a program is running happily in it. In the Reliance SCADA/HMI system, we'll try to display the tags' values, control one bit in LOGO!, write an integer tag in LOGO!, read this tag, and monitor the status of the relay's physical inputs and outputs.


In Reliance's Device Manager, add a device named Siemens2 (the other is S7-1200 from a previous test) and choose LOGO! Do not forget to configure the TSAP properties.


Device Manager – the Siemens2 device

Device Manager – the Siemens2 device



It is absolutely crucial to address individual tags in the right way. The driver allows access to the inputs and outputs, M registers in memory, and data blocks. If the blinking bit in LOGO! is the M4 register, its internal memory address is M0.3 (bits in LOGO! start at 1, not 0).


Device Manager – tag definition

Device Manager – tag definition



It is important to know that this VM area is accessible via data block 0. For example, as you can see in the picture, to read an analog signal from AM1, the tag is directed to DB0.DBW952, to write the tag's value into LOGO! (VW0), it will be at DB0.DBW0.


Addressing a tag

Addressing a tag



This screen allows displaying the LOGO! cycle's period and other tags' values. It is worth noticing that the image of output byte 0 is read directly from QB0 and from VB942 where there is this byte's image.


Visualization window

Visualization window



Run the project. As you can see, Reliance is communicating with LOGO! Write 3467 in the WRITE box (coming to VW0 in LOGO!). It can be read as AI1 (from VW952).


Communication in detail

Communication in detail



For clarity's sake, let's take a look at LOGO! online. When a value is written into NAI1 (VW0), it is copied into AM1, which we are reading. You can see the tag value in the red-highlighted box.


LOGO! online

LOGO! online



You can see here that OB0's image is read from VB942.


Link to a tag

Link to a tag


Check out this short video.



Conclusion

Communication with LOGO! is interesting and, as mentioned in the introduction, may come in handy. If you have, besides Reliance, anything that is capable of communication with S7-200, you might even succeed in connecting to LOGO! because the driver is pretty much the same.

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