Omron Electronics CX-One Lite v4.0 – Micro PLC Version software
The CX-One Lite Version 4.0 comprehensive automation software package from Omron Electronics LLC integrates Micro PLC programming with support software for setting up networks, operator interface HMI, inverters, and temperature controllers. (See more below image.)
Following Omron’s Smart Platform automation software base introduced more than 10 years ago, users can eliminate programming redundancy, and they can manage entire projects from sequencing and motion control programs to configuration of field network devices without leaving the operating environment.
One installation and license number for all software including Internet access to updates and function block and device libraries eliminate time-consuming license registration. New v4.0 uses the Smart Input Function reducing programming time by 30%. Support for all IEC 61131-3 programming languages are included in each CX-One license to match skills of available programmers.
CX-One v4.0 Lite supports these latest Omron automation products:
– All new CP1 programmable controllers (CP1L, CP1H) and legacy CPM series;
– NV3 ultra-small 3.1- and 3.6-inch HMIs;
– AC drives (inverters) including new 3G3MX2;
– CP1H expansion for up to 2 CJ-series PLC-based, high-speed position controller modules
– EtherNet/IP network slave capability using CP1 communications options; and
– In-panel EJ1 multi-zone temperature controllers and on-panel, basic and advanced E5CN, E5EN, E5AN temperature and process controllers.
Omron’s programming instructions set is identical on the CP1 PLCs to CJ1 and CS1 helping to shorten learning and development. CX-One helps meet the market demand for fast additions and changes in production models, volumes and line compositions after the equipment is in operation, and supports traceability and other global requirements for quality, safety and environmental needs. Advances in CX-One v4.0 enable programmers to use any of the IEC 61131-3 programming languages, including Function Block and Structured Text included with each license.
Omron says the CX-Simulator application eliminates the need to have PLC and HMI hardware connected to develop and debug programs, and it integrates the operations of devices for accurate error simulation without having to test each separately. Integrated simulation can be started from either CX-Programmer or CX-Designer to clearly simulate the interaction between HMI and PLC programs. System errors are easily checked and debugged directly from CX-One, reducing downtime during the "off-line" test phase. Operations can be saved in CSV files when errors occur to simplify test report generation.
Deploying networks, CX-One uses just one connection to reduce network design time. The process of setting up routing tables has been greatly simplified as they can now be set and transferred by routing them from one location to all the PLCs on a network of the same layer. With just an Ethernet connection it is now possible to download the routing tables to all the PLCs connected to the network.
This greatly reduces the complexity of the configuration and allows automation systems to be programmed or configured with minimal training, the company says.
Data can be backed up, compared and restored for all PLC units or specific PLC units at the target PLC. This provides powerful support for data management for the entire PLC system. Downtime in emergencies is also minimized. Easier and safer support software connections to PLCs are possible using PLC name verification to prevent incorrect connections. Tags can be used with CJ2 CPU units to access data through EtherNet/IP using an NS-series HMI. Design modifications are easier because address changes at the PLC normally can be made without affecting the rest of the system.
CX-One Lite v4.0 supports Windows 7, the latest Microsoft operating system, enabling it to be used on the latest computers. Machinery can be developed for use worldwide with CX-One. The CX-Designer HMI application supports 42 languages, including Asian languages.
Omron Electronics LLC and Omron Canada Inc. are said to provide scalable machine automation solutions and offer a wide range of industrial control components to support customers throughout the Americas. Omron delivers solutions that integrate programmable controllers, motion control, operator interfaces, machine vision and RFID systems using a single software package. Omron is a global leading manufacturer of industrial sensors, temperature controllers, power supplies, relays, switches and metering devices that support a complete automation solution. Omron Electronics LLC is the Americas subsidiary of Omron Corporation, a $6.3 billion diversified company with business units producing industrial automation, electronic components, healthcare equipment and ticketing systems. www.omron247.com
Also read a Control Engineering feature article, Speaking in Tongues: Understanding the IEC 61131-3 Programming Languages .
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering , www.controleng.com.