Every technical device has limited performance. For the MiniPLC, the original “soft” limitation, or rather reccomendation, was maximum 120 HW data points, which gives about 3 MCIO modules plus some binary input modules to reach the required I/O mix. In this configuration, and with application software typical for the normal HVAC plants, there is absolutely no problem with memory capacity, I/O bus response, web server response, computation cycle and other parameters.
Our customers discovered soon that there is some unleashed power in the Mini, and started to challenge the limits. When increasing the amount of I/Os (and corresponding function blocks in the IDE which serve them) it must be considered that the web server response is slower, and the refresh time in the clients (such as IDE, OPC server, and SCADA) increases, but everything keeps running.
However, one of the unsurpassable limits is the amount of communication channels:
- there may be maximum 3 channels of the same type, and
- the total amount must be less or equal 5.
So, if we have a COM port with I/O modules, a SMS modem, and three Native SoftPLC channels to read the link from other process stations, this is exactly the limit.
- the total number of connections the MiniPLC is able to keep is 10.
This includes those max. 5 channels plus incoming connection from the clients like Vision, IDE, touchscreen, external web panel, Native channels from other PLCs (!) etc.
In case you face a MiniPLC not communicating on some of the channels, even if tests in the IDE are OK, please check the amount and types of the communication channels. (The problem may be somewhere else, too, see also http://domat-int.com/forums/topic/miniplc-nekomunikuje-na-com2)
Those limitations do not apply for the Windows platform (Full).
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Room units with external temperature sensor.
Runtime, or program which runs the application engineered by a programmer, executes the main activity of a PLC. It may be implemented on various hardware platforms. The platforms have different properties, such as processor computing power, operation memory and flash memory size, types and number of serial communication ports, integrated analog and digita inputs / outputs, etc. These properties determine the functionalities which a particular platform is able to support.
We would like to introduce another model from the new wall series – wMXcom
We will focus on the most common mistakes, the connection of analogue sensors, surge protection, powering, etc.
This training is used for basic introduction to the system. We will guide you through the installation of software and show how to work with Merbon SCADA.
During this training you will learn about the news in the current version of Merbon IDE, the new Merbon IDE hardware, differences against the previous releases of Merbon IDE and the advanced full-featured workflow.