Starting up the AXC F XT PB PROFIBUS® master

Available from 2022.0 LTS for AXC F 2152

The AXC F XT PB PROFIBUS® master currently supports the PROFIBUS® DP/V0 mode.

Requirements

Preparing your workbench

The AXC F XT PB PROFIBUS® master can be started up with the following steps:

  1. Downloading  and unzipping the installation package for the AXC F XT PB
    1. Download the AXC F XT PB Installer Pack.zip file (version ≥ 2022.0) from the Phoenix Contact website to your PC.
    2. Unzip the AXC F XT PB Installer Pack.zip file into a directory on your PC.

The contained files are stored into a \Setup Sycon subdirectory:

  • AXC F XT PB DTM Setup.exe
    AXC F XT PB DTM file for generating a PROFIBUS® configuration in the SYCON.net software. The PROFIBUS® configuration can be integrated in PLCnext Engineer.
  • SYCON.net V1.[...] Setup.exe:
    Installation file for the SYCON.net software.
  1. Installing the SYCON.net software
    1. Double-click the SYCON.net V1.[...] Setup.exe file in the \Setup Sycon directory.
    2. Follow the instructions during the installation.
    3. Agree to the license agreements, if applicable. 
  2. Installing the AXC F XT PB DTM file
    1. Double-click the unzipped AXC F XT PB DTM Setup.exe file in the \Setup Sycon directory.
    2. Follow the instructions during the installation.
    3. Agree to the license agreements, if applicable.
  3. Preparing the PROFIBUS® device descriptions
    1. For each of the PROFIBUS® devices to be inserted, perform the following steps:
      1. Download the necessary device description files to your PC.
      2. Unzip the device description files into a directory on your PC.
        Show an exampleShow an example

        In this example the IL PB BK DI8 DO4-PAC Inline bus coupler is used. Unzip the ILPBBKDI8DO4_096B_V127.zip device description file from the Phoenix Contact  into the ...\FDCML10\Profibus\Phoenix Contact  directory.
        PN_Dev_Description_saved.png

Creating a PROFIBUS® configuration

To operate a PROFIBUS® device at  the AXC F XT PB as the PROFIBUS® master, you must first import its device description file into the SYCON.net software. In SYCON.net you then create a PROFIBUS® configuration, which you have to export as a PLCnext Engineer library, and import it into your PLCnext Engineer project.

The necessary steps are described here using the example of a PROFIBUS® device from Phoenix Contact.

  1. Adding the AXC F XT PB as the PROFIBUS® master
    1. Start the SYCON.net software.
    2. If necessary, skip the prompt for an administrator password when starting the software for the first time.
    3. Save the new project under a suitable name.
    4. Click the project in the netProject section.
      SYCONnet_click_untitled.png
    5. From the Network drop-down menu, choose Device Catalog....
      SYCONnet_click_Device_catalog.png
    6. In the dialog that opens, click the Reload Catalog button.
      SYCONnet_click_Reload_catalog.png

The Device Catalog updates with previously installed device descriptions.

  • Click OK to close the dialog. 
  • In the netDevice window, click the Vendor tab under the right section.
    SYCONnet_doubleclick_Phoenix_Contact_PROFIBUS_Master.png
  • Open the Phoenix Contact node, then the Master node.
  • Drag-and-drop the AXC F XT PB master to the beginning of the horizontal pink line in the Network View section.
    SYCONnet_Phoenix_Contact_PROFIBUS_master_dropped.png
  1. Adding PROFIBUS® devices
    1. From the Network drop-down menu, choose Import Device Descriptions....
      SYCONnet_click_Import_Device_descriptions.png
    2. In the dialog that opens, navigate to the directory with your device description files.
    3. Select a .gsd file (e. g., PXC_096B.gsd for the IL PB BK DI8 DO4-PAC Inline bus coupler), then click Open to start the import.
      SYCONnet_Import_choosen_dev_descriptions.png
    4. If SYCON.net asks you if you want to reload the device catalog, confirm with Yes.

The device is added to the structure in the Device Catalog,  and (if it is not another master) put into a new Slave subfolder.SYCONnet_doubleclick_Phoenix_Contact_PROFIBUS_device.png

  • Drag-and-drop the device you just added from the node in the right section to the middle section, at the pink line right beside the AXC F XT PB master.
    SYCONnet_Phoenix_Contact_PROFIBUS_device_dropped.png
  • Repeat the previous steps for each additional PROFIBUS® device until the configuration is complete.
    Note: If you want to use the I/Os of previously inserted PROFIBUS® devices, add these I/Os for each PROFIBUS® device one after the other.

    Show an exampleShow an example

    The following example shows how to proceed for the IL PB BK DI8 DO4 bus coupler.

    • Double-click on IL PB BK DI8 DO4 in the Network View window. 

    The netDevice - Configuration dialog opens.

    Note: Because the IL PB BK DI8 DO4 bus coupler has onboard I/Os, the BK: DI8 DO4 (8Bit) is already preset in the netDevice - Configuration dialog. When selecting the I/O modules observe the slot order.

    IL PB BK DI8 DO4 showing onboard IOs

    • Select the I/O modules according to your application by double-clicking on Available Modules.
    • Click OK to accept your selection and to close the dialog.
    • Repeat the previous steps for each additional PROFIBUS® device.
  1. Exporting the PLCnext Engineer library from SYCON.net
    1. Click Additional Functions / Export PLCnext Engineer Library in the context menu of the AXC F XT PB master.
      SYCONnet_Export_PLCnext_Engineer_Library.png
    2. Click OK when the Information dialog appears with the message The export succesfully completed!.

The PLCnext Engineer library file Arp.Io.Profibus.pcwlx was exported to the directory C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\PLCnext Engineer\Libraries.

  • Exit SYCON.net.

Programming the PROFIBUS® station

  1. Importing the PROFIBUS® configuration in your PLCnext Engineer project
    1. Start PLCnext Engineer and open an existing project, or create a new one (in this example with the AXC F 2152).
    2. Insert the Arp.Io.Profibus into PLCnext Engineer library into the COMPONENTS area as usually. Show howShow how
      • In the COMPONENTS area, open the Libraries (x) section.
      • Right-click Libraries (x).
      • Select Add User Library... from the context menu.
        PLCnext_Engineer_Add_User_Library.png
      • In the file explorer that opens, select the Arp.Io.Profibus.pcwlx library file and click Open.

The Arp.Io.Profibus library will now be displayed in the Libraries (x) section of the COMPONENTS area.

The Arp.Io.PbM : Arp.Io.Profibus.ProfibusComponent will now be displayed under the PLCnext Components (x) node in the PLANT area.
PLCnext_Engineer_PLANT_PLCnext_Components.png

  1. Assigning process data of the AXC F XT PB PROFIBUS® master
    1. Double-click on Arp.Io.PbM : Arp.Io.Profibus.ProfibusComponent in the PLANT area.
      PLCnext_Engineer_Editor_PB_ProcessData.png

The Arp.Io.PbM : Arp.Io.Profibus.ProfibusComponent editor opens, showing all variables of your AXC F XT PB PROFIBUS® master.

Note: When assigning the process data of the PROFIBUS® master, the first PROFIBUS® device after the PROFIBUS® master will start with number 2001, and the second device will start with 3001.
  • To assign an IN port or an OUT port to a variable, click Select IN Port here or Select OUT Port here.
  • Select the OUT ports and IN ports according to your application.

The role picker opens. Only the IN ports or the OUT ports that you can actually assign to the respective variable are displayed in the role picker.
PLCnext Engineer role picker

  • In the role picker, select the IN ports or OUT ports that you want to assign to the respective variable.
  • The IN port or the OUT port is assigned to the variable.
  • Proceed as described above to add all variables to your application.
  1. Writing and starting the project
    1. Make sure, a firmware version ≥ 2022.0 LTS is installed on the AXC F 2152 controller.
    2. Double-click the controller node in the PLANT area.
    3. Select Write and Start Project in the controller cockpit.

The RUN LED lights up continuously when the AXC F XT PB PROFIBUS® master was started properly.

 

 

 


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• Published/reviewed: 2022-09-14 • Revision 046 •