In the past, if you wanted to assign several configured PLC connection points to other physical PLC connection points of the PLC device, meaning that you wanted to "move" the PLC connection points, you had to call up the property dialog for each individual PLC connection point and change the respective properties (such as Plug designation, Connection point designation, PLC address). As of this version the new dialog Move PLC inputs and outputs in which you can perform such moving actions from a central point is now available in the ribbon.
The dialog Move PLC inputs and outputs can be used for clear and comfortable assignment of the configured PLC I/O connection points and the associated power supplies to other physical PLC connection points of the PLC device. The PLC inputs and outputs can be moved both within a PLC card as well as from one PLC card to another PLC card.
To call up the Move PLC inputs and outputs dialog, mark the PLC connection points in a navigator or in the graphical editor and select the following commands: Tab Devices > Command group PLC > Move. In this dialog specific function data (for example Symbolic address and Function text) can be assigned to other PLC connection points or to the free function templates of the PLC devices. Relevant data is displayed in two tables to this purpose. The values shown in the columns of the two tables provide information and cannot be modified here.
Display in the tables
The PLC connection points are displayed in the Available connection points of the PLC devices table that are available as functions or free function templates of the selected PLC devices. The sequence corresponds to the display in the tree view of the PLC navigator as well as to the sequence of the function templates of the part.
The Status column indicates on the basis of the icons (as in the PLC navigator) whether a function of the PLC device is placed or not, whether the function overlays a function template of a part or whether free function templates of the part are left over. The DT (full) column shows to which PLC device the PLC connection points belong.
The function data of the PLC connection points defined in the project is displayed in the Functions table. By moving the rows, these function data (for example Symbolic address and Function text) can be assigned to other PLC connection points or free function templates.
Moving PLC connection points
If you have marked PLC connection points in the Functions table, you can use the arrow buttons to change the assignment of the function data to the PLC connection points of the PLC device. The buttons are only active if it is possible to move or exchange the selected function data. Function data can only be moved to free positions and the function definition must match. To detect this more easily the Function definition column is available in both tables.
When moving or exchanging channels the sequence of the function definitions of the PLC connection points in the channels must also match.
By moving and exchanging, only the sequence in the Functions table change while the sequence in the Available connection points of the PLC devices table remains unchanged. When leaving the dialog with [OK], the data is transferred to the functions in the project according to their assignment in the two tables. The placement of the functions in the project does not change in the process. This means that the placed function keeps its symbolic address and its function text but after moving corresponds to another PLC connection point of the PLC device.
In the overview, the PLC addresses remain unchanged in their position since the overview displays the physical structure of the PLC card. After moving, the data of the assigned PLC connection points is displayed at the PLC addresses in the overview (placement data, function definition, connection point data, etc.).
By default the Edit channel-oriented option is activated in the popup menu. If you select PLC connection points in the Functions table, the selection is automatically extended to the complete channel including power supply. This way all PLC connection points belonging to the channel are moved together. Requirement for this working method is that the channel designation is entered at the PLC connection points.
If you want to move individual, selected PLC connection points, deactivate the option Edit channel-oriented in the popup menu. In this case you must ensure yourself that channels are not separated.