PLC selection guide

First, input/output (I/O) point estimate


I/O points should be considered when estimating the appropriate margins, usually according to the statistics of the input and output points, adding 10%~20% and Extensible


After allowance, as input and output point estimates. Actual orders, according to manufacturer product features of the PLC, the input and output points are rounded.


Second, the storage capacity estimation


Memory capacity is a programmable logic controller itself can provide hardware storage unit size, program capacity is user applications use memory cells in the memory size of the program capacity is less than the memory capacity. Design phase, because the user application has not prepared, therefore, program capacity is unknown at design time, in the program only after know. Design and selection in order to be able to program capacities have certain estimates, estimation of storage capacity is usually used instead.


Estimation of storage capacity memory has no fixed formula, many different formulae are given in the literature, in general are 10~15 times its digital I/O, plus 100 times times its analog I/O, memorythis number is the total number of words (16-bit word), and then press the 25% taking into account the number of allowances.


Three, the selection of control functions


The selection includes arithmetic, control function, communication function, functional programming, Diagnostics and selection of processing speed and other characteristics.


(A) functions


Simple PLC functions including operations, timing and counting functions; General PLC operation features include data transfer, arithmetic functions, such as; more complex arithmetic algebra, data transfer and other large PLC also have analog PID arithmetic and other advanced functions. With the advent of open systems, currently already has in the PLC communication function, some products have a communication with the slave, and some products have the same bit machine or PC communication, some products also have the factory or enterprise networks for data communications features. Selection from the actual application requirements, selecting the required functions. The majority of applications, just logic and timing function, some applications require data transfer and, when used for analog measurement and control, using algebra, numerical, and PID operation. To display data for decoding and encoding operations.


(B) control functions


Control functions including PID control arithmetic calculation, ratio control, feedforward compensation control operation should be determined according to the requirements. Main sequence logic control PLC, therefore, the most often used singleloop control of multiloop controller analogue or, sometimes using special smart input and output units to complete the necessary control functions, improve the processing speed and storage capacity savings of PLC. Such as PID control unit, high-speed counters, analog with speed compensation unit, ASC codeswitching unit and so on.


(C) communication functions


Large and medium PLC systems should support a variety of fieldbus and standard communication protocols (such as TCP/IP), needs to be with the plant management network (TCP/IP) connection. Communication protocols shall conform to ISO/IEEE standards, should be an open communications network.


PLC communication interface of the system should include both serial and parallel communication interface (RS2232C/422A/423/485), RIO, such as communications, industrial Ethernet, commonly used DCS interface; large and medium PLC communication bus (including interface devices and cables) should be 1:1 redundant configuration, communication should be consistent with international standards, communication distance should meet the equipment requirements.


PLC system of communication network, higher rate should be greater than 1Mbps of network traffic, load is less than 60%. PLC system of communications network main form has following several form: 1) PC mainly station, more Taiwan with model PLC for from station, composition simple PLC network; 2) 1 Taiwan PLC mainly station, other with model PLC for from station, constitute master-slave type PLC network; 3) PLC network through specific network interface connection to large DCS in the as DCS of child network; 4) dedicated PLC network (the manufacturers of dedicated PLC communications network).


To reduce CPU communication tasks, according to the network‘s practical needs, should have different communication features (such as point-to-point, fieldbus and industrial Ethernet) communications processors.


(D) programming features


Off-line programming mode: PLC programmer and the public a CPU, programming in programming mode, the CPU only provides services for programmers, not to control the equipment. Upon completion of programming, the programmer switches to run mode, CPU to control the equipment cannot be programmed. Off-line programming system costs can be reduced, but not convenient for using, and debugging. Programming: CPU and programmer has its own CPU, the host CPU is responsible for control and data exchange with the programmer within one scan cycle, programming the program online or send data to the host, the next scanning period, received by the host under the new program. This way costs more, but system debugging and easy, often used in large and medium PLC.


Five kinds of standardizing programming language: sequential function chart (SFC), ladder diagram (LD), function block diagram (FBD) three kinds of graphic language and statement form (IL), structured text (ST) in both languages. Select the programming language should follow the standard (IEC6113123), and also supports a variety of programming languages, such as C,Basic, to meet the control requirements for special applications.


(E) the diagnostic functions


PLC Diagnostics, including hardware and Software Diagnostics. Hardware diagnostic hardware logic to determine fault location hardware, Software Diagnostics diagnosis and diagnosis. Through software PLC diagnosis is within the internal performance and functionality, software for PLC CPU with external input/output components such as information exchange functions of diagnostics are diagnostic.


The strength of the PLC Diagnostics, directly affecting the technical requirements for operations and maintenance personnel, and mean time to repair.


(Vi) processing speed


PLC scanning mode. From the real-time view, processing speed, the sooner the better, if the signal duration is less than the scan time, the PLC will not scan the signals, causing loss of signal data.


Speed of processing and the user program length, CPU processing speed, software quality, and so on. At present, fast response, high speed PLC contact, about 0.2~0.4Ls per binary instruction execution time, so they can control requirements, will require the fastest-growing application needs. Scan cycle (scan processor cycles) should meet: scan time is less than 0.5ms/K for small PLC; large and medium PLC scan time is less than 0.2ms/K.


Four, the choice of models


(A) PLC type


PLC overall type and module type structure is divided into two categories, according to the application environment is divided into two types of installation and control installation; according to the CPU word size is divided into 1-bit, 4-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit, etc. From the application point of view, usually according to control feature selection or input/output points.


Overall PLC I/O points fixed, so user a choice small, small control systems; modular PLC offers a variety of I/O card or cards, so users can be more rational selection and configuration control system I/O points, feature extension is convenient and flexible, generally used for large and medium control systems.


(B) the choice of input/output modules


Input/output module options should be considered and its application requires unity. Input module for example, consider the signal level, signal transmission distance, signal isolators, signal power supply applications. The output module, should be given to selection of type of output modules, relay output modules with low prices, usually using voltage range, longer life expectancy, response time, etc; TRIAC output module applies to switch frequently, low power factor inductive loads, but is more expensive, less able to overload. Output module with DC output, communication output, and analog output, and so on, should be consistent with the application requirements.


Depending on the application requirements, selection of intelligent input/output modules, in order to improve control and reduce costs.


Considering the need for expanding the rack or remote I/O racks and so on.


(C) the power of choice


PLC power supply, in addition to the introduction of devices at the same time as the introduction of PLC according to the product specification design and the outer, PLC power supply should be designed to use 220VAC power supply, consistent with the domestic network voltage. Important applications should use an uninterruptible power supply or voltage regulator power supply.


If the PLC with its own power supply can be used, you should check for current meets the application requirements, you should design an external power supply. To prevent external high-voltage power supply by mistake and the introduction of PLC, isolation of the input and output signals are necessary, sometimes it can be a simple diode and fuse tube isolation.


(D) the storage choices


Due to the development of computer chips, memory prices have fallen, so, in order to ensure the normal operation of the project, the General requirements of PLC memory, 256 I/O points at least 8K memory options. When you need complex control functions, should choose the larger capacity, higher grade storage.


(E) the redundancy options


1. The redundancy control unit


(1) one of the most important: CPU (including memory) and the power supply should 1B1 redundancy.


(2) when needed can also select the PLC hardware and spare software hot standby redundant systems, 2 or 3 of redundant and fault-tolerant systems.


2. I/O interface unit redundancy


(1) control circuit the multi I/O card should be redundant.


(2) is an important point of multi I/O card can be redundant. 3) important I/O signals as needed, you can choose 2 or 3 of the I/O interface unit.


(Vi) economic considerations


When you select the PLC, should consider the priceperformance ratio. When considering the economy, should be applied taking into consideration scalability, operation, input-output ratio and other factors, compare and balance end up satisfied products.