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How to use the Do-more PLC and Do-more Designer Software in a Directlogic PLC System
Live demo showing you how to get the Do-more PLC starter kit up and running quickly.
So you got a new Do-more Starter kit and you want to get up and running quickly right? No problem. Here’s what you should have in the box: a. A copy of the software b. A code to get free training from Interconnecting Automation c. The PLC pre-wired and ready to go with: a. The Do-more processor with or without the Ethernet port, depending on which kit you ordered b. An 8 input simulator card so you can manually drive the inputs c. And an 8 output relay card. d. A USB programming cable e. And a printed user manual. Here we go … Step 1. Install the software. I’m going to assume you know how to do that … Step 2: Plug the PLC in. You should see the 8 LEDs on the processor rotate for about 2 seconds like this. Move the toggle switch on the Do-more to STOP then to Terminal – that’ll make sure the PLC is not running and is ready to be programmed. Step 3: Attach the USB programming cable to the Do-more and the PC. Step 4: Launch the Do-more designer software you installed in step 1. Your screen should look something like this. Go ahead and close the tips. And I’m going to re-size the window here so you can see everything. To Create a new program say NEW, give it a Name, We’ll call it “NewProgram,” Select the processor you are targeting it for. I have the Ethernet module here so I’ll select that and here is our new blank project. For our project we’ll simply have input X0, drive output Y0. And while we are at it, let’s take the X0 input and invert it and send that out to Y1. To do that, I’m going to create a wire by holding control down arrow and I want to insert an invert operator right here. I’m gonna click on instructions, click on invert, and accept it. Control-W completes the wire, where I want to drive Y1. And that’s our program. So X0 will dive Y0 and an inverted version of X0 will drive Y1. The yellow bar tells me I need to accept those changes and do my syntax check. We do, everything is fine. The green bar tells me I need to save the program. So I do. And we are ready to write to the PLC. The Write PLC is dimmed out because we haven’t connected to the PLC yet. So you should have your Do-more processor plugged into the 205 Rack, Powered up, and connected to your computer via the USB cable. Once you have done that, you say PLC, Connect, and we need to add a link to that PLC. So we are going to add a link. We ARE connected via the USB Cable. And here is a list of all of the processors currently connected. Of course we only have one so that’s the one we see here. By the way, This number you see here is the number you see printed on the label on the processor. Let’s give this link a name. I’ll just call it “NewLink” for now, and say Finish. So we have created our new link to the processor, so we select that. Do-more Designer connects to the processor, and asks us “Do we want to go on-line with this processor and view the DISK based project that we just created, or do we want to go on-line and view what’s in the PLC? We’ll, we don’t have anything in the PLC so let’s choose the Disk based project. It’s warning us – this project we have is different than what’s in the PLC. Are we sure we want to continue? Yep. Do-more Designer connects. And we are now ready to write this program to the PLC. This PLC was left in run mode because I was doing something earlier so I’m gonna tell it to switch to program mode, and the program gets downloaded to the processor. Do I want to switch back to run mode? Sure. And now we are up and running. If we turn on the status, Then we can see what’s going on in our processor. Currently X0 is not on, and Y0 is not being driven. But Y1 is because it is an inverted version of X0. If I reach over to my processor and flip the X0 switch, sure enough, X0 turns on, Y0 turns on, and Y1 turns off. I can also see the LEDs that correspond to these outputs light up on the processor. If I want to view and control elements within the ladder program, I can bring up a Dataview. Let’s say I want to monitor or even edit Control bit C0. I just put that here, turn on Edit mode, and now by clicking on these buttons I can control C0 or anything else I put in this list. If I double click on ON it gives me a little warning saying “Are you sure you want to do this?” Yes I am. And C0 turns on. And it turns off. Well, that should be enough to get you up and running. Check out the other “How To ...” videos in this series to get a quick head start on getting the most out of your Do-more processor. Then head over to Interconnecting Automation to get your free in-depth on-line training. And as always, Please contact Tech Support if you have any questions – we’re standing by ready to help you. Spend Less. Do More. From Automation Direct