Device specific driver blocks for your PLC program map the technological functionality of the device into your program environment. The big advantage is that users can focus on their PLC application, and do not need to care about communication details, scaling factors or conversion of raw data for your application. Additionally, device driver blocks provide a wide range of configuration and diagnose functionalities. So you can easily integrate your device into your asset management and use the diagnostic information for error handling.
Advantages of using PLC Device driver blocks
Encapsulation of the communication within the driver block
Extensive diagnostic functions
Improved maintainability of the program
Saving of engineering effort
With our approach the main focus is on device functionality. We provide blocks for the management of communication tasks, data conversion and diagnostic features, allowing the user to concentrate on the realization of its automation task. Our block library targets device manufacturers and IO-Link users alike.
In our download area we provide our module concept libraries and sample projects for an IO-Link master and selected devices. The program blocks for a Siemens SIMATIC ET200SP IO-Link master and a Balluff BNI IOL SmartLight can be executed on Siemens S7-1200 and S7-1500 controllers and can be freely used.