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Company Overview. SoftPLC Corp. - A Brief History. 1983: Tele-Denken Resources Founded By former A-B employees 1984: TOPDOC PLC programming/documentation software For PLC-2, then PLC-3 and PLC-5 1985: SoftWIRES PLC emulation/simulation & process modeling To run A-B Logic in a computer

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SoftPLC Corp. - A Brief History

  • 1983: Tele-Denken Resources Founded

    • By former A-B employees

  • 1984: TOPDOCPLC programming/documentation software

    • For PLC-2, then PLC-3 and PLC-5

  • 1985: SoftWIRES PLC emulation/simulation & process modeling

    • To run A-B Logic in a computer

  • 1988: SoftPLC Open architecture control software

    • A combination of existing proven technologies & new ideas, based on PLC-5 SoftWIRES

  • 1993: SoftPLC Processor Systems

    • PC & I/O hardware catches up to software technology

    • Combination of industrial computers and embedded SoftPLC software

  • 1996: Company renamed to SoftPLC Corporation

  • 1997: SoftPLC In Tealware

    • Traditional PLC hardware form factor, industrial I/O with SoftPLC software features

  • 2000: Released Linux Version

  • 2009: Release of Smart™Controllers

    • Including SoftPLC brand of A-B RIO protocol interface


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SoftPLC–Innovators & Visionaries

  • Many industry first software inventions

  • Embrace open technologies

  • Apply technologies developed for fast moving software/computer industries to controls industry

    • Reliability and deterministic performance always comes first


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SoftPLC–Customer Partnerships

  • Privately held, small business

    • Treasure customer feedback

    • Focused, experts in our chosen area

  • Excellent customer service & support

    • "I can't remember a time in the last 20 years that a vendor went to the lengths that SoftPLC Corp. did to ensure our projects were a success.” (US Army Corps of Engineers)

    • Worldwide network of distributors and system integrators

    • No “case numbers”, responsive phone/email support from field experienced application engineers/ programmers



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SoftPLC Corp. Products

  • SoftPLC® Controllers

    • SoftPLC is the runtime control software (“firmware”) included in each controller

    • Stand-Alone Controllers - use w/ remote I/O or PC-bus I/O

      • SoftPLC Hardbooks & Processors

    • DIN/Rack-Mounted Controllers - traditional PLC form factor

      • Smart SoftPLC

      • SoftPLC In Tealware

  • TOPDOC®

    • The configuration/application development/troubleshooting software for SoftPLC based systems


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SoftPLC Products

  • Industrial I/O

    • Tealware – modular rack mounted system for local systems or remote I/O

    • A-Series – low cost serial/ethernet/wireless I/O

    • Drivers and interface cards to industrial networks

      • Profibus, DeviceNet, CANopen, SERCOS, A-B RIO, etc.

  • Auxiliary Equipment

    • Power protection

    • Ethernet switches, fiber converters, etc.

  • Gatecraft Industrial Firewalls

    • Network Protection, Modem Gateway, Wireless Access Point


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SoftPLC CPU Options

Smart™ SoftPLC

SoftPLC In TealwareTM

SoftPLC Hardbook ProcessorsTM


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Smart SoftPLC

  • DIN rail mount CPU w/ 4 serial ports, 2 ethernet interfaces (fiber option), modem or RS-485 port option

  • Selectable daughter board interfaces

    • 3 local Tealware Modules

    • Tealware LocalPorts Board

    • PC/104 board

    • A-B RIO interface (mid-2009 release)

  • Built-in ethernet switch


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SoftPLC In Tealware

  • Compact backplane mount CPU’s & wide range of I/O modules

    • Traditional PLC packaging

    • Can use Tealware I/O w/ industrial PC’s

      • Local, Remote or Ethernet configurations

    • Hot Standby Option


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Tealware CPU Modules

  • CPU resides in single slot on base

  • 32MB RAM, 32MB Flash

  • (2) serial ports, 10MB ethernet port

  • 128 Kwords battery-backed RAM retentive memory area

  • SoftPIPETM Remote I/O interface port (optional)


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Hardbook SoftPLC Processors

  • Compact Stand-Alone CPU’s

    • Dual Ethernet ports

      • Ideal for Ethernet I/O

    • Some models have PCI slot(s)

      • Profibus, DeviceNet….

      • Add’l Serial Ports

      • Motion Control Cards

      • A-B RIO Interface Cards

    • USB, Serial

    • Fanless, diskless


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Tiny Hardbook Processor

  • Small, low cost industrial CPU

    • 1 Ethernet, 2 serial, 3 USB ports

    • 802.11GB Wireless option

    • Fanless, diskless


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SoftPLC Processors

  • Node-box Industrial CPU’s

    • 486, Pentium & Celeron class CPU’s

    • 2, 4, 6, 8 slot enclosures or 19” rack mount

    • ISA and/or PCI bus

    • Good when multiple add-in interface cards are required


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I/O

TealwareTM

Remote Bus

A Series


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I/O Options

  • Tealware - Local & Remote

  • Modbus TCP

  • A-B RIO -1771, SLC-500 (1746), Flex, Block & compatible devices

  • Profibus, DeviceNet, CANOpen, Interbus, etc.

  • Variety of PC I/O (eg: PCI, PC/104 bus)

  • Serial/USB & Wireless I/O


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Tealware I/O Modules

  • Wide variety of digital, analog, & specialty modules

  • Detachable terminal block for easy module replacement w/o re-wiring

  • Diagnostic LED’s

  • Wide angle swing connector - easy installation

  • Digital modules hot swappable under power

  • IEEE C37.90.1 Surge Withstand


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Local Systems

  • Up to 3 expansion bases per local interface

    • 6 or 8 I/O module Local Expansion bases

  • Max. 30 feet from first base to last base

  • Smart CPU w/ Localports Daughter Board

    • Up to 12 expansion racks per Smart CPU

  • Tealware CPU in Base

    • 4, 6, or 8 modules in CPU Base plus up to 3 expansion bases


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Remote I/O

  • Up to 15 remote drops in addition to local drop

    • Up to 1024 I/O per drop (x 16 = 16K I/O capacity)

  • Two Options:(Fiber options available for both network types)

    • Ethernet ModbusTCP

    • SoftPIPETM (Hot Standby applications)

  • Smart CPU can be Ethernet Adapter

    • 3 modules/Smart with 3 module daughter board

    • 12 racks/Smart with local ports daughter board

  • Hardbook CPU to Tealware Ethernet I/O

    • Remote Base (4, 6, or 8 slots) with Adapter (EIOA11) plus up to 3 expansion bases

    • Up to 64 Adapters per Hardbook



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Example Configurations

  • Hardbook/Processor with Bus I/O

BASE0x (Backplane)

Profibus

ASI

DeviceNet

Interbus

CANOpen

SERCOS

etc.

+

Hilscher Interface Card


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Example Configurations

  • Hardbook/Processor with A-B Remote I/O

BASE0x (Backplane)

+

1785-PKTX/PKTXD*

1771-ASB

or other A-B RIO Adapter

* A SoftPLC interface board for the Smart CPU to be developed in 2009 as an alternative to this solution


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Example Configurations

  • Hardbook/Processor with Tealware I/O

    • or other ethernet I/O on ModbusTCP

BASE0x (Backplane)

I/O Modules

Ethernet ModbusTCP

EIOA11 I/O Adapter

PWSxx (Power Supply)


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Example Configurations

  • Smart SoftPLC w/ 3 module daughter board

I/O Modules

BASE0x (Backplane)


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Example Configurations

  • SoftPLC In Tealware System

I/O Modules

BASE0x (Backplane)

PWSxx (Power Supply)

SPLC-2A-y (CPU)


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Open Architecture

Control Software



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What is SoftPLC?

  • SoftPLC control softwareturns an industrial computer into an open architecture automation controller

    • Embedded software, runs on dedicated system

    • “Headless” system (eg: no monitor, keyboard…)

  • Features of proprietary PLC’s (I/O control, PID) PLUS features of computers (flexibility, networking, speed)


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Operation

  • SoftPLC turns PC into PLC, it is not PC-based control

    • Deterministic scan (“hard” realtime)

    • Online run-mode program changes

    • Troubleshooting tools like PLC (Runtime Fault detection/correction, I/O Forcing)

    • Runs on embedded Linux, no Windows


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Data Table

  • PLC-5/SLC-500 Data Table Addressing

    • Binary, integer, floating point, timers, counters, PID, strings and others

  • 10,000 Data Table Files of 10,000 elements each*

    • Status File for fault analysis, system time/date, etc.

    • Output/input file size determined by “size” of runtime purchased (LT, 1K, 2K or 8K)

  • * except for O, I, S files


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    UserLogic

    • PLC-5/SLC-500 ladder logic programming

      • Up to 10,000 subroutines of 10,000 rungs each

      • Instruction set combines PLC-5, SLC-500, and unique SoftPLC functions

    • Logic documentation stored in SoftPLC


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    TOPDOC Loadable Modules (TLM’s)

    • Loadable functions can be instructions or drivers

      • Created using SoftPLC Programmer’s Toolkit

      • Written in C++/Java

    • Example SoftPLC provided TLM’s

      • .001 TIMERS - Very fast/high resolution timing

      • COMGENIUS – ASCII/Serial Communications

      • LOG DATA - Selected data to file


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    Other Example TLM’s

    • Computations

      • Fourier transforms, load balancing, . . .

    • Special “non-PLC” functions

      • DCS process blocks, SENDMAIL

    • Device interfaces

      • Modbus, Motion Controller Interfaces, PC I/O boards, Intelligent UPS

    • Proprietary logic embedded in functions


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    Remote File Access

    • SoftPLC can be a file access client to a server (eg: Microsoft Windows File Sharing, Samba, NFS, Novell Netware)

    • This means SoftPLC can easily read or write production data to a remote disk

      • Databases (eg: SQL, Oracle)

      • Data Files/Reports/XML


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    “Properties” Memory Area

    • Internal relational database

    • Ladder instructions to read and/or process data

    • Ideal for warehousing, sorting, recipe, RFID applications


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    I/O Support

    • Total digital I/O maximum 16K

    • Analog I/O above and beyond digital total

    • Up to 16 I/O drivers can be loaded at once

    • Available Drivers:

      • Tealware local & remote

      • Modbus TCP

      • A-B RIO -1771, SLC-500 (1746), Flex, Block & compatible devices

      • Profibus, DeviceNet, Interbus, etc.

      • Variety of PC I/O (ISA, PCI, PC/104 bus)

      • Serial & Wireless I/O (ICO-7000 Series)

      • Third party drivers also available


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    Communications

    • Networks for HMI/SCADA, program monitoring, PLC peer-to-peer, etc.

    • SoftPLC appears as PLC-5

      • Virtually all HMI/SCADA and many other 3rd party devices supported

    • Up to 32 networks per system

      • Ethernet

      • Serial (DF1)

      • Data Highway Plus or Data Highway


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    FTP/SSH Servers

    • Used for TCP/IP exchanges of files, system maintenance

    • Use with any FTP/SSH client (many are free)

    • Example uses:

      • Update/backup SoftPLC configurations & files

      • View/retrieve SoftPLC files, documentation

      • Run command line programs


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    Syslog

    • A complete log record for user messages

      • User Messages include operating mode, startup status or faults, runtime faults

    • Syslog messages can be directed to any output (eg: ram fifo, local file/disk/ramdisk, remote file on a windows PC)

    • Helps users comply with FDA 21CFR11


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    Web Server Module

    • Add-on software module for SoftPLC

    • Allows browsers to access SoftPLC data

      • Applets (run in browser, but reside in SoftPLC)

      • Servlets (run in SoftPLC, good for remote applications, secure)


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    Gatecraft™ Firewall Technology

    • Feature-rich industrial firewall

      • Stateful inspection, NAT/IP masquerading, blacklisting

      • Multiple VPN tunnels

      • Ethernet-to-Ethernet, Modem, Wireless options

    • Runs embedded in SoftPLC




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    A-B Conversions

    • Most convert 90-100%

      • SLiCk Convert - $195 web based utility to convert SLC-500 applications to SoftPLC

      • PLC-2, PLC-5 conversion services from SoftPLC

      • SoftLogix, PLC-5/250 & PLC-3 conversion services quoted per application


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    A-B Conversions

    • PLC-5

      • Send TEXT version of logic and documentation to SoftPLC for conversion ($150 minimum fee)

      • Use a Hardbook-PCI or a SoftPLC Processor with 1785-PKTX card

      • Replace PLC-5 CPU w/ 1771-ASB Remote I/O Adapter


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    A-B Conversions

    • PLC-2/30, -2/20

      • Replace CPU with Hardbook-PCI or SoftPLC Processor with 1785-PKTX card

      • Send program and documentation to SoftPLC

        • Upload logic with TOPDOC PLC-2

        • Text version of documentation files if available

        • $750 fee includes loan of TOPDOC PLC-2 package and conversion services


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    A-B Conversions

    • PLC-2 with Remote I/O

      • Existing I/O can remain

    • PLC-2 with Local I/O

      • Change 1771-AL Adapters to 1771-ASB/ASC Adapters

      • Racks & Power Supplies must be Series B


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    A-B Conversions

    • Mini-PLC-2

      • Cost of 1785-PKTX and Remote I/O Adapter makes upgrade often not cost justifiable

      • May be opportunity to replace entire system instead

      • Especially if older 8 point I/O modules were used


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    A-B Conversions

    • SLC-500

      • Customer uses SliCk Convert Utility on SoftPLC Website to convert logic & documentation

      • Conversion provides equivalent Tealware I/O modules

    • If customer wants to re-use SLC I/O:

      • Use Hardbook-PCI or SoftPLC Processor with 1785-PKTX interface card

      • Replace CPU w/ 1747-ASB Remote I/O Adapter


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    A-B Conversions

    • Any system using Flex or block I/O, same principle applies

      • 1794-ASB Remote I/O Adapter


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