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WinCC flexible ES -- Creating HMI configurations -- Loading and testing configurations 
Why can you not transfer the HMI configuration to the panel? 
How can you transfer a WinCC flexible configuration without configuration software to an operator panel (Pack&Go)? 
How do you use WinCC flexible to transfer a project to an operator panel via S7 routing? 
Which settings must you make on the RT Loader to transfer a WinCC flexible Runtime file from the configuration computer to a visualization PC? 
Which settings do you have to make so that a ProTool project or WinCC flexible project can be transferred via TeleService Adapter IE? 
What can be the causes of the project download via TeleService not working? 
How do you simulate the system keyboard via K or F-keys? 
How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project via Ethernet to a Windows-based panel? 
How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project via MPI/PROFIBUS to a Windows-based panel? 
How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project serially to a panel? 
How can you transfer data via USB from a WinCC flexible configuration computer to a Windows-based operator panel and which USB cables can be used for this? 
How can you simulate with WinCC flexible the function keys of the various Windows-based operator panels via the PC keyboard? 
Which cable can you use for data transfer between a Micro Panel and a configuration PC? 
Why can't you simulate the Runtime for an OP73/OP73micro/TP177A/ TP177micro or OP77A in WinCC flexible on a PC? 

Why can you not transfer the HMI configuration to the panel?Go to beginning
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Description
This entry describes different solutions if you should encounter problems when transferring the configuration file to the HMI operator panel. Possible causes are listed and remedies given for clearing them.

Transferring the HMI configuration with Ethernet
The documentation describes the solutions when transferring the HMI configuration to the operator panel with Ethernet.

HMI_Projekttransfer_Ethernet_en.pdf ( 798 KB )

Transferring the HMI configuration with PROFIBUS
The documentation describes the solutions when transferring the HMI configuration to the operator panel with PROFIBUS.

HMI_Projekttransfer_PROFIBUS_en.pdf ( 781 KB )

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Additional Keywords
Panel, Download, Update, Project download, Project file, Abort, No connection, Disconnection, Error, Error message, Project transfer, WinCC flexible, WinCC (TIA Portal), WinCC Comfort, WinCC Advanced, Program download, Transfer of project.

How can you transfer a WinCC flexible configuration without configuration software to an operator panel (Pack&Go)?Go to beginning
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Description
With WinCC flexible as from 2008 SP1 you can use the "Pack&Go" function to create a file with which you can transfer an HMI configuration to an operator panel without any configuration software.

The "Pack&Go" file contains:

  • The compiled project
  • A program for transferring the project to the operator panel

Typical application
A configuration office creates a project for a new operator panel. The configuration engineer from the configuration office does not have direct access to the plant. Therefore, the configuration engineer sends the "Pack&Go" file per e-mail to his/her contact on site.
The contact unpacks the "Pack&Go" file on a PC that is linked to the operator panel over a network. Then he/she transfers the project from the PC to the operator panel.


Fig. 01

Notes

  • The version of the configured operator panel must match the operating system image of the operator panel. If necessary use ProSave to do an OS update.
    More information about doing an OS update is available in
    Entry ID: 19701610.
  • If the project is to be transferred via USB, you need a USB master-master cable. More information about USB transfers is available in Entry ID: 19109408
  • If the project is to be transferred over PROFIBUS, the hardware interface and driver must be installed on the transfer PC. The driver for an MPI/PROFIBUS card is also installed by ProSave, among others. You can download ProSave in Entry ID: 10347815
  • If you have Vista installed on your transfer PC and you want to transfer the project to an operator panel running the Windows CE operating system, you need administrator rights.
    It is not possible to use "Pack&Go" for transfer via Routing.

Operator panels supported
 
Micro Panels   OP 73micro
  TP 177 
Mobile Panel Mobile Panel 177
  Mobile Panel 277
  Mobile Panel 277 IWLAN
  Mobile Panel 277 IWLAN V2
Basic Panel

KP300 Basic

 

KTP400 Basic

 

KTP600 Basic

 

 KTP1000 Basic

 

TP1500 Basic

Panel OP 73, OP 77A, OP 77B
  OP / TP 177
  OP / TP 277
Multi Panel MP 177
  MP 277
  MP 377

Additional Keywords
Panels, Project download, Pack & Go

How do you use WinCC flexible to transfer a project to an operator panel via S7 routing?Go to beginning
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Contents

Introduction
Notes and requirements for S7 Routing
S7 Routing example
Procedure for transfer via S7 Routing  

Introduction for S7 Routing
You can load an HMI project from a WinCC flexible configuration computer to an operator panel over different subnets.
If you implement a router, you can establish a connection between different subnets. A SIMATIC station can act as a router if it has suitable interfaces.
The modules with communications capability (CPUs or CPs), which create gateways between the subnets, must support routing.
To transfer a WinCC flexible project, the WinCC flexible configuration computer must be connected to an MPI bus, PROFIBUS or Ethernet.
The operator panel to which the WinCC flexible project is to be transferred must also be connected to an MPI bus, PROFIBUS or Ethernet.

Notes and requirements for S7 Routing

Notes

  • Refer to a component's technical documentation to establish whether it supports routing.
    Alternatively, open the component's object properties in NetPro or in HW Config. The "General" tab contains a brief description of the properties.
    Information about which modules possess routing capability is also available in Entry ID: 584459.
  • The requirements that have to be fulfilled to perform STEP 7 routing by means of a PG/PC station are given in Entry ID: 16620173.
  • A routing connection for the transfer can also be established by means of multiple routing partners. Routing cannot be used as a means of transferring to PC-based operator panels (PC Runtime) with an activated station manager (Station Configuration Editor).
  • In order to establish a routing connection, all the stations within a STEP 7 project must be configured and loaded.
  • You must use NetPro to configure all the devices and subnets connected to the network.

S7 Routing MPI / PROFIBUS and Ethernet
Below is a list of the requirements and the supported HMI operator panels and the possible routes for S7 Routing are shown in Fig. 01.

  • At least WinCC flexible 2005
  • At least STEP 7 V5.3 SP2
  • All panels including PC Runtime except PC Station with Station Configuration Editor


Fig. 01

S7 Routing Ethernet with WinCC flexible 2008
The S7 Routing function was extended with WinCC flexible 2008. Below is a list of the requirements and the supported HMI operator panels and the possible routes for S7 Routing are shown in Fig. 02.

  • At least WinCC flexible 2008
  • At least STEP 7 V5.4 SP3
  • You can use only the following devices for routing over the "S7 Ethernet" transfer channel:
    • TP 177B 4"
    • MP 177
    • Mobile Panel 277
    • MP 277
    • MP 377
  • Routing over Ethernet is not possible with WinCC flexible PC Runtime.
  • In the case of routing by way of SIMOTION CPU 4.1.2, transfer of the configuration over S7 Ethernet does not work.
  • Routing from MPI/DP to Ethernet is possible if MPI/DP has been selected in the Transfer settings.


Fig. 02

S7 Routing Ethernet and WinCC flexible 2008 SP3
More devices were added to the S7 Routing function with WinCC flexible 2008 SP3.
Below is a list of the requirements and the supported HMI operator panels and the possible routes for S7 Routing are shown in Fig. 03.

  • At least WinCC flexible 2008 SP3
  • At least STEP 7 V5.4 SP3
  • You can also use the following devices for routing over the "S7 Ethernet" transfer channel:
    • OP 77B
    • OP 177B
    • TP 177B
    • Mobile Panel 177
    • OP 277
    • TP 277 


Fig. 03

Download
The download below includes a summary of the possible routes for S7 Routing and their requirements.

WinCC_flexible_Routing.pdf ( 56 KB )

Example of S7 Routing with Ethernet
Fig. 01 shows a routing connection between the WinCC flexible configuration computer (network object: Stations > PG/PC) and operator panel "MP 377 15'' Touch" (network object): Stations > SIMATIC HMI station). The "SIMATIC 300(1)" programmable logic controller acts as a router.

Use NetPro to configure the routing connection between the devices involved.
You must assign the interface of the configuration computer. You can recognize the assignment by the yellow connection line to the subnet and by the yellow arrow in the station symbol.

The procedure for configuring a routing connection is described in Entry ID: 2383206.


Fig. 04

Procedure for transfer by means of S7 routing

  1. Open the HMI station in WinCC flexible.
  2. Select the menu command "Project > Transfer > Transfer Settings".
  3. Select the operator panel.
  4. Select the mode and check the "Enable routing" option box.
    The mode must match the communication channel.
  5. In the "Next station" box, you select the bus type of the next and the last connection.
    The network addresses of the next routing partner and destination device are displayed.
    Any routing partners positioned between them are not displayed here.
  6. Transfer your project by clicking the "Transfer" button.


Fig. 05: Transfer settings for MPI/PROFIBUS


Fig. 06: Transfer settings for Ethernet

More information in manual
More information on the topic of "Project transfer via S7 Routing" is available in the WinCC flexible manual in Entry ID: 18796010.

 

Which settings must you make on the RT Loader to transfer a WinCC flexible Runtime file from the configuration computer to a visualization PC?Go to beginning
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Configuration Notes
Below is an example showing which settings are to be made for transferring the WinCC flexible Runtime file to transfer data from the configuration computer to the visualization computer.
Furthermore, the example shows how to incorporate the Runtime file in the Autostart. The WinCC flexible Runtime is thus automatically started with the Start of the PC.

General
The following options are available for the transfer:

  • Serial - with a Siemens RS232 cable (MLFB: 6ES7 901-1BF00-0XA0)
  • USB - with a host-to-host USB cable
  • Ethernet - via a TCP/IP connection
  • MPI/PROFIBUS

First set up one of the above-mentioned connections between the configuration computer and the visualization PC.
 
No. PC settings on the visualization PC
(PC to which the WinCC flexible Runtime is transferred)
1 Start the RT Loader
Open the RT Loader under "Start > SIMATIC > WinCC flexible 200x Runtime > WinCC flexible Runtime Loader".
The RT Loader opens.
2 Settings
Click on the "Settings" button.
The dialog for making transfer and directory settings opens.


Fig. 01

Description of the settings

Connection - Channel 1, serial
Enable Channel 1 if the Runtime file is to be transferred by serial transfer to the visualization PC.

Connection - Channel 2
Enable Channel 2 if the Runtime file is to be transferred by MPI (PROFIBUS), USB or Ethernet to the visualization PC.

Remote control option
Activate the checkbox "Remote control", if the visualization PC or the SIMATIC Panel shall change from Runtime mode to Transfer mode automatically.

Note
If the "Remote control" option is enabled, PC Runtime is terminated each time transfer is triggered on the configuration PC and project transfer is started. In normal plant operation transfers might be triggered unintentionally and the PC Runtime terminated, which can lead to the plant being inoperable. Siemens strongly recommends deactivating the automatic transfer mode after commissioning of the device. The transfer mode provides full access for all parties that are able to connect to the device, which includes the possibility to retrieve and alter all stored information. The automatic transfer mode was implemented under the assumption that the device runs in a protected industrial environment when the service is activated.

Link to the Siemens Security Advisory
Siemens_Security_Advisory_SSA-460621_V1_2.pdf ( 73 KB )

Directories - Configuration file
Here you specify a directory of your choice.
The Runtime file "*.fwx" will be transferred to this directory later.

Directories - Configuration backup file
Here you specify a directory of your choice.
If "Activate backup" is selected in the transfer settings on the configuration computer, when the project is transferred from the source format (*.hmi), it is compressed and transferred to this specified directory as "*.pdz" file.

Directories - Autostart application
Here, you specify the directory in which the "HmiRtm.exe" file is located on your visualization PC. The path is usually specified automatically by the system.
WinCC flexible Runtime is started via "HmiRtm.exe" if there is a configuration in the configuration directory.

Directories - Wait [s]
Here, you set how many seconds the RT Loader remains displayed before the Runtime is started (1 s, 3 s, 5 s, 10 s or permanently).

Languages
Here, you set the language in which the RT Loader is to be displayed.

When you have made all the settings in this dialog, acknowledge the inputs with the "OK" button.

3 Activate transfer
After making all the settings, press the "Transfer" button on the RT Loader.

This completes all the necessary settings on the visualization PC.

Tab. 01

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No. PC settings on the configuration PC
(PC from which the WinCC flexible Runtime is transferred)
1 Transfer setting
Open the Transfer settings via "Project > Transfer > Transfer settings"
(alternatively you select the icon for Transfer settings)
  • Select one of the possible Transfer options (mode):
    • Serial
    • MPI/DP
    • USB
    • Ethernet
  • Assign the relevant address.
  • Alternatively you enable more options.


Fig. 02

Note
The transfer mode must be identical on both computers (configuration PC and visualization PC).

This completes all the necessary settings on the configuration computer.

Press the "Transfer" button to trigger the transfer.
The data is transferred into the directory that was specified before in the RT Loader on the visualization PC.

Tab. 02

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No. Incorporation of the RT Loader in the Autostart
1 Incorporate the RT Loader in the Autostart
Below we take an example to show how to incorporate the RT Loader in the Autostart.
  • Open the folder in which "HmiLoad.exe" (RT Loader) is installed.
    The file is located by default in
    C:\Program Files\Siemens\SIMATIC WinCC flexible\WinCC flexible 200x Runtime\ HmiLoad.exe 
    (The path/designations might be slightly different depending on the language version of the operating system installed).
  • Right-click "HmiLoad.exe" and create a link via the menu item "Create link".
    Then copy this "Shortcut".
  • Open the "Startup" (Autostart) folder and paste the "Shortcut" copied before into this folder.
    The folder is located on the drive
    C:\Documents and Settings\User_name\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    (see


Fig. 03

This completes the necessary settings.

Now, every time you start the computer, the RT Loader is started first and then the WinCC flexible Runtime via the RT Loader.

2 Incorporate the WinCC flexible Runtime file in the Autostart
You can also incorporate the Runtime file directly in the Autostart instead of the RT Loader.
In this case, you do not need the "RT Loader".
However, in this case, transfer cannot be triggered automatically.

Below, we take an example to show how to incorporate the Runtime file (*.fwx) in the Autostart.

  • Open the folder in which the WinCC flexible Runtime file (*.fwx) is located.
  • Right-click on the *.fwx file and create a link via the menu item "Create link". Then copy this "Shortcut".
  • Open the "Startup" (Autostart) folder and paste the "Shortcut" copied before into this folder.
    The folder is located on the drive
    C:\Documents and Settings\User_name\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    (see


Fig. 04

  • Via "Start > Programs > Startup" you can check that the WinCC flexible Runtime file is located in the "Autostart".


Fig. 05

This completes the necessary settings.
Now, the WinCC flexible Runtime file starts automatically each time the computer is started.

Tab. 03

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No. Manual copying of the Runtime file "*.fwx" to the visualization PC
1 Manually copy the Runtime file "*.fwx" to the visualization PC
Instead of using the "Transfer" function, you can also copy the Runtime file directly to the visualization PC and start it via the RT Loader.
Perform the following steps.
  1. Copy the Runtime file "*.fwx" into the folder that specified in the RT Loader under "Settings > Directories > Configuration file".
  2. Change the name of the file from "*.fwx" to "PDATA.fwx".
    Example: Project_RT_01.Panel_1.fwx    =>    PDATA.fwx

This completes all the necessary settings on the visualization PC for manual incorporation of the Runtime file.

Note
The Runtime file "*.fwx" is created automatically on your configuration computer if you have previously started Runtime on it.
The Runtime file is located in the WinCC flexible project folder in which the "*.hmi" is located, for example.

Tab. 04

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No. Troubleshooting when transferring and starting Runtime
1 Visualization PC (Troubleshooting when transferring or starting Runtime)
If no connection can be set up between the visualization PC and the configuration PC or the Runtime file does not start, check the following settings on the visualization PC.

Serial
Is the correct COM interface selected?

MPI (PROFIBUS), check the settings in the PG/PC interface

  • PG/PC is the only master on the bus: Enabled
  • Address: must be different to that on the configuration PC
  • Baud rate: must be the same as on the configuration PC
  • Highest node address: must be the same as on the configuration PC
  • Bus terminator: selected
  • Cable used: use PROFIBUS cable, for example

Ethernet

  • Computer name or IP address
  • SUB network
  • Cable used

Error messages

  • No configuration available. Please trigger transfer.
    In the RT Loader, under "Directories - Configuration file", check the storage path specified and make sure that a Runtime file (PDATA.fwx) is located there.
  • Error when starting WinCC flexible RT. Please repeat transfer.
    In the RT Loader, under "Directories - Start application automatically", check the storage path specified for "HmiRtm.exe".
2 Configuration PC (Troubleshooting when transferring)
If no connection can be set up between the configuration PC and the visualization PC, check the following settings on the configuration PC.

Serial
Is the correct COM interface selected?

MPI (PROFIBUS), check the settings in the PG/PC interface

  • PG/PC is the only master on the bus: Enabled
  • Address: must be different than on the visualization PC
  • Baud rate: must be the same as on the visualization PC
  • Highest node address: must be the same as on the visualization PC
  • Bus terminator: selected
  • Cable used: use PROFIBUS cable, for example

Ethernet

  • Computer name or IP address
  • SUB network
  • Cable used

Error message

  • Could not set up a connection.
    Check your settings, interface, cables etc.
    Check the PG/PC interface, transfer settings etc.
Tab. 05

Caution
The functions and solutions described in this article confine themselves to the realization of the automation task predominantly. Please take into account furthermore that corresponding protective measures have to be taken up in the context of Industrial Security when connecting your equipment to other parts of the plant, the enterprise network or the Internet. Further information can be found in Entry ID: 50203404.

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Which settings do you have to make so that a ProTool project or WinCC flexible project can be transferred via TeleService Adapter IE?Go to beginning
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Using the TS Adapter IE:
Using the TS Adapter IE (TSA-IE), you can transfer the configuration of a panel or PC connected to an Ethernet network via the telephone network.


Fig. 01

Settings of the TS Adapter IE
The example below shows the settings to be made on the TS Adapter IE in order to transfer a configuration from your local computer to a panel or Runtime PC.
 
No. Procedure
1 Open "Options" dialog
For project transfer via the telephone network and the TS Adapter IE (TSA-IE) in an Ethernet network, you must parameterize the integrated firewall of the TS adapter.
  • Start the TeleService program.
  • In TeleService, you open the dialog "Options > Administrate TS Adapter IE...".


Fig. 02

2 Enable protocols
The relevant protocols for incoming and outgoing calls must be enabled. Below is an explanation of the settings required for incoming calls. The settings for outgoing calls are to be made in the same way.
  • Enable the necessary protocols for transfer in the firewall settings of the TS Adapter.
  • Click on the "Save settings" button.


Fig. 03

3 Enable ICMP
The ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) allows the TS Adapter IE to access IP addresses in the Ethernet network.
  • Switch to the "Internet protocols" tab.
  • Enable the ICMP protocol.
  • Click on the "Save settings" button.


Fig. 04

4 Configure port release
In Expert mode the ports via which the configuration is transferred must be allowed in the firewall of the TS Adapter. Normally, the transfer is via Port 2308 or alternatively via Port 50523.
  • Switch to the "Expert mode" tab.
  • Release Ports 2308 and 50523 in the settings mask.
    Note:
    If you have an active firewall, you must release the following ports as well for the Internet services given below:
     
    Internet service

    Port

    MiniWeb 80
    Remote Control via Internet Explorer 5800
    Remote Control via Sm@rtClient 5900

    Other ports used by WinCC flexible are listed in Entry ID 24534065.

  • Save the setting made before you quit the settings mask.


Fig. 05

5 Settings for the outgoing calls
  • Now make the aforementioned settings for the outgoing calls too.

    Finally, the firewall of the TS Adapter IE is configured so that a transfer can be made by ProTool or WinCC flexible.

Keywords:
Operator panel, Panel

What can be the causes of the project download via TeleService not working?Go to beginning
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Configuration Notes:
You need a constant data stream to transfer the configuration. The stream must also reach a certain speed, which is checked before the transfer is made.
If the criteria are not met, no connection is set up to the panel. Furthermore, the connection must be very stable. Especially over long segments, e.g. international connections, the connection is often not very stable.

Note:
It is generally recommended not to do project downloads via TeleService using GSM communications.

Technical background:
The transfer route, e.g. abroad, is set up via roaming. This means that the connection runs over multiple servers. The protocols sent are delayed accordingly depending on the number of servers involved. If a protocol is not acknowledged within the timeout period, no connection can be set up to the panel.

In contrast, with STEP 7 you get a message if the connection is to be interrupted during transfer. Once the connection has been set up again the transfer can be continued from the point where it was interrupted.

How do you simulate the system keyboard via K or F-keys?Go to beginning
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Instructions:
The system keyboard can be simulated using the SimulateSystemKey function from WinCC flexible 2005. The function is particularly useful if the operator panel does not possess a separate number block or if, for example, you use an OP177B with a touch/button combination.

By "simulating" the system keyboard, the operator, on the OP 177B for example, does not necessarily have to use the touch screen (if his hands are dirty) to set or enter values on the panel.

In this example, the "number block" was configured to the following function keys in the "Template" screen on an OP 177B (see Fig. 01).


Fig. 01

In the relevant screens you can then choose whether to use the keys, which have been configured in the "Template" screen", "locally" ("Use global assignment").


Fig. 02
 
No. Procedure
1

Click the function key to which you wish to assign the "SimulateSystemKey" function and open the key properties.

2

You can find the "SimulateSystemKey" function in the "Keyboard" system function.

3 The system key which is being simulated can be selected under the "system key" parameter.


Fig. 03

4 Runtime control:
With reference to the attached sample program, you can use the "TAB button" (K2) to switch to the individual "I/O fields".
Click "Enter" (K10) to apply the values which have been input.

All the available "functions" are listed in the file below.

Attachment 1: SystemKeys.pdf ( 10 KB )  

The attached download contains the archived WinCC flexible 2005 project with the functions described above.

Attachment 1: SimulateSystemKey.zip ( 1745 KB )

Runnability and test environment:
The example can be used on all the CPU types of SIMATIC S7-300, S7-400 and WinAC.
The following table lists the components that have been used to create this entry and verify the functions described.
 
Component Product and version designation
PC operating system Microsoft Windows XP SP2
Standard tools -
Engineering tools -
HMI software WinCC flexible 2005 SP1
HMI devices OP 177B
Controllers -
Table 1: Creation environment of the download attached

How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project via Ethernet to a Windows-based panel?Go to beginning
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Description
The document below informs you how to transfer a WinCC flexible project to a Windows-based panel using Ethernet.

Contents

1 Transfer via Ethernet from a Configuration PC with Windows 7
   1.1 Instructions
   1.2 Settings on the Operator Panel
   1.3 Settings on the Configuration Computer
      1.3.1 Non-integrate Project
      1.3.2 Integrated Project
   1.4 Checking the Ethernet Connection
      1.4.1 Checking the Connection to the Panel
      1.4.2 Checking the Settings on the Operator Panel
   1.5 Settings in WinCC flexible
      1.5.1 Non-integrated Project
      1.5.2 Integrated Project
2 Transfer via Ethernet from a Configuration PC with Windows XP
   2.1 Instructions
   2.2 Settings on the Operator Panel
   2.3 Settings on the Configuration Computer
      2.3.1 Non-integrate Project
      2.3.2 Integrated Project
   2.4 Checking the Ethernet Connection
      2.4.1 Checking the Connection to the Panel
      2.4.2 Checking the Settings on the Operator Panel
   2.5 Settings in WinCC flexible
      2.5.1 Non-integrate Project
      2.5.2 Integrated Project

Download

23800567_WinCC_flexible_Ethernet_Transfer_en.pdf ( 1725 KB )

More information is available in the following entries
 
Topic Entry
Project transfer (released cables,...) Entry ID:
19109408
Communication between SIMATIC station and panel in the following manuals:
"WinCC flexible 2005 Communication Part 1"
"WinCC flexible 2005 Communication Part 2"
Entry ID:
18797552
Entry ID:
18797249
Network connection with DNS server Entry ID:
13336639
OS update with Ethernet (not possible with all panels) Entry ID:
19701610

Keywords
Transfer, Ethernet, Windows XP, Windows 7

How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project via MPI/PROFIBUS to a Windows-based panel?Go to beginning
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Instructions:
For transfer of a WinCC flexible configuration via MPI or PROFIBUS you must make settings on the Windows-based panel and on the configuration PC.

Note:

  • Direct transfer from the PC to the Windows-based panel via a PC adapter (RS232 -> MPI/PROFIBUS, USB -> MPI/PROFIBUS) is not supported.
  • Project transfer to a Micro Panel is not possible, because a Micro Panel doesn't have an MPI or PROFIBUS interface.
  • If you wish to integrate your configuration PC into an existing MPI/PROFIBUS network, you must transfer the bus settings of the available MPI/PROFIBUS subnet. Please note that the bus address of the PC in the MPI/PROFIBUS subnet must be unique.

Settings on the operator panel
The figures below are from the MP277. The illustrations might differ from operator panel to operator panel, because not all the functions are available for each operator panel.
 
No. Procedure
1

Settings in "Control Panel"
Open the Transfer dialog in the "Control Panel".

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Fig. 01 - Control Panel (MP277)

The MPI/PROFIBUS transfer is enabled under "Channel 2". For this you set Channel 2 to "MPI/PROFIBUS". For Channel 2 you also set a check mark for "Enable Channel" and if you wish, "Remote Control".

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Fig. 02 - Transfer Settings

Note:
The "Remote Control" option permits automatic termination of Runtime on the panel when transfer is triggered via the development environment of WinCC flexible. The panel then automatically switches to Transfer mode.

Note:
In the case of transfer via a TS adapter with modem you should enable "Remote Control", because otherwise the panel does not switch automatically into the Transfer mode.

2

More settings in "Transfer Settings"

  • Open the advanced settings by clicking on the "Advanced" button (Fig. 02).
  • Define whether the WinCC flexible project is to be transferred via "MPI" or "PROFIBUS".
  • Then click the "Properties" button.

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Fig. 03 - S7 transfer settings

3a

Version A - MPI

MPI settings
If you wish to transfer a project via PROFIBUS - Version B, then you can skip this point and go directly to Point 3b.

The following dialog (Fig. 04) shows the current MPI bus parameters of the panel.

If the panel is the only master on the bus, then set the check mark for "Panel is the only master on the bus" and assign a unique bus address (Address) for the device.

Note:
If it is not necessarily required by the system to change the other network parameters, you should use the default network parameters given.
These network parameters must match the settings in the SIMATIC station (e.g.: CPU or CP).

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Fig. 04 - MPI bus parameters

Note:
If other masters (panels) are to be connected to the bus, then disable the option "Panel is the only master on the bus".

3b

Version B - PROFIBUS

PROFIBUS settings
If you are using Version A via MPI, you can skip this point and go directly to Point 4.

The following dialog shows the current PROFIBUS parameters of the panel.

If the panel is the only master on the bus, then set the check mark for "Panel is the only master on the bus" and assign a unique bus address (Address) for the device.

Note:
If it is not necessarily required by the system to change the other network parameters, you should use the default network parameters given.
The network parameters must match the settings in the SIMATIC station (e.g.: CPU or CP).

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Fig. 05 - PROFIBUS bus parameters

Note:
If other masters (panels) are to be connected to the bus, then disable the option "Panel is the only master on the bus".

4 Close the dialog window
Close all the open dialogs with "OK".
Also close the "Control Panel" and enable the Transfer mode.

Settings on the configuration PC
For communication between panel and configuration computer you must set the bus parameters as on the panel (except for the node address).
 
No. Procedure
1 Open PG/PC interface
In the Control Panel of your configuration computer you open the menu "Set PG/PC Interface".

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Fig. 06 - Control Panel

Alternatively you can also open the PG/PC interface via the SIMATIC Manager.

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Fig. 07 - STEP 7 Manager

2 Setting the PG/PC interface

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Fig. 08 - PG/PC interface

For MPI transfer from the PC to the panel you select one of the following settings (CP = communication processor) that you use for the hardware:
 
S7ONLINE  (STEP 7)

-->

CP5512 (MPI)
CP5611 (MPI
CP5611 A2 (MPI)
CP5613 (MPI)
CP5613 A2 (MPI)
CP5613 FO (MPI)
CP5614 (MPI)
CP5614 A2 (MPI)
CP5614 FO (MPI)
CP5611 A2 (MPI)

For transfer via PROFIBUS you select one of the following interface parameterizations:
 
S7ONLINE  (STEP 7)

-->

CP5512 (PROFIBUS)
CP5611 (PROFIBUS)
CP5611 A2 (PROFIBUS)
CP5613 (PROFIBUS)
CP5613 A2 (PROFIBUS)
CP5613 FO (PROFIBUS)
CP5614 (PROFIBUS)
CP5614 A2 (PROFIBUS)
CP5614 FO (PROFIBUS)
CP5611 A2 (PROFIBUS)

Note:
If none of the interfaces listed above is shown, you can install interfaces manually by clicking on the "Select..." button in the "Interfaces" "Add/Remove" field.

3a

Version A - MPI

Set interface parameters

If you wish to transfer a project via PROFIBUS - Version B, then you can skip this point and go directly to Point 3b.

  • Click the "Properties..." button. (Fig. 08).
  • Set the check mark for "PG/PC is the only master on the bus" if no other master is connected in the subnet.
  • Change the network-related parameters - except the node address - to match the settings on the panel for MPI (Fig. 4).
  • Close the Properties dialog box with "OK".

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Fig. 09 - MPI properties

Note:
The node address must be unique, i.e. it must not be used by any other nodes in the subnet. Please note that the address must not be greater than the highest permissible Highest Station Address (HSA).

3b

Version B - PROFIBUS

Interface parameters
If you are using Version A via MPI, you can skip this point and go directly to Point 4.
  • Perform the same steps as for the MPI interface parameters (Point 3a).
  • The network-related settings for the PROFIBUS communication - except the node address - must match the interface settings on the panel (Fig. 5).
  • Close the Properties dialog box with "OK".

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Fig. 10 - PROFIBUS properties

Note:
The node address must be unique, i.e. it must not be used by any other nodes in the subnet. Please note that the address must not be greater than the highest permissible Highest Station Address (HSA).

4 SIMATIC NET Diagnostics
  • Open the "Diagnostics" to test the MPI/PROFIBUS connection between the PC and the panel.
  • Perform network diagnostics for the CP by clicking on the "Test" button.
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Fig. 11 - SIMATIC NET Diagnostics
 

Node address

Node
10 HMI operator panel
2 SIMATIC station (e.g.: CPU)
0 PG/PC interface (e.g.: CP5512)
Table 01

Note:
If the operating mode is not "OK", check the hardware and the bus parameters (Points 3a and 3b) in the PG/PC interface. If necessary, check the CPU settings in the Hardware Configuration of the SIMATIC Manager and the settings on the panel.

Note:
More information on error messages is available via Help (see button) in the dialog window under "Error messages > Error message".
In order to determine the current bus parameters of a subnet you can also proceed as described in Point 5:

  • If the operating mode or network diagnostics is "OK", then click on the "Read" button. The table shows the bus node that can be reached (Address 10 = Panel).
  • Close the open dialogs with "OK".
5 Determine bus parameters
You can skip this point if the operating mode is "OK" in Point 4 and the bus nodes are displayed after read-out.

Set the CP adapter of the interface parameterization to "AUTO" and click the "Properties..." button.

Example:
"S7ONLINE (STEP7) -- > CP5512(AUTO)"

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Fig. 12 - AUTO properties

Start the network identification by clicking on the "Start Network Detection" button.

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Fig. 13 - Network identification

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Fig. 14 - Analysis of the bus parameters

Note:
Via the "Bus Parameters..." button you can have all the relevant bus parameters displayed in detail.

Note:
If the bus parameters cannot be determined or a synchronization error occurs, then you should check the following points:

  • PROFIBUS or MPI cable (replace where necessary).
  • Correct setting of the terminators.
  • Bus parameters on the panel and in the PG/PC interface.
  • Physical connection between the CP and the panel.
  • Power supply of the SIMATIC stations.
  • If necessary, compile and transfer the Hardware Configuration in the SIMATIC Manager for all relevant SIMATIC stations (e.g. CPU).

More information is available in the Help of the MPI/PROFIBUS diagnostics in each case.

Settings in WinCC flexible
As an option you can also integrate the WinCC flexible project into a STEP 7 project. The two possible versions are explained in the following table.
 
No. Procedure
1 Create connection
  • In the project tree structure under "Communication" you select the "Connections" tab.
  • In WinCC flexible you insert a new connection in the menu under "Insert > New Object - Connection".
    Alternatively you can double-click an empty field in the table in the "Connections" tab and create a new connection.

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Fig. 15 - Connections

2a

Version A - Non-integrated project

Define parameters
If you have created an integrated WinCC flexible project or would like to integrate it into STEP 7, you can skip this point and go directly to Point 2b.

Define the relevant parameters that you have already specified in the panel and in the PG/PC interface. The MPI or PROFIBUS protocol can be defined separately under the option Network > Profile.
For networking with MPI or PROFIBUS you need the interface IF1 B (for panels) or MPI/DP (for PC-based operator panels).

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Fig. 16 - Connection parameters

Note:
If you do not implement an S7-300/400 CPU as communications partner, then change the communication driver.

The following communication drivers that support the MPI or PROFIBUS protocol are available:

  • SIMATIC S5 DP (only PROFIBUS)
  • SIMATIC S7-200
  • SIMATIC S7-300/400
  • SIMOTION
2b

Version B - Integrated project

Defining the station
You can skip this section and go directly to Point 3 if you do not want to use an integrated project.

If you have not already inserted the project in the SIMATIC Manager, you can do this via the WinCC flexible menu "Project > Integrate in STEP 7...".

  • Open NetPro in the SIMATIC Manager. Alternatively you can also open the Hardware Configuration of the HMI operator panel.

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Fig. 17 - Open NetPro

  • In the NetPro dialog (Fig. 18) you double-click the HMI MPI/DP interface of the "SIMATIC HMI Station(1)".
  • Click on the "Properties..." button in the Properties dialog window of the HMI MPI/DP interface.
  • Mark the MPI(1) subnet of the HMI station then click "OK".

    Note:
    You can use the "New..." button to add more subnets. Note here that the HMI station and associated SIMATIC station must be in the same subnet or connected together via a routing-compatible station. More information on S7 Routing is available in Entry ID: 22255588.

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Fig. 18 - Select station

  • Close the dialog window with "OK".
  • Save and compile your configuration via the menu "Network > Save and compile...".
  • Where applicable, transfer your changed hardware configuration to all the relevant SIMATIC stations and terminate NetPro.
  • Via the corresponding subnet you select the station with which the operator panel is to communicate.

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Fig. 19 - Select station

3 Project transfer
  • Open the dialog window under "Project > Transfer > Transfer Settings...". Alternatively you can also open the transfer settings via the toolbar (1).
     
  • In the "Transfer Settings" dialog you select the relevant operator panel (2) - only necessary in the case of multiple operator panels.
     
  • Select MPI/DP (3) as the Transfer mode and enter the node address of the operator panel.
     
    Note:
    For the possible transfer options please refer to the relevant manual or Entry ID: 19109408
     
  • With the "Transfer" button (4) you can now transfer your configuration to the panel.

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Fig. 20 - Project transfer

Note:
If you do not want to transfer yet, you can save the settings with "Apply".
With the first transfer of the project to an operator panel you should disable the "Delta transfer" option and enable the "Overwrite password list" option.

Note:
After transfer the panel adopts the parameters set in the "Connections" tab.

More information is available in the following entries.
 
Topic Entry
Project transfer (released cables,...) Entry ID: 19109408
Communication between SIMATIC station and panel in the following manuals:
"WinCC flexible 2005 Communication Part 1"
"WinCC flexible 2005 Communication Part 2"
Entry ID: 18797552
Entry ID: 18797249
Transfer via S7 Routing over MPI/PROFIBUS and Ethernet (as from WinCC flexible 2005) Entry ID: 32235096
OS update with MPI/PROFIBUS Entry ID: 19701610

How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project serially to a panel?Go to beginning
Part number:

 
Instructions:
For the serial transfer of a WinCC flexible configuration you must make settings on the panel and in WinCC flexible.

Note:
There are four different cables with which you can make a serial project transfer:

  • Zero modem cable
  • USB host-to-host cable
  • RS232/PPI multimaster cable
  • USB/PPI multimaster cable (released as from "E-Stand 05" and WinCC flexible 2005 SP1)

Notes:

  • With Micro Panels you can transfer a project only via a PPI multimaster cable.
  • Please refer to the relevant manual of each operator panel or Entry ID: 19109408 for information on which cable can be used for which panel.
  • If you wish to integrate your configuration PC in an existing PPI network, for example, you must transfer the network parameters. Please note that the node address of the PC in the network must be unique.

Settings on the operator panel
The figures below are from the TP177micro and MP370, because not all serial transfer options are possible with each panel. The illustrations might differ from operator panel to operator panel, because not all the functions are available for each operator panel.
 
No. Procedure
1

Settings on the panel
Depending on the cable you are using you must use the relevant channel on the panel.
 
Version

Cable

Channel Connection type
A RS232/PPI multimaster cable 1

serial

B USB/PPI multimaster cable
C Zero modem cable
D USB host-to-host cable 2
Table 01

Note:
Micro Panels do not support project transfer via USB host-to-host cable or zero modem cable.

2a

Versions A, B, C - multimaster cable and zero modem cable

Settings in "Control Panel"
If you wish to transfer a project using a USB host-to-host cable, you can skip this point and go directly to Point 2b.

In the case of some operator panels (e.g. TP170micro) the "Transfer" menu is not in the Control Panel. If this is the case, you can also skip this point and go straight to Transfer mode (Point 3).

Open the Transfer dialog in the "Control Panel".

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Fig. 01 - Control Panel

When using a multimaster cable or zero modem cable, Channel 1 must be enabled for the transfer. If available (not with TP177micro), you can also enable the "Remote Control" option for Channel 1.

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Fig. 02 - Transfer Settings

Note:
The "Remote Control" option permits automatic termination of Runtime on the panel when transfer is triggered via the development environment of WinCC flexible. The panel then automatically switches to Transfer mode.

2b

Version D - USB host-to-host cable

Settings in "Control Panel"
If you are using a multimaster cable or zero modem cable, you can skip this point and go directly to Point 3.

A special driver is needed for transfer with a USB host-to-host cable. This driver is on the WinCC flexible Installation CD under "CD2 or CD3 > Support > DeviceDriver > USB > Win2000 or WinXP". More information on how to install the driver, for example, is available in Entry ID 19142034.

Open the Transfer dialog in the "Control Panel".

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Fig. 03 - Control Panel

Transfer with the USB host-to-host cable is enabled in Channel 2. For Channel 2 you select the entry "USB". For Channel 2 you also set a check mark for "Enable Channel" and if you wish, "Remote Control".

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Fig. 04 - Transfer Settings (MP370)

Notes:

  • The "Remote Control" option permits automatic termination of Runtime on the panel when transfer is triggered via the development environment of WinCC flexible. The panel then automatically switches to Transfer mode.
  • Channel 2 is not available on some panels. More information is available in the relevant operator panel manuals.
3

Close "Control Panel"

  • Close the open dialog with "OK".
  • Also close the "Control Panel".
  • Switch to Transfer mode.

Settings on the configuration PC
For serial project transfer between panel and configuration computer you only have to make settings in WinCC flexible. You do not have to make any settings on the "PG/PC interface" for project transfer.

Note:
In the case of access from a configuration computer via STEP 7 Micro/WIN to an S7-200 via PPI, for example, you must select the relevant adapter, e.g. "CP5512(PPI)" in the "PG/PC interface".


Settings in WinCC flexible

As an option you can also integrate the WinCC flexible project into a STEP 7 project. In the case of systems that are to communicate with an S7-200 CPU, you need STEP 7 Micro/WIN in addition.
 
No. Procedure
1 Create connections
  • In the project tree structure under "Communication" you select the "Connections" tab.
  • In WinCC flexible you insert a new connection in the menu under "Insert > New Object - Connection". Alternatively you can double-click an empty field in the table in the "Connections" tab and create a new connection.

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Fig. 05 - Connections

2a

Version A - Non-integrated project

Define parameters
If you have created an integrated WinCC flexible project or would like to integrate it into STEP 7, you can go directly to Point 2b. You cannot integrate Micro Panels into STEP 7.

Select the relevant communication driver and define the interface and the network parameters you wish to use. Once you have transferred the configuration using a zero modem cable, for example, the connection(s) configured, e.g. MPI or Ethernet is(are) transferred.

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Fig. 06 - Connection parameters

Note:
Since Micro Panels can only communicate with an S7-200 CPU and only have an RS485 interface, the only network profiles available are MPI, PROFIBUS and PPI. For which panels have which interfaces and communication options please refer to the operator panel manuals concerned. You can only configure the communication options that the operator panel selected supports.

Note:
When you terminate the WinCC flexible Runtime and switch to Transfer mode, you can transfer the configuration at any time to the panel again as long as the transfer settings on the panel have not been changed.

2b

Version B - Integrated project

Define the station
If you are not using an integrated project, you can skip this section and go to Point 3. You cannot integrate Micro Panels into STEP 7.

If you have not already inserted the project in the SIMATIC Manager, you can do this via the menu "Project > Integrate in STEP 7..." of WinCC flexible.

  • Open NetPro in the SIMATIC Manager. Alternatively you can also open the Hardware Configuration of the HMI operator panel.

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Fig. 07 - Open NetPro

Regardless of the cable and transfer method you wish to use for project transfer, in NetPro and in WinCC flexible you can configure any connection to the SIMATIC station that is possible with the operator panel concerned and the SIMATIC station(s) used.

The following example takes an MPI connection to the controller.

  • In the NetPro dialog (Fig. 08) you double-click the HMI MPI/DP interface of the "SIMATIC HMI Station(1)".
  • Click on the "Properties..." button in the Properties dialog window of the HMI MPI/DP interface.
  • Mark the MPI(1) subnet of the HMI station then click "OK".

    Note:
    You can use the "New..." button to add more subnets. Make sure here that the operator panel and the associated SIMATIC station are in the same subnet or are connected via a routing-compatible station (only possible with MPI and PROFIBUS) - see also Entry ID 22255588.

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Fig. 08 - Connect station
  • Close the dialog window with "OK".
  • Save and compile your configuration via the menu "Network > Save and compile...".
  • Where applicable, transfer your changed hardware configuration to all the relevant SIMATIC stations and terminate NetPro.
  • Via the corresponding subnet you select the station with which the operator panel is to communicate.

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Fig. 09 - Select station

3

Project transfer
  • Open the dialog window under "Project > Transfer > Transfer Settings...". Alternatively you can also open the transfer settings via the toolbar (1).
  • In the "Transfer Settings" dialog you select the relevant operator panel (2) - only necessary in the case of multiple operator panels.
     
  • Select the desired Transfer mode (see Table 02). In the case of the Transfer mode "Serial" you must also define the COM interface and the baud rate.

    Note:
    For the possible transfer options please refer to the relevant manual or Entry ID: 19109408.
     
  • With the "Transfer" button (4) you can now transfer your configuration to the panel.

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Fig. 10 - Project transfer

Note:
If project transfer is not possible with WinCC flexible, then check the following points:

  • Physical connection between configuration PC and operator panel (replace cable if necessary).
  • Zero setting of the fifth DIP switch (PPI/Freeport) when using an RS232/PPI multimaster cable.
  • Installation of the correct USB driver when using the USB host-to-host cable.
  • Check the transfer settings - available on the operator panel - in "Control Panel > Transfer-Settings".
  • Enable the Transfer mode on the operator panel (only if "Remote Control" is deselected).
  • Compatibility between the installed Image version of the operator panel and the version of WinCC flexible used.
  • Use of the correct Transfer mode in WinCC flexible (see Fig. 10 and Table 02).
No. Cable

Transfer mode

1 USB host-to-host cable USB
2 USB/PPI multimaster cable Serial (via USB PPI cable)
3 RS232/PPI multimaster cable Serial
4 Zero modem cable
Table 02

Note:
If you do not want to transfer yet, you can save the settings with "Apply". With the first transfer of the project to an operator panel you should disable the "Delta transfer" and enable the "Overwrite password list" option.

Note:
After transfer the panel adopts the parameters set in the "Connections" tab.

 

Settings on the USB/PPI multimaster cable:
The USB/PPI multimaster cable ("E-Stand 05") doesn't have any DIP switches and can be used for project transfer as from WinCC flexible 2005 SP1.

Settings on the RS232/PPI multimaster cable:
 

Cable

DIP switch

RS232/PPI multimaster cable


For project transfer you must set the fifth DIP switch to the ZERO position (PPI/Freeport). All other DIP switches are not relevant for project transfer to an operator panel.

You do not have to set the baud rate on the multimaster cable for project transfer.

Note:
The DIP switch settings are marked with 0 and 1 on the cable housing.


Fig. 11 - DIP switches

More information is available in the following entries.
 
Topic Entry
Project transfer (released cables,...) Entry ID 19109408
Communication between SIMATIC station and panel in the following manuals:
"WinCC flexible 2005 Communication Part 1"
"WinCC flexible 2005 Communication Part 2"
Entry ID: 18797552
Entry ID: 18797249
Recommended cables (USB host-to-host cables) Entry ID: 19142034
Installing USB drivers Entry ID: 19142034
OS update (serial) Entry ID: 19701610

Keywords:
Micro, OP, RS232, RS485, USB, HMI

How can you transfer data via USB from a WinCC flexible configuration computer to a Windows-based operator panel and which USB cables can be used for this?Go to beginning
Part number:

Description
The document attached for downloading contains information on the topic of
USB transfer.

  • Tested USB cables
  • Released operator panels
  • Installation of the USB driver
  • Making a transfer to an operator panel via USB
  • Possible error messages and how to clear the errors

Note
Please bear in mind that over the course of time manufacturers/suppliers change their product or order designations, offer new versions of products or discontinue products from their range. Successor products are not necessarily suitable for transfer!

 Attachment 1: USB_Transfer_V1_0_e.pdf ( 726 KB )

Keywords
Project transfer, Transfer, USB driver, USB Master-Master, Lindy, 22408158

How can you simulate with WinCC flexible the function keys of the various Windows-based operator panels via the PC keyboard?Go to beginning
Part number:

Simulation of key assignment 

The table below gives the relevant PC key combinations.

Attachment T1-1: WinCC_flexible_Tastenbelegung_e.xls ( 18 KB )

Keywords:
Key simulation 

Which cable can you use for data transfer between a Micro Panel and a configuration PC?Go to beginning
Part number:

Configuration Notes:
Data transfer (Image Update, Project Download and Backup/Restore) between a configuration PC and a Micro Panel is only possible via a PC/PPI cable.

The following PC/PPI cables are available:

  • USB/PPI multimaster cable
  • RS232/PPI multimaster cable

USB/PPI multimaster cable
The USB/PPI multimaster cable is released as from "E-Stand" 05 and WinCC flexible 2005 SP1. Please note that not all Micro Panels support data transfer via the USB/PPI multimaster cable. Information on cables that can be used with each of the panels is available in the relevant manual or in Entry ID 19109408.

RS232/PPI multimaster cable
You can use all RS232/PPI multimaster cables (the old ones too) which support a conversion from RS232 to RS485.

The figure shows the connection from the operator panel to the configuration computer.


Fig. 01

 

When using the RS232/PPI multimaster cable (order number: 6ES7901-3CB30-0XA0), you must make sure that DIP switch 5 is set to 0. All other DIP switches are not relevant for transferring projects to a panel.

The figure shows the DIP switches of the RS232/PPI multimaster cable.


Fig. 02

Note:
The RS232/PPI multimaster cable with order numbers 6ES7901-3BF21-0XA0 and 6ES7901-3BF20-0XA0 can still be used.

Links to other topics
More information on this topic is available in the Entry IDs given below:
 
No. Topic Entry ID
1. Manual (OP73micro & TP177micro)
Chapter - Updating the operating system
Entry ID: 21086325
2. Settings on the PC/PPI cables Entry ID: 16810372
Entry ID: 16532946
3. Operating system update in ProTool, ProTool/Pro and WinCC flexible Entry ID: 19701610
4. What transfer options are available in the various operator panels? Entry ID: 19109408

Keywords:
Project transfer, Transfer, Project download

Why can't you simulate the Runtime for an OP73/OP73micro/TP177A/ TP177micro or OP77A in WinCC flexible on a PC?Go to beginning
Part number:

Description:
In WinCC flexible 2004 / 2005 SP1 you have configured an OP73 / OP73micro / TP177A / TP177micro or OP77A. In the Engineering software the buttons and menu entries "Start Runtime" that are used for starting the Runtime simulation for other operator panels on the PC are grayed out and cannot be executed.

Explanation:
The Runtime simulation of an OP73 / OP73micro / TP177A / TP177micro or OP77A is not provided for in WinCC flexible 2004 nor in WinCC flexible 2005 SP1, so the corresponding selection options are grayed out and cannot be executed.

Note:
As of WinCC flexible 2007 it is now also possible to use the Runtime simulation of OP73 / OP73micro / TP177A / TP177micro or OP77A.

Remedy:
In order to be able to simulate the project nevertheless on the PC you can convert the operator panel into a comparable HMI device.

Procedure:
Open the project via "Project > Open" and then select "Project > Change Device Type...". Now select the relevant device type and confirm with "OK".
  

Operator panels without Runtime simulator

 

HMI device with Runtime simulator

OP73
OP73micro
OP77A
OP77B
TP177micro
TP177A
TP170A or TP177B

 Entry ID:21897528   Date:2014-03-25 
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