New modules are supplied in a new version of STEP 7 in the STEP 7 module catalog. The new devices can be added to the hardware catalog via GSD files.
- From STEP 7 V5.2 onwards, you can also update the module catalog with a Hardware Support Package (HSP).
- From STEP 7 V5.3 SP1 onwards you can install PROFINET GSD files in the HW Config.
Install the GSD files according to the table below.
||Ensure that you can access the GSD files to be integrated via the directory on your PG/PC. The files should be located on the hard disk, on a floppy disk or CD, or even in a STEP 7 project.|
||Open the HW Config and close the project opened in it.|
||Select the menu command "Options > Install GSD file...".
||Browse to the file's directory in the next dialog and then click "Install". You can choose whether to search for the GSD files in the directory or in a STEP7 project. During the installation process, you may receive (error) message support (indicating, for instance, that a certain GSD file is already installed). Once the installation is complete, you can call up a record. Where necessary, use the Online Help ("Help" button).
||Now update your Hardware Catalog using the menu command "Options > Update catalog". The slaves are read into the module catalog whose GSD files were installed after startup of STEP 7. Then you can incorporate the slaves in your STEP 7 project. The newly installed devices are in the Hardware Catalog.
- For PROFIBUS DP under "PROFIBUS DP > Other Field Devices > I/O ...".
- For PROFINET under "PROFINET IO > I/O ...".
Storing the GSD files on the hard disk:
You store the GSD files in the directory "<Drive:>\ Program Files\Siemens\Step7\S7DATA\GSD" on your hard disk.
Name of the GSD file of the slave configured:
Double-click the configured slave in the Hardware Configuration. The name of the GSD file is located in the "Properties - DP slave" dialog to the right of the order number.
More information on the requirements and procedure for installing, overwriting and recovering overwritten GSD files is available in the following manual:
- "SIMATIC Configuring Hardware and Communication Connections with STEP 7 V5.5" (Entry ID: 45531110) Section: 3.11 Working with GSD Files.
Generic station description file, Hardware configuration, Import