Note on security
Caution The functions and solutions described in this article confine themselves predominantly to the realization of the automation task. Furthermore, please take into account that corresponding protective measures have to be taken in the context of Industrial Security when connecting your equipment to other parts of the plant, the enterprise network or the internet. More information can be found in Entry ID: 50203404.
Description: After project transfer to an operator panel, the configuration PC crashes or no longer works reliably.
This behavior can be caused by using the "Kaspersky" virus scanner. It occurs as from version V6.0. The crash is due to a security update from "Kaspersky".
The "Kaspersky" virus scanner is not released for WinCC flexible. You can remedy this behavior as follows.
Uninstall or deactivate the "Kaspersky" virus scanner.
Release the processes "Hmies.exe" and "TransferTool.exe" in the virus scanner.
More information on the topic of "Virus scanners with WinCC flexible" and on the compatibility of tested virus scanners is available in the WinCC flexible help system under:
"First Steps > Installation Guide > Installation > Installing WinCC Flexible > Antivirus tools".
Which connector cables are available for connecting to SIMATIC Panels?
To find the "ST 80 Catalog" faster use the "Filter" on the opened website. There you enter "ST 80".
In the "ST 80 Catalog" the information is in Chapter 2, in the section entitled "SIMATIC HMI Accessories - Connector cables".
More information on this topic
USB host-to-host cables
Information on the topic of "USB host-to-host cables" is available in Entry ID: 19142034
USB PC adapter (6ES7972-0CB20-0XA0)
The USB PC adapter provides an MPI/DP interface through the PC's USB interface.
Information about the USB PC adapter is available in the manual in Entry ID: 16983464
USB PC adapter A2 (6GK1 571-0BA00-0AA0)
The USB PC adapter A2 provides an MPI/DP interface through the PC's USB interface.
Information about the USB PC adapter A2 is available in the manual in Entry ID: 68849363
The "USB PC adapter" and "USB PC adapter A2" are released only for the devices below for project transfer and OS updating.
OP 77 A
TP 177 A
KTP600 Basic Color DP
KTP1000 Basic Color DP
Using USB RS232 adapters and
USB Ethernet adapters When using the RS232/PPI Multi-Master cable, zero modem cable or Ethernet connections, you can use only the "real" interfaces for project transfer.
"Real" interfaces are interfaces without prior implementation over USB. This means that you cannot use any "USB to serial" or "USB to Ethernet" adapters.
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How do you back transfer the projects of an operator panel and what should you watch out for?
Requirements for back transfer
Attachment 2 lists the operator panels and indicates which HMI software is required to transfer projects and which operator panels permit back transfer of the configuration file from the operator panel.
Furthermore it also shows from which operator panels you can do a backup/restore via ProSave and which operator panels permit backup/restore to/from external memory cards.
QUESTION: When replacing a graphics-oriented Touch/Operator Panel, how
can I transfer the configuration to the new TP/OP?
ANSWER: Using a storage card you can transfer the configuration without
the ProTool configuration software. For this you slot the storage
card into the relevant slot you’re your TP/OP and using the
"Backup" function transfer all the data of the TP/OP (image of
the TP/OP) onto the flash card.
With the power turned off, you slot this card into the new TP/OP.
When you turn this TP/OP on, the configuration is transferred from
the flash. Then using the "Restore" function you transfer
the data from the storage card into the internal flash of the
Transferring a configuration with Windows-based devices
When I am changing from one Windows-based Multi-/Operator-/Touch
Panel (MP/OP/TP) to another, how do I transfer the configuration to
the new one?
With a CF card you can transfer the whole device flash file system
(image, configuration and registry) of an MP/OP/TP, regardless of
the ProTool version and without even having the ProTool
Transfer is done using the "Backup/Restore" functions in the
Control Panel of every Windows-based Multi/Operator/Touch Panel
Proceed as follows:
Slot the CF card into the correct slot of your MP/OP/TP.
Use the "Backup" function to transfer the flash file system of
the MP/OP/TP onto the CF card.
Slot this CF card into the correct slot of the new
Now, using the "Restore" function, transfer the data from the
CF card to the internal flash of the MP/OP/TP.
If you configured the MP/OP/TP170B devices and/or an MP270 with
ProTool V5.2 SPx, you cannot transfer a ProTool V6.0 backup.
The image size is smaller in ProTool V5.2 SPx than in ProTool V6.0.
So before loading the flash file system, a ProTool V6.0 image must
be serially transferred to the V5.2 device.
With MP370 and MP370 Touch devices, "Backup/Restore" onto a CF
card is possible whatever the version.
How do you simulate the system keyboard via K or F-keys?
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).
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").
Click the function key to which you wish to assign the "SimulateSystemKey" function and open the key properties.
You can find the "SimulateSystemKey" function in the "Keyboard" system function.
The system key which is being simulated can be selected under the "system key" parameter.
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.
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.
Product and version designation
PC operating system
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
WinCC flexible 2005 SP1
Table 1: Creation environment of the download attached
How can you transfer a WinCC flexible project via Ethernet to a Windows-based panel?
Description The document below informs you how to transfer a WinCC flexible project to a Windows-based panel using Ethernet.
1 Transfer via Ethernet from a Configuration PC with Windows 7
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
2.2 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
In an OP27/TP27 configuration under Pro Tool Version 4.x the screen
goes dark after 30 minutes. How can I change this time?
ANSWER: In order to prolong the
life of the LCD background illumination a delay time of 30 minutes
is set for the "Disable Screen function in the standard
configuration for OP27 and TP27.
You can change this setting.
Select the "Initialize"
function under Target System -> Functions.
Activate the "Functions"
Click the "Disable Screen
Activate the "Parameters
In the "Constants field
enter a time (Idle Time) between 0 and 50 minutes.
Configuring headers of OP3 pictures in ProTool V5.2 /SP2
QUESTION: How can I assign headers to OP3 pictures so that the pictures
are listed in the table of contents?
ANSWER: In ProTool V5.2 / SP2 you can no longer assign headers to OP3
pictures. If you still want to assign a header to a picture so that
it is displayed in the table of contents, then please proceed as
Configure an empty picture for an OP7 and give this picture a
header. Then copy it into an OP3 project. Now you can no longer
change the header.
Note: With ProTool V6, headers can be assigned.
Keywords: Panels, Overview
When editing the second OP language, variables are shifted in the other language.
QUESTION: The OP program is created in the 1st OP
language. Now, once I entered error messages, operating messages
and images (images only for OP 3,5,7,15,17 + TD17) in the 2nd
OP language, I noticed that the variable fields in the first language
are no longer in the same place as they were originally entered.
ANSWER: If, in a multiple language configuration,
a variable field in one language is moved via Drag&Drop
or Cut+Paste, this move is also made in the other languages.
In the editing language the moved variable field is inserted exactly
to the position selected with the cursor. In all the other languages
the variable field is simply inserted directly after the previous
variable field (or even in the first position) depending on the
order of the variable fields. Use the Drag&Drop and
Cut+Paste functions only if you have to change the
order of the variable fields. Afterwards, you have to redefine
the position of the moved variable field in all the other languages.
To re-position you must move the texts or re-enter them. You must
not move the variable field any more.