GRAPHICAL HARDWARE EDITOR
The LASAL automation software from SIGMATEK provides a new perspective to the hardware: the graphical hardware editor. With this function, users can design their project graphically and run possible variations true to reality. The hardware layout of an existing control configuration can be read via mouse click, developed and configured in the graphic editor. In addition to the functionality of the standard hardware editor, the graphic editor has new practical features.
From a hardware catalog, all available products can be added to the workspace – user-friendly via Drag & Drop. As in reality, the components can be strung together and connected. Disallowed connections are indicated by a tool tip or with a changed mouse pointer. To make rear connections visible, the products can be rotated. Interactive interfaces allow new hardware elements to be added directly – even without a product catalog.
In online mode, the user can see the realistic behavior of the components in the LASAL project. Product information as well as possible slots and bus connections are visible in the detailed view. In this “Detail View” the actual values and properties of the component can be read or configured and changed. The software application can also be compared with the control configuration. Differences are graphically displayed and the option to selectively include these components in the project is available.
With the modern software suite LASAL, applications can be designed using object-oriented programming (in accordance with the IEC 61131-3 standard). All automation tasks such as process control, visualization, motion control, Safety, diagnostics and service are seamlessly unified in one engineering platform.