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The SFC/GRAFCET workshop implements Sequential Function Chart control structures according to the IEC 61131-3 international standard for PLC programming languages. Combined with the system design features, this module provides a user-friendly and efficient environment that helps in productivity gains. Complementary technologies, such as Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Electrical, can be linked to your control circuit in order to create a Digital Twin of your complete system.
SFC/GRAFCET is the method of choice to design structured automation controls. It brings a new dimension to building projects easily and efficiently. SFC/GRAFCET helps design sequences of operation quickly and validates a project prior to its implementation. It complements project documentation by helping engineers, customers, and maintenance personnel to understand equipment operations.
Automation Studio™ can import SFC/GRAFCET code either in XML or in Cadepa™ software format. It also allows you to export SFC/GRAFCET into Siemens™ S7 PLC and XML format. Hence, you can import directly into the Siemens™ programming software. With the XML format, device specific compilers could create virtually any type of machine code.
Although the interface is simple, there is more depth to this module than meets the eye. During the creation of an SFC/GRAFCET, control elements can be used to implement fault management. SFC/GRAFCET can also be “Forced” or “Frozen” during simulation. Sequence and step execution intervals can be defined. A higher hierarchy level can be exploited by defining macro steps from which entire control structures can be created.
This module guides you when creating SFC/GRAFCET elements and writing statements, which eases the process of writing correct syntax. Each time you insert a step, a transition or a statement, a configuration window shows the various commands with description and definition. Online help is always available.
Automation Studio™ SFC/GRAFCET workshop has helped companies to increase machine knowledge and it is used in industries such as Metallurgy and Packaging.