Minimized development effort due to extended function block options
Special features of the function blocks which can be selected in the FBF further facilitate PLC programming and also ensure considerably less programming effort as well as a clear and legible code. The multi-selection option allows for simultaneous reading of several parameters. This eliminates the programming of elaborate sequence chains to read or write the parameters in succession. Enumerators (enums) replace meaningless numbers with names. This not only accelerates the development process as it is no longer necessary to look anything up, but the source code becomes easier to read and also clearer for third parties at a later point in time. This considerably reduces commissioning time. The Subindex access function serves to reduce data loss and communication length. Instead of complete, complex variables - referred to as records in the IO-Link context - it makes it possible to read out defined sub-variables or change them via a write function in a targeted manner. The entire record therefore does not have to be transmitted back and forth; only a fraction of it must be transmitted, namely the sub-variable. All previously selected variables and parameters can be deselected with only one command with Auto deselection. This accelerates the definition of new read areas in the function block and also makes this easier, since each individual selection does not have to be deleted, making is possible to overlook one.
The Function Block Factory is the first and probably only web-based service of its type for facilitating the integration of IO-Link devices into controls. It is characterized by its high availability (24/7 use) as well as application-friendly and -safe user guidance, which avoids the need for manual data searches and complexity and prevents error risks. The integration of IO-Link devices into controls is therefore no longer a great challenge - thanks to the FBF, it is nothing more than a simple task for which no special IO-Link knowledge is required.