ACE3600 STS (System Tool Suite) and Basic Ladder Programming
This course covers the use of the ACE3600 System Tool Suite (STS) software at the basic I/O level and basic ladder diagram programming. The STS incorporates the toolbox programming functions for the ACE3600 and adds a new system level view to the configuration of ACE3600 RTUs.
The training is not intended to substitute for practical experience. However, it does provide a solid foundation of knowledge for the student to build upon when servicing an actual ACE3600 system. The student is expected to have basic knowledge of the ACE3600 product and its capabilities.
This course will train the student on the basic use of the Motorola STS software package. It will provide training on defining and using ACE3600 site configurations and show the student other features of the STS.
General Topics covered will include:
- Building a System
- Administrating a Site
- Monitoring a Site
- Using the Graphic User Interface
- Using the Inventory
- Loading sites
It will help the student gain a fundamental understanding of using the Application Programmer to create, modify, and monitor ladder diagram program logic as it applies specifically to ACE3600.
ACE3600 communication nodes, message routing, and the Network Configuration program. Also includes the directory structure for STS and ACE3600 system passwords.
Use of the STS to configure an ACE3600 remote unit. Definition of I/O modules, port usage and site/system ID.
- STS set up.
- Backing up & restoring project files
- Site time & date.
- Upgrading projects to newer STS versions.
- Hardware tests and calibration.
- Error logger.
- Software Diagnostics
- Database Builder Overview – Using STS data tables (Table types, Data types, Physical I/O data types)
- I/O Linking (Assigning site configuration, Assigning digital I/O, Assigning analog I/O)
- Process Programming Overview (Process flow, Ladder rungs, Available I/O signals, Logic required for physical I/O data)
- Downloading applications
- On-line database and process monitoring
- Basic programming logic. A program is created that uses the inputs in a 16 DI module to control the outputs in a separate 16 DO module. The example is improved upon until the original ladder rungs are optimized to most efficient routine.
- Programming considerations for radio communications is covered.
- Using User ports for ladder controlled applications.
- MDLC RTU-RTU communications.
- Programming considerations for MODBUS protocol with a central computer.