How to Use Proficy Machine Edition 86 16 for Industrial Automation
Proficy Machine Edition 86 16 is a powerful software suite that enables you to design, develop, debug, and deploy industrial applications for GE PLCs, PACSystems controllers, and other devices. With Proficy Machine Edition 86 16, you can benefit from the following features:
A unified development environment that supports multiple programming languages, such as ladder logic, function block diagram, structured text, and C.
A graphical user interface that allows you to create intuitive HMI/SCADA applications with drag-and-drop components, animations, alarms, trends, and more.
A data historian that collects, stores, and analyzes high-resolution data from your industrial processes and assets.
An operations hub that provides a centralized platform for managing, monitoring, and optimizing your industrial operations.
A CSense module that enables you to perform advanced analytics, such as predictive maintenance, root cause analysis, and process optimization.
In this article, we will show you how to use Proficy Machine Edition 86 16 to create a simple industrial application that controls a motor using a GE PLC. We will also show you how to go online with the PLC and monitor the application using Proficy HMI/SCADA.
Step 1: Create a New Project
To create a new project in Proficy Machine Edition 86 16, follow these steps:
Launch Proficy Machine Edition 86 16 and click on File > New > Project.
Enter a name for your project and select the target device. In this example, we will use a GE VersaMax Micro PLC.
Click on OK to create the project.
Step 2: Add Logic to Control the Motor
To add logic to control the motor using the PLC, follow these steps:
In the Project Navigator window, right-click on Logic Developer - PLC > Main Program and select Add Block.
Select Ladder Diagram as the block type and enter a name for the block. In this example, we will name it Motor_Control.
Click on OK to add the block.
In the Logic Developer - PLC window, drag and drop a Normally Open Contact from the toolbar to the first rung of the ladder diagram.
Double-click on the contact and enter %I00001 as the variable name. This represents the input from a push button that will start or stop the motor.
Drag and drop an Output Coil from the toolbar to the end of the first rung of the ladder diagram.
Double-click on the coil and enter %Q00001 as the variable name. This represents the output to a relay that will turn on or off the motor.
Your ladder diagram should look like this:
Step 3: Download the Application to the PLC
To download the application to the PLC, follow these steps:
Connect your PC to the PLC using an Ethernet cable or a serial cable.
In the Project Navigator window, right-click on Target > Online Commands and select Connect.
Select the communication protocol and settings that match your PLC and click on OK.
Right-click on Target > Online Commands again and select Download.
Select All Items as the download option and click on OK.
Wait for the download to complete and click on OK.
Step 4: Monitor the Application Using Proficy HMI/SCADA
To monitor the application using Proficy HMI/SCADA, follow these steps:
In the Project Navigator window, right-click on HMI/SCADA - CIMPLICITY > Screens and select Add Screen.
Enter a name for your screen and click on OK. In this example, we will name it Motor_Monitor.