TIPS AND TRICKS

Rockwell Automation sent Sys.Build several useful snippets. First, if you’re using Visual Basic to automate repetitive tasks, write a Visual Basic routine using the `SendKeys’ function to send a string of key commands to other Windows applications. Then, to get quick SCADA simulations, take a bitmap of plant graphics, greying out (using Paintshop Pro), pasting […]

Rockwell Automation sent Sys.Build several useful snippets. First, if you’re using Visual Basic to automate repetitive tasks, write a Visual Basic routine using the `SendKeys’ function to send a string of key commands to other Windows applications.

Then, to get quick SCADA simulations, take a bitmap of plant graphics, greying out (using Paintshop Pro), pasting into a WinView screen and superimposing coloured dynamic objects, like motors, valves and so on.

Similarly, for PLC simulation, call a subroutine at the beginning of the ladder scan in which you directly effect the input image table. Beyond this, you can also use a PLC-5/40 and configure all channels as RIO or DH+ to simulate multiple devices on a communications link.

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