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PLC I/O Card Catalog Structure ( CATPxx.DBF )

FieldnameDefault widthDescription
BLOCK / CLASS 10

Always contains "PLCTAG".

BLOCK3D 25

The name of an optional 3D block used in Paneldes to provide a detailed representation of the physical device.

MFG 5

Manufacturer's code

CATNO 50

Part number

SUBCOMP 10

Subcomponent should be set 0.

CATDESC 59

Text description of the component.

PLC_SERIES 25

The series number is used to identify a pre-programmed IO channel naming scheme. If PLC wizard recognises the PLC series then it can automatically generate IO addresses for your card.

Use this value to identify the series.

Hint: Supplied catalogs contain all currently available pre-programmed series names.

Example: "PLC5" is a supplied pre programmed addressing scheme for Allen Bradley PLCs.

PT_TERMLIST 255

The list of terminals on a PLC card, in the order they are to be drawn (top to bottom/ left to right).

For numeric terminals you can use a "from-to" series e.g. instead of "2, 3, 4, 5, 6" you could use "2-6".

The maximum width of the field is 255 characters. If this is not large enough to contain your list, you can add a second field named PT_TRMLIST1 and continue adding the terminal numbers in that field.

PT_TRMLIST1 255

Contains any overrun of terminal numbers. Used only if the terminal number list for a PLC card is longer than 255 characters and will not fit within the PT_TERMLIST field.

PT_CONFIG 255

The list of "channels" (and power blocks) on the card in the order they are to be drawn (top to bottom/ left to right). Each channel is represented by an IO Card symbol on the drawing and may have 1, 2, 3 or 4 terminals.

The channel name can also be thought of as "the IO card symbol name <code> part".

I.e. A channel "COM1" will use the IO Card symbol HIPLCCOM1.DWG or VIPLCCOM1.DWG or HIPLCCOM1M.DWG or VPLCCOM1M.DWG, dependent on orientation.

Multiple consecutive channels of the same type can be shown as an "array" e.g. DI1[4] represents an array of 4 consecutive digital inputs, each with 1 terminal.

The following are channel types: DO1 = digital output, DI1 = digital input, AO1 = analog output, AI1 = analog input, PWR1 = an external supply line, COM1 = a common leading back to the CARD from a number of IOs, GND1 = an earth. The number in each code represents the number of terminals on the channel.

PRICE 10

Price per unit.

HEIGHT 10

Parametric height for components with a rectangular cross-section.

e.g. 230mm

Used by Paneldes to construct the physical model.

WIDTH 10

Parametric width for components with a rectangular cross-section.

e.g. 100mm

Used by Paneldes to construct the physical model.

DEPTH 10

Parametric depth or length for components with a rectangular or circular cross-section. e.g. 230mm

Used by Paneldes to construct the physical model.

RADIUS 10

Parametric radius for components with a circular cross-section.

e.g. 150mm

Used by Paneldes to construct the physical model.

PROTRUDE 10

Parametric protrusion of the front of the component through a mounting plate. e.g. 20mm.

Used by Paneldes to construct the physical model.

ZONECLASS 10

Area or zone classification. User defined for warnings and assistance for PLC I/O card catalogs.

USER 55

Any additional user-defined data.

SYMB_WD 15

The name of an optional symbol or block placed on a Wiring Diagram for this component.