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PLC Coder: General

PLC Coder: General Tab Overview

Set up general information about generating Structured Text code to download to target PLC IDEs.

Configuration

To enable the Simulink® PLC Coder™ options pane, you must:

  1. Create a model.

  2. Add either an Atomic Subsystem block, or a Subsystem block for which you have selected the Treat as atomic unit check box.

  3. Right-click the subsystem block and select PLC Code > Options.

Tip

  • In addition to configuring parameters for the Simulink PLC Coder model, you can also use this dialog box to generate Structured Text code and test bench code for the Subsystem block.

  • Certain options are target-specific and are displayed based on the selection for Target IDE.

See Also

Prepare Model for Structured Text Generation

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Target IDE

Select the target IDE for which you want to generate code. This option is available in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, PLC Code Generation pane.

The default Target IDE list shows the full set of supported targets. See Show Full Target List.

To see a reduced subset of targets, clear the option Show full target list. To customize this list and specify IDEs that you use more frequently, use the plccoderpref function.

For version numbers of supported IDEs, see Supported IDE Platforms.

Settings

Default: 3S CoDeSys 2.3

3S CoDeSys 2.3

Generates Structured Text (IEC 61131-3) code for 3S-Smart Software Solutions CoDeSys Version 2.3.

3S CoDeSys 3.3

Generates Structured Text code in PLCopen XML for 3S-Smart Software Solutions CoDeSys Version 3.3.

3S CoDeSys 3.5

Generates Structured Text code in PLCopen XML for 3S-Smart Software Solutions CoDeSys Version 3.5.

B&R Automation Studio 3.0

Generates Structured Text code for B&R Automation Studio® 3.0.

B&R Automation Studio 4.0

Generates Structured Text code for B&R Automation Studio 4.0.

Beckhoff TwinCAT 2.11

Generates Structured Text code for Beckhoff® TwinCAT® 2.11 software.

Beckhoff TwinCAT 3

Generates Structured Text code for Beckhoff TwinCAT 3 software.

KW-Software MULTIPROG 5.0

Generates Structured Text code in PLCopen XML for PHOENIX CONTACT (previously KW) Software MULTIPROG® 5.0 or 5.50.

Phoenix Contact PC WORX 6.0

Generates Structured Text code in PLCopen XML for Phoenix Contact® PC WORX™ 6.0.

Rockwell RSLogix 5000: AOI

Generates Structured Text code for Rockwell Automation® RSLogix™ 5000 using Add-On Instruction (AOI) constructs.

Rockwell RSLogix 5000: Routine

Generates Structured Text code for Rockwell Automation RSLogix 5000 routine constructs.

Rockwell Studio 5000: AOI

Generates Structured Text code for Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 Logix Designer using Add-On Instruction (AOI) constructs.

Rockwell Studio 5000: Routine

Generates Structured Text code for Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 Logix Designer routine constructs.

Siemens SIMATIC Step 7

Generates Structured Text code for Siemens® SIMATIC® STEP® 7.

Siemens TIA Portal

Generates Structured Text code for Siemens TIA Portal S7-300/400 CPUs.

Siemens TIA Portal: Double Precision

Generates Structured Text code for Siemens TIA Portal S7-1200 and S7-1500 CPUs. THE IDE also supports the int8 data type, unsigned integer data types, and double-precision, floating-point data types. The code uses LREAL type for double data type in the model and can be used on Siemens PLC devices that support the LREAL type.

Generic

Generates a pure Structured Text file. If the target IDE that you want is not available for the Simulink PLC Coder product, consider generating and downloading a generic Structured Text file.

PLCopen XML

Generates Structured Text code formatted using PLCopen XML standard.

Rexroth Indraworks

Generates Structured Text code for Rexroth IndraWorks version 13V12 IDE.

OMRON Sysmac Studio

Generates Structured Text code for OMRON® Sysmac® Studio Version 1.04, 1.05, or 1.09.

Selectron CAP1131

Generates Structured Text code for Selectron CAP1131 v 11 IDE.

Tips

  • Rockwell Automation RSLogix 5000 routines represent the model hierarchy using hierarchical user-defined types (UDTs). UDT types preserve model hierarchy in the generated code.

  • The coder generates code for reusable subsystems as separate routine instances. These subsystems access instance data in program tag fields.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_TargetIDE
Type: string
Value: 'codesys23' | 'codesys33' | 'codesys35' | 'rslogix5000' | 'rslogix5000_routine' | 'studio5000' | 'studio5000_routine' | 'brautomation30' | 'brautomation40' | 'multiprog50' | 'pcworx60' | 'step7' | 'plcopen' | 'twincat211' | 'twincat3' | 'generic' | 'indraworks' | 'omron' | 'tiaportal' | 'tiaportal_double'
Default: 'codesys23'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Show Full Target List

View the full list of supported target IDEs in the Target IDE drop-down list. For more information, seeTarget IDE. This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box.

Settings

Default: On

On

The Target IDE list displays the full set of supported IDEs. For more information, see Supported IDE Platforms.

Off

The Target IDE list displays only the more commonly used IDEs. The default subset contains the following IDEs:

  • codesys23 — 3S-Smart Software Solutions CoDeSys Version 2.3 (default) target IDE

  • studio5000 — Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 Logix Designer target IDE for AOI format

  • step7 — Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 target IDE

  • omron — OMRON® Sysmac® Studio

  • plcopen — PLCopen XML target IDE

You can customize the entries in the reduced Target IDE list by using the plccoderpref function.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_ShowFullTargetList
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'on'

You can change the contents of the reduced Target IDE list using the plccoderpref function. See plccoderpref.

Target IDE Path

Specify the target IDE installation path. The path already specified is the default installation path for the target IDE. Change this path if your IDE is installed in a different location. This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box.

Settings

Default: C:\Program Files\3S Software

C:\Program Files\3S Software

Default installation path for 3S-Smart Software Solutions CoDeSys software Version 2.3.

C:\Program Files\3S CoDeSys

Default installation path for 3S-Smart Software Solutions CoDeSys software Version 3.3 and 3.5.

C:\Program Files\BrAutomation

Default installation path for B&R Automation Studio 3.0 and 4.0 software.

C:\TwinCAT

Default installation path for Beckhoff TwinCAT 2.11 and 3 software.

C:\Program Files\KW-Software\MULTIPROG 5.0

Default installation path for PHOENIX CONTACT (previously KW) Software MULTIPROG 5.0 software. For MULTIPROG 5.50, the installation path may be different, change accordingly.

C:\Program Files\Phoenix Contact\Software Suite 150

Default installation path for Phoenix Contact PC WORX 6.0 software.

C:\Program Files\Rockwell Software

Default installation path for Rockwell Automation RSLogix 5000 software.

C:\Program Files\Siemens

Default installation path for Siemens SIMATIC STEP 7 5.4 software.

C:\Program Files\Siemens\Automation

Default installation path for Siemens TIA Portal software.

Tips

  • When you change the Target IDE value, the value of this parameter changes.

  • If you right-click the Subsystem block, the PLC Code > Generate and Import Code for Subsystem command uses this value to import generated code.

  • If your target IDE installation is standard, do not edit this parameter. Leave it as the default value.

  • If your target IDE installation is nonstandard, edit this value to specify the actual installation path.

  • If you change the path and click Apply, the changed path remains for that target IDE for other models and between MATLAB® sessions. To reinstate the factory default, use the command:

    plccoderpref('plctargetidepaths','default')

Command-Line Information

See plccoderpref.

See Also

Import Structured Text Code Automatically

Code Output Directory

Enter a path to the target folder into which code is generated. This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box.

Settings

Default: plcsrc subfolder in your working folder

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_OutputDir
Type: string
Value: string
Default: 'plcsrc'

Tips

  • If the target folder path is empty, a default value of ./plcsrc is used as the Code Output Directory.

  • If, you want to generate code in the current folder use . as the output directory.

  • The Code Output Directory can have the same name as your current working folder.

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Generate Testbench for Subsystem

Specify the generation of test bench code for the subsystem. This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box.

Settings

Default: off

On

Enables generation of test bench code for subsystem.

Disables generation of test bench code for subsystems.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_GenerateTestbench
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Include Testbench Diagnostic Code

Specify the generation of test bench code with additional diagnostic information that will help you identify output variables causing test bench failures. This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box. To enable this parameter, you must select the Generate testbench for subsystem option

Settings

Default: off

On

Enables generation of test bench code with additional diagnostic information.

Disables generation of test bench code with additional diagnostic information.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_GenerateTestbenchDiagCode
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Generate Functions Instead of Function Block

Use this option to control whether the generated Structured Text code contains Function instead of Function Block. This option is available for only the Phoenix Contact PC WORX or the PHOENIX CONTACT (previously KW) Software MULTIPROG target. There are certain cases where you may not be able to generate code with Function instead of Function Block. For example, if your Simulink subsystem or MATLAB Function block has internal state or persistent variables. In such cases, the software issues a diagnostic warning.

This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, when the Target IDE is set to Phoenix Contact PC WORX 6.0 or KW-Software MULTIPROG 5.0.

Settings

Default: off

On

The generated Structured Text code contains Function instead of Function Block where possible.

Off

Switch to the default behavior of the software.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_EmitAsPureFunctions
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Allow Functions with Zero Inputs

Emit a function with no inputs as a function instead of a function block. This option is available for only the Phoenix Contact PC WORX or the PHOENIX CONTACT (previously KW) Software MULTIPROG target.

When the Target IDE is set to Phoenix Contact PC WORX 6.0 or KW-Software MULTIPROG 5.0, in the Configuration parameters dialog box, PLC Code Generation pane, this option is available.

Settings

Default: off

On

The generated Structured Text code contains Function instead of Function Blocks when there is a function with no inputs.

Off

The generated Structured Text code contains function blocks and no functions.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_PureFunctionNoInputs
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Suppress Auto-Generated Data Types

Use this option to control whether the generated Structured Text code contains auto-generated data types for array types. This option is available for only the Phoenix Contact PC WORX or the PHOENIX CONTACT (previously KW) Software MULTIPROG target.

This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, when the Target IDE is set to Phoenix Contact PC WORX 6.0 or KW-Software MULTIPROG 5.0.

Settings

Default: off

On

The software automatically generates named types for array types in your Simulink model.

Off

Switch to the default behavior of the software.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_SuppressAutoGenType
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Emit Data type Worksheet Tags for PCWorx

Use this option to control whether datatypeWorksheet tags are represented in code generated for Phoenix Contact PC WORX target. This option allows you to have finer control and generate multiple datatypeWorksheet definitions.

This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, when the Target IDE is set to Phoenix Contact PC WORX 6.0.

Settings

Default: off

On

The datatypeWorksheet tags are marked as separate tags in the generated code.

Off

No separate datatypeWorksheet tags are in the generated code.

Command-Line Information

Parameter: PLC_EmitDatatypeWorkSheet
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also

Generate Structured Text from the Model Window

Aggressively Inline Structured Text Function Calls

Using this option, you can control inlining of Structured Text function calls for Rockwell Automation targets. By default, the software attempts to inline only math functions where possible. With this option, the software aggressively inlines all function calls so that the generated code has less number of Function blocks.

This option is available on the PLC Code Generation pane in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, when the Target IDE is set to Rockwell Automation targets such as Rockwell Studio 5000: AOI, Rockwell Studio 5000: Routine, Rockwell RSLogix 5000: AOI, or Rockwell RSLogix 5000: Routine.

Settings

Default: off

On

Aggressively inlines Structured Text function calls for RSLogix IDE.

Off

Reverts to its default behavior and inlines only math function calls in the generated code.

Command-Line Information

Parameter:PLC_EnableAggressiveInlining
Type: string
Value: 'on' | 'off'
Default: 'off'

See Also