Author: Ulm, G.
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TUPHA046 PLC Factory: Automating Routine Tasks in Large-Scale PLC Software Development 495
  • G. Ulm, F. Bellorini, D.P. Brodrick, R.N. Fernandes, N. Levchenko, D.P. Piso
    ESS, Lund, Sweden
  The European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, is building large-scale infrastructure that is projected to include hundreds of programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Given the future large-scale deployment of PLCs at ESS, we therefore explored ways of automating some of the tasks associated with PLC programming. We designed and implemented PLC Factory, which is an application written in Python that facilitates large-scale PLC development. With PLC Factory, we managed to automate repetitive tasks associated with PLC programming and interfacing PLCs with an EPICS database. A key part of PLC Factory is its embedded domain-specific programming language PLCF#, which makes it possible to define dynamic substitutions. Using a database for configuration management, PLC Factory is able to generate both EPICS database records as well as code blocks in Structured Control Language (SCL) for the Siemens product TIA Portal. Hierarchies of devices of arbitrary depth are taken into account, which means that dependencies of devices are correctly resolved. PLC Factory is in active use at ESS.  
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