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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 48711409, Entry date: 11/12/2015
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How do you create the project data for the SMC so that you can download the project to the S7-1200/S7-1500 CPU even without STEP 7 (TIA Portal)?

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With STEP 7 (TIA Portal) you have the option of generating the project data for the CPU modules of the S7-1200/S7-1500 also as files without downloading the project to a CPU or to a SIMATIC memory card.

Instructions
You can save these generated files on an SMC (SIMATIC Memory Card) and then download them to the CPU without STEP 7 (TIA Portal).

  • In this way you can also use the SIMATIC Automation Tool to download your project data to the CPU.
  • STEP 7 (TIA Portal) does not have to be installed on your PC to download the project data to the CPU.
  • You can send the files by e-mail, then copy them to the SMC and download them to the CPU without STEP 7 (TIA Portal) having to be installed on the recipient's computer.

If you download your project data to the CPU directly from the STEP 7 (TIA Portal), the data is stored automatically on the SMC slotted in the CPU. If necessary, you can copy the data from the card using a standard SD card reader.

You have the three options below to generate the online card data.

Option 1: Download configuration directly to the memory card

  1. Slot the SMC in the card reader of your computer and open the Project Tree in STEP 7 (TIA Portal).
  2. After the card reader has recognized the SMC in STEP 7 (TIA Portal), in the Project Tree under "Card Reader/USB Memory > Add User-defined Card Reader" you see the folder "Removable devices > (E:) SIMATIC MC (Program)".
  3. In the Project Tree you mark the CPU station, in our example "PLC_1 [CPU 1516-3 PN/DP]" as shown in Fig. 1.
  4. Now drag-and-drop the station to the drive of your SIMATIC Memory Card "(E:) SIMATIC MC (Program)" and follow the instructions in the "Download" dialog.
  5. After error-free compilation the project data is stored on the SMC as online card data. You can now slot the SMC in the CPU.



Fig. 1

Option 2: Download configuration directly to a USB memory stick


  1. Slot the USB memory stick in the USB port of your computer and open the Project Tree in STEP 7 (TIA Portal).
  2. After the USB stick has been recognized in STEP 7 (TIA Portal), in the Project Tree under "Card Reader/USB Memory > Removable devices", the entry "(E:) USB Device [Program]", for example.
  3. In the Project Tree you mark the CPU station, in our example "PLC_1 [CPU 1516-3 PN/DP]" as shown in Fig 2.
  4. Now drag-and-drop the station to the drive of the USB stick "(E:) USB Device [Program]" and follow the instructions in the "Download" dialog.
  5. After error-free compilation the project data the file "S7_JOB.SYS" and the folder "SIMATIC.S7S" are on the USB stick.



Fig. 2

Option 3: Download the configuration to a file folder of the computer
You can also store the online card data directly in a folder on your hard disk without having to go through the procedure with a memory card or USB stick. For this you must create the desired folder once as "User-defined Card Reader". Proceed as follows.


  1. In the Project Tree you open the folder "Card Reader/USB memory".
  2. Double-click "Add User-defined Card Reader". The "Search folder" dialog opens.
  3. Navigate to the drive (drive D:, for example) on which you want to store the configurations and click the "Create new folder" button.
  4. Assign a name ("Reader" in this example) and click OK.


    Fig. 3

  5. The entry "Reader_1" is created in the "Card Reader/USB memory" folder and the selected folder "(D:\Reader)" specified under it. In the Project Tree you mark the CPU station, in this example "PLC_1 [CPU 1516-3 PN/DP]", as shown in Fig. 4.
  6. Now drag-and-drop the station to the folder "(D:\Reader)" and follow the instructions in the "Download" dialog.

 


Fig. 4

After error-free compilation STEP 7 (TIA Portal) stores the online card data in the folder "(D:\Reader)". The "S7_JOB.SYS" file and the "SIMATIC.S7S" folder, which contains the STEP 7 program, are stored there. You can send the "S7_JOB.SYS" file and the "SIMATIC.S7S" folder via e-mail and the recipient can transfer this online card data to an SMC. In this way the recipient can download the program to the CPU without having to have STEP 7 (TIA Portal) installed on his computer.


Fig. 05

Note
In this entry the drive "E:" has been specified for the memory card and drive "D:" for the USB stick. However, you can also use other drives.

SIMATIC Automation Tool
With the SIMATIC Automation Tool you can reach all the connected controllers at the same time. Commissioning and service activities can be executed independently of the Engineering framework. More information is available in Entry ID: 98161300 and under SIMATIC Automation Tool.

Creation Environment
The screens in this FAQ response were created with STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V15.

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