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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 62121503, Entry date: 05/15/2018

Configuration of Messages and Alarms in WinCC (TIA Portal)

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This application example shows how to configure messages and alarms in WinCC (TIA Portal) in interaction with the S7-300/400 and S7-1200/1500 controller. Aside from the description of single messages and alarms, detailed step-by-step instructions will help you with the project configuration.

During the operation of a machine or a plant it is indispensable displaying information about operting states, errors and individual processes states on an HMI device.
The WinCC (TIA Portal) alarm system offers a wide range of alarm types which match for those use cases.
The aim of this application note is to explain the advantages of the alarm system and the differences of the alarm types, helping you to make the decision for the one suiting your automation task the best.

The application provides you with:

  • An overview of the different alarm types in WinCC (TIA Portal)
  • Detailed configuration instructions for the different kinds of alarms in WinCC (TIA Portal)

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Your Advantages:

  • By Supporting you in selecting the adequate alarm type for your application and hardware you save time
  • The step by step configuration instructions help you quickly to build up Know how and saving engineering time

  Messages and Alarms in WinCC (TIA Portal) and S7-300/400 (3,7 MB)
  Messages and Alarms in WinCC (TIA Portal) and S7-1200/1500 (2,8 MB)
Trainings for WinCC (TIA Portal) and Panels near you
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Last Changes
08/2017: Added documentation "Messages and Alarms in WinCC (TIA Portal) and S7-1500".
04/2018: Documentation supplemented by the S7-1200 controller family.

Additional Keywords
Advanced, Professional, Basic, Comfort, Panels, HMI, Alarm, Diagnostic, Message, Configuring, Engineering

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