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Firmware Update for S7-1500 I/O Modules

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DESCRIPTION:
When updating the firmware, always update to the latest version available for the respective order number. The previous versions of the firmware are only intended as backup to allow a downgrade to the original version. The respective latest version of a firmware is valid for all versions of that order number.


Prerequisites

Before proceeding with the installation of the firmware update please make sure that the modules are not in use.

When you carry out a firmware update for analog modules, the modules must be supplied with 24V DC current via the infeed unit.

Dependencies

If you carry out a firmware update for an I/O module in a distributed configuration, the associated interface module should have the latest firmware version.
When we offer a new firmware update for an interface module we recommend that the module be updated to the latest firmware version.

Online firmware update with STEP 7 (TIA-Portal)

Precconditions:
The module is located in a central or a distributed configuration (connected via a PN/IE interface).
The distributed I/O station has not been configured via GSD.

  1. Download the desired update file.
  2. Unpack the file by double-clicking the file name.
  3. Earmark the module in STEP 7 in the device view.
  4. In the context menu select the menu command "Online & Diagnostics".
  5. In the folder "Functions" select the group "Firmware Update"..
  6. In the sector "Firmware Update" click on the button "Browse" to select the path to the firmware update files.
  7. Select the matching firmware file. The table in the sector Firmware File lists all the modules that can be updated with the selected firmware file.
  8. Click on the button "Start Updating".
    If the selected file can be interpreted by the module, the file will be uploaded to the module.
    Depending on the module used, the option box "Activate firmware after update" can be edited or not (i.e. always activated).

    If the option box is activated, the module will accept the firmware after the successful upload and continue working with the new firmware.

 

Offline firmware update with Memory Card with STEP 7 (TIA-Portal)

Precconditions:
The module is located in a central configuration.

  1. Insert a SIMATIC Memory Card into the SD card reader of your programming unit / computer.
  2. Mark the drive with the SIMATIC Memory Card in the project navigation under "Card Reader/USB Memory".
  3. In the menu "Project" select the command "Card Reader/USB Meory > Create Firmware Update Memory Card".
    Navigate to the firmware update file via a file selection dialog. In a further step you can decide whether the content of the SIMATIC Memory Card is to be deleted or whether the firmware update files are to be added to the SIMATIC Memory Card.
  4. Insert the SIMATIC Memory Card with the firmware update files into the CPU.
    The firmware update will begin shortly after the insertion of the SIMATIC Memory Card.
    The display will indicate that the CPU is in STOP mode and is executing a firmware update (STOP [FW UPDATE]). It will indicate the progress of the firmware update. Any errors that occur during the firmware update will also be indicated on the display.
    After the firmware update is finished the display will indicate that you can now remove the SIMATIC Memory Card.
    The RUN LED of the CPU is yellow, the MAINT LED blinks yellow.

 

Online firmware update with STEP 7 (Version V5.5)
Precconditions:
The module is located in a distributed configuration (connected via PN/IE or PROFIBUS interface).
The distributed I/O station has been configured via GSD.

  1. Download the desired update file.
  2. Unpack the file by double-clicking the file name.
  3. Activate "Accessible Nodes" in STEP 7.
  4. Select the interface module behind which the module is located.
  5. In the menu "Target System" select the command "Update Firmware".
  6. In the context menu select the command "Change Slot" to select the slot.
  7. In the sector "Firmware File" click on the button "Browse" to select the path to the firmware update files.
  8. Select the matching firmware file. The table in the sector Firmware File lists all the modules that can be updated with the selected firmware file.
  9. Click on the button "Execute".
    If the selected file can be interpreted by the module, the file will be uploaded to the module.
    Depending on the module used, the option box "Activate firmware after update" can be edited or not (i.e. always activated).

    If the option box is activated, the module will accept the firmware after the successful upload and continue working with the new firmware.


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