CFC V5.2 + Service Pack 1 Now Available
CFC V5.2 is now available including the Service Pack 1 (SP1). The software is multilingual
(German, English, French, Spanish and Italian) and is available on CD ROM as single license
(SL) and upgrade license (UG), incl. the electronic manuals.
The major additions and corrections are: Improved operator desktop when marking, pasting,
copying and cutting, variable width of the blocks and of the sheet bars, improved signal
follow-up, improved type import, improved printing from the SIMATIC Manager, as well as
improvements with back reading, change loading and with the plan reference data.
The Service Pack 1 is available on the Internet for upgrading (entry ID 8798111).
1. Additions, corrections, improved usability
The Service Pack 1 for CFC V5.2 contains the following additions and corrections:
- Improved operator desktop
- When pasting objects after copy/cut the objects are placed in the visible part of the screen.
- The "Paste" menu now contains the additional commands "New
Plan" and "New Text".
This can be used to generate a new empty chart or to insert an empty text field
at a specific automatically selected position.
- The ESC key can be used to cancel markings (also multiple selections and flashing).
- Sub-charts can be conveniently selected via registers in the lower half of the scroll bar.
- Variable width of the blocks and of the sheet bars
The width of the blocks can be changed from "Wide" to "Narrow".
This enables four blocks to be placed next to one another on the page, instead of three.
- Sheet bars
The width of the sheet bar (large fields) is variable. The width can be set to between 2 and 50 characters.
This enables more blocks to be placed next to one another on a page.
- Improved signal follow-up
In a hirarchical chart a signal can be followed-up from the chart connection to the
connection that is internally wired to this chart connection.
- Type import: Number conflict
If a block type is imported that already exists under the same object name (block no.,
e.g. FB 61), but with a different symbolic name, the import dialog will no longer issue
a Stop warning, but provide a dialog for the re-naming of the block (in line with the
copying of blocks with identical object name in the SIMATIC Manager).
- Jump from the value display
If a line has been marked in the window of the value display, the menu command "Process > Go to > Chart"
can be used to jump to the corresponding chart connection.
- Printing from the SIMATIC Manager
When printing charts while in the SIMATIC Manager, a preset can be made in the printing dialog of CFC,
whether only the basic chart or also its complete subordinated (hirarchical) charts are to be printed.
All settings of the CFC printing dialog are also applicable to printing from the SIMATIC Manager.
The function "Plan > Readback " has been changed and improved at various points.
This includes measures to prevent that invalid values are read back. In analogy to the
"Compile" protocol, a "Readback" protocol is generated to indicate which
connections were read back and where problems appeared. After readback a compiler
run is automatically started for reasons of consistency.
- Change loading: Compressing
After each change loading an "Asynchronous compressing of the CPU" is triggered implicitly in the S7-300/400.
After a subsequent change loading this measure will possibly prevent that warning or
error mesages are generated because of insufficient memory space.
- Plan reference data
- Local data
A list can be generated in the plan reference data to indicate all the OBs used
in the program, with the calculated local data requirements and the
configured local data dimensions (off-line and on-line). This information
makes it easier to execute possible adaptations that may become necessary.
More statistical information is now available. All block instances of the
current program relevant to Programmed Block Communication (PBC) are
now recorded (this includes user blocks and the called blocks of a multi-
instance block). In addition, all the PBC-relevant block instances used in the
project and the max. no. of process objects that can be configured with this
CFC license are displayed. This allows you to check in how far the CFC
licenses are sufficient for your configuration.
- Local data
- Compiling and loading: Prevention of Stop causes
CFC V5.1 + SP1 enables you to
- set warning limits, which will give you early warning of
possible stop causes when exceeded.
The warning limits are set in the dialog field "Settings for compilation" for:
Local data requirements, memory requirements and the max. no. of PBC blocks.
- determine the local data requirement upon compilation
and compare it to the
quantity framework configured off-line. A warning message is issued when the
warning limit or the absolut limit (100 %) are exceeded. A comparison is made
during loading with the quantity framework of the actual CPU that has to be
loaded. A warning message is issued if the warning limit is exceeded, with the
offer to abort loading. If the absolute limit (100 %) is exceeded, an error
message will be entered in the log and loading will be aborted.
- check the memory requirements of the CPU during loading.
message is issued via a dialog field if the warning limit is exceeded, with the
choice of compressing the CPU memory, continue loading, or abort loading.
If loading is continued in spite of the warning message, loading will be aborted
when the absolute limit is reached. This will not result in a CPU Stop, however.
- check the nesting depth of the blocks in the OBs during
The error message entered into the log when the max. nesting depth is
exceeded now contains the complete call-up tree of the affected OB.
- determine the max. no. of PBC block instances and
compare it with the no.
configured for this CPU (can be set in HW Config). If the warning limit or the
absolute limit are exceeded, a log entry will be made.
Upon loading, the no. of PBC instance DBs calculated during compilation is
compared with the configured no. for the on-line CPU. A warning message is
issued if the warning limit is exceeded, with the offer to abort loading.
If the absolute limit is exceeded, an error message will be entered in the log and loading thus prevented.
- check during comilation, whether the blocks OB_BEGIN and
(or MSG_CSF in the previous driver concept) are included in the processing
sequence and the prescribed processing sequence with the driver blocks has been adhered to.
- set warning limits, which will give you early warning of possible stop causes when exceeded.
2. Software and hardware prerequisites
Windows 95/98, NT, 2000 and Me
Recommended main memory for the PG/PC
Hard disk reqirements of the PG/PC
approx. 51 MB
V5.1 + SP1
V5.1 + SP1
3. Order No.'s
CFC V5.2 + SP1, single license (SL) incl. electronic documentation, 5 languages (G, E, F, Sp, I) on CD-ROM and authorization diskette
CFC V5.2 + SP1, Upgrade (UG) to V5.2 ) incl. electronic documentation, 5 languages (G, E, F, Sp, I) on CD-ROM and authorization diskette
CFC V5.2, Unlock Copy License (UCL)
CFC, Software Update Service (SUS)
CFC V5.2, manual (German)
CFC V5.2, manual (English)
CFC V5.2, manual (French)
4. Note concerning the Software Update Service (SUS)
Clients with a CFC Software Update Service (SUS) will receive the Service Pack 1 for CFC V5.2 free of charge.
The Service Pack 1 is also available on the Internet for free
downloading under the entry ID 8798111.
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