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How do you configure Lifebeat Monitoring (LBM)?

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Lifebeat Monitoring monitors servers, clients and automation devices. Usually the Lifebeat Monitoring runs on a central WinCC client. It provides a view of Lifebeat objects belonging to a project and of the automation devices and operator stations of other projects. For this all the plant sections must be connected to one common network.

General Information about Lifebeat Monitoring


Lifebeat Monitoring monitors WinCC stations and automation devices that can be reached via PC networks or industrial networks.


Fig. 01

The diagram above shows a sample configuration of a Lifebeat Monitoring system with computers of the control level and the subordinate process level.

You can configure Lifebeat Monitoring only via Industrial Ethernet and PROFIBUS connections of the "SIMATIC S7 PROTOCOL SUITE" or via an OPC connection between WinCC stations. NetDDE is not supported.

Note
Simultaneous use of Lifebeat Monitoring and Asset Management is not supported.


Lifebeat Monitoring in PCS 7 V9.0 and WinCC V7.4 SP1

Detailed instructions for configuring are available in the manual WinCC/Options for Process Control V7.4 SP1 in Chapter 5 Lifebeat Monitoring and in the Online Help WinCC Information System under "Lifebeat Monitoring".

More information is available in the manual SIMATIC PCS 7 Operator Station (V9.0) in Chapter 13 Lifebeat Monitoring.


Lifebeat Monitoring in PCS 7 V8.2 and WinCC V7.4

Detailed instructions for configuring are available in the manual WinCC/Options for Process Control V7.4 in Chapter 5 Lifebeat Monitoring and in the Online Help WinCC Information System under "Lifebeat Monitoring".

More information is available in the manual SIMATIC Process Control System PCS 7 Operator Station (V8.2) in Chapter 13 Lifebeat Monitoring.


Lifebeat Monitoring in PCS 7 V8.1 and WinCC V7.3

Detailed instructions for configuring are available in the manual WinCC/Options for Process Control V7.3 in Chapter 5 Lifebeat Monitoring and in the Online Help WinCC Information System under "Lifebeat Monitoring".

More information is available in the manual SIMATIC Process Control System PCS 7 Operator Station (V8.1) in Chapter 13 Lifebeat Monitoring.


Lifebeat Monitoring in PCS 7 V8.0 and WinCC V7.2

Detailed instructions for configuring are available in the manual WinCC V7.2/Options for Process Control in Chapter 5 Lifebeat Monitoring and in the Online Help WinCC Information System under "Lifebeat Monitoring".

More information is available in the manual SIMATIC Process Control System PCS 7 Operator Station (V8.0) in Chapter 13 Lifebeat Monitoring.


Lifebeat Monitoring in PCS V7.1/ V7.0 and WinCC V7.0

Detailed instructions for configuring are available in the manual WinCC/Options for Process Control in Chapter 5 Lifebeat Monitoringand in the Online Help WinCC Information System under "Lifebeat Monitoring".

More information is available in the manual SIMATIC Process Control System PCS 7 V7.0 SP1 Operator Station in Chapter 13 Lifebeat Monitoring.

More information is available in the manual SIMATIC Process Control System PCS 7 Operator Station (V7.1) in Chapter 13 Lifebeat Monitoring.


Lifebeat Monitoring in PCS 7 V6.x and WinCC V6.x

Step 1: Configuring connections

When configuring Lifebeat Monitoring in WinCC, a distinction is made between configuring for the "ASs" and configuring for the "OSs". 

OS configuration
For monitoring an OS you need an OPC (Open Process Control) connection to the desired OS. Proceed as follows: 

  1. Add the OPC channel to the Tag Management of your OS project. For this you right-click "Tag Management > Add New Driver".
      

    Fig. 02
      
  2. Select the Opc.chn file.


    Fig. 03
      
  3. Create a new connection by right-clicking "OPC Groups".



    Fig. 04



  4. Give this connection a meaningful name and then click "Properties". There you enter the following for "OPC Server Name": "OPCServer.WinCC" In the 2nd field you specify the computer name of the remote PC.

    Fig. 05
      
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each OS that you would like to monitor. If you do not want to monitor an AS, please jump to "The Lifebeat Monitoring Editor".

AS Configuration

Warning
the connections to the ASs only have to be configured if there are no transferred connections from the AS-OS transfer, therefore only for monitoring an existing S7-400 PLC, for example. The connections to the PCS7 ASs are or will be created by the mapper and simply have to be selected in the LBM editor for configuration.

Lifebeat monitoring for the ASs is configured via a network connection. This is shown below as an example for a connection via Industrial Ethernet. The following is required for this: 

  1. The ASs to be monitored must be physically connected to the PC doing the monitoring.
       
  2. In the Tag Management right-click the connection via which you can reach the AS.


    Fig. 06
      
  3. Give this connection a meaningful name and then click "Properties". In the dialog that opens you enter the data of the CP of the AS to be monitored. For the Slot Number please specify the slot number in which the CPU is slotted (Slot 3 in most cases).


    Fig. 07
      
  4. Here too, repeat Steps 2 and 3 for all the ASs that are to be monitored.

Step 2: The "Lifebeat Monitoring" Editor

  1. Open the "Lifebeat Monitoring" editor.
       
  2. Double-click in the left column and enter the name for the device as it is to appear in the Runtime in the Lifebeat Monitoring.
       
  3. In the middle column you select the type of device to be displayed in the graphics.
       
  4. In the right column you select the connection that you have already created for monitoring the device concerned.



    Fig. 08
      
  5. Click the "Update" button and then close the editor.
       
  6. Now you can call the Lifebeat Monitoring in Runtime by pressing the button indicated below:


    Fig. 09

Note
Please also refer to the notes in Entry ID 15271601.

Step 3: Configuring client access to the Lifebeat Monitoring of the server 
Lifebeat Monitoring has been configured on the server. The client can access the plant mimic diagram of the server. Open the Lifebeat Monitoring editor of the client. In the list of devices, the names of the servers of the loaded packages are entered in the device name column. "Status" has been entered as device type.
Click the "Update" button and the server pictures are generated.
 


Fig. 10
Start WinCC Runtime on the client and click the 
button in the lower taskbar and Lifebeat Monitoring is opened on the client (Fig. 12).


Fig. 12
   
Double-click the server icon (here "Main_Server") to open Lifebeat Monitoring on the server.

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