Peripheral unit for a programmable controller

Electrical computers and digital data processing systems: input/ – Input/output data processing – Peripheral monitoring

Reexamination Certificate

Rate now

  [ 0.00 ] – not rated yet Voters 0   Comments 0

Details

C710S017000, C710S019000, C700S017000

Reexamination Certificate

active

06810437

ABSTRACT:

TITLE OF THE INVENTION
A peripheral unit for a programmable controller
1. Technical Field
The present invention relates to a peripheral unit for a programmable controller. More particularly, this invention relaters to a peripheral unit for a programmable controller that monitors a device of a programmable controller by communications.
2. Background Art
A peripheral unit for a programmable controller that monitors a device based on a device value of the programmable controller obtained by serial communications or the like is known.
A general structure of a conventionally known peripheral unit for monitoring will be explained with reference to FIG.
7
. The peripheral unit
100
connected to a programmable controller
50
to be monitored by a communication table
120
so that it is possible to communicate in two directions.
The peripheral unit
100
is constructed of a monitoring application executing-section
101
for monitoring a device of the programmable controller
50
, an application interface section
102
, monitor request instruction issuing unit
103
for issuing a monitor request instruction to the programmable controller
50
, monitor data obtaining unit
104
for obtaining monitor data from the programmable controller
50
, and communication unit
105
for communicating with the programmable controller
50
.
In the conventional peripheral unit
100
, the monitoring application executing-section
101
delivers a list of a device to be monitored to the application interface section
102
. The monitor request instruction issuing unit
103
issues a monitor request instruction to the programmable controller
50
via the communication unit
105
based on the device list received by the application interface section
102
. The programmable controller
50
returns a value of the device in the delivered monitor device list to the monitor data obtaining unit
104
via the communication unit
50
according to the monitor request instruction received. The monitor obtaining unit
104
returns the received device value to the monitoring application
101
via the application interface section
102
.
Each time when a list of a device to be monitored is delivered from the monitoring application executing-section
101
, a series of processing from the issuing of a device monitor request instruction to the programmable controller
50
to the obtaining of a value of a device to be monitored from the programmable controller
50
are carried out in cascade. Therefore, there has been a problem in the conventional peripheral unit
100
that, for each monitoring request, a monitoring is kept waited until a value of a device to be monitored has been obtained from the programmable controller
50
. Thus, response and efficiency of monitoring have been poor.
Therefore, the present invention has an object of providing a peripheral unit that monitors a device of a programmable controller efficiently and in good response.
DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION
The present invention can provide a peripheral unit for a programmable controller for monitoring a device of a programmable controller. The peripheral unit includes a monitor request instruction issuing-side shared memory into which a list of devices to be monitored is written according to a monitor request instruction of a monitoring application executing-section; a monitor request instruction issuing unit for issuing a monitor request instruction according to a content of the device list after the device list has been written into the monitor request instruction issuing-side shared memory; a communication unit for transmitting a monitor request instruction issued by the monitor request instruction issuing unit to the programmable controller and for receiving the monitor data according to the monitor request instruction from the programmable controller; a monitor data obtaining unit for obtaining the monitor data received from the programmable controller; and a monitor data obtaining-side shared memory into which the monitor data obtained by the monitor data obtaining unit is written, wherein the monitoring application executing-section is given the monitor data from the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory. Accordingly, the monitor request instruction issuing unit and the monitor data obtaining unit to the monitoring application executing-section are divided by the monitor request instruction issuing-side shared memory and the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory respectively. Thus, the monitor request instruction issuing unit, monitor data obtaining unit and the monitoring application executing-section can be operated mutually asynchronously. Further, a data flow becomes in one direction, and exclusive control relating to the shared memories can be minimized.
Further, the present invention can provide a peripheral unit for a programmable controller as follows. The monitor request instruction issuing-side shared memory has a rewrite-flag section for storing a rewrite-flag that shows a rewriting of the device list. The monitor request instruction issuing unit issues a monitor request instruction according to the contents of a new device list when a rewrite-flag of the monitor request instruction issuing-side shared memory has been stood and falls the last rewrite-flag, and continues to issue a monitor request instruction according to the contents of the last device list until when a next rewrite-flag of the monitor request instruction issuing-side shared memory has been stood. The monitor data obtaining-side shared memory has initialization flag section for storing a initialization flag that falls when a device list is changed and that stands when monitor data has been written into the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory after the device list has been changed, and a rewrite-flag section for storing a rewrite-flag that stands when monitor data of the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory has been rewritten by the monitor data obtaining unit and that falls when this monitor data has been read by the monitoring application executing-section. The monitoring application executing-section is given monitor data from the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory when both the initialization flag and the rewrite-flag of the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory have been stood, and is not given the monitor data from the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory when the initialization flag has fallen. Accordingly, it is possible to individually carry out flag control for a rewriting of the device list, a rewriting of monitor data (a device value), and a rewriting of monitor data after changing a device list, respectively. Thus, it is possible to carry out a required monitoring by minimizing data exchanges between the monitor request instruction issuing unit, the monitor data obtaining unit and the monitoring application executing-section.
Further, the present invention can provide a peripheral unit for a programmable controller as follows. The monitor data obtaining-side shared memory has a change flag table section for storing a device value change flag that is set for each device of a device list and that stands when a device value has changed and falls when a device value has been read. The monitor data obtaining unit updates only a device value of the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory for a device of which device value has changed, and stands a device value change flag. The monitoring application executing-section is given a device value of a device for which a device value change flag is standing, from the monitor data obtaining-side shared memory. Accordingly, a flag control of a device value change is carried out for each device. Monitor data of which device value has changed is delivered to the monitoring application executing-section in a device unit. Therefore, it is possible to minimize device values to be exchanged between the monitoring application executing-section and the monitor data obtaining unit.
Further, the present invention can provide a peripheral unit for a programmable controller as follows. A plurality

LandOfFree

Say what you really think

Search LandOfFree.com for the USA inventors and patents. Rate them and share your experience with other people.

Rating

Peripheral unit for a programmable controller does not yet have a rating. At this time, there are no reviews or comments for this patent.

If you have personal experience with Peripheral unit for a programmable controller, we encourage you to share that experience with our LandOfFree.com community. Your opinion is very important and Peripheral unit for a programmable controller will most certainly appreciate the feedback.

Rate now

     

Profile ID: LFUS-PAI-O-3295184

All data on this website is collected from public sources. Our data reflects the most accurate information available at the time of publication.