Automax Programming Executive to Studio 5000

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Introduction

This utility converts (migrates, translates) Reliance Electric Automax programs that were created with the Automax Programming Executive (AMX) programming software to Studio 5000, in other words Automax to ControlLogix (CLx).

Data

COMMON variables are made CONTROLLER scope tags and are all upper case.
LOCAL variables are PROGRAM scope tags and are all lower case.

AMX V3 allows variables of different types (%, @, etc) to have the same name. CLX doesn't allow this. Therefore a suffix (_i,_b,_r, etc) will be added to all tags.

AMX "tuneables" are prefixed with a "z_". This makes them easily identifiable and they appear at the bottom of the program scope tag list.

Logic

The logic will be converted to equivalent CLX code.
If equivalent conversion is not possible an error message will be generated in the converted logic and an alternative method will be suggested (move blocks are the prime example).

It is possible to have Basic statements in the .BLK program. If possible, they will be converted to Structured Text language. There will be a separate routine to hold all the basic statements. Beware of "order of execution" issues.

CLX Structured Text does not support jumps or GOTO’s. These, and any other non-supported functions will be remarked out. They will be noted in the log file.

The CLX FBD blocks will be combined to use the minimum number of sheets to efficiently show signal flow.

You will receive one ACD file for each BLK program and one ACD file for each PC task.

AMX PC programs have upward and downward transition elements. These have been implemented by using "ONS" instructions at the beginning of each PC routine. This has worked fine in many, many cases. However, there is a possibility that an "order of execution" issue may occur. Please be aware.

Basic programs (BAS) will not be converted. Please contact us if you need your BAS programs converted.

A log file will be created that lists all the problems.

Documentation

All documentation will convert.

CLX has reserved words. If a variable is the same as a CLX reserved word it will be renamed.

I/O

There will be no remapping of I/O.

Conversion samples

Automax_program Automax_CLx (a picture's worth a thousand words)

Miscellaneous

Studio 5000 version 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

BC comic, time capsule

Price

Three options are available:

This is an automated conversion. Your program is converted and sent to you. This option is not available with all services.
1 - This option is not available
Typical conversion turn around time: 24 hours
Starting at: Not available

Your program is converted then we review it to make sure it will work the way you want it. This option is not available with all services.
2 - This option is not available
Typical conversion turn around time: 1 business day
Starting at: Not available

We convert your program, review it, and manually edit the logic so that you can download it and start testing. This includes remapping the I/O if possible.
3 - Program conversion plus initial cleanup by our engineer.
Typical conversion turn around time: 5 business days
Starting at: $4.00 (USD) per rung (recommended)

Please note:
Due to the complex conversion of the Automax we can only provide Option 3 (conversion and cleanup).


What do I need to do

Upload the program from the PLC!
Save the program (<project name>.*) as a zip or7-zip file. Do not include the path. (One PLC program per zip file.)
Your program will include file extensions such as: PC, BLK (Save the entire SalesOrder directory as a single zip file)

What to expect

You will be asked to fill out your contact information and upload your program through our secure website.
You will select specific options for this conversion, such as processor type, redundancy, and I/O remapping.
You will receive a Ticket Number.
Your program will be queued for automated processing.
Your program will be converted and a log file generated to show trouble spots.
When your program is ready you will receive a notice via email.
Pay for your converted program with any major credit card or company purchase order.
Please note that if you are paying with a company PO your converted program will not be released until payment is received or you have made prior arrangements.
We email you the converted program and log file.
Take the rest of the day off.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

We guarantee that your program will be converted correctly. (no fine print)

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