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LabVIEW TwinCAT ADS by FisoThemes - Toolkit for LabVIEW Download

Unofficial LabVIEW TwinCAT Toolkit for communicating with Beckhoff PLCs via ADS

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Version1.2.5.13
ReleasedApr 08, 2024
Publisher FisoThemes
License MIT
LabVIEW VersionLabVIEW>=18.0
Operating System Windows
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Description

Easy-to-use Unofficial LabVIEW TwinCAT Toolkit for communicating with Beckhoff PLCs via ADS. Features include invoking RPC methods, reading/writing PLC variables (including all standard types, pointers, references, time, strings, wide strings, structs composed of the aforementioned, nested structs, and multi-dimensional arrays of the aforementioned datatypes), introspective capabilities (retrieve symbol and type information), the ability to build your own low-level VIs via extensions, and more.

Minimum Requirements:
- LabVIEW 2018 (32/64-bit) or above
- .NET Framework 4.6.2 (installed by default with LabVIEW)
- TwinCAT 3.1.4024.10 XAE/XAR and above (haven't tested below 4024.10; might work with lower versions)

Important Notes:

Connection
1. You may notice that the `Connect.vi` is slow in connection. This is normal.
The VI is simply caching the symbols and types in LabVIEW rather than keeping them in a .NET collection. The reason for this is that lookup times on the .NET Ads-XYZ-Collection are very slow. The further I moved away from making calls to any of Beckhoff's .NET libraries the faster operations became. The penalty for doing this is a slow connection.

2. Because of the caching system, online changes are currently not supported.

3. You do not need to disconnect before disposal. The `Dispose.vi` VI will disconnect for you.

Read, Write, and Invoke Method
1. Operations involving `UNION`s and `INTERFACE`s types are not yet supported.

2. To read and write to pointers simply add the dereferencing symbol to your symbol name e.g. `pValue^`.

3. First calls to an operation (Reading/Writing a symbol or Invoking a Method) will be slow due to caching. Subsequent calls to read/write/method-invoking operations will be faster.

4. When sending numbers, arrays of numbers, or structs with numbers, enums, etc., the numbers will be coerced to the type defined in the PLC for that variable/parameter. This is by design. LabVIEW is a graphical language so switching between Single Precision Float and Doubles is an absolute pain.

5. LabVIEW Arrays don't need to be the same size as the PLC arrays to write them. Write what you need; the rest will be filled in with defaults.

Events
1. Online change is not supported. However, you can update variables on the PLC without needing to disconnect on the LabVIEW side via `Login with Download`, `Restart TwinCAT System`, and `Activate TwinCAT Configuration`. All symbols will automatically be reloaded into memory.

NOTE: Any reads or writes running during this process will produce errors; just ignore these errors until reconnection is complete. They will stop once that happens.

2. Don't forget to close the Registration Refnum after you're done. User Events references are automatically closed on disposal.

Other
1. When using extensions, please only close the .NET references with an asterisk (*) on their label at the connector pane. The ones without an asterisk are managed for you.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, issues, or suggestions.

Release Notes

1.2.5.13 (Apr 08, 2024)

New Features:
- Added `Read PLC Type.vi`
- Added Alias names to Notifications. This means you can listen for changes to the same symbol at different rates.

Improvements:
- Speed of `Read Multiple.vi` and `Write Multiple.vi`

Fixes:
- Issue reading/writing values of symbols of pointer types that didn't end with ^(dereference character).
- Issue reading/writing non-jagged arrays.
- Issue where writing dates for DT type didn't take into account daylight savings.
- Issue reading and writing `REFERENCE TO` types greater than 4 or 8 bytes (depending on the bitness of the machine).

fisothemes was a contributor to this release


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