The very compact weighing module SIWAREX WP251 controls dosing and batching tasks completely independent while fulfilling the typical requirements of these processes, such as speed and accuracy.
As part of the SIMATIC S7-1200 basic controller family the module is integrated seamlessly into TIA-Portal. Optionally it also can be used without SIMATIC CPU in stand-alone mode.
Operation and commissioning of the scale are quick and easy: due to the free software example application “Ready-for-use SIWAREX WP251” the commissioning, calibration and operation of the scale can be done completely via the CPU or Touchpanel – thanks to the SIWAREX WP251 function block without any additional programming!
The integration into TIA-Portal allows an activation of user interfaces and an upload to all available SIMATIC operator panels. In combination with a SIMATIC S7-1200 basic controller, all customer and application specific requirements can be realized easily.
In the stand-alone mode all parameters and functions can be accessed and edited via the on board Modbus RTU or Modbus TCP/IP interface. In this case a PC or any Modbus-compatible device can be directly connected and used for operation.
Beside that the SIWAREX WP251 offers a trace function. All traced process values and status information of the scale can be illustrated and analyzed with SIWATOOL V7 and, if required, edited in spreadsheets.
SIWAREX WP251 electronic weighing module
SIWAREX WP251 is a flexible weighing module for dosing and filling processes. The compact module can be installed seamlessly in the SIMATIC S7-1200 automation system. It can also be used without a SIMATIC CPU in stand-alone mode.
SIWAREX WP251 offers the following key advantages:
- Uniform design technology and consistent communication in SIMATIC S7-1200
- Uniform configuration with TIA Portal
- Operation without SIMATIC CPU also possible
- Direct connection of an operator panel possible via Ethernet
- Direct connection of a remote display via RS 485 interface
- Modbus TCP/IP interface
- Modbus RTU interface
- Four digital inputs and outputs, one analog output
- Measurement of weight and force with a high resolution of up to ± 4 million parts and an accuracy of 0.05%
- Simple calibration and setup of the scale using SIWATOOL V7 via the Ethernet interface
- Recovery-point for the simple restoration of all parameters
- Automatic calibration without the need for calibration weights
- Supports replacement of module without recalibration of scales
- Direct use in hazardous area zone 2
SIWAREX WP251 is the optimum solution wherever fast and precise dosing and filling are required. The typical applications of SIWAREX WP251 are:
• Automatic catchweighing instrument
• Automatic gravimetric filling instrument
• Non-automatic weighing instrument (NAWI)
SIWAREX WP251 is a compact technology module in the SIMATIC S7-1200, and communicates directly via the system bus with the SIMATIC S7-1200 controller.
The compact weighing module with a width of 70 mm (2.76 inches) is installed using a mounting rail. This is extremely user-friendly.
The connections for the power supply, the load cells, the RS-485 port, the digital inputs/outputs, and the analog output are located on removable screw connector blocks. An RJ45 port is available for the Ethernet connection (SIWATOOL and Modbus TCP/IP).
System integration in SIMATIC
The electronic weighing system described here is a technology module for SIMATIC S7- 1200. The system, including the weighing application, can be configured as desired in the automation solution. You can create optimal solutions for small and medium-sized plants by combining the suitable SIMATIC modules. You can create customized or industry-specific solutions in no time with the help of the configuration package available under the “Ready for use” application for SIMATIC.
SIWAREX WP251 controls dosing and filling processes completely autonomously. The dosing valves (coarse/fine flow) can be controlled directly via the four digital outputs of the module. This achieves maximum accuracy since the weighing process is controlled completely independently of the CPU and its cycle time.
The CPU can be used to manage recipes and material parameters. These parameters and the desired setpoint are then transferred to SIWAREX WP251 by function block, and the dosing process is started. SIWAREX WP251 automatically optimizes the shut-off points, generates statistics, and logs every dosing task in the internal protocol memory that is also accessible from the CPU and can be read out by the CPU.
Diverse options are available for commissioning. The SIWAREX WP251 function block enables full access to all parameters of the SIWAREX WP251. The downloadable example application “ready-for-use” provides full data access to the weighing module, calibration options and operation of the scale – without any additional programming effort. Further, the PC service software SIWATOOL V7 that communicates via Ethernet with the SIWAREX module can be used for commissioning. Access using W-LAN is thus also possible by means of a WIFI access point. Consequently, remote access via the Internet is also no problem. For servicing purposes, centralized access to all scales from a single location is possible – worldwide. In addition, there is full access to all parameters and commands, both via the RS485 port (Modbus RTU) and via the Ethernet interface (Modbus TCP/IP), meaning that full commissioning and operation can also take place via these channels.
SIWAREX WP251 provides the weighing modes Non-automatic weighing instrument, Automatic catchweighing instrument and Automatic gravimetric filling instrument.
In the operating modes Non-automatic weighing instrument and Automatic catchweighing instrument, there is a choice between filling mode and emptying mode. The entire filling or dosing process is fully controlled from SIWAREX WP251. It is only necessary to transfer a setpoint and a start command to the module. The coarse flow, fine flow and empty signals can be switched directly via the digital outputs of the module.
The weight, as well as all scale and dosing status bits, is available cyclically in the program code in the PLC for further evaluation. If stand-alone mode of the module is activated, there is an additional guarantee that dosing and operation of the scales can continue even in the event of a CPU stop.
SIWATOOL V7 is a special program for commissioning and servicing and runs with Windows operating systems.
The program enables the user to perform scale calibration without requiring automation engineering skills. During servicing, the technician can use a PC to analyze and test the procedures in the scale. Reading the diagnostics buffer from SIWAREX WP251 is extremely helpful when analyzing events.
The following are just some of the tasks that can be carried out using SIWATOOL V7:
- Parameter assignment and calibration of the scale
- Testing of scale properties
- Recording and analysis of weighing sequence
|Weighing applications||Non-automatic weighing instrument (NAWI)
Automatic gravimetric filling instrument
Automatic catchweighing instrument
|Integration in automation systems||SIMATIC S7-1200
Other systems via Modbus RTU or
|Communication interfaces (on board)||SIMATIC S7-1200 Bus
RS485 (Modbus RTU)
Ethernet (Modbus TCP/IP & SIWATOOL)
|Internal resolution||Up to +/- 4 million parts|