Keyence KV Studio Software

Keyence is a global name in factory automation, providing advanced sensing & measuring solutions. Including sensors, machine vision systems, bar code readers, measuring instruments & PLCs. It's a Japan based company having global reach. Keyence provide good range of automation controllers, which can be easily programmed using their PLC software called KV Studio. Subscribe to Automation-Talk by Email.

Keyence KV Studio

KV Studio is a PLC software which can be easily programmed and you can download its DEMO version if you want to try it. The latest version of this software is 7. "KV STUDIO" is software for creating ladder programs that combines ease of use and powerful programming processing capabilities.

Features Keyence KV Studio

1. New Unit Editor:

This function is provided for building a system for the KV-5500/5000/3000/1000/700 Series and KV Nano Series. It is used to configure the settings of and assign relays and DM entries on the units of the KV-5500/5000/3000/1000/700
Series and KV Nano Series. You can print unit structure diagrams and lists of settings.

2. Simulator function:

Simulation function is very important for offline testing of PLC program and KV Studio PLC Software also supports it. You can simulate the operation of the ladder program you have created without connecting any KV Series units. This enables you to debug the program you have created and you can also easily perform troubleshooting by conducting continuous scan execution, single scan execution, and single step execution. Reversed step execution is also possible.

2. Monitor function:

You can use the ladder program that you have created to perform online monitoring of the ON/OFF status of contacts in real time. You can display time charts. You can perform online editing.

3. Directly programmable algorithms.

Programming time is significantly reduced by the direct programming algorithm.

Keyence KV Studio features

KV STUDIO Ver. 7 supports the KV series CPU units. Because KV STUDIO Ver. 7 has a function that automatically converts previously created ladder programs when they are read, you can smoothly migrate to the new programming environment.

This software supports PLC's like KV-5500, KV-5000, KV-3000, KV-1000, KV-700/700+M, KV Nano Series*, KV-P16, KV-10/16/24/40.

You can install this software on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 and equipped with an RS-232C or USB interface.

KV STUDIO Ver. 7 can read the ladder programs for the KZ-300/350 and KZ-A500. When KV STUDIO Ver. 7 reads a ladder program file for the KZ-300/350 (*.ldc) or KZ-A500 (*.ldx), the file is converted into the KV STUDIO file format (*.kpr).

Downloading Keyence KV Studio Software

You can easily download trial version of this software from their official website. You will just have to sign-up and then you can download this software.

Download Keyence KV Studio Software

Note: Do download its user manual before using this software and you can easily learn how to use this software.

Omron HMI Communication With Keyence FA-M3 Series PLC

NV Range of HMI by Omron is capable of communicating with a wide range of PLC. As we already discussed the NV HMI Communication Cable for Panasonic PLC ,Omron HMI Cable Diagram for Allen Bradley PLC , Omron NV HMI Connection with Siemens PLC. Today we will see the step by step procedure for NV HMI Communication with Keyence FA-M3 Series PLC.

RS 232 Communication Between Keyence PLC and Omron NV HMI :-

There are to methods for making a physical connection between HMI & PLC. Either we can connect through Personal Computer Link Module OR Direct Connection to CPU Module. We will see the communication cable diagram for both the types of connections.

||Connecting through a Personal Computer Link Module||

For making this type of connection you need to have the Link Module F3LC11-1N or F3LC11-1F or F3LC12-1F. Make the cable with the following connection diagram.

PLC Side ----------------------------------------------------------------------HMI
Pin 2(RD) -----------------------------------------------------------------Terminal 4(SD)
Pin 3(SD) -----------------------------------------------------------------Terminal 5(RD)
Pin 5(SG) -----------------------------------------------------------------Terminal 8(SG)

Note:- Also short the Pin 4 and 6 , Pin 7 and 8 at the PLC Side.

||Direct Connection to CPU Module||

For this type of communication scheme you will need the KM11-2T Programming Tool Cable. Make the connections as shown below.

PLC Side ----------------------------------------------------------------------HMI
Pin 2(RD) -----------------------------------------------------------------Terminal 5(SD)
Pin 3(SD) -----------------------------------------------------------------Terminal 4(RD)
Pin 5(SG) -----------------------------------------------------------------Terminal 8(SG)

Note:- Also short the Pin 4 and 6 , Pin 7 and 8 at the PLC Side.

Now after making the hardware connection as per your suitability , we have to make some settings both at PLC and HMI side.

|| Settings in NV Designer for Keyence Plc||

NV Designer is the HMI software used to make the screens in NV HMI. Open the NV designer software , Create a New Project and select the proper NV HMI Model which you are using and after that in PLC Type select "Yokogawa FM-M3 Series" and then click Next and select System Memory Area accordingly.

Now we have to define Communication Parameters Both at HMI and PLC side. To set the Communication Parameters in the NV Designer go to PT----NV Configuration and under Communication Parameter Tab select baud Rate as 19200Kbps , Data Bit as 8 , Stop Bit 1 and Parity as None and check sum Enabled.

Also make the following settings in Keyence FA-M3 series PLC:-

Station number--------->> 1
Baud rate--------->> 19,200 bps
Data bits--------->> 8
Stop bits--------->> 1
Parity--------->> None
Checksum--------->> None
End character specification--------->>Enabled
Protection--------->> None

After doing the step by step procedure as told above , you can communicate the NV HMI with keyence PLC easily . Make a sample screen in NV HMI , and test the communication. If you still face any problem then you can write us in comment section. Also you can subscribe to get all latest updates regarding PLC & HMI by subscribing to Automation-Talk by Email.

PLC Programming for Dancing Light - PLC Programming

Many users mailed us for making the PLC program for the dancing light, so here we will see the PLC Logic for making a fancy light decoration system. This PLC program can be used for lighting systems in house or for any festive celebration time. We will see here in detail the logic of PLC programming and the steps involved in making the PLC Program.

PLC Programming for Dancing Light - PLC Programming

Here in this PLC Program we are considering six numbers of LED, 1 start push button, 1 stop push button and 1 selector switch. We will write the PLC program for 2 different mode i.e the LED's will glow in two different pattern.

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Mode 1 Pattern of LED Glowing:- While writing this PLC logic we have made the PLC program in such a way that when we will push the Start button then LED 1 will glow, after 1 second LED 2 will glow and again after 1 second LED 3 will glow and so ON and after 6th LED the cycle will start again. The number of LED's can be more as per the need and application.

See the Below table for better understanding.

Time -----------LED1 ------------LED2---------LED3---------LED4--------LED5------------LED6
T=0sec ---------OFF--------------OFF----------OFF----------OFF----------OFF-------------OFF
T=1sec ---------ON --------------OFF----------OFF----------OFF---------OFF-------------OFF
T=2sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------OFF-----------OFF---------OFF-------------OFF
T=3sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------ON------------OFF---------OFF-------------OFF
T=4sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------ON------------ON----------OFF-------------OFF
T=5sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------ON------------ON----------ON--------------OFF
T=5sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------ON------------ON----------ON--------------ON

and then again the cycle resets after every 6 seconds.

Mode 2 Pattern of LED Glowing :-

In the second mode , which will be on when we will select it by selector switch the LED 1 and LED6 will glow first for 1 second then LED 2 and LED 5 will glow and then LED 3 and LED 4 .

See below table for a clear understanding.

Time -----------LED1 ------------LED2---------LED3---------LED4--------LED5------------LED6
T=0sec ---------OFF--------------OFF----------OFF----------OFF----------OFF-------------OFF
T=1sec ---------ON --------------OFF----------OFF----------OFF----------OFF--------------ON
T=2sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------OFF----------OFF----------ON---------------ON
T=3sec ---------ON --------------ON-----------ON------------ON----------ON---------------ON

And then after 3 seconds the cycle resets.

PLC Logic Development for Dancing Light


0.0 --- Start Push Button -- (NO)
0.1 --- Stop Push Button --- (NC)
0.2 --- Selector Switch --- (1 pole)


100.0 ------------- LED 1
100.1 ------------- LED 2
100.2 ------------- LED 3
100.3 ------------- LED 4
100.4 ------------- LED 5
100.5 ------------- LED 6

We have considered only 6 LED here only, however the PLC Programming can be extended for any numbers of LED you want and also the glowing pattern can be changed as you like. If you have some any other pattern in mind and want to make PLC Logic according to that then tell us , we will make for you.

You can download the PLC Program below. We have attached both .pdf and cx-programmer file.

Download PLC Program for Dancing Light.

If you have any queries in ,PLC Programming then write in comment section or want any PLC program related to Dancing Light then tell us we will make it for you.

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Baldor Flex Family Servo Drive Communication Cable

Baldor earlier has launched Flex family of Servo Drive, Which has female RS232 port on it for Communication with PC or Laptop for Auto-Tuning Purpose. We will see the Communication Cable Diagram for this cable here in this Post.

||Baldor Flex Family Servo Drive Communication Cable||

If you observe carefully then its a simple cross communication cable. See the below communication cable diagram and make the cable accordingly.

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How to Connect Omron Rotary Encoder to PLC

How to Connect Omron Rotary Encoder to PLC
Encoders finds their application in various applications in industry. From Instrumentation point of view we can see Encoder as a device which provide us the pulses for rotatory movement.In Most of the applications it is used to provide the feedback and thus a better controlling.

Omron Rotary encoder E6B2 comes with open collector output and as well as line driver output. It has external shaft dia up to 40mm and it has a resolution of up to 2000PPR.

Some may want to know what is PPR in encoders ?? well PPR stands for Pulse Per Revolution i.e the number of pulses it will be giving in one full revolution.Also as per our need we can select either PNP or NPN type output. Generally in all the cases we need to interface the encoder with PLC to receive the PULSES.

The use of encoders in Automation is for detecting/calculating the length or distance traveled with the input from encoder pulses , for measuring the speed or for high-processing of data. For more detail on encoders you can see here.

How to Connect Encoder to PLC?

For connecting the Encoder to our PLC we have to make sure that our PLC accepts high speed counter inputs and we have to connect the encoder accordingly to that terminals only. Omron PLC CP1E/CP1H have 4 high speed counter inputs and we can connect up to 4/6 encoders.
Omron encoder E6B2 series have 5 wires and of different colour. Make connections as depicted below.

Wire Colour -------------------------------------------------------------Type

Brown------------------------------------------------------------------- + 24 V DC
Blue ------------------------------------------------------------------- 0 V Dc
Black ------------------------------------------------------------------ Output Phase A
White ------------------------------------------------------------------ Ouput Phase B
Orange ----------------------------------------------------------------- Phase Z

So connect your Encoder accordingly as shown above. Here we will tell you how to interface it with PLC. We will take example of OMRON PLC CP1E. We have to just connect 3 wires to PLC high speed counter Terminals and configure them in the software for Receiving the Pulses.
Interfacing the Encoder with Omron PLC CP1E:-


We will take example here as connecting the encoder to High speed counter 0.


Encoder Side--------------------------------------------------------PLC Side

Black-------------------------------------------------------------- 0.0
White-------------------------------------------------------------- 0.1
Orange------------------------------------------------------------- 0.4

Similarly we can connect it to any high speed counter input , just we have to check what are the terminals assigned for that HIGH Speed Counter in PLC.

After making the connections we have to write the suitable PLC Program for the reading of Pulses and processing the PV value of Encoder.

PLC Programming and necessary settings in CX-Programmer will be discussed in next post. So just reading here and also you can subscribe to get all related updates in yours Inbox. If you are facing any problem in connecting up your encoder then feel free to write in comment sections. PLC Programming for Encoder will be discussed in next post. If you like our articles do Subscribe to Automation-Talk by Email for more such awesome articles.

Download OMNUC U-series Computer Monitor Software

There are many useful software which Omron offers for free and one of such software for servo is OMNUC U-series. It is Computer Monitor Software which is used for many useful functions and can be used for Parameter editing, Jog operation and auto tuning, checking the condition of servo drivers, displaying graphs related to speed or torque on a IBM PC/AT or compatible computers. Subscribe to Automation-Talk by Email.

This is useful software for many servo drives and as stated above can be used for various operations. The main servo supported by this software are as below.

I. R88D-UA**H/-UA**L (30 to 750 W, analog input)
II. R88D-UP**H/-UP**L (30 to 750 W, pulse-train input)
III. R88D-UA**HA/-UA**LA (30 to 750 W, analog input, upgraded version)
IV. R88D-UP**HA/-UP**LA (30 to 750 W, pulse-train input, upgraded version)
V. R88D-UT**H (1 to 5 kW, combined analog/pulse train input )
VI. R88D-UT**V/-UT**W (30 to 750 W, combined analog/pulse train input, product meets EN standards)
VII. R88D-UEP**H/-UEP**L (100 to 750 W, pulse-train input, UE models)

This is very versatile software and enables communication with up to 14 Servo Drivers using only one computer and also supports absolute encoder (HA/LA) setup.

How to Get OMNUC U-series Computer Monitor Software for FREE

1. You will first need to go to

2. Register yourself, as you will need it to download the OMNUC U-series software.

3. Now go to Download section and then to Products.

4. In product click on Software and then to Umon.

Download OMNUC U-series Computer Monitor Software

5. There you can see the download link of the OMNUC U-series software, its manual and connecting cables diagram.

6. OMNUC U-series is a small program and is only 201.13kB and it is a very old program and I don't think many of you may be using it.

Complete path can be summarized as /downloads/4.Products/Software/Umon/

Note: Do read the installation notes before installing the software on manual.

Do let us know if you already using this software and also let us know how it is useful to you. Please also provide feedback about this software. Do subscribe to our blog for more such free Automation software's.

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