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Title An EPICS Channel Access Implementation on Siemens PLCs
  • M. Boros
    evopro Holding Zrt., The evopro group, Budapest, Hungary
  • R.N. Fernandes
    ESS, Lund, Sweden
  • B. Peceli, G. Singler
    evopro Innovation Ltd, Budapest, Hungary
Abstract At the European Spallation Source (ESS), a neutron research facility in Sweden, most of the controls are based on PLCs and layered in the following (traditional) way: field equipment <-> PLC <-> EPICS IOC <-> high-level applications. In many situations, the EPICS IOC layer will not implement control logic per se and is only used for converting PLC tags into EPICS PVs to enable the usage of high-level applications such as CS-Studio, Archiver Appliance, and BEAST. To alleviate this (traditional) way of doing controls, we propose a simpler approach: implementation of the Channel Access (CA) protocol in the PLC layer for the latest family of Siemens PLCs to remove the EPICS IOC layer. We called it S7EPICS. S7EPICS fully respects version 13 of the CA protocol specification, and supports multiple EPICS-based client connections at the same time - e.g. CS-Studio, Archiver Appliance - without a noticeable service degradation (i.e. delays). In this paper we introduce this implementation, its architecture and workflow, benchmarking results of tests performed, and future developments that could be pursued such as authentication & authorization mechanisms using, e.g., the Arrowhead Framework.
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Conference ICALEPCS2019
Series International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (17th)
Location New York, NY, USA
Date 05-11 October 2019
Publisher JACoW Publishing, Geneva, Switzerland
Editorial Board Karen S. White (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN, USA); Kevin A. Brown (BNL, Upton, NY, USA); Philip S. Dyer (BNL, Upton, NY, USA); Volker RW Schaa (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany)
Online ISBN 978-3-95450-209-7
Online ISSN 2226-0358
Received 30 September 2019
Accepted 09 October 2019
Issue Date 30 August 2020
DOI doi:10.18429/JACoW-ICALEPCS2019-MOSH3001
Pages 648-652
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