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Transition from Concept to Unity Pro

A - Conversion
Conversion FAQ

For application conversion from Concept to Unity, please read the FAQ document
provided. It provides important information on the different behaviour and
ergonomics, which are not documented in this short Getting-Started help document.
You can find this document after the installation of Unity via the hyperlink included in
the overall Unity Pro Help. The description itself is located in the folder ...\Schneider

Conversion issues addressed are: Section Control, Concept EFBs, In-Out variables,
and LD execution order

B - Ergonomics
Right mouse click option

Use the right-mouse click to call the pop-up selection of object related functions on an
object (e.g. create a section/operator screen/animation table).
Button Bars and Menu changes

The Button Bar (below the main menu entries) and the content of the main menu
and inside the menu (Edit, View, Service) changes, depending on the object being
edited or the function being active,
i.e..: during editing a FBD section, the button bar provides helpful buttons to directly
place special functions.
Picture 1 below shows the Second Button Bar with the Project Browser having the
focus. The button pressed is for displaying the Structural View.

Picture 1


Picture 2 below shows the same screen, but with the focus on the ST section to be
The Second Button Bar shows buttons, which will insert text objects in the ST section,
applying the Syntax needed. i.e. if-then-else, while, case,

Picture 2

Extended Key functionality

Shortcuts are grouped and follow the Microsoft standard

Alt+ Number: Call tools
F3-F7 (+ shift) are context sensitive
F8-F12 are global functions
Ctrl+ "character" are global functions
The shift key in combination with a shortcut executes the inverse operation of the

Ctrl-Key feature while editing sections

Keeping the Ctrl-Key pressed, while a function lock is selected and placed, allows
that function block to be placed a second time.

Placing Function Blocks efficiently

a) To place a function block in an editor, use the right mouse-click and the entry
"Data Selection" to select (and place) a function block.

b) A second method is to open the Types Library Browser available in the main
menu under TOOLS or directly via ALT + 3. Select a function block out of the
library and drag & drop it directly onto the editor.

C - Differences to Concept

Addressing Mode

In Concept flat addressing by (0x, 1x, 3x and 4x) registers is used. In Unity Pro this
addressing can still be performed by using %Mx , %Ix, %IWx, %MWx for 0x, 1x, 3x
and 4x addresses.
A second type of addressing is introduced in Unity Pro, the topological addressing.
This is the addressing of I/O points by the position of the module placed in the rack,
where the address consists of bus.drop.\rack.slot.word.bit.

Tip: The state ram viewer is accessible from the configuration screen of the Quantum
CPU. It gives the equivalence between the flat address and the topological address.
The addressing is also given in the project browser with number in front of the bus,
the drop, the rack and the module. Picture 3 shows the State Ram Viewer.

Picture 3

Use for IO addresses the topological addressing. The correct address for each
module is displayed in the bottom tab of the open module window for the selected
module in the hardware configurator.

Ebool + Bool

In Concept only Bool variables are available. Unity Pro uses two different variable
types for bit information: BOOL and EBOOL.
Whereas BOOL is the IEC it on / off type, EBOOL brings other features like edge
management (it embeds the history of the bit) and forcing capability.
Be aware that all hardware Bit-Variables must be of the type EBOOL

Build (Compiling the project)

In Unity the project is built offline. In Concept the actual machine code is generated
during the download.
The most efficient method to develop a project is to perform an initial Rebuild All
Project after the project settings and configuration are selected.During section
editing and defining of variables a build, which only builds the changes is sufficient.
But be aware, that once the project is downloaded to the PLC (or Converter) and you
are connected every build will be directly downloaded to the PLC without having to
start an option like Download Changes as in Concept.

D - New

The functional view

In Concept it is possible to group sections, however the groups can not be exported
and imported. Unity Pro provides improved section group functionality. Sections can
be grouped in functional entities, totally independent of the execution order. In Picture
4 you can see that the structure view (on the left) displays the sections as they are
executed, whereas the functional view allows a logical grouping of the sections,
totally independent of any execution order restraints. The functional entities can be
exported and imported.

Picture 4

Integrated small HMI solution

Unity includes integrated Operator screens (like an animated PowerPoint slide). A
complete library (drive, conveyer..) of predefined objects is available.

Drag & Drop features

Drag & Drop features from the data editor (variables) into the logic editors is

Bit extraction and Evaluation on input-pins

In Unity it is possible to directly use bits of words in the logic, without having them
extracted by a function block like word-to-bit. Simply put word1.1 at the input pin of
a function block and bit1 of word1 is taken as the input.

It is also possible to put "ST statements" at input pins. This means, you can directly
put a statement like a+b at an integer pin, where a and b would be two integers
and their sum would be the input.