IEC is a standard for programming languages used in programmable . When programming a PLC according to IEC , three so called pro-. PLC standard programming languages: IEC Abstract: Today, if programmable controllers from more than one vendor are used, more than one method of. IEC IEC SC65A(Sec)49, PC Languages. IEC 64A(Sec) IEC name change it took 20 years to make that standard C. Fantuzzi. 5.

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A function block program, for example, can incorporate ladder diagram logic in it. For more information on Bristol Babcock, please visit their website at http: This article was written and provided by Bristol Babcock. IEC is a powerful, flexible, and adaptable standard that includes something for every programming taste and style. If this algorithm were to kec written in Structured Text, it would be: Users can also develop their own libraries, which ice include calls to the IEC standard library and any applicable manufacturers’ libraries.

It is always referred to by its created name.

IEC-1131 – The First Universal Process Control Language

I ntroduction IEC is the first international standard for process control software. Once variables have been declared globally, they can then be used in any POU by being re-declared as “External”. This declaration would occur in the “System Resource” section of the project. Regardless of the type of POU or Language used, all variables must be declared. Any use of a Function Block is referred to as an “instance” of that block. If shown as a Function Block, it looks like this: Programs are simply POUs created in any of the languages, which can incorporate unique code, or can include any Functions or Function Blocks, created locally to a Project, 11313- referenced from external Libraries.


Inputs and outputs between the blocks are wired graphically using a mouse.

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The standard library of IEC 1131-3 mostly of Functions. This allows graphical representation of logic in a form easily understood by electrical technicians and engineers alike. Typically, these would also be firmware libraries. The Function must be declared as a variable type, can be created in any of the five languages, and can be used in any of the five languages.

Users can create programs in any combination of the five languages, and can develop code as POUs that are re-usable within a project, and can be stored as libraries for use in stahdard projects.

All user-declared POUs, regardless of type, can be written in any of the five languages.

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Functions are pre-programmed calculations that accept numerous inputs, but return only one output. The control algorithm can include reusable ice referred to as “program organization units POUs ” which include Functions, Function Blocks, and Programs.

Typically, a programmer would create his own algorithms as Functions or Function Blocks in Structured Text and use them as callable procedures in any of the five languages.

Cyclic Cyclic tasks run at programmer-declared intervals. The following is an example of the Function shown on the previous page, in a Structured Text equation: Using Structured text, the code above is written as: The manufacturers who support this standard are free to use their own on-line interface software, and future developments will allow more powerful shandard capabilities between controllers of different manufacturers.

A brief example would be: The general construct of a control algorithm includes the use of “tasks”, each of which can have one or more Program POUs. The IEC Standard includes a library of pre-programmed functions and function blocks.

System tasks are triggered to execute once on specific events within the running program.