Starting with 1.2207.11 of ctrlX Configurator, two modes are offered for configuring the ctrlX I/O product family, function or product based. The user has to select the preferred configuration mode in the folder "ctrlX I/O", see sceenshot below.
Automatic module selection by configurator
Based on user-specified number of channels
Number of required booster modules is selected automatically
User-defined selection of required I/O modules by its product name, e.g. "XI110116 - 16 CHANNELS, 1-WIRE , 24VDC, 3MS FILTERING TIME"
Minimum number of required booster modules is considered automatically by the configurator
Info-i shows detailed technical data with direct link to online documentation, see example below
💡 Please note: Switching between configuration modes is only possible by loosing present I/O configuration.
Display list of selected I/O modules
All selected modules are listed
on the left side of the configuration dialogue, see example below
within the details dialogue of the I/O station (graphic view of the configuration project)
in the list view of the configuration project
in the product or project summary
in the CSV export file
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Starting with 1.2207.11 of ctrlX Configurator, it is possible to make user-specific settings. Clicking on the user icon in the header, the button USER SETTINGS appears, see screenshot below.
Clicking on the button USER SETTINGS the corresponding dialogue opens, see see screenshot below.
Presently there is only one option to change, the display of list prices (for internal users only). Further options will be extended in the next releases.
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Starting with 1.2207.11 of ctrlX Configurator, all connections between two products are configured in a uniform configuration dialog. The connections are created, edited and deleted via this dialog. For simplified configuration the names of the device ports are named.
The configuration dialog is structured as shown below in an example:
The connection dialog opens as below when creating a new connection between two products. With the pulldown menue the required connection type can be choosen.
When selecting an existing connection via double-click or the "configure" action button (e.g. in the command header), the connection dialog opens with an overview on all connections already configured, see example below.
Here you have following options:
Create another connection (when action button "NEW CONNECTION" is active)
Click on the "edit" icon to change the corresponding existing connection, then close dialog or create a new connection
Click on the "delete" icon to delete the corresponding existing connection, then close dialog or create a new connection
Display of connections in Graphic View
With the new connection configurator, the connections are displayed graphically in the Graphic View in a clear form. All connections between two products are displayed in a common connection line. Their arrangement to the product symbols is flexibly oriented according to the automation topologies created by the user. The type of the graphic connection line depends on the configured connection types, see examples below.
Type of connection
Ethernet Fieldbus Safety Ethernet (SMMC)
DC bus and Ethernet
Encoder and power (double cable)
Encoder and power (hybrid/single cable)
SafetyLink Multi-Ethernet Fieldbus
Encoder and power as hybrid (Mi)
Special use cases
Changing interfaces of an already connected product
If the product configuration of a used interface is changed and the corresponding product connection is no longer correct, this is indicated in the Graphic View by a hint symbol and a red connection line. The connection dialogue still shows the prior communication settings.
See example below with the products XM21 control and HCS01 drive connected with an EtherCAT communication protocol.
When changing HCS01 to PROFINET communication, the connection is flagged.
Opening the connection dialogue the prior communication settings are shown.
In this case there are the following possible solutions:
Deleting and renewing the connection
Changing the interface configuration of the respective product. In this case the correct connection will be set. See example below with the result shown in the oveview dialogue.
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