Siemens SIMATIC PDM programming tricks


When you’re making programming changes to a field device, you don’t always have time to wait. Here’s a hidden feature that helps you speed up the process between Siemens SIMATIC PDM and HART field instruments.

Normally, when you’re using PDM software, it takes a minute or so to upload or download changes to and from your HART devices. Seems like an eternity when all you need to do is change a range.

So, I’m going to let you in on a feature you might not have seen before.

The Online mode in PDM enables you to write a couple parameters without downloading the entire profile.

Siemens SIMATIC PDM online mode

I’ve written a short document that takes you step-by-step through the procedure of enabling and using Online mode in SIMATIC PDM.  (532K .PDF)

A couple minutes savings doesn’t amount to much if you only use it once. But if you’re updating field devices often, this could be a real time-saver in your day.

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Lesman Instrument Company is the authorized Siemens representative in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Paducah KY, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If you are located outside that area, you can find your local sales office or get technical assistance by calling 800-365-8766.

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