NETWORK PROGRAMMING FOR APT®
Finally! Use APT® over Ethernet using Windows and CTI 2500 SeriesTM Processors or 2572-A
Application Productivity Tool (APT®) is the system of choice for development and operation of many process control applications using CTI 2500 SeriesTM or Simatic® 505. However, as a legacy DOS application, APT® has always been limited to connecting to the PLC using a serial
port. With APTnet you can now use APT® to communicate with any CTI 2500 SeriesTM or Simatic® 505 system in your plant using Ethernet and the CTI 2572-A.
APT® users have historically been limited to programming serially using the PLC programming
port. Besides the inconvenience, this method involves very long download times on the large programs that are typical of APT®systems.
Now, using our APTnet package and the CTI 2572-A Fast Ethernet Module or a 2500 SeriesTM processor, you can program the PLC using APT® and any standard NIC supported by Windows. And there's no complicated setup! Because of the advanced capabilities of APTnet and the 2572-A, downloads of large programs are dramatically faster.
In a benchmark test, APTnet downloaded a program in 4 minutes vs 40 minutes using a serial download. Actual speed differences will vary depending on program size, PC performance, and network loading.
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