Is there any option available to configure BRC410 directly in offline configuration mode without developing CAD and compiling them to have Configuration file. I want to edit controller configuration without CAD.
Hi, If you still want to use Composer, yes, you can configure the BRC directly offline and online by selecting Runtime>View Configuration at the controller. Once completed, the controller configuration can be uploaded and saved in Composer. The cfg file saved in Composer can be viewed but not edited, which means that all edits must be done in the controller. Configuring function codes directly in the controller is relatively difficult, time consuming work. Perhaps most importantly, there is a lot of data validation carried out when compiling CLDs which you miss out on when editing the controller directly. This can make getting the controller into service very difficult as only the first error encountered is reported and then the controller redlights. Fix the first error, restart, redlight and so on... Documentation-wise, Composer is not geared for printing out blocks and specs in the same was as the older DOS tools did so you will need to maintain a copy of the configuration some other way. Maintenance, troubleshooting and modification are also relatively difficult without CLDs.
Without Composer, there are no longer any supported module level configuration tools available. There used to be (25 years ago) modules that could be plugged into the MMU to configure controllers directly.
I agree with Alan's response -- you CAN edit the blocks directly in the controller but you SHOULDN'T. Unless you have to, like during testing or startup. As soon as the action slows down, update the CAD sheets and 'verify' until you see 'no difference is found'. I haven't seen a CTM for a while, but they were useful for viewing/tuning a spec when all the EWS PC's were in use by somebody else.