Can you explain what Basic Runtime license Systainer means with the starter kit Simatic S7-1200 PLC Starter kit - - 6ES7212-1BE34-4YB0?
Systainer is the hard-shell case that is used to ship and store the hardware that comes with the starter kit. The Basic Runtime license provided with this starter kit refers to OPC UA communication to/from the S7-1200. Hope this helps!
How does the step 7 basic differ from the TIA portal, and can I effectively use the TIA portal after learning the step 7 basic?
The short answer is, YES! STEP 7 includes a set of subprograms. One of these subprograms is PLCSIM (PLC Simulator). TIA Portal is a software that is used to manage the STEP 7 subprograms.
When you install STEP 7 Basic, TIA Portal will be installed on your computer as well.
So STEP 7 is the software that you use for programming S7 PLCs.
TIA Portal is the software that you use to "manage" the subprograms of STEP 7! ;)
Is this PLC compatible with TIA portal v14? and is it possible to buy just the PLC by itself without the extra software?
Yes, TIA Portal v14 can be used to program an S7-1212C. The part number for just the PLC is 6AG1212-1BE40-4XB0 and the price is €327,00. This is not much less than the whole starter kit. Hope this helps :)!
Can I connect load cell with it?
Hi there, this starter kit comes with an S7--1212C CPU that has 2 0-10VDC Analog Inputs. As long as the weigh scale transmitter has a 0-10VDC analog signal available, the answer is yes. If not, there are a host of low-cost signal converters (like 4-20ma to 0-10VDC) to provide the required signal.
Please bear in mind that I mentioned "weigh scale transmitter"; it is not possible to bring the signal from a single load cell into a PLC. Load cells signals are in millivolts and require a summing box and transmitter to be suitable for input to a PLC.
Hope this helps!
Can this kit be used to learn how to program a Profinet controller?
Hi there, yes there is a built-in Profinet port on the CPU included with every S7-1200 starter kit model. Hope this answers your question, let us know if you have any other questions! :)
Which Windows do we need on our laptop for this software? Would Windows 10 and 7 be oke for this software?
It does work on Windows 7, but must be Windows 7 (64-bit): Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, Windows 7 Professional SP1, Windows 7 Enterprise SP1, Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. Hope this answers your question :)!
how much is this product in US dollars?
The price for this PLC starter kit is currently €374,00 which is about $430! :)
I would like to know how long the licence included in this kit is available?
Is it this kit recommended for beginners?
The STEP 7 Basic software included in the starter kit has an unlimited availability. This would indeed be a great starter kit for beginners.