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RSTune

Technical Data

R software
STune is Rockwell Softwares Windows -based

for analyzing and tuning PID control


loops in Allen-Bradleys MicroLogix, PLC-5, SLC


500, and ControlLogix programmable logic
controllers. Optimizing your process and reducing
process variability with RSTune improves efficiency,
increases productivity, reduces waste, and improves
safety quickly and effectively. Using RSTune, you can
analyze, simulate, document, and download optimal
tuning parameters, all from an intuitive and familiar
software environment. RSTune runs under Windows
95/98/2000 and Windows NT operating environments.

RSTune Features
Toolbars on the time plot: This makes zooming, editing, averaging, or PID loop tuning categories: Categories can be selected for Load tuning
filtering your real-time data a snap. or Setpoint tuning from the simulation plot. This shows you the

OPC support: RSTune is an OPC client (RSLinx 2.1 and above only) performance of the loop under either condition.

Extra trend: An extra trend can be added to allow you to watch another Pre-download setting analysis: This allows you to see the performance

variable in the same trend. of your loops before actually downloading them to the controller.

RSLogix 5000 PID function block interface Data optimization: Data can be zoomed, filtered, averaged, and
line-edited.
Viewing of real-time trend values: Real-time trend values can be
viewed as ToolTips by positioning the cursor on the trend line. Control loop testing: RSTune includes powerful analysis plots that
provide critical performance information on your loops.
View part of a control loop simulation: Easily expand or shrink the
range on the simulation plot so you can view the part of the simulation Hysteresis check: This allows you to determine whether your control

that interests you most. elements (e.g. valves) are suffering from hysteresis.

Seamless connectivity to your control loops: RSTune uses RSLinx Tuning reports: Tuning reports include data, notes, and graphics.

Standard, Professional, or OEM (OPC only) for all supported processors.

AutoTune: The easy-to-use AutoTune sequence reduces the time


required to tune a loop from hours to minutes.

Archiving: Manual archiving of multiple sets of data allows before-and-


after analysis easily.

Performance increase display: The performance increase from tuning


your loop is displayed on the faceplate.
Easy-to-Use Communication Setup You can also manually collect data for those loops that may require
RSTune lets you configure communication to your processor. RSLinx special techniques.
can be used to communicate with the processor controlling your PID RSTune supports simultaneous displaying of multiple faceplates. This is
instruction address. useful when process dependencies are present. Observing multiple
Note: RSTune requires the use of the full feature version of RSLinx. faceplates allows you to see the effects of one control loop on another.
RSLinx OEM will communicate with RSTune via OPC only. RSTune will
not work with RSLinx Lite. Faceplate and Trend
RSTune includes a software simulation file that you can use to learn the RSTune allows you to select either Setpoint (Lambda) tuning, or load-

operation of the software. It does not require an actual processor or any type tuning. Various settings may be tested prior to downloading using

additional communication software to operate. Using the software the advanced analysis methods available. RSTune will also display the

simulation file, you can perform all the functions of RSTune including probable performance increase of new setting so you can choose the

filtering, editing, advanced analysis, and simulated downloading of new best possible settings for your application.

tuning parameters. To optimize your data prior to calculating new tuning parameters, you

The loop simulator provides advanced simulation, including cascade and may zoom in on any portion of the data and edit out unwanted

feedforward loops, with multiple simultaneous simulations on the same information.

plot for easy comparison. Loop notes may be added for each PID loop, including those that have
been filtered or edited. A Created from comment is automatically added
AutoTune Sequence to the notes section when data is edited.
The RSTune AutoTune is a sequence of questions that you can follow to RSTune also allows you to perform a Hysteresis check that will
have RSTune automatically calculate new PID tuning parameters for automatically calculate the amount of Hysteresis present, as well as
your control loop. indicate any possible problems with valve sizing or transmitter spans.
You can gather data in either the Auto or Manual mode for your Statistical analysis may also be performed on your loop data.
controller, changing either the Setpoint or the controller output.
Analysis
The AutoTune sequence reduces the amount of time required to tune a
loop, and minimizes product waste and rework. This feature also helps RSTune provides four powerful advanced analysis windows that allow you
ensure that you have optimal data when calculating new tuning to analyze your data and tuning parameters. These windows can be used
parameters. to perform what-if analysis prior to downloading new tuning settings to
your processor.

The Process Model window shows the process model type identified by
RSTune for your control loop. The software uses your process frequency
response to identify the model. There are two models available:

Allow the gain to float causes RSTune to ignore steady state


information and fit the model based on higher frequencies. Higher
frequencies are more
important to optimal and
stable closed loop control.

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Force steady state gain forces the steady state gain to be equal to
the amplitude ratio at the lowest frequency.

Also within this window is a table containing the Process Gain, dead-
time, and time constant identified from data collected from your loop.

The Process Frequency Response Plot shows both the actual and
model process frequency responses for comparison purposes. RSTune
uses this information to calculate new tuning parameters.

The Control Loop Simulation Plot shows the system response to


either a load upset or a Setpoint change. It graphs the response for both
the current and new PID parameters so the response can be compared.
This allows you to see the potential improvements in the new PID values
generated by RSTune.

The Robustness Plot shows how sensitive your loop is to process gain
or process dead time changes. This is a powerful tool that graphically
shows the trade-off between tight tuning and stability.

Minimum Requirements
IBM-compatible 486 or greater (Pentium recommended)

Microsoft Windows 95/98/2000, Windows NT (4.0, Service Pack 3 or 4)

If reporting function will be used, Microsoft Word 97 with SR-1 or higher

64 MB of RAM

8 MB of hard disk space (or more based on application requirements)

16-color VGA graphics adapter 640 x 480 (256-color or higher, 800 x 600
recommended)

Any Windows-compatible pointing device

Communications software
Windows NT: RSLinx 1.50.58 (or higher)

Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000: RSLinx 1.50.58


(or higher)

Catalog Numbers
9323-1003ENE RSTune PID Loop Tuner

9323-TRL1303ENE RSTune PID Loop Tuner and RSLinx Bundle

9323-1003V RSTune Demo Disk

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2000 Rockwell Software Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. RSTune, RSLinx, WINtelligent LINX, A.I. Series, PID Logistics, and the Rockwell Software logo are trademarks of Rockwell Software
Inc. SLC 500, MicroLogix, and ControlLogix are trademarks, and PLC is a registered trademark of the Allen-Bradley Company. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows NT are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
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