Be professional! Use the TOOLBOX short commands

SIEMENS’ SICAM (Substation Integration Control Automation Monitoring) product line offers amazingly flexible industrial controllers specially created for energy automation projects. The configuration toolchain, our beloved SICAM TOOLBOX II, contains all the tools needed for the engineering and programming tasks, moreover offers handy instruments for the diagnosis and troubleshooting of the automation units.

Especially in the commissioning phase, switching rapidly between the different tools is needed: checking a parameter in OPM, correcting the control logic in CAEx Plus, loading the new parameters, transmitting simulation telegrams etc. Of course, one can start the needed tools using the shortcuts from the TOOLBOX folder, but there is another method, which not only shortens the time in which the needed tool is found and opened, but also confers the engineer a feeling of being even more professional.

When installing TOOLBOX II, its folders are registered in Windows’ environment variable Path. This allows, that the TOOLBOX programs can be simply started by typing the name of their executable files into a command prompt window.

The following commands can be used (without being exhaustive):

amg Plant Management (AnlagenManagement)
 bst  HW-FW Configuration (Bestückung)
 ddc  Data Distribution Center
 dft  Data Flow Test
 dia  DIAgnose
 flo  Firmware LOader
 fwi  Firmware Import = Master data update
 ons  ST-Emulation
 opm  Object-oriented Process data Manager (OPM)
 ozs  Maintenance function online
 par  Parametrization
 plo  Parameter LOader
 rev  REVision interrogation and display
 startlpm  START LogiCAD Project Management = CAEx Plus
 tbiilive  Toolbox live update
 tsi  Telegram SImulation
 vtb  TOOLBOX II Presets (Voreinstellungen Toolbox)

And here are some other useful TOOLBOX II commands:

tbiikill Kill TBII – restart all TOOLBOX apps
zdbspl Stop local database
zdbstl Start local database
prl on Start TBII preloader
prl off Stop TBII preloader
Starting CAEx Plus from a command prompt window

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4 Comments

  1. Some updates…

    emgtbk (only the prelodader restarts)
    emgtbk nothing (nothing gets restarted / quitting all TBII programs)
    emgtbk startdbl (calls zdbstl.exe / local database gets started)
    emgtbk stopdbl (calls zdbspl.exe / local database gets stopped)
    emgtbk restart (all killed .exe files gets restarted / quitting all TBII programs)
    -all (kills in all sessions, terminalserver only)
    -exclude=opm.exe,ddc.exe,vtb.exe (exclude name processes…)
    result (0=no error occured, 1=an error occured, -1=printed usage)

  2. I have installed the toolbox 6.0 on a virtual machine windows 7. Unfortunately the preloader not start. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi. Did the installation work correctly?

      Check your Services in Windows. OracleServiceTBII, OracleOraDB12Home1TNSListener and ORacleVssWriterTBII should be Running. If not, try to start them manually, and try launching TOOLBOX .

      Good luck.
      Endre.

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