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What You Need to Know About Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus 4.10.090 (x86) and How to Use It Effectively



Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus 4.10.090 (x86): A Comprehensive Guide




If you are looking for a powerful and versatile software tool for engineering and commissioning building automation systems, you might want to consider Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. This tool allows you to create, configure, test, and monitor building automation projects using a graphical user interface and a standardized protocol. In this article, we will explain what Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus is, what it can do, and how you can use it effectively.




Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus 4.10.090 (x86)



What is Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus and what does it do?




Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus is a software tool that enables you to engineer and commission building automation systems using BACnet protocol. BACnet stands for Building Automation and Control Network, and it is a communication protocol that allows different devices and components in a building automation system to exchange information. With Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus, you can create projects that include various devices such as controllers, sensors, actuators, valves, dampers, fans, pumps, lights, shades, alarms, cameras, etc. You can also configure parameters, functions, schedules, alarms, trends, reports, etc. for each device. Moreover, you can test, download, and monitor the devices using online or offline modes.


Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus has many features and benefits that make it a suitable tool for building automation projects. Some of these features and benefits are:


  • It supports BACnet protocol, which is an open standard that ensures interoperability between different devices and manufacturers.



  • It has a graphical user interface that allows you to create projects using drag-and-drop functionality.



  • It has a project explorer that organizes your project into folders and subfolders.



  • It has a device catalog that contains predefined device types and templates that you can use or modify.



  • It has a function block editor that allows you to create complex functions using graphical symbols.



  • It has a schedule editor that allows you to create time-based events for devices.



  • It has an alarm editor that allows you to define alarm conditions and actions for devices.



  • It has a trend editor that allows you to record data from devices over time.



  • It has a report editor that allows you to generate reports from trend data.



  • It has an online mode that allows you to connect to devices via Ethernet or serial port and communicate with them in real time.



  • It has an offline mode that allows you to simulate devices without connecting to them.



  • It has a diagnostic tool that allows you to troubleshoot errors or issues with devices.



  • It has a backup and restore function that allows you to save and load your project data.



  • It has a security function that allows you to protect your project data with passwords and encryption.



  • It has a documentation function that allows you to generate and print project documentation.



As you can see, Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus is a comprehensive and flexible tool that can help you engineer and commission building automation systems efficiently and effectively.


What are the installation and configuration requirements for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus?




Before you can use Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus, you need to install and configure it on your PC. The installation and configuration process is not complicated, but it requires some attention and care. Here are the main steps and requirements for installing and configuring Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus:


Hardware requirements




To install and run Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus, you need a PC that meets the following minimum hardware requirements:


ComponentRequirement


CPUIntel Core i5 or equivalent


RAM8 GB or more


HDD10 GB or more of free space


Display1280 x 1024 pixels or higher resolution


NetworkEthernet adapter (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)


Serial portRS232 or USB-to-serial converter (optional)


DVD driveRequired for installation from DVD media


USB portRequired for installation from USB media or dongle


Software requirements




To install and run Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus, you need a PC that meets the following minimum software requirements:


  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit) Professional or Enterprise Edition



  • .NET Framework: Version 4.7.2 or higher



  • BACnet driver: Version 1.0.0.0 or higher (included in the installation package)



  • Virus scanner: Compatible with Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus (see the user manual for a list of compatible virus scanners)



  • Firewall: Configured to allow communication between Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus and the devices (see the user manual for the firewall settings)



  • User account: Administrator rights required for installation and configuration



Installation steps




To install Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus on your PC, you need to follow these steps:


  • Insert the DVD media or the USB media that contains the installation package into your PC.



  • If the installation does not start automatically, open the media folder and double-click on the setup.exe file.



  • Select the language for the installation and click OK.



  • The installation wizard will guide you through the installation process. Follow the instructions on the screen and accept the license agreement.



  • Select the components that you want to install. You can choose between Full Installation, Custom Installation, or Repair Installation. Full Installation installs all the components, Custom Installation allows you to select which components to install, and Repair Installation repairs or updates an existing installation.



  • Select the destination folder where you want to install Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. The default folder is C:\Program Files\Siemens\Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select the start menu folder where you want to create shortcuts for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. The default folder is Siemens\Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select whether you want to create a desktop shortcut for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select whether you want to install BACnet driver on your PC. This driver is required for communication between Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus and the devices using BACnet protocol.



  • Select whether you want to install Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition on your PC. This database is required for storing project data in Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select whether you want to install Microsoft Report Viewer on your PC. This viewer is required for generating and printing reports in Siemens Des igo XWorks Plus.



  • Click Install to start the installation process. Wait until the installation is completed and click Finish.



  • Insert the dongle into a USB port of your PC. The dongle is a hardware key that contains the license information for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. Without the dongle, you cannot run Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Restart your PC to complete the installation and configuration process.



Congratulations, you have successfully installed Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus on your PC. You can now start using it to engineer and commission building automation projects.


How does Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus work with building automation systems?




Now that you have installed Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus on your PC, you might be wondering how it works with building automation systems. In this section, we will explain what building automation is, what are the components and functions of a building automation system, and what is BACnet protocol and how it enables communication between building automation devices.


What is building automation and why is it important?




Building automation is the process of controlling and monitoring various systems and devices in a building to optimize comfort, safety, efficiency, and sustainability. Building automation can include systems and devices such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, shading, security, fire protection, access control, energy management, etc. Building automation can provide many benefits for building owners, operators, occupants, and the environment. Some of these benefits are:


  • It can improve indoor air quality, thermal comfort, lighting quality, and acoustic comfort for the occupants.



  • It can reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, operating costs, and maintenance costs for the building.



  • It can enhance security, safety, reliability, and resilience for the building.



  • It can increase productivity, performance, satisfaction, and well-being for the occupants.



  • It can comply with codes, standards, regulations, and certifications for the building.



As you can see, building automation is a valuable and essential aspect of modern buildings. However, building automation also poses some challenges and complexities. For example:


  • Building automation systems and devices are often from different manufacturers and have different specifications and protocols.



  • Building automation systems and devices are often distributed across different locations and networks in a building.



  • Building automation systems and devices are often dynamic and require constant adjustments and updates according to changing conditions and preferences.



Therefore, to engineer and commission building automation systems effectively and efficiently, you need a software tool that can handle these challenges and complexities. This is where Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus comes in handy.


What are the components and functions of a building automation system?




A building automation system consists of various components that perform different functions. The main components of a building automation system are:


ComponentFunction


SensorsMeasure physical quantities such as temperature, humidity, pressure, flow, level, occupancy, etc.


ActuatorsControl physical quantities such as valves, dampers, fans, pumps, lights, shades, alarms, cameras, etc.


ControllersProcess sensor data and execute control logic to send commands to actuators.


NetworksConnect sensors, actuators, controllers, and other devices using wires or wireless signals.


WorkstationsProvide a user interface for engineering, commissioning, monitoring, and managing the building automation system.


The components of a building automation system can be classified into different levels according to their functions and locations. The main levels of a building automation system are:


LevelDescription


Field levelThe lowest level of the building automation system, where sensors and actuators are located. These devices are connected to controllers using field buses or point-to-point connections.


Automation levelThe middle level of the building automation system, where controllers are located. These devices are connected to each other and to workstations using local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs).


Management levelThe highest level of the building automation system, where workstations are located. These devices are connected to each other and to external systems using internet protocols (IPs) or cloud services.


The functions of a building automation system can be divided into different phases according to their purposes and timings. The main phases of a building automation system are:


PhaseDescription


EngineeringThe initial phase of the building automation system, where the project is created, configured, and tested using the software tool.


CommissioningThe final phase of the building automation system, where the project is downloaded, verified, and monitored using the software tool.


OperationThe ongoing phase of the building automation system, where the project is running, controlling, and optimizing the building systems and devices.


MaintenanceThe periodic phase of the building automation system, where the project is updated, repaired, and improved using the software tool.


As you can see, a building automation system is a complex and dynamic system that requires a software tool that can handle its components, levels, and phases. Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus is such a tool that can help you engineer and commission building automation projects with ease and efficiency.


What is BACnet protocol and how does it enable communication between building automation devices?




BACnet stands for Building Automation and Control Network, and it is a communication protocol that allows different devices and components in a building automation system to exchange information. BACnet was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 1995 as an open standard that ensures interoperability between different devices and manufacturers. BACnet has been adopted by many countries and organizations as a national or international standard for building automation communication.


BACnet protocol defines how devices in a building automation system can identify themselves, discover each other, read and write data, send and receive commands, report events, log trends, generate reports, etc. BACnet protocol also defines how devices in a building automation system can use different media types such as Ethernet, IP, MSTP (Master-Slave/Token-Passing), ARCNET (Attached Resource Computer Network), PTP (Point-To-Point), etc. to communicate with each other. BACnet protocol also defines how devices in a building automation system can use different services such as Who-Is, I-Am, Read-Property, Write-Property, Subscribe-COV, Confirmed-Event-Notification, etc. to perform different functions with each other.


BACnet protocol enables communication between building automation devices by using a common data model that defines how devices can represent and access their data. The data model consists of four main elements:


  • Objects: The basic units of data that represent the devices or their components. Each object has a unique identifier and a type that defines its properties and services.



  • Properties: The attributes of the objects that store the data values or the metadata. Each property has a name and a data type that defines its format and range.



  • Services: The actions that the objects can perform or request. Each service has a name and a set of parameters that define its input and output.



  • Networks: The collections of objects that are connected by a common media type and share a common network number.



By using BACnet protocol, building automation devices can communicate with each other regardless of their manufacturer, model, or function. This allows for more flexibility, scalability, and compatibility in building automation systems. Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus supports BACnet protocol and allows you to engineer and commission building automation projects using BACnet devices.


How to install and configure Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus on your PC?




In the previous section, we explained what Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus is, what it can do, and how it works with building automation systems. In this section, we will explain how to install and configure Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus on your PC. We will cover the hardware and software requirements, the installation steps, and the configuration settings for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.


Hardware requirements




To install and run Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus, you need a PC that meets the following minimum hardware requirements:


ComponentRequirement


CPUIntel Core i5 or equivalent


RAM8 GB or more


HDD10 GB or more of free space


Display1280 x 1024 pixels or higher resolution


NetworkEthernet adapter (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)


Serial portRS232 or USB-to-serial converter (optional)


DVD driveRequired for installation from DVD media


USB portRequired for installation from USB media or dongle


Software requirements




To install and run Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus, you need a PC that meets the following minimum software requirements:


  • Operating system: Windows 10 (64-bit) Professional or Enterprise Edition



  • .NET Framework: Version 4.7.2 or higher



  • BACnet driver: Version 1.0.0.0 or higher (included in the installation package)



  • Virus scanner: Compatible with Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus (see the user manual for a list of compatible virus scanners)



  • Firewall: Configured to allow communication between Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus and the devices (see the user manual for the firewall settings)



  • User account: Administrator rights required for installation and configuration



Installation steps




To install Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus on your PC, you need to follow these steps:


  • Insert the DVD media or the USB media that contains the installation package into your PC.



  • If the installation does not start automatically, open the media folder and double-click on the setup.exe file.



  • Select the language for the installation and click OK.



  • The installation wizard will guide you through the installation process. Follow the instructions on the screen and accept the license agreement.



  • Select the components that you want to install. You can choose between Full Installation, Custom Installation, or Repair Installation. Full Installation installs all the components, Custom Installation allows you to select which components to install, and Repair Installation repairs or updates an existing installation.



  • Select the destination folder where you want to install Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. The default folder is C:\Program Files\Siemens\Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select the start menu folder where you want to create shortcuts for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. The default folder is Siemens\Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select whether you want to create a desktop shortcut for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select whether you want to install BACnet driver on your PC. This driver is required for communication between Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus and the devices using BACnet protocol.



  • Select whether you want to install Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition on your PC. This database is required for storing project data in Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Select whether you want to install Microsoft Report Viewer on your PC. This viewer is required for generating and printing reports in Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus.



  • Click Install to start the installation process. Wait until the installation is completed and click Finish.



Insert the dongle into a USB port of your PC. The dongle is a hardware key that contains the license information for Siemens Desigo XWorks Plus. Wit


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