PCM600 software is used to configure and program ABB company’s PLCs and relays of 6 series: 615, 620, 630, 650, 670 devices. PCM600 software exchanged softwares CAP505 and CAP531 (CAP505 and CAP531 softwares are used to configure and program ABB PLCs and relays of 5 series).

You can explore course of CAP505 software here.

PCM600 software is powerful engineering tool which include FBD programming language, online monitoring of internal logic, online analyzing of measurements and so on. It is easer to use this software than CAP505 engineering tool. After editing internal FBD logic of device, you don’t need to store created changes to EEPROM by using separate command “STORE” (you must use this command by working with CAP505 programming tool, otherwise after loosing power of device edited configuration won’t be saved).

Of course in ABB PCM600 tool FBD function blocks, their names, purpose of binary inputs and outputs changed greatly in comparison with CAP505 programing tool.

So after working wiht 5 series of PLC (REF541, 543, 545, RET521, REF610, REF525 and others) it will be hard to you to begin work with 6 series PLCs. The concept of configuration and programing of devices is very similar.

 In this article we will learn how to install and configure options of software ABB PCM600 version 2.8. PCM600 software is free licensed.

Sequence of installation of PCM600 engineering tool:

  1. Downloading PCM600 programing tool from ABB web site.
  2. Installing PCM600 programing tool.
  3. Installing connectivity packages of PCM600 programing tool.
  4. Opening PCM600 programing tool.
  5. Checking installed connectivity packages in PCM600 application.
  1. First you need to download PCM600 software from ABB official web site. Load www.google.com and enter ”PCM600” in search window:


Press first link as shown in the picture 1.

At ABB opened page press „Software Library Downloads“ link:


Opens login page:



To download PCM600 software you need to register and login at ABB web site.

Press link as shown in the picture to enter to registration page:


Enter required data and press button „Create an account“:


You will receive account username and password to your e-mail.

Enter username and password and login to ABB web page by pressing button „Login in“:


Press button „Library“:


Press „PCM600 ver. 2.8“:


Press „PCM600 ver. 2.8 installation package“. „File download“ window opens:


 Press „Request file“.

You will receive e-mail with PCM600 2.8 file download link:


Check your e-mail. Press the file download link:


Downloading of the file:


 After downloading is complete, you need to install this software.

2. Installing PCM600 programming tool.

Run PCM600 setup by double clicking on it by the left mouse button:


Installing of PCM600:


Press button „Next“:


On window “License Agreement” read license agreement text and select „I accept the licence agreement“. Press button „Next“:


Select options as shown in the picture:


If you didn’t install before „Adobe Reader“ (this soft is used to read pdf files), select option „Adobe Reader XI“. Press button „Next“:


Press button “Next”:


To begin installation press button „Next“:


Installing process:




Installation completed, press button „Finish“:


PCM600 software is installed.

3. Installing connectivity packages of PCM600 programing tool.

After installing PCM600 ver.8 software, also “Update Manager” program have been installed:


By using “Update Manager” software you can download connectivity package of any 6 series PLCs (REF630, RET670 and others). Connectivity package (or software library) is standard programming pattern of device (for example, REF630). This pattern has default configuration, logical function blocks, hardware configuration and many other default functions. Only after downloading and installing connectivity packages you can either to create configuration of device or read existing configuration from device (for example, REF630).

Run “Update Manager” software by double clicking on it by left mouse button. On window “Update Manager” press button “Run As Administrator”:


Press button “Manage Connectivity Packages”:


Here you can select which standard of package should be (ANSI or IEC). I select IEC standard:


Press “Get Connectivity Packages” on left window. On right window select packages you need to download:


I‘m going to work with PLCs REM630, REF630 and RED615, so I select them:


To begin download packages press button „Download and install“:


On window „License Agreement“ select option “I accept the license agreement” and press button “OK”:


Downloading of connectivity packages:


After downloading of connectivity packages, installing process begins:


When installation of connectivity packages is completed, you can check which packages are installed (on right window, column “Status”):


Connectivity packages (software libraries) of PLCs REF630, REM630 and RED615 are downloaded and installed.

Now we can open PCM600 engineering programing tool.

4. Opening PCM600 programing tool.

After installing PCM600 programing tool, two shortcuts appears on Windows desktop: “PCM600 2.8 32-bit” and “PCM600 2.8 64-bit”. I’m working on Windows 10 operating system x64-based processor so I opened PCM600 2.8 64-bit version. If your Windows operating system and computer architecture is older (32 bit x86-based processor) use PCM600 2.8 32-bit version.



Default empty window of PCM600 engineering tool appears:


Now we can convinced of correct installing of connectivity packages.

5. Checking installed connectivity packages in PCM600 application.

Select on menu toolbar „Help—About PCM600…“:


On window „About PCM600“ by pressing option „Connectivity Packages“ you can check installed connectivity packages (software libraries):


Connectivity packages of RED615, REF630 and REM630 are installed successfully. Press button “OK”. Close PCM600 application by selecting “File-Close”.

PCM600 software is prepared to work with RED615, REF630 and REM630 PLCs. In the next article we explore how to read existing configuration from PLC REF630.