This section explains each option and parameter available in MC24 PDI Builder.

Once the installation is finished, open MC24 PDI Builder and select the unit.



If the MC24 is correctly connected, MC24 PDI Builder will display the mode in which the connected unit is. In addition, a PDI error button pdi_errors will appear:


MC24 PDI Builder

  • MC24 mode: The MC24 unit should appear in Normal mode, as shown in the figure above, or Maintenance mode.

    It can also appear as Maintenance mode (loaded with errors) or Normal mode - Disconnected.


    Maintenance mode (loaded with errors) appears when something is wrong in the configuration.

  • pdi_errors PDI Errors button: The user can check if the connected unit has PDI Errors by simply clicking on it. If there are no errors, the following message appears:


    MC24 PDI Builder - PDI Errors message

The user can access now to 3 configuration options:


MC24 PDI Builder options

  • MC24: It allows the user to work with offline configurations. A previously exported MC24 PDI configuration can be opened and modified or it is also possible to build a new one from the default configuration.

  • Upload PDI: A previously exported MC24 PDI configuration can be imported to the current MC240 flash memory.

  • Open MC24: By clicking on this option, MC24 PDI Builder configuration menu opens with the configuration (the PDI files) loaded in the MC24. Then, the user can modify it online.


These PDI files are the files that contain the configuration of the MC24. They are used by modular control with improved version management.

These files are located in a single folder, setup, which contains several .xml files, where all parameters and the control system are stored.

Finally, click on ‘Open MC24’ to open the configuration and start editing online.


Open MC24


When MC24 PDI is open, the unit changes to Maintenance mode.

The different ‘buttons’ that can be seen in the initial menu of the MC24 PDI builder are explained below.


Initial menu

  1. Save PDI: After changes are done, press on the save button to apply the changes.


    This button will only appear if a MC24 is connected, i.e. when working offline this button will not be available.

  2. Export PDI: After modifying a configuration, press the export button to store the configuration in the local storage.

    Users can store this configuration in an empty folder or in the folder where the previously imported configuration is stored. With the latter option, the “original” configuration will be overwritten by the one with the new changes.

  3. Import PDI from repo: The user can import a configuration file from the repo and modify it. After that, if the save button is pressed, this configuration will be uploaded to the connected MC24.

  4. Import PDI from local storage: The user can import a configuration file from the local storage and modify it. After that, if the save button is pressed, this configuration will be loaded into the connected MC24.

  5. Feedback: Users can report a problem they have encountered by creating an issue in their own ‘Joint Collaboration Framework’. The ‘Download’ button downloads a zipped folder with the current MC24 configuration and more information needed for Embention to resolve the issue. It is advisable to attach this folder when creating the issue.


    The user’s ‘Joint Collaboration Framework’ is simply a own Github repository for each customer.

    If the user has any questions about this Joint Collaboration Framework, please see Joint Collaboration Framework user manual.


    Feedback window

  6. These are the different functions of MC24. They are explained in the following menus: