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AKD Ethernet IP Fieldbus Landing Page
Related support topics, articles, and downloads
This Landing Page Is Related To AKD-P Ethernet/IP Communications.
For KAS/PCMM/PDMM Ethernet/IP see the KDN for articles and downloads related to that platform.
Getting Started With Ethernet IP Applications Guide This article contains a PDF with an overview, how to use the sample project, and a list of FAQs and Dos and Do Nots to help the user get started with a bench test between the AB PLC and an AKD Ethernet IP drive. There is also a Powerpoint presentation that covers the special case of Ethernet IP scaling and best practices.
Sample Project, Data Types, Add On Instructions, and Getting Started App Guide This zip file contains v5.0 data types, add on instructions ( AOIs ), and the Getting Started With AKD Ethernet IP application guide v 5.0.
Link to EDS File The EDS file is contained in the same zip file as the current version of firmware for the AKD-P-NBEI hardware set. The EDS file can be used with AB PLCs but isn't required ( the sample project does not use it ).
AKD Ethernet IP Video Series The AKD Ethernet Video Series is a complete training course on AKD Ethernet IP Communications.
-Add On Instruction topics and Additional Application Specific AOIs
Using The AKD_JOG Add On Instruction The AKD_Jog AOI works differently in Service Velocity vs. Service Position modes. This article details the operation and nuances when triggered in each mode.
AKD_Start_Motiontask and AKD_Set_Motion_Task AOIs The AKD_Set_Motion_Task add on instruction allows the user to create motion tasks from the PLC. The AKD_Start_Motiontask AOI allows the user to start a motion task based on the motion task number. This uses the "Block Number" method within the AKD Ethernet IP standard.
AKD Ethernet IP Torque Move AOI Application Note This application note provides details on the use and behavior of the AKD_Torque_Move AOI ( Add On Instruction ). Related topics are includes.
-Diagnostics and Status
AKD Ethernet IP Diagnostics and Dynamic Mapping This application note covers what information is built-in to the cyclic data and details as to get information for diagnostics. For information not available in the standard mapping, an overview and details on how to set the drive and PLC up for extended ( dynamic ) mapping is provided.
AKD Ethernet IP In Position Window Status This application note covers an often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of setup. The AKD_Move AOI, for example, provides a PC ( Process Complete ) bit on the output of the add on instruction. The AKD drive's in position window is a default of 0.5 rev or the equivalent scaling. Often this may be too large and the PC bit will come on earlier than expected.
Reading A Drive Parameter Over Ethernet/IP There are several ways to read a parameter in the AKD drive over Ethernet IP. It is important to note the advantages and disadvantages of each method. This application note covers the different methods.
AKD Ethernet IP Move Complete Status When Starting A Chain Of Preset Motion Tasks. Since the MT.PARAMS is a string the currently active motion task number is not accessible using that keyword over Ethernet IP. This article demonstrates possible workarounds.
-Micrologix 1400 Support
Micrologix 1400 Specific Support This zip file contains the sample project for Micrologix 1400/RSLogix500. See Appendix C of the AKD Using AKD Ethernet/IP With RSLogix Manual for more details on RSLogix500 support.
AKD Ethernet/IP Cyclic IO Assemblies and Explicit Messaging In this application note, we’ll demonstrate the different command types supported by the AKD Ethernet IP drive. While the PLC screenshots demonstrate using an Allen Bradley PLC ( Compactlogix in this case ) the methods are not AB specific but part of the Ethernet IP protocol using the AKD Ethernet IP drive. We have not tested nor officially support other Ethernet IP masters beyond Micrologix1400 ( explicit only ), Compactlogix, and Contrologix. The intent is to demonstrate the methods at the core level and not AOI-dependent.
Continuous Indexing and Handling Integer Truncation This article covers some possible solutions for handling continuous indexing in the same direction and also integer truncation.
Compactlogix or Contrologix Explicit Messaging Only; No Cyclic Data This article covers an extremely special case where the user does not want the Ethernet IP communications to influence the AKD drive's fieldbus ( software ) enable.
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ )
-Programming and Diagnostics
Non-Allen Bradley controllers
We have not tested nor officially support other Ethernet IP masters beyond Micrologix1400 ( explicit only ), Compactlogix, and Contrologix.
However, the following demonstrates the different command types supported by the AKD Ethernet IP drive. Many customers using a non-AB PLC or other Ethernet/IP device has found the following application note useful.
AKD Ethernet/IP Cyclic IO Assemblies and Explicit Messaging In this application note, we’ll demonstrate the different command types supported by the AKD Ethernet IP drive. While the PLC screenshots demonstrate using an Allen Bradley PLC ( Compactlogix in this case ) the methods are not AB specific but part of the Ethernet IP protocol using the AKD Ethernet IP drive. Some PLCs ( Omron? ) require the use of an EDS file. Again we have not tested the use of this file with specific 3rd party controllers.
AKD to Omron PLCs We have not tested Omron PLCs with the AKD Ethernet IP drive but have learned a few nuances from supporting customers. This article details some of the nuances.