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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.

Application Notes

-Getting Started

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 v4.0 data types, add on instructions ( AOIs ), and the Getting Started With AKD Ethernet IP application guide v 4.0.

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 ).

-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.

-Miscellaneous

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 )

-Connectivity

What Controllers Does The AKD Ethernet IP Support?

Has The AKD Ethernet IP Drive Been Tested With The AB Micro800 PLC?

I'm Having Problems Connecting My Compactlogix PLC To The AKD Drive.

-Homing

I'm using an absolute feedback device. How do I set the origin over Ethernet IP?

-Limitations

What are the limitations of AKD Ethernet IP?

Can I Do S-Curve Acceleration Over Ethernet/IP?

Can I Read The AKD's DINx.STATE Over Ethernet/IP?

Can you do blended moves or registration moves over Ethernet IP with the AKD?

-Programming and Diagnostics

The Sample Project shows only 1 axis. How do I add axes for Ethernet IP?

Can I use a different command source other than Service with the AKD Ethernet IP Drive?

How To Resolve Potential Issues When Importing Data Types AKD-P Ethernet IP

How Do I Monitor Current ( IL.CMD and IL.FB ) Over Ethernet IP With An AKD-P-NBEI Drive?

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.

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.