PLC Networking Basics Tutorial | RSLinx Classic Lite EtherNet/IP Driver Configuration User Training
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Programmable Logic Controllers are placed at the heart of the manufacturing process. If they’re the heart, the veins which link them to other field components are the network. Deploying a control systems network can be challenging & without proper tracking and implementation may lead to complications.
A young organization may choose to track their network infrastructure through a simple Excel spreadsheet. This method is prone to errors on larger scales, but it very easy to manage and visualize for small networks. I manage a private home network of over 20 devices through Excel.
The technical component of visualizing an Allen Bradley PLC, HMI, VFD, etc. network is RSLinx. This software package provides an interface that can be used to scan an entire subnet & map the devices to their appropriate IPs. Furthermore, RSLinx is the software Allen Bradley devices utilize to connect to the user computer.
We will be exploring the basics of networking as well as the RSLinx Classic driver setup within this article.
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