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Beckhoff offers free EtherNet/IP software

Beckhoff offers free EtherNet/IP software
April 27, 2010 – To simplify and accelerate programming of EtherNet/IP I/O architectures, Beckhoff Automation has released the new EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard. Designed to optimize programming time, the free EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard is a dynamic tool that permits easy integration of cost-effective Beckhoff I/O into Allen-Bradley Logix controllers using RSLogix 5000 programming.

The EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard easily imports the process image of the user’s I/O node – saving valuable programming time by eliminating these previously manual efforts.

This EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard tool can provide immediate benefits to any EtherNet/IP application that utilizes Beckhoff I/O to bring down equipment costs. Beckhoff Automation makes the comprehensive Beckhoff Bus Terminal I/O system of over 400 different signal types fully available to EtherNet/IP users. Beckhoff’s IP 20-rated BK9105 Bus Coupler and IP 67-rated IL2301-B905 Fieldbus Box are ODVA-certified and follow the producer and consumer model for I/O data. Developed using advanced Industrial Ethernet technology, the BK9105 ($371) and IL2301-B905 ($380) provide EtherNet/IP users a dramatic price-to-performance ratio.

After saving the RSLogix 5000 PLC program, the EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard opens - just like any other small application such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Once open, the user can map multiple I/O nodes by selecting a Beckhoff BK9105 EtherNet/IP Bus Coupler or an IL2301-B905 EtherNet/IP Fieldbus Box. After the coupler or box is selected and addressed, I/O terminals can be added to the system simply by double clicking the I/O into the correct category. Once a node has been mapped, the user can import the node into the program using a previously saved RSLogix 5000 program.

To get started with the EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard, a user needs only a computer with Windows XP. Having RSLogix 5000 software adds convenience, but is not required.

Beckhoff Automation provides advanced, open automation products based upon proven technologies so that customers can implement high performance control systems faster and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff’s “New Automation Technology” product range includes PC based control, industrial PCs, automation controllers, operator interface, I/O, servo drives and motors. With representation in more than 60 countries, Beckhoff is well positioned to provide global sales and service to its customers. Sales and service are handled directly, with no intermediaries involved to provide faster response and improved communications.
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