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Connect a 1203-USB to a Kinetix 6000 on Windows 7
The intent of this Article:
To give a quick method of setting up a RSLinx driver to connect a 1203-USB to a Kinetix 600 controller using a Windows 7 operating system.
- Open RSLinx
- When RSLinx opens then Configure drivers as shown.
- In the Configure Drivers then select Add New
- Select Ok for the driver name
- Configuring the newly added AB_DF1-1 driver, change the Device from PLC-CH0 to 1770-KF2/1785-KE/Scanport
- Change the AB_DF1-1 driver Baud Rate from 19200 to 115200 then
- Press Ok
- Verify the driver was created
- Open Device manager on the laptop
- Scroll down to the ports (COM & LPT)
- Now connect the 1203-USB to the laptop and verify what port the 1203-USB is using so this can be used for the RSLinx AB_DF1-1 driver (in this case COM 3)
- Open RSLinx again
- Configure drivers and select AB_DF1-1
- Change the Comm Port: from COM1 to the Com port from the Device manager indication. In this case, it is COM1 to COM3.
- Verify the AB_DF1-1 is working correctly and that you see the AB DPI
- Open Drive Executive
- When it opens then select the drive tab then Connect to Drive
- When RSLinx pops up from the Connect to Drive then select the AB DPI and press OK
- Now the Drive Executive should be uploading the Kinetix 6000 controller parameters.
- Look at the current firmware version of the Kinetix servo controller through the parameter list under parameter 30
- Now scroll down the parameter list to parameter 952, this is where the servo controller can be changed from Normal mode to Demo mode.
- Normal mode is set to Default by Rockwell so when controllers are ordered then they are set to run a servo at the controller’s recommended voltage.
- Demo mode is a mode in which you can set the servo controller to be able to run at a reduced voltage and allows the proper servo tags to work in the RSLogix software such as the servo bus ready bit for example.
- If you switch from one mode to another then you will need to cycle the Kinetix 6000 servo controller power completely down then after power-up, verify the mode change was accepted.
- Open Drive Executive
- Going online with the Kinetix 6000 servo rack
- After parameters are loaded and you are online then scroll down to the 1203-USB tab and right click it.
- The 1203-USB properties panel should pop open to the general tab, view the current version for the 1203-USB’s firmware
- Next tab over to the Component Details and from this tab you get a better-itemized data of the firmware and also have the ability to flash to 1203-USB to a high version using the Flash Update.
- Note: the current highest firmware for the 1203-USB on the Rockwell website is 1.004
- If you decide to flash then press flash update and a pop-up window will appear.
- Select the device to be the 1203-USB then press next then pick the version to flash the 1203-USB to, once finished then the 1203-USB should be at that version.
- Scroll to the top of the Drive Executive and right click on the 2094 SERVO and select properties.
- When the pop-up screen appears then tab over to the Component Details to view the servo controller’s firmware revision and you can also save this as a CSV file to better track your system specs.
- This is what the CVS file will look like.
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