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Connect a 1203-USB to a Kinetix 6000 

The intent of this Article:
To give a quick method of setting up an RSLinx driver to connect a 1203-USB to a Kinetix 6000 controller using a Windows 7 operating system.

Article Contents

RSLinx driver setup

Verify the USB com port used on the laptop

Change the AB_DF1-1 driver COM port

Connecting to the Kinetix 6000 through Drive Executive

What version of 1203-USB are you using?

Checking Servo Rack’s data

Helpful quick setup video

Supporting KB Articles

RSLinx driver setup

  1. Open RSLinx
  2. When RSLinx opens then Configure drivers as shown.
  3. In the Configure Drivers then select Add New
  4. Select Ok for the driver name
  5. Configuring the newly added AB_DF1-1 driver, change the Device from PLC-CH0 to 1770-KF2/1785-KE/Scanport
  6. Change the AB_DF1-1 driver Baud Rate from 19200 to 115200 then
  7. Press Ok
  8. Verify the driver was created

Verify the USB com port used on the laptop

  1. Open Device manager on the laptop
  2. Scroll down to the ports (COM & LPT)
  3. 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)

Change the AB_DF1-1 driver COM port In RSlinx

  1. Open RSLinx again
  2. Configure drivers and select AB_DF1-1
  3. Change the Comm Port: from COM1 to the Com port from the Device manager indication. In this case, it is COM1 to COM3.
  4. Verify the AB_DF1-1 is working correctly and that you see the AB DPI

How to Quickly Setup a 1203-USB in Minutes: 

Connecting to the Kinetix 6000 through Drive Executive

  1. Open Drive Executive
  2. When it opens then select the drive tab then Connect to Drive
  3. When RSLinx pops up from the Connect to Drive then select the AB DPI and press OK
  4. Now the Drive Executive should be uploading the Kinetix 6000 controller parameters.
  5. Look at the current firmware version of the Kinetix servo controller through the parameter list under parameter 30
  6. Now scroll down the parameter list to parameter 952, this is where the servo controller can be changed from Normal mode to Demo mode.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

What version of 1203-USB are you using?

  1. Open Drive Executive
  2. Going online with the Kinetix 6000 servo rack
  3. After parameters are loaded and you are online then scroll down to the 1203-USB tab and right click it.
  4. The 1203-USB properties panel should pop open to the general tab, view the current version of the 1203-USB’s firmware
  5. 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.
  6. Note: the current highest firmware for the 1203-USB on the Rockwell website is 1.004
  7. If you decide to flash then press flash update and a pop-up window will appear.
  8. 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.

How to flash the firmware of a 1203-USB video:

Checking Servo Rack’s data

  1. Scroll to the top of the Drive Executive and right click on the 2094 SERVO and select properties.
  1. 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.
  2. This is what the CVS file will look like.

Use 1203-USB with a Kinetix 6000 drive video

Check out my Servo Motion Mastery course to get a very detailed training and troubleshooting.

Click here to find out my about my servo courses.

Supporting KB Articles

1203-USB Drivers for Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista

Using the 1203-USB Converter

Can the 1203-USB be used with Drive Executive to communicate with the 1394 or scan port drives? What about K6000?

1203-USB and Windows Operating System Compatibility

HyperTerminal Procedure for Flash Update of PowerFlex 70/700/700S Drives & Other Devices

 

Connect a 1203-USB to a Kinetix 6000 

The intent of this Article:
To give a quick method of setting up an RSLinx driver to connect a 1203-USB to a Kinetix 6000 controller using a Windows 7 operating system.

Article Contents

RSLinx driver setup

Verify the USB com port used on the laptop

Change the AB_DF1-1 driver COM port

Connecting to the Kinetix 6000 through Drive Executive

What version of 1203-USB are you using?

Checking Servo Rack’s data

Helpful quick setup video

Supporting KB Articles

RSLinx driver setup

  1. Open RSLinx
  2. When RSLinx opens then Configure drivers as shown.
  3. In the Configure Drivers then select Add New
  4. Select Ok for the driver name
  5. Configuring the newly added AB_DF1-1 driver, change the Device from PLC-CH0 to 1770-KF2/1785-KE/Scanport
  6. Change the AB_DF1-1 driver Baud Rate from 19200 to 115200 then
  7. Press Ok
  8. Verify the driver was created

Verify the USB com port used on the laptop

  1. Open Device manager on the laptop
  2. Scroll down to the ports (COM & LPT)
  3. 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)

Change the AB_DF1-1 driver COM port In RSlinx

  1. Open RSLinx again
  2. Configure drivers and select AB_DF1-1
  3. Change the Comm Port: from COM1 to the Com port from the Device manager indication. In this case, it is COM1 to COM3.
  4. Verify the AB_DF1-1 is working correctly and that you see the AB DPI

How to Quickly Setup a 1203-USB in Minutes: 

Connecting to the Kinetix 6000 through Drive Executive

  1. Open Drive Executive
  2. When it opens then select the drive tab then Connect to Drive
  3. When RSLinx pops up from the Connect to Drive then select the AB DPI and press OK
  4. Now the Drive Executive should be uploading the Kinetix 6000 controller parameters.
  5. Look at the current firmware version of the Kinetix servo controller through the parameter list under parameter 30
  6. Now scroll down the parameter list to parameter 952, this is where the servo controller can be changed from Normal mode to Demo mode.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

What version of 1203-USB are you using?

  1. Open Drive Executive
  2. Going online with the Kinetix 6000 servo rack
  3. After parameters are loaded and you are online then scroll down to the 1203-USB tab and right click it.
  4. The 1203-USB properties panel should pop open to the general tab, view the current version of the 1203-USB’s firmware
  5. 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.
  6. Note: the current highest firmware for the 1203-USB on the Rockwell website is 1.004
  7. If you decide to flash then press flash update and a pop-up window will appear.
  8. 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.

How to flash the firmware of a 1203-USB video:

Checking Servo Rack’s data

  1. Scroll to the top of the Drive Executive and right click on the 2094 SERVO and select properties.
  1. 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.
  2. This is what the CVS file will look like.

Use 1203-USB with a Kinetix 6000 drive video

Check out my Servo Motion Mastery course to get a very detailed training and troubleshooting.

Click here to find out my about my servo courses.

Supporting KB Articles

1203-USB Drivers for Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Vista

Using the 1203-USB Converter

Can the 1203-USB be used with Drive Executive to communicate with the 1394 or scan port drives? What about K6000?

1203-USB and Windows Operating System Compatibility

HyperTerminal Procedure for Flash Update of PowerFlex 70/700/700S Drives & Other Devices