We’ve all been there – a drive fails, and production suddenly comes to a stop. Every minute the line is down can costs thousands. Did you know that Rockwell Automation products have a feature that could save you precious time getting production back up and running? Are you taking advantage of it?
Automatic Device Configuration (ADC) allows the automatic download of configuration data whenever a controller owns an EtherNet/IP device, such as a PowerFlex Drive. Once the controller owns the drive, it can help reduce the time associated with configuring a new drive (or other ethernet device) during a replacement situation.
This free feature can be found within Studio 5000, Logix Designer (previously RSLogix5000), and has been available since version 20. This manual save process stores the firmware and parameters onto the SD card of the Logix controller. Once enabled, ADC is triggered anytime the controller detects a change in the firmware when establishing an EtherNet/IP network I/O connection. The PLC will load the stored firmware and parameters automatically into the replacement device without any user intervention.
Not only does this save valuable time, but in the case of a VFD, it also doesn’t require a drives expert to configure a replacement drive. ADC allows maintenance personnel to swap out the failed unit for a new one, set-up the new drive and clear the fault within minutes!
Helpful Hints: Since ADC is a manual saving process, it’s best to pick an offline time to complete the setup. Once complete, the information remains stored onto the SD card permanently. This also means if you make any changes to your project parameters, you must remember to resave your ADC configurations. Otherwise ADC will want to revert to the saved parameters and your changes could be lost!
ADC is most popular for Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) but works with many other Allen-Bradley local IO modules, as well as Ethernet/IP devices such as Point IO, contactors, and many sensors especially IO-Link devices. Specific to drives, ADC can be used with the PowerFlex 525, PowerFlex 523 utilizing a 25-COMM-E2P card, 755 drives, and the 753 drives using the 20-750-ENETR card*.
The computer/VMware used, must have matching Firmware installed for all devices planned for ADC setup. In the video example, PLC firmware Rev 30.011 and the ControlFlash for PowerFlex 525 Drive firmware 4.001 was installed. If a new drive is added and has a firmware that is later, it will down rev it to match what is stored in the SD card. The video example down revs from firmware 5 to 4.
*755 firmware 4.001 or higher, 753 firmware 7.001 or higher, not supported on drives running 20-COMM-E/ER cards.
If you have any questions about how to setup ADC or if it can work for your process, please feel free to contact me or any of our Rumsey team for help.