The ProLinx Modbus Plus to DF1 Master/Slave Gateway creates a powerful connection between devices on a Modbus Plus network and DF1 Slave devices. This stand-alone DIN-rail mounted protocol gateway provides one Modbus Plus configurable DB-9F port and up to four configurable serial ports. The Modbus Plus protocol driver supports both Master and Slave implementations of the protocol on the DB9 Female Modbus Plus port. The Modbus Plus port is fully configurable. The DF1 protocol driver supports Master or Slave implementations of the protocol on each DF1 port. All DF1 ports are individually configurable.
The MBP-DFCM modules are the ideal solution for the many applications where Modbus Plus connectivity can be used to integrate DF1 devices into a system. The Modbus Plus gateway is a powerful module designed with Server support, enabling easy connection to Rockwell Automation PLCs (CLX, SLC, PLC, CPLX, and similar devices). In combination with the DF1 device support, the module provides a very powerful interface to the many DF1 devices which are in use in the industrial marketplace today. Applications for the module are found in most industries, especially Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Electrical Power and Food Processing.
Application Data Area
The data area is used to store and retrieve data by the protocol drivers and for data exchange between protocols. The database is used as a source for write commands to remote devices and holds data collected from the remote devices. Commands defined in the configuration file (stored in the configuration data area) control how the data is to be handled in the database.
The internal database is shared between all ports on the module and is used as a conduit to pass information from a device on one network to one or more devices on another network.
The ProLinx module contains an internal database that consists of areas for application data, status information, and configuration information.
Status Data Area
This area is used to store error codes, counters, and port status information for each port.
Configuration Data Area
This area contains module configuration information such as port configuration, network information, and command configuration. This configuration file is downloaded to, or uploaded from, this area.