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1 SlotServer Configuration
Presented by: Gordon MacLachlan (Mac)

2 Presentation Highlights
Introduction SlotServer Product Overview Configuring the Driver interface Configuring the ControlLogix interface Q&A Session

3 Introducing the SlotServer
Direct connection from Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC and another network Standard 1756 format plugging directly into the Allen Bradley ControlLogix rack RS-485 port for devices/networks using RS-485 protocols Ethernet port for Configuration Utilities & Ethernet devices/network Standard LonWorks TP/FT-10 interface for LonWorks devices/network Installing the SlotServer module is a very simple procedure LonWorks TP/FT-10 interface

4 SlotServer Hardware Features
Plug the SlotServer directly into the ControlLogix Communications rack Scrolling text display with 3 status LED’s provides card status at a glance A bank of six LED’s provides communications status at a glance, as well as additional diagnostic indications Ethernet port for advanced troubleshooting purposes Service Pin for LonWorks commissioning Diagnostic displays Service Pin Trade Port

5 SlotServer Hardware Features
Hardware Specifications: Backplane Load: 0.6A Slot width: 1 Operating Temperature: -40 to 185 Deg. F Humidity: 5-95% (non-condensing)

6 SlotServer Software Features
Transfer up to 6000 points between ControlLogix and many third party interface. Configure the SlotServer to communicate with many different protocols, including LonWorks, BACnet, Metasys and Modbus. Flexible configuration architecture allows for creative connectivity options. Use the Standard SlotServer profiles for connection without SlotServer

7 SlotServer Software Features
Control communications in the ControlLogix software using standard generic message blocks Example message block code provided in an ACD file with the SlotServer

8 SlotServer Selling Features
SlotServer allows connection of a Third Party Network to a ControlLogix system without the use of external gateways SlotServer sits in the ControlLogix rack, thereby preserving cabinet “Real Estate” SlotServer provides generic profiles (such as LonWorks Open Interface) or custom profiles (with configuration), allowing for a choice between ease and flexibility.

9 SlotServer Data Transfer
Data Arrays. Map Third party points into and out of these data arrays and let the Logix driver do the rest. Multiple blocks exist so that the data can be mapped through the limited IO Buffer on the backplane using multiplexing.

10 SlotServer Logix Driver
The Logix driver is the driver that connects the SlotServer to the ControlLogix CPU via the backplane The Logix Driver is configured in Config.csv in the SlotServer Standard FieldServer Configuration principles apply

11 SlotServer Logix Driver
Logix Connection Configuration Configuration of the Logix Connection is standard as follows: //================================================================================ // // Client Side Connections Connections Adapter ControlNet // Client Side Nodes Nodes Node_Name ,Node_ID ,Protocol ,Timeout ,Retry_Interval ,Recovery_Interval SlotServer_CPU , ,Logix_SS ,0.5s ,0.1s ,0.5s

12 SlotServer Logix Driver
Logix Driver Mapping Logix Input/Output Buffers are mapped to Data Arrays with the following Map Descriptors: Map_Descriptors Map_Descriptor_Name ,Scan_Interval ,Function ,Node_Name ,IO_Data_Type ,DA_Name_Start ,DA_Count ,Protocol_Type_ID Input_BP_Image ,0.2s ,WRBC ,SlotServer_CPU ,REAL ,In_ , ,0 Output_BP_Image ,0.2s ,RDBC ,SlotServer_CPU ,REAL ,Out_ , ,0 Custom value. Expected to be used for indicating third party protocol. Name of First Data Array Rate at which data is transferred between Data Arrays and Buffers. Number of Buffers and Data Arrays to Auto Create. DA Names are In_2, In_3, etc.

13 Connecting the SlotServer
Example: Connecting the SlotServer to LonWorks using Lon Open Profile Sample Mapping: The points below show a sample of Lon Points that are mapped into the Data Arrays that get multiplexed in and out of the Backplane buffers. Map_Descriptors Map_Descriptor_Name, Data_Array_Name, Data_Array_Offset, Lon_Function, Function, Node_Name, SNVT_Type nvoVolt1_ ,Out_ , ,NVUOIMX ,WRBX ,Lon_Srv_1 ,SNVT_volt nvoVolt2_ ,Out_ , ,NVUOIMX ,WRBX ,Lon_Srv_1 ,SNVT_volt nviAmp1_ ,In_ , ,NVUI ,Server ,Lon_Srv_1 ,SNVT_amp nviAmp2_ ,In_ , ,NVUI ,Server ,Lon_Srv_1 ,SNVT_amp Data Arrays Assigned to I/O Buffers by Logix driver Standard LonWorks Driver Mapping

14 Connecting SlotServer to LonWorks
Example: Connecting the SlotServer to LonWorks using Lon Open Profile Procedure outline: Wire up the LonWorks network to the SlotServer Commission SlotServer into the LonWorks network using a NetWork Manager and the SlotServer service pin Bind the points available in the SlotServer to points in the rest of the network

15 Commissioning with LonMaker
Example: Commissioning with LonMaker: Step 1: Open a project in LonMaker Step 2: Drag device into Visio drawing.

16 Commissioning with LonMaker
Step 3: Give the device a name & select the “commission device” option

17 Commissioning with LonMaker
Step 4: For XIF definition, select “Upload From Device”

18 Commissioning with LonMaker
Step 5: For Device Channel, select “Auto Detect”

19 Commissioning with LonMaker
Step 6: Leave “Device Properties” as is Step 7: For Device Identification Method, select “Service Pin”

20 Commissioning with LonMaker
Step 9: Do not “Load Application Image” (Leave unchecked) Step 10: For State, select “Online” and leave the rest as is

21 SlotServer LonWorks Open Profile Function Block
SlotServer LonWorks Open Profile has 25 input function blocks, and 25 output function blocks The points in each function block are identical. Outputs differ from inputs only in direction The SNVT types used are intended to represent the most common SNVT types found in the Building Automation Industry Lon SNVT Type SNVT Quantity SNVT_amp 2 SNVT_chlr_sts 1 SNVT_count_f SNVT_count_inc_f SNVT_flow_f SNVT_freq_hz SNVT_hvac_mode SNVT_hvac_status SNVT_lev_cont SNVT_obj_status SNVT_occupancy SNVT_lev_percent 8 SNVT_ppm SNVT_press SNVT_temp_setpt SNVT_state 4 SNVT_switch SNVT_temp_p SNVT_tod_event SNVT_volt_ac SNVT_volt

22 Programming ControlLogix
Step 1: Add a PLC project in RSLogix

23 Programming ControlLogix
Step 2: Add the SlotServer to the I/O list as a Generic 1756 Module

24 Programming ControlLogix
Step 3: Configure the Generic Module for SlotServer settings. Select the rack slot for SlotServer

25 Programming ControlLogix
Step 4: Add user defined data types for storing LonWorks data

26 Programming ControlLogix
Step 5: Configure MESSAGE tags to manage the message blocks

27 Programming ControlLogix
Step 6: Configure the Message block for communication with the SlotServer

28 Programming ControlLogix
Step 7: Add the Data Tags using the user defined data types

29 Programming ControlLogix
Step 8: Add SlotServer Data Array names to the DA_Name portion of the Data Tags Step 9: Create Logic to control the execution of the Message blocks

30 Programming ControlLogix
OR…… If this is too much work….. Then do the alternative steps…

31 Programming ControlLogix
Alternative Steps: Load the example ACD (RSLogix) file supplied with the SlotServer Use all the pre-programmed examples, including message blocks, tags, user defined data types and example logic

32 Custom Profile vs. Open Profile
SlotServer can ship default with generic open profile or can be shipped as the configurable version. The generic profile eliminates the need for messing with config.csv, thus reducing commissioning time. Creating a custom profile with config.csv allows for more flexibility to suit the specific application FieldServer offers custom profiling services if needed.

33 Resources FieldServer Website (
LonMark website ( Echelon Website ( Rockwell Allen-Bradley Website ( BACnet Website ( Rockwell Automation Encompass Website (

34 Contacts Marketing and Sales: Steve Ferree:
Technical: Mac:

35 THANK YOU! …..for taking the time to attend this presentation.

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