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AutomationDirect PLC


AutomationDirect Productivity Series 2000 PLCs are powerful devices for automating robotic cells.

This guide walks you through how to configure an AutomationDirect PLC in Productivity Suite and ForgeOS.

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Configuring the PLC in Productivity Suite

This section assumes that you have Productivity Suite installed on a computer.

  1. Open Hardware Configuration and create a new Ethernet/IP Generic Client.

  1. Add the Forge connection parameters and PLC Structures.
  • At the top of the pop-up and in the T->O (INPUT) tab, fill in these values:

  • In the O->T (OUTPUT) tab, fill in these values:

  • In the CONFIG DATA tab, fill in these values:

  1. Toggle the enable bit high in the program to start the connection.

  2. Use the created data structure in the user program to send and receive data over Ethernet/IP.

Configuring the PLC in ForgeOS

Once the PLC is configured in Productivity Suite, you can add it in ForgeOS.

In the Settings app, follow these substeps:

  • Tap Fieldbus Configuration, then NEW +.

  • Create an interface with a type of Ethernet.

  • Make sure that the new Ethernet/IP fieldbus interface appears in the list of current configurations and is enabled.

In Device Configuration, follow these substeps:

  • Tap NEW+.

  • Select EtherNet/IP ForgeOS Adapter (Network device type).

  • Give the device a name, select the Ethernet/IP fieldbus interface that you created at the beginning of this section, and tap NEXT.

  • Configure any Input/Output (I/O) signals that you want to view in the Device Control app.

  • Tap SAVE.