Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How to connect to a Pepperl & Fuchs Advanced diagnostics module (ADM) using RS485 and Pactware

Quick guide to get access to the P+F advanced diagnostic module via RS485 and COM converter.
In order to do this, you need an RS485 converter which can convert RS485 to either ethernet or USB.
I used a device from HMS (Anybus) called the Serial Server (AB7701). This device connects to RS232, 422 or 485 and makes the data available over ethernet to your computer using a virtual com port.
Connect the converter to the Diagnostic bus connection on the Pepperl & Fuchs fieldbus power hub


1. Once you have the com port available on your PC, Check the comport number via “manage my computer”

Make sure that the FieldConnexd Diagnostic server (FDS) is running. Go to “Windows button”>“All programs” > “Pepperl+Fuchs” and start FDS control center

In case the FDS is not running click onto “Start FDS” (in case it is running nothing is left to do here)
click onto “Hide”. To avoid that this piece of software will be forgotten in future click onto settings and choose under “FDS settings” “Start with Windows” (that’s the default configuration).

3. Start PACTware and create a new project in case it is not done automatically
4. Add “FieldConnex Diagnostic Server” underneath the Host PC (e.g. right click onto the Host PC)
5. Do a right click onto FDS in the project tree and choose “Connect”
The FDS should be displayerd in bold letters.
6. Choose in the following window “Scan available FDS Ports”
7. Choose in the following window the COM port of your virtual COM converter and click onto “Next”
Now the DTM will scan the selected COM port for availabe P+F diagnostic modules. If the selection of the COM port and the wiring is OK the diagnostic module shall show up in the follwing window.
(if not please check the wiring). If it does not show up and wiring is OK please check the ADM address setting on the left hand side of the diagnostic module. There are 8 DIP switches for address setting and the address must be anything between 1 and 31 (address 0 is forbidden!) click onto “Next”.
9. Now the ADM should show up in the project tree
10. Establish connection to the ADM
11. Go for “Device” > “Additional functions”. If in the highlighted area something is “grayed out” you don’t have an appropriate license.

In that case go for "All programs"> Pepperl+Fuchs¨>Activation tool¨ Type in your license key, and click to activate.
After restarting the PACTware you will have access to all functionality.

1 comment:

David Paul Anthony Bean said...

Well done, great blog - hopefully you have saved other users some time in getting successfully connected!
The excitement of being a trail blazer.

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