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This article explains the method for reading DeviceNet EDS file components into LabVIEW instead of importing the EDS file into the project.
The EDS file is a plain text file that can be read into LabVIEW and parsed using the Configuration File VIs that ships with LabVIEW. These VIs are found in the Functions Palette under Programming»File I/O»Config Files VIs.
Below is an example of reading in the EDS file:
In this example, you can read multiple keys and return these values for use in your downstream NI-Industrial Communications for DeviceNet code.