I have a Rockwell Kinetix 300 Ethernet/IP Servo drive and I would like to communicate with it using LabVIEW through Ethernet/IP protocol. I've being using Ethernet/IP protocol on other applications to communicate with ControlLogix PLCs with no problem. But now I would like to communicate with a Kinetix Servo Drive in a way I don't have to use Rockwell PLC to control it.
Also I would like to communicate with a Frequency Inverster Model Power Flex 400 also from Rockwell.
I'm using the following Ethernet/IP Driver provided by NI.
From my experience with Servo Drives, they typically are Adapters only. Additionally, the EtherNet/IP driver that NI provides is adapter only. With this in mind, we will be unable to communicate using Implicit (I/O) Messaging because we will not have a Scanner to initiate the connection. You will need to use explicit messaging to communicate to the servo. I would recommend taking a look at the Access Assembly Instance Data (Explicit).vi and Access Identity Attribute (Explicit).vi for getting started. You can find this in the example finder, Hardware Input and Output » NI-Industrial Communications » EtherNet/IP » EtherNet/IP Adapter.lvproj.
Matt S. Industrial Communications Product Support Engineer National Instruments