How to use Gx Configurator DP to set up Profibus/DP modules
Gx Configurator DP is a software tool that enables simple setup of the Q Series intelligent function modules, without the need for a program. It supports connection of Mitsubishi frequency inverters, the E series of graphical control units and remote I/O modules, as well as slave modules from third-party manufacturers. In this article, we will show you how to use Gx Configurator DP to configure your Profibus/DP network.
Step 1: Install Gx Configurator DP
You can download Gx Configurator DP from the Mitsubishi Electric website[^1^] [^2^] or use the CD-ROM that comes with the software package. Follow the installation instructions[^3^] to install the software on your PC. You will need a serial cable or a USB cable to connect your PC to the Profibus/DP master module.
Step 2: Create a new project
Launch Gx Configurator DP and select File > New Project. Enter a project name and select the type of Profibus/DP master module you are using. Click OK to create the project.
Step 3: Add devices to the network
To add devices to the network, you need to import the GSD files for each device. A GSD file is a text file that contains information about the device's features and parameters. You can find the GSD files for Mitsubishi products on the CD-ROM or on the website[^1^] [^2^]. For third-party products, you can obtain the GSD files from the device manufacturers.
To import a GSD file, select Tools > Import GSD File. Browse to the location of the file and click Open. The device will appear in the Device List window. Repeat this process for all devices you want to add to the network.
To add a device to the network, drag it from the Device List window to the Network Configuration window. Enter a station number for each device and assign PLC addresses for its input and output data. You can also double-click on a device to edit its user parameters.
Step 4: Download the configuration data
Once you have configured all devices, you can download the configuration data to the Profibus/DP master module. To do this, select Online > Download Configuration Data. Make sure your PC is connected to the master module and click OK. The software will transfer the data and verify it.
Step 5: Test the network
To test the network, you can use the Online Monitor function of Gx Configurator DP. This function allows you to view and modify the input and output data of each device on the network. To use this function, select Online > Online Monitor. You can also use other online functions such as Online Diagnostics and Online Parameter Change.
Gx Configurator DP is a user-friendly software tool that simplifies the setup of Profibus/DP networks. It supports Mitsubishi products and third-party products, and provides various online functions for testing and troubleshooting. With Gx Configurator DP, you can easily configure your Profibus/DP modules without writing any program. aa16f39245