About Allen-Bradley Communications

The Allen-Bradley Communications enabler lets you exchange data between CIMPLICITY software and Allen­Bradley PLC processors.

This enabler requires Rockwell’s RSLINX™ Classic software in order to communicate with Allen-Bradley PLCs. You must have an RSLINX™ OEM license available to the application in order for the software to operate.

The physical communications link between a CIMPLICITY computer and the PLC processors is an Ethernet network or a Data Highway Plus network via an Allen-Bradley 1784 KTX card.

The RSLINX™ software provides an interface to this layer; it is through this layer that the CIMPLICITY device communications enabler interfaces.

The RSLINX™ OEM software also handles all of the validation and management of the Rockwell RSLINX licensing.  

For the most current information on the version of RSLINX™ qualified with this version of CIMPLICITY, please refer to the Important Product Information (readme.chm) that accompanies this release.

 Warning: Because of a registry conflict between the Allen-Bradley Data Highway Plus Communications enabler and RSLinx software, you cannot use the Allen-Bradley Data High Plus Communications enabler and the Allen-Bradley Communications enabler on the same computer.

More information

Sample Allen-Bradley network.

 Allen-Bradley communications features

Required hardware/software.

Supported Allen-Bradley devices.

 Supported file types.

Required Allen-Bradley software.

Allen-Bradley related documents.

RSLinx installation procedures.

Allen-Bradley Communications Ethernet installation verification.

CIMPLICITY configuration for Allen-Bradley.

PLC-5 PD file support.

Define points for unsolicited data.

Configure PLC's for unsolicited data.

Communication through ControlLogix Gateway.

Network/cable redundancy support.

Advanced configuration topics..