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Unread September 15th, 2019, 09:35 PM   #1
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Powerflex 525 configuration with Logix Designer

Hi all,

I have a project coming up with about 25 powerflex 525's on a DLR network. Processor is a 1756-L82ES. In the past, I would have used CCW to set up all the VSD parameters and download to them, and as a "backup" of all drive parameters. With the new versions of Logix, it looks as if Rockwell are intending to migrate that functionality into Logix Designer more than previously.

Using Logix Designer v32, is it a straightforward process to set up and download drive parameters to all my drives? As compared to how straightforward it is using CCW? Anyone got hands on experience/tips to share?
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Unread September 16th, 2019, 06:58 AM   #2
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You can do all the Drive Parameters in Studio 5000. After you add the drive, right-click, then Properties and one of the tabs is for upload/download/parameter settings. No need to bother with CCW. The beauty is you store all the drive parameters in the Studio 5000 project. Plus, if you turn ADC on, the parameters are automatically downloaded to that IP address if they don't match.
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Unread September 16th, 2019, 07:11 AM   #3

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Just make sure you don't turn on the ADC until you have everything setup.

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Unread September 16th, 2019, 11:40 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by alan_505 View Post
Just make sure you don't turn on the ADC until you have everything setup.

And afterward, if you DO tweak a drive, remember to update it to the PLC. Otherwise when someone cycles power, it reverts to the previous settings.

There is no move toward Studio 5000, it’s an either/or situation between Studio 5000 and CCW. The user interface screens and functionality are the same. So as mentioned if you have Studio 5000, you don’t need CCW. This was one of the things that changed between RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000; in the old system you needed another program (Drives Explorer or Executive) for programming the drives. Now you do not. Conversely you can think of CCW as a drives programming tool for those who don’t have access Studio 5000.
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Unread September 16th, 2019, 11:50 AM   #5
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As others mentioned, it can be done from Logix Designer, though I wouldn't exactly call it straightforward. There are little quirks, I'll give you my workflow that seems to work:

-Set all of our drive IP addresses in the DLR card
-Download your project with all of the drives inhibited
-Go Offline
-Open the first drive, download the parameters to the drive
-(the drive properties is completely different in the newer version so I can't give specifics on the tabs and clicks)
-Repeat with each drive
-Re-download the project after you have loaded all of the parameters with the drives "un-inhibited".

Having the drives inhibited during the download of the parameters will prevent the occasional connection failures. Being offline will speed the whole process up. Properties open faster when offline.
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Unread September 17th, 2019, 01:40 AM   #6
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Thanks all, and especially Dustin for the additional workflow tips! Sounds like it'll be easier to do it all in Logix.

Not sure if I'll use ADC or not, because I'm not confident the people who will inherit this system will appreciate the "magically" changing parameters the first time they decide to tweak something. I think I probably will, because I'm even less confident in their ability to restore the parameters after replacing a drive
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