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Beckhoff Intros Free Tag Wizard
EtherNet connectivity benefits from new software.
Minneapolis, MN — Beckhoff Automation has released its new EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard, which is expected to simplify and accelerate programming of EtherNet/IP I/O architectures. Designed to optimize programming time, the free EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard is a dynamic tool that permits easy integration of cost-effective Beckhoff I/O into Allen-Bradley® Logix controllers using RSLogix 5000 programming.

The software easily imports the process image of the user's I/O node — saving valuable programming time by eliminating these previously manual efforts. The software is available as a convenient and free download, complete with documentation from the Beckhoff web site.

This new tool can provide immediate benefits to any EtherNet/IP application that utilizes the company's I/O to bring down equipment costs. After saving the RSLogix 5000 PLC program, the EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard opens — just like any other small application such as Microsoft® Word or Excel. Once open, the user can map multiple I/O nodes by selecting a Beckhoff BK9105 EtherNet/IP Bus Coupler or an IL2301-B905 EtherNet/IP Fieldbus Box. After the coupler or box is selected and addressed, I/O terminals can be added to the system simply by double clicking the I/O into the correct category. Once a node has been mapped, the user can import the node into the program using a previously saved RSLogix 5000 program.

To get started with the EtherNet/IP Tag Wizard, a user needs only a computer with Windows XP. Having RSLogix 5000 software adds convenience, but is not required. The Tag Wizard is free of charge.

Contact: Beckhoff Automation LLC, 12150 Nicollet Ave. S, Burnsville, MN 55337 952-890-0000 fax: 952-890-2888 E-mail: Web:

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