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This is a discussion on how to communicate Labview with Mitsubishi plc - labview ; i'm using Labview 7.1 and want to create VIs to control Mitsubishi PLC (model: A1shcpu).  So i'm wondering if NI provides the driver to communicate Labview with this PLC?...

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    i'm using Labview 7.1 and want to create VIs to control Mitsubishi PLC (model: A1shcpu). 
    So i'm wondering if NI provides the driver to communicate Labview with this PLC?

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    Yes.&nbsp; You can use datasocket to communicate with an OPC server.&nbsp; Mitsubishi A series is supported according to this link.&nbsp; <a href="http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/6417#toc24" target="_blank">http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/tut/p/id/6417#toc24</a>
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    Search&nbsp;the forums and NI.com for more information on OPC servers and datasocket.&nbsp; Also DSC module.

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    We talk directly to the PLC through the serial port. We use FX2N and the A series PLC's. It will take a little time to develop the drivers yourself for the Mitsubishi PLC. but then you do not need any extra software to talk to these divices. You will need a cable that you will have to buy from Mitsubishi.We have been talking to these PLC's all the way back to Labview 5.0 and before.

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    "We talk directly to the PLC through the serial port. We use FX2N and the A series PLC's. It will take a little time to develop the drivers yourself for the Mitsubishi PLC. but then you do not need any extra software to talk to these divices. You will need a cable that you will have to buy from Mitsubishi.We have been talking to these PLC's all the way back to Labview 5.0 and before. "
    Right, i am too communicate to the PLC thru serial port.&nbsp; Inorder to talk to the PLC i have to run an executable application&nbsp;called Setup Bootstrap for Visual Basic setup toolkit.&nbsp; I believe this is the driver to communicate Labview with Mitsubishi PLC, but is this Bootstrapper a part of the support from the NI end or Mitsubishi?

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    That sounds like that software is supplied by Mitsubishi.&nbsp; Probably a program they supply so that you can go into the PLC and program it or setup registers or something like that.&nbsp; I'm a little confused by they would say "for Visual Basic" if they supply it as an executable.&nbsp; You may need to run that in order to initially setup the PLC.&nbsp; I doubt you will be able to make that work easily with LV itself.
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    You should look at the Modbus drivers available on the NI website <a href="http://sine.ni.com/nips/cds/view/p/lang/en/nid/201711" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp; If you are able to setup the PLC to communicate with Modbus over the serial port, these could help you.

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    Ravens Fan wrote: "I'm a little confused by they would say "for Visual Basic" if they supply it as an executable."
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    I think this Setup Bootstrapper that i mentioned was wrote and deployed from Microsoft Corporation Visual Basic.&nbsp; What i don't understand is that Labview was able to use the Bootstrapper as its subvi.

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    National Instruments does provide <a href="http://joule.ni.com/nidu/cds/view/p/id/988/lang/en" target="_blank">VISA drivers </a>to communicate directly over Serial Port and like Ravens Fan mentioned we also do provide a modbus library.
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    Is that what you are looking for? Also would it be possible for you to provide more information on how the bootstrapper application was being used as a subVI in LabVIEW?
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    Mehak D wrote:&nbsp; &nbsp;"Is that what you are looking for? Also would it be possible for you to provide more information on how the bootstrapper application was being used as a subVI in LabVIEW?"
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    just like any other subvis an icon of the name MitCom is place on the Front window and its property node, invoke node are use in the block-diagram window.

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    In that case you are probably refering to ActiveX or .NET objects for the Mitsubishi PLC. National Instruments does not provide those. However, we do provide&nbsp; ActiveX functions in LabVIEW to work with those.
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    You may need to contact Mitsubishi to obtain&nbsp;the drivers for the PLC.
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    thanks,
    i will look more into ActiveX.

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