[Communication Drivers]
Beckhoff Automation GmbH TwinCAT ADS/AMS Driver

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Last Updated: July 30, 2019

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Title Beckhoff Automation GmbH TwinCAT ADS/AMS Driver
Version Ver. 1.15.15
Supported Software The required versions of software for this driver installer are as follows.
  • GP-Pro EX Ver.2.10.000 or later
  • Pro-Server EX Ver.1.30.000 or later

(Although this driver can be installed in GP-Pro EX Ver. 2.10.000 or later, GP-Pro EX Ver. 3.01.000 or later [If GP4000M Series used, GP-Pro EX Ver. 3.10.000 or later is required.] and Pro-Server EX Ver. 1.31 or later support TAG import functionality.)
You can check your version by "Help" function → "Version Info".

Supported Devices
  • Bus Terminal Controller (BC/BX series)
  • Embedded PC (CX series)
  • IPC/TwinCAT2-SoftPLC
  • TwinCAT3 Runtime
Supported Units Required versions depend on models.
Please check "Supported Models / Version" or the required versions of GP-Pro EX.

Required driver versions for different models are listed below
Model Required driver version
GP3000 Series Ver. 1.11.05 or later
LT3000 Series Ver. 1.11.05 or later
GP4100 Series (GP4104) Ver. 1.11.05 or later
GP4100 Series (GP4114) Ver. 1.13.09 or later
GP4000M Series Ver. 1.11.05 or later
GP4000 Series Ver. 1.11.05 or later
LT4000M Series Ver. 1.11.05 or later
SP5000 Series Ver. 1.11.06 or later
GP4000E Series Ver. 1.13.09 or later
IPC Series for WinGP Ver. 1.11.05 or later
General PCs for WinGP Ver. 1.11.05 or later
Device/PLC
Connection Manual
For details, please read the following PDF: bec_ads.pdf
For general information regarding Device connection and documentation conventions, please refer to "Device/PLC Connection Manual".
Updated Contents Ver.1.15.15 The following issues were fixed:
  • In the [Symbol] mode, when converting address in Convert Address dialog box, all address in structure is converted to the same address.
Restrictions In the [Symbol] mode, when using "Copy From Another Project" function of GP-Pro EX. Please make sure to copy the exactly matched TPY file between the imported projects.

How to install (This is a self-extracting file.)

Prior to installation, be sure to close all software applications that are running.

  1. Click on the above file name to download the data to desired folder.
  2. After the download to your PC is finished, double-click on the file’s icon to start the installer program.
  3. After the installer starts, follow the instructions given on each screen.
  4. After installation, execute GP-Pro EX.
  5. Select [Beckhoff Automation GmbH] for "Manufacturer" and [TwinCAT ADS/AMS] for "Series" in [Device/PLC] settings of [System Settings] on the [Project] menu.
When using the driver, be sure to refer to the Device Connection Manual PDF (Shown above). Also, for general information regarding Device connection and documentation conventions please refer to "Device/PLC Connection Manual".

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Installer :
1.75 MB
Last update: 2019/07/19
Device/PLC Connection Manual :
976.52 KB
Last update: 2019/07/18

 

Update History

  • Ver.1.15.15 The following issues were fixed:
    • In the [Symbol] mode, when converting address in Convert Address dialog box, all address in structure is converted to the same address.
  • Ver.1.15.14 The following functionality was added:
    • RETAIN Type is now supported.
    The following issues were fixed:
    • Using the "Utility"-"Copy from Another Project" function, or copying and pasting parts between projects sometimes caused changes to variable names associated with parts on the screen.
    • Sometimes could not set up specific tags in parts on the screen.
    • Even though a data type was listed as supported in the Device/PLC Connection Manual importing the corresponding Data Type failed sometimes.
    • When importing array data types, sometimes the array data type was imported as a simple array.
  • Ver. 1.15.13 The following functionality was added:
    • It supports importing TPY file created with Build Version 4016.28.
    The following issues were fixed:
    • In the [Symbol] mode, when importing a TPY file from the editing function, the symbol name already set in the project might be rewritten.
    • There was a case where importing of Data Type stated as support in the Device/PLC Connection Manual failed.
  • Ver. 1.14.12 The following issue was fixed:
    • Device address setting sometimes could select variables of an unsupported type.
  • Ver. 1.14.11 The following issue was fixed:
    • Individual Device Settings in Beckoff TwinCAT driver sometimes shows wrong settings.
  • Ver. 1.14.10 The following functionality was added:
    • Support TwinCAT2 and TwinCAT3. TPY File (Tag data) import to GP-Pro EX symbol
    The following issues were fixed:
    • Doesn’t show String array data in sometime
  • Ver. 1.12.07 The following functionality was added:
    • Support TwinCAT3.
    • Reading a large number of array elements has been optimized.
    The following issues were corrected:
    • D-Script memory copy (from PLC to display) copies only the first address point in [Symbol] mode.
    • Reading STRING symbols results in error in [Symbol] mode.
    • Use of offset may cause a text display to read data from a wrong address in [Tag] mode.
    • Data in TOD and DT arrays may not be displayed properly in [Tag] mode.
    • GP-Pro EX may abruptly be terminated if nodes in [Tag] mode and ones in [Symbol] mode are mixed in one project.
    • Pro-Server EX allows tag data to be created and edited which can lead to a mismatch with tag data in GP-Pro EX projects.
    • Reading STRING symbols with more than 1414 characters in total in one screen may result in error.
  • Ver. 1.11.06 The following issues were corrected:
    • Bit writing to array of BOOL or BYTE/USINT/SINT may not work normally.
  • Ver. 1.11.05 New