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I/O Drivers

An I/O Driver is a built-in feature of Factory I/O responsible for "talking" to an external controller. Factory I/O includes many I/O Drivers, each one intended to be used with a specific technology. You select a driver based on the controller you want to use.

To show the Drivers Menu, click on File > Drivers (F4). Alternatively, Left-click on the driver label displayed on the status bar.

open the driver menu

On the Driver Menu, select a driver from the list and Left-click on CONFIGURATION to open the configuration panel. Once the chosen driver is correctly configured, you can map sensor and actuator tags to the driver I/O points.

driver configuration

You can export the mapping of scene tags and driver I/O points by clicking on the export button export button image. Data is exported as a csv file for all supported drivers except for Siemens which are exported as TIA Portal compatible xml. This feature is implemented in Allen-Bradley, Automgen, MHJ, Modbus and Siemens drivers.

Driver Description
Advantech USB 4750 & USB 4704 Interface for Advantech USB 4750 and 4704 interface boards.
Allen-Bradley Logix5000 Ethernet connection to Allen-Bradley ControlLogix, CompactLogix or SoftLogix PAC.
Allen-Bradley Micro800 Ethernet connection to Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLC.
Allen-Bradley MicroLogix Ethernet connection to Allen-Bradley MicroLogix PLC.
Allen-Bradley SLC 5/05 Ethernet connection to Allen-Bradley SLC-5/05 PLC.
Automgen Server Interface for Automgen through a TCP/IP server.
Control I/O Interface for Control I/O: a brand-independent SoftPLC, designed from the ground up for Factory I/O.
MHJ Interface for WinPLC-Engine and WinSPS-S7 software.
Modbus TCP/IP Client Implements a Modbus TCP/IP client.
Modbus TCP/IP Server Implements a Modbus TCP/IP server.
OPC Client DA/UA Implements an OPC DA/UA client.
Siemens LOGO! Ethernet connection to Siemens LOGO! Logic Module.
Siemens S7-200/300/400 Ethernet connection to Siemens S7-200/S7-200 SMART/300/400 PLC.
Siemens S7-1200/1500 Ethernet connection to Siemens S7-1200/1500 PLC.
Siemens S7-PLCSIM Interface for Siemens S7-PLCSIM.
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