Address Mapping Multiple Devices
It is not recommended to communicate to multiple Modbus devices through a Modbus Gateway where Gateway has the same address. Therefore, do not add multiple Modbus devices with the same IP address.
Only add one Modbus device to the Ignition OPC-UA Server device list for Gateway and specify the different unit IDs in the address mapping. The unit ID is specified for each entry in the address mapping for the Modbus device. Notice in the example below, the Prefix, Start, End, Modbus Type and Modbus Address can be the same for two entries provided that the Unit IDs are different.
Now when browsing the Modbus device, the unit ID will show as a folder and the OPC tag path includes the unit ID as shown below. This only happens when more than one unit ID is specified in the address mapping otherwise the unit ID is eliminated.
Floating Point or 32-bit Address Mapping
Modbus only supports reading and writing to memory types of bits and 16-bit words. This is not very useful when reading from or writing to float point or 32-bit integers.
To workaround this problem, the Modbus driver is designed to read 2 consecutive 16-bit words and encode it into the desired data type.
To map float point addresses
The Modbus address mapping below shows how to map float point addresses starting at 1024 and ending at 1030. With the box in the Step column checked, the addresses on the Ignition side will index by 2. In this case, R1024, R1026, R1028 and R1030 will be created.
Because Modbus Type of Holding Register (Float) is selected, the driver will read two consecutive 16-bit words and convert it to a floating point value. It also indexs the Modbus Address by 2 for each entry. In this case, R1024 reads from Modbus addresses 1024 and 1025 and converts them into a floating point value. When writing, the reverse of converting a floating point value into two 16-bits words is done before sending them to the device.
The following window shows what is displayed in the OPC Browser. Notice that the numbering is indexed by two and that it matches the Modbus address. With some devices, this allows the addresses displaying in the OPC Browser to match the addresses in the device.
Import / Export Address Mapping
The mapping configuration can be exported to a comma separated values (CSV) file. The CSV file can later be imported in other Ignition installations or similar devices.
You can find a few examples of CSV files on our website. To see the examples, go to:
Scroll down to Modbus Templates and double-click on the template files to see an example of the CSV file.