MODBUS RTU is a layer 2 network protocol created in the end of the 70’s with the necessity of a fieldbus protocol in industry to transmit and receive data in a simple way through the many devices of a network, in mind. MODBUS RTU uses RS-485 electrical standards and works on a Master-Slave setup, where a master writes and reads data into the registers of the slaves in the network. It has become the default protocol in many industry devices like PLCs, drives, sensors and it is highly used nowadays.

The Delta C2000 also uses MODBUS RTU as a built-in communication protocol. In this application note we are going to learn how to set up a Master – slave configuration, write, read and program the internal PLC with ISPsoft to work on a peer-to-peer (P2P) application with 2 motors, one used as a master and other as a slave. P2P is used when we want both motors to run at the same speed together in an application and monitor their current, its typical use can be applied to pumps, fans, conveyors, rollers. It can be also taken as an alternative for the analog input/output of the drive, when we need more than just 2 measurements. Delta C2000 also permits to create a small Text panel customized display with TPEditor, which we will follow at the end of the chapters.

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Download the ISPsoft interal PLC programs and Drive parameters for VFDsoft.