FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions and Application Notes
We have documented the answers to the most frequently asked questions to enable you to easily and quickly find answers directly. We also provide the most common application notes.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus (FF) general
The standard port 80 and the following TCP/UDP Ports must be free in the Firewall for HSE communication:
In case you have a communication issue on the Ethernet side between Client and Linking Device then Wireshark logging could be useful. How to capture traces with Wireshark, please see the document below the following link:
How to capture traces with Wireshark
In case of communication problems between the Linking Device and the connected H1 devices the PuTTY traces are helpful. How to create puTTY traces is described below:
How to create PuTTY traces.pdf
FG-110-FF & FF-CONF
- This application note describes how to set up the Softing FG-110 for alarm and alert propagation to Emerson’s AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager.
- This application note describes how to realise the mapping of process value status with the FG-110 FF web interface.
- One of the main advantages of Foundation fieldbus is the feature “Control in the field”. Therefore a PID function block in a field device will be used.
- This document proposes a system configuration architecture and redundancy strategy.
- This application note describes the workflow how to update a running system with a new FG-110 FF hardware. Please follow this application note step by step.
The Softing FF Configuration Tool (FF-CONF) can detect devices even with completely different IP settings. To find an FG-1xx FF device it does not matter which IP address and network mask is set on your PC.
After successful installation of the FF-CONF software, open the FF-CONF and scan for connected devices via the Menu View -> Network Livelist. The FG-100 FF has to be connected to the network. Then the FF-CONF will show the IP address of the device.
You will find detailed description to this topic in the Softing Linking Device Manual chapter 5.7 Network Livelist.
This document describes how to use the Softing's FOUNDATION Fieldbus configuration software FF-CONF to configure FG-110.
Furthermore how to create function block application and read your first process value.
The Linking Device is delivered with a pre-configured IP address 192.168.177.177.
The default subnet mask is 255.255.0.0.
Unfortunately the default IP address of the device is not correct in previous versions of the FG-110-FF documentation.
This document describes how to use FG-110 FF together with the Modbus OPCServer solution “dataFEED”.
In case of loss password the FF Linking Device must be returned to Softing. For further information about this procedure please contact the sales department per mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Softing will inform you about the costs and will reset the default password.
If you have not changed the password, then you can log in with the default password of the device.
In any case please try to login with the default password before you return the device to Softing.
When FG-110-FF is used, then the values of the Modbus registers are filled by means of acyclic communication.
Cyclic communication has been realized first in the new product FG-200-FF.
The CommDTM software for the Softing FFusb is now available free of charge. If you are using the latest version 1.20 of the software then you don’t need to activate any software license for it. Therefore please uninstall a previous version of the CommDTM manually and install the latest version of the software from the Softing web site here.
Please note, the version of the CommDTM on the delivery DVD could be older then the actual version of the Softing web site. When you install the CommDTM from the delivery DVD and not from the Softing web site, then the software will probably run in demo mode.
FG-200 HSE/FF Modbus & Communication Configurator FF
The FG-200 device is installed per default with the ComConf software. Therefore you don't need any more a CFF file for this device.
In the FG-110 web interface you could configure a restricted set of parameters.
Please note, that the Modbus Mapping cannot be made any more in the web server of the successor product FG-200!
The Modbus Mapping should be made in the ComConf software and not in the Web Interface of the FG-200. It is more comfortable for the user then you will not have any issues with the naming conventions and you can configure more parameters as before. The only thing you should do after the mapping was made in the ComConf that you should import the configured CSV file in the web interface of the linking device. See manual for further details.