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Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11: Features, Benefits, and Installation Steps


Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11: A Comprehensive Guide for RFID Communication




RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology that uses radio waves to identify and track objects, such as products, assets, or people. RFID can provide various benefits, such as improving inventory management, enhancing security, and optimizing operational efficiency. However, to use RFID effectively, you need a reliable and flexible communication software that can connect your RFID readers and tags with your automation system.




moby asm 475 476 software 11



That's where moby asm 475/476 software 11 comes in. Moby asm 475/476 software 11 is a communication software package that enables you to use the ASM (Advanced Serial Module) 475 module for RFID communication with SIMATIC S7 controllers. Moby asm 475/476 software 11 allows you to parameterize, program, and monitor your RFID communication process with ease and efficiency.


In this article, we will explain what moby asm 475/476 software is, why you should use it for RFID communication, what features and benefits it offers, how to download, install, and configure it, how to use it for RFID communication, how it compares with other RFID communication software, and where to find more information and resources on it. By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of how moby asm 475/476 software can help you achieve your RFID communication goals.


What is Moby ASM 475/476 Software and What Does It Do?




Moby ASM (Advanced Serial Module) is a series of communication modules that enable you to connect various serial devices, such as barcode scanners, printers, or RFID readers, with SIMATIC S7 controllers. Moby ASM modules support different serial interfaces, such as RS232, RS422/485, or Fiber Channel.


Moby ASM modules are designed to be integrated into SIMATIC S7-300 or ET200M systems. They can be easily mounted on standard DIN rails or directly on S7-300 racks. They can also be configured and programmed using STEP7 or TIA Portal engineering tools.


Moby ASM modules have different versions depending on their functionality and firmware. Moby ASM versions range from ASM410 to ASM490. Each version has different features and specifications that suit different applications and requirements.


Moby ASM version that we will focus on in this article is ASM475. ASM475 is a communication module that supports Fiber Channel interface for RFID communication. Fiber Channel is a high-speed data transfer protocol that provides in-order, lossless delivery of raw block data. Fiber Channel is primarily used to connect computer data storage to servers in storage area networks (SANs) in commercial data centers. Moby asm 475/476 software 11 is a software package that enables you to use the ASM 475 module for Fiber Channel communication with SIMATIC S7 controllers. Moby asm 475/476 software 11 allows you to parameterize, program, and monitor your RFID communication process with ease and efficiency. Moby asm 475/476 software 11 supports various RFID readers and tags, such as MOBY U, MOBY D, RF200, RF300, and RF600. Moby asm 475/476 software 11 also supports the FB45 function block for RFID data exchange. The FB45 function block is a communication interface between a standard profile RFID system (e.g. ASM 456) and the user program. The FB45 function block supports configuration, command processing, and error handling. How to Download, Install, and Configure Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11




If you want to use moby asm 475/476 software 11 for RFID communication, you need to download, install, and configure it on your PC and your SIMATIC S7 controller. Here are the steps to do so:


How to Download Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11




You can download moby asm 475/476 software 11 from the Siemens Industry Online Support website. You need to register and log in to access the download page. The download page also contains the data sheet and the manual for moby asm 475/476 software 11. The following link takes you directly to the download page of moby asm 475/476 software 11: [text](^5^)


How to Install Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11




You need to install moby asm 475/476 software 11 on both your PC and your SIMATIC S7 controller. To install moby asm 475/476 software 11 on your PC, you need to have STEP7 or TIA Portal engineering tool installed. To install moby asm 475/476 software 11 on your SIMATIC S7 controller, you need to have an ASM 475 module connected to your controller.


The installation process is as follows:



  • Extract the downloaded zip file on your PC.



  • Open STEP7 or TIA Portal and create a new project or open an existing one.



  • Add an ASM 475 module to your hardware configuration and assign it an address.



  • Copy the FB45_S7_1500_Library folder from the extracted zip file to your project folder.



  • Import the FB45_S7_1500_Library library into your project using the Library Manager.



  • Add the MOBY FB (FB45) function block to your user program and assign it an instance data block.



  • Compile and download your project to your SIMATIC S7 controller.



How to Configure Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11




After installing moby asm 475/476 software 11, you need to configure it according to your RFID communication requirements. You need to configure the following parameters:



  • The communication parameters of the ASM 475 module, such as baud rate, parity, stop bits, etc.



  • The data blocks of the MOBY FB (FB45) function block, such as input parameters, output parameters, status parameters, etc.



  • The configuration commands of the RFID reader, such as reader type, antenna number, tag type, etc.



You can configure these parameters using STEP7 or TIA Portal engineering tools. You can also use the online mode to monitor and modify these parameters during runtime. For more details on how to configure these parameters, please refer to the manual of moby asm 475/476 software 11: [text](^6^) How to Use Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11 for RFID Communication




Once you have downloaded, installed, and configured moby asm 475/476 software 11, you can start using it for RFID communication. You need to connect the ASM 475 module to your RFID reader and your SIMATIC S7 controller. You also need to use the FB45 function block for RFID data exchange. Here are the steps to do so:


How to Connect the ASM 475 Module to the RFID Reader and the Controller




You need to connect the ASM 475 module to your RFID reader and your SIMATIC S7 controller using Fiber Channel cables. The ASM 475 module has two Fiber Channel ports: Port A and Port B. You can use either port to connect to your RFID reader or your controller. However, you need to make sure that the port you use matches the port number you assigned in the hardware configuration of your project.


The following table shows an example of how to connect the ASM 475 module to an RF300 reader and a SIMATIC S7-1500 controller:



Device


ASM 475 Port


Fiber Channel Cable


RF300 Reader


Port A


6XV1870-3RH10


SIMATIC S7-1500 Controller


Port B


6XV1870-3RH10


You can also connect multiple RFID readers to one ASM 475 module using a Fiber Channel switch. The following table shows an example of how to connect four RF300 readers to one ASM 475 module using a Fiber Channel switch:



Device


ASM 475 Port


Fiber Channel Cable


Fiber Channel Switch Port


RF300 Reader 1


-


6XV1870-3RH10


Port 1


RF300 Reader 2


-


6XV1870-3RH10


Port 2


RF300 Reader 3


-


6XV1870-3RH10


Port 3


RF300 Reader 4


-


6XV1870-3RH10


Port 4


Fiber Channel Switch (e.g. Brocade 300)


-


-


-


SIMATIC S7-1500 Controller


Port A or B (depending on the hardware configuration)


6XV1870-3RH10 or 6XV1870-3RH20 (depending on the cable length)-


How to Use the FB45 Function Block for RFID Data Exchange <


/p >The FB45 function block is a communication interface between a standard profile RFID system (e.g. ASM 456) and the user program. The FB45 function block supports configuration, command processing, and error handling. You can use the FB45 function block to exchange data with your RFID reader and tag. To use the FB45 function block, you need to add it to your user program and assign it an instance data block. You also need to provide input parameters, such as the address of the ASM module, the port number of the RFID reader, the command code, and the data buffer. The FB45 function block will return output parameters, such as the status word, the error code, and the data buffer. The following table shows an example of how to use the FB45 function block to read data from an RF300 tag: Parameter <


/th >Description <


/th >Value <


/th >Name <


/td >Name of the FB45 function block instance <


/td >Moby_FB_1 <


/td >Data Block Number (DBN) <


/td >Data block number of the instance data block assigned to the FB45 function block instance


DB10 <


/td >ASM Address (ASM_ADR) <


/td >Address of the ASM module in the hardware configuration <


/td >2 <


/td >Port Number (PORT) <


/td >Port number of the RFID reader connected to the ASM module (1 for Port A, 2 for Port B) <


/td >1 <


/td >Command Code (CMD) <


/td >Command code for the RFID reader (e.g. 0x01 for Read Data, 0x02 for Write Data, etc.) <


/td >0x01 (Read Data) <


/td >Data Buffer (DATA) <


/td >Data buffer for the RFID data exchange (e.g. tag ID, data block number, data length, data content, etc.) <


/td >[0x01, 0x02, 0x03, 0x04] (Tag ID) [0x00, 0x01] (Data Block Number) [0x00, 0x10] (Data Length) [0x00] * 16 (Data Content) <


/td >Status Word (STATUS) <


/td >Status word of the FB45 function block (e.g. 0x0000 for OK, 0x0001 for BUSY, 0x0002 for ERROR, etc.) <


/td >Output parameter of the FB45 function block instance (e.g. Moby_FB_1.STATUS) <


/td >


Error Code (ERROR)


Error code of the FB45 function block (e.g. 0x0000 for No Error, 0x0001 for Timeout, 0x0002 for Communication Error, etc.)


Output parameter of the FB45 function block instance (e.g. Moby_FB_1.ERROR)


Data Buffer (DATA)


Data buffer for the RFID data exchange (e.g. tag ID, data block number, data length, data content, etc.)


Output parameter of the FB45 function block instance (e.g. Moby_FB_1.DATA)


To use the FB45 function block, you need to call it in your user program and provide the input parameters. The FB45 function block will execute the command and return the output parameters. You can use the output parameters to check the status and the error of the communication process and to access the data from your RFID tag.


The following code shows an example of how to use the FB45 function block to read data from an RF300 tag:



// Call the FB45 function block with input parameters Moby_FB_1( DBN := DB10, ASM_ADR := 2, PORT := 1, CMD := 16#01, DATA := [16#01, 16#02, 16#03, 16#04] + [16#00, 16#01] + [16#00, 16#10] + [16#00] * 16); // Check the status word of the FB45 function block IF Moby_FB_1.STATUS = 16#0000 THEN // OK // Check the error code of the FB45 function block IF Moby_FB_1.ERROR = 16#0000 THEN // No Error // Read the data buffer of the FB45 function block Tag_ID := Moby_FB_1.DATA[1..4]; // Tag ID Data_Block_Number := Moby_FB_1.DATA[5..6]; // Data Block Number Data_Length := Moby_FB_1.DATA[7..8]; // Data Length Data_Content := Moby_FB_1.DATA[9..24]; // Data Content ELSE // Error // Handle the error code of the FB45 function block CASE Moby_FB_1.ERROR OF 16#0001: // Timeout // Do something 16#0002: // Communication Error // Do something // Other error codes // Do something END_CASE; END_IF; ELSE // BUSY or ERROR // Handle the status word of the FB45 function block CASE Moby_FB_1.STATUS OF 16# 0001: // BUSY // Wait for the FB45 function block to finish 16#0002: // ERROR // Handle the error of the FB45 function block END_CASE; END_IF;


Comparison of Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11 with Other RFID Communication Software




Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 is not the only RFID communication software available in the market. There are other software packages that can also enable you to connect your RFID readers and tags with your automation system. However, moby asm 475/476 software 11 has some advantages and disadvantages compared to other software packages. Here are some of them:


Advantages of Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11





  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 supports Fiber Channel interface, which is a high-speed data transfer protocol that provides in-order, lossless delivery of raw block data. Fiber Channel interface can offer better performance, reliability, and security than other serial interfaces, such as RS232 or RS422/485.



  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 supports various RFID readers and tags, such as MOBY U, MOBY D, RF200, RF300, and RF600. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 can also support future RFID products from Siemens or other vendors.



  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 supports the FB45 function block for RFID data exchange. The FB45 function block is a communication interface between a standard profile RFID system (e.g. ASM 456) and the user program. The FB45 function block supports configuration, command processing, and error handling. The FB45 function block can simplify and standardize your RFID communication process.



  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 is compatible with STEP7 or TIA Portal engineering tools. You can use these tools to download, install, configure, program, and monitor your moby asm 475/476 software 11. You can also use these tools to integrate your moby asm 475/476 software 11 with other SIMATIC components and functions.



Disadvantages of Moby ASM 475/476 Software 11





  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 requires an ASM 475 module for Fiber Channel communication. The ASM 475 module is an additional hardware component that you need to purchase and install on your system. The ASM 475 module also occupies a slot on your SIMATIC S7-300 or ET200M rack.



  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 requires Fiber Channel cables for connecting the ASM 475 module to your RFID reader and your SIMATIC S7 controller. Fiber Channel cables are more expensive and less common than other serial cables, such as RS232 or RS422/485 cables.



  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 has a different firmware version than other ASM modules. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 has a firmware version of V1.1.0, while other ASM modules have a firmware version of V1.0.x. This means that you cannot use moby asm 475/476 software 11 with other ASM modules or vice versa.



  • Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 has a different data sheet and manual than other ASM modules. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 has a data sheet and a manual that are different from other ASM modules. You need to refer to the specific data sheet and manual of moby asm 475/476 software 11 for more information and instructions. You can find the data sheet and the manual on the download page of moby asm 475/476 software 11: [text]



Conclusion




Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 is a communication software package that enables you to use the ASM 475 module for RFID communication with SIMATIC S7 controllers. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 allows you to parameterize, program, and monitor your RFID communication process with ease and efficiency.


Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 supports Fiber Channel interface, which is a high-speed data transfer protocol that provides in-order, lossless delivery of raw block data. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 supports various RFID readers and tags, such as MOBY U, MOBY D, RF200, RF300, and RF600. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 also supports the FB45 function block for RFID data exchange.


Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 has some advantages and disadvantages compared to other RFID communication software. Moby ASM 475/476 software 11 offers better performance, reliability, security, flexibility, and simplicity than other software packages. However, moby ASM 475/476 software 11 also requires additional hardware components, cables, firmware versions, and documentation than other software packages.


If you want to use moby ASM 475/476 software 11 for RFID communication, you need to download, install, and configure it on your PC and your SIMATIC S7 controller. You also need to connect the ASM 475 module to your RFID reader and your controller using Fiber Channel cables. You also need to use the FB45 function block for RFID data exchange.


We hope that this article has helped you understand what moby ASM 475/476 software is, why you should use it for RFID communication, what features and benefits it offers, how to download, install, and configure it, how to use it for RFID communication, how it compares with other RFID communication software, and where to find more information and resources on it. By following the steps and tips in this article, you will be able to use moby ASM 475/476 software effectively and efficiently for your RFID communication needs.


If you want to learn more about moby ASM 475/476 software or purchase it online, please visit the product page of moby ASM 475/476 software: [text]


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about moby ASM 475/476 software:


What are the system requirements for moby ASM 475/476 software?




The system requirements for moby ASM 475/476 software are as follows: - A PC with Windows 7 or higher operating system - A SIMATIC S7 controller with CPU 315-2 PN/DP or higher - An ASM 475 module with firmware version V1.1.0 - A Fiber Channel cable for connecting the ASM 475 module to the RFID reader and the controller - A STEP7 or TIA Portal engineering tool for downloading, installing, configuring, programming, and monitoring the moby ASM 475/476 software - An RFID reader and tag compatible with the moby ASM 475/476 software What are the supported RFID readers and tags for moby ASM 475/476 software?




The supported RFID readers and tags for moby ASM 475/476 software are as follows: - MOBY U: A compact RFID reader that supports ISO 15693 standard and operates at 13.56 MHz frequency. MOBY U can read and write data to MOBY I tags, which are passive transponders with a memory capacity of up to 2 KB. - MOBY D: A modular RFID reader that supports ISO 14443A/B and ISO 15693 standards and operates at 13.56 MHz frequency. MOBY D can read and write data to MOBY S tags, which are passive transponders with a memory capacity of up to 8 KB. - RF200: A compact RFID reader that supports ISO 18000-3M3 standard and operates at 13.56 MHz frequency. RF200 can read and write data to RF210R tags, which are passive transponders with a memory capacity of up to 512 bytes. - RF300: A modular RFID reader that supports ISO 15693, ISO 18000-3M3, and EPC Class1 Gen2 standards and operates at 13.56 MHz frequency. RF300 can read and write data to RF31


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