Use Comfigurator version 3.11.12 or above to configure UCM/Modbus. The software can be downloaded from http://www.cytech.biz/comfigurator.html
A UCM/USB or UCM/Ethernet is required to connect to the computer running Comfigurator.
Run Comfigurator, go to the Modules Tab and right-click on UCMs folder symbol as shown below.
“Scan for All Modules” or “Scan for UCMs” will automatically detect all UCMs including the UCM/Modbus if the ID is set correctly without any conflict with other UCMs.
“Add UCM” allows you to manually add a UCM/Modbus if not currently connected to Comfort, i.e. when doing programming off-line.
The scan results should discover a UCM/Modbus as shown below
Click on the Modbus UCM on the left pane. This brings up the Modbus Configurator as shown below;
ID 1 to max for UCM RS485 ID
Name as in Modules> UCM
Type Modbus (subtype 27)
Version UCM/Modbus firmware version eg 7.096
Master or Slave. Master will communicate with Modbus Slave. Slave will communicate with Modbus Master.
Modbus Slave ID 1 to 247. Modbus ID of Slave when UCM is Master, or Modbus ID of UCM/Modbus UCM when UCM/Modbus is Slave
Notes on Master/Slave
In general, if Comfort is controlling another Modbus device, UCM/Modbus should be a Master, and the other device should be a Slave. If another device is controling Comfort, then UCM/Modbus should be a Slave and the other device a Master. Modbus Software with GUI functions are normally Masters. One master can be in the same Modbus network with many Modbus Slaves.
For UCM/Modbus as Slave, Modbus to Comfort and Alarm To Modbus Tabs are not applicable. See the section on UCM/Modbus as Server/Slave in this manual. UCM/Modbus can either be Master or Slave at any one time.
Modbus Address Display Format: Hexadecimal or Decimal
This determines the Modbus Addresses are displayed in Hexadecimal or Decimal format
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For Modbus/TCP, the Master is also referred to as Client and the Slave is referred to as Server.
The Modbus/TCP Master should set the Target IP and Port to the Modbus Slave which it is communicating with.
For TCP Interface, the ETH03 Universal 1.16 Firmware or above (not ETH03-General) must be used (this is preinstalled in the ETH03 for UCM/Modbus/ETH03).
If TCP is selected in Interface, the link to Comfort Server Manager will be seen as shown below;
Click on Comfort Server Manager to select the IP address and Port for the ETH03. The screen below should pop up. The screenshot shows 4 ETH03 devices in the same network, the 2nd item is ETH03 Universal Firmware version 1.16 with IP address 10.0.0.233, which is the UCM/ETH03 used as Modbus Master and ignore the other ETH03s if present. Click on this line to show the parameters on the right pane. (The next Comfigurator 3.11.11 will allow Comfort Server Manager to be launched directly from the UCM/Modbus screen)
In Transport Protocol select TCP. In Routing Mode, select Server/Client or Client. Port 1001 is the port used by ETH03 – enter any port >= 1001. For Timeout, enter 0 (can ignore as Client Mode does not time out).
Target IP and Port – enter the IP address and Port of the Modbus Slave device. This allows the UCM/Modbus master to talk to the Modbus Slave. Note that the Slave Modbus devices must comply to the Modbus/TCP standard.
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Write to EEPROM This writes the configuration into the UCM/Modbus
Read from EEPROM This reads the data from UCM/Modbus and displays the data on screen
Reset to Default This clears all the data in the Modbus configuration to unused, but does not write any data to EEPROM. (after clearing, prompt “Write to eeprom? “ should be seen”)
Get Status The Get status button causes the UCM/Modbus status to be shown on the status bar on bottom left
"EEPROM insufficent capacity"
"EEPROM data invalid"
When the cursor is moved away from the UCM/Modbus screen, Get status is automatically turned off, and when the cursor is on the UCM/Modbus screen the get status function is turned on if Comfigurator is logged in
Modbus Monitor Mode Modbus Monitor Mode is very useful for testing the Modbus communications
It shows the messages transmitted to and received from Modbus
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Comfiguring a Modbus system can be complex
The Modbus addressing, Communications modes ie TCP or RTU, Modbus over IP must be understood. For RTU the baud rate and parity must be known, and whether the Modbus device is a Master or Slave and the meaning and usage of the Modbus Registers (Coil, Input Register, Holding Register, Discrete Input
QModbusMaster is an excellent free software tool for testing UCM/Modbus in Slave Mode. The software can be set up as a Modbus Master to communicate with UCM/Modbus in Slave Mode. It works in RTU and IP modes.
Download from https://sourceforge.net/projects/qmodmaster/
PyModSlave is a similarly good free tool for testing UCM/Modbus in Master Mode. The software can be set up as a Modbus Slave to communicate with UCM/Modbus in Master Mode. It works in RTU and IP modes.
Download from https://sourceforge.net/projects/pymodslave/files/
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