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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 73257075, Entry date: 12/15/2014

How Can You Integrate a Drive into the TIA Portal via the Device Master File (GSD)?

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Drives of the SINAMICS family and third-party drives, wich can not be configured and commissioned directly in the TIA Portal, using the SINAMICS Startdrive Option, can be integrated into a user project with the aid of device master files, so-called GSD or GSDML files.

Motion control with the SIMATIC S7-1500
In each CPU, the SIMATIC S7-1500 features technology functions that allow easy control of drives and therefore enable the user to implement motion control applications quickly and easily. As shown in the figure below, all SIMATIC S7-1500 CPUs have a PROFINET port that can be used to connect drives to the controller. For some CPUs, for example the CPU 1516-3 PN/DP, you also have the option to connect PROFIBUS devices. The connection of HMI devices and drives of the SINAMICS family is shown here as an example.

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If the SINAMICS Startdrive STEP 7 option package has been installed in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal), SINAMICS G120 drives can be configured and commissioned directly in the TIA Portal using the SINAMICS Startdrive option. This is not possible for other drives of the SINAMICS family and third-party drives. However, these drives can still be used in the TIA Portal and controlled via the SIMATIC S7-1500 user program.

Drives that do not yet exist in the Totally Integrated Automation Portal are integrated with the aid of device master files, so-called GSD or GSDML files. The aim of the documentation offered for download below is to provide a detailed explanation of the integration and use of these GSD or GSDML files.

  Documentation (7,8 MB)

If you want to use a isochrone mode, you can find additional informations in the item 109480489.

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Last Changes
Documentation updated to TIA Portal from V12 SP1

Additional key words
synchronous , clock-synchronous; SINAMICS S120, TO, technology object,  technology objects, S120


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