The purpose of this guide is to help technicians and engineers integrate Yaskawa Variable
Frequency Drives (VFD) into a new or existing EtherNet/IP network, specifically Rockwell
Automation (RA) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). EtherNet/IP (EIP) is being used in a
wide range of industries and is one of the fastest growing industrial protocols in the United
States. EtherNet/IP is an open source implementation, thus allowing for the continuous
development and support from industry leaders (such as Yaskawa), ensuring that this industrial
application layer protocol support sustainability.
Instructions and examples are based on Yaskawa Tag Generator, Yaskawa add-on
instructions, RSLINX, and a Compact/ControlLogix™ PLC platform, configured with the
RSLogix 5000 or Studio 5000 (RS5K) software environment. This guide will navigate, configure
and explore the functionality of Yaskawa Tag Generator.
The Yaskawa Tag Generator was developed to allow technicians and engineers to select multiple
Yaskawa EtherNet/IP products, their functions (pre-defined I/O assemblies), and then output the
compiled data to a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file. Once imported into the RS5K
environment, these tags are then aliased to generic tags created when adding the Yaskawa
module[s], thus simplifying integration and reducing commissioning time.
This document is written and intended for technicians and engineers who will be commissioning
and/or supporting Yaskawa VFD[s] on the plant floor. The intended users should understand, at
the very least, navigation through the RS5K software environment.