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LonWorks Comm. Interface Module for ControlLogix by FieldServer

Supplier: Prosoft Technology

The SlotServer LonWorks Open Interface allows an Allen Bradley ControlLogix platform to pass data between a ControlLogix CPU and a standard LonWorks communications network.

Price Guide: POA

Part Number and Protocol Version
PS56-LON-000 LonWorks for Generic SNVTs
PS56-LON-001 LonWorks for Configurable SNVts

The SlotServer Module provides a standard generic profile in LonWorks that allows most of the more common Standard Network Variable Types (SNVT's) to be bound to the SlotServer for data transfer.

Physically configured to plug into a standard ControlLogix rack, the SlotServer Module is configured using standard RSLogix message block reads allow for efficient transfer of large blocks of data.

SlotServer provides serial and Ethernet ports to enable ControlLogix interface to any of the many protocols available in the FieldServer driver library including BACnet, JCI Metasys, and a wide range of proprietary and legacy protocols used in the building automation, fire alarm panels and process control industries.

Comes with standard two-year FieldServer Warranty.

Inherent to the design of LonWorks is the intention that all nodes residing on a LonWorks possess a profile which accurately describes the network variables (tags) available to the LonWorks network. This profile is declared to the LonWorks network by means of an External Interface File (XIF). This XIF remains unchanged for any particular profile. In other words, a change in the XIF is by definition a new profile.

The PS56-LON-000 Open Interface profile for SlotServer provides a generic list of SNVT’s that can be used to bind the most common LonWorks data types to the SlotServer for data transfer. This document describes the fixed Open Interface profile for the SlotServer. The PS56-LON-001 is a LonMark compatible product, enabling the SlotServer platform to support other profiles. For further information, please contact ProSoft Technology and enquire about available Specific Profiles and other SlotServer Profiling Services.

Hardware Specifications

Slot Width: Single

Backplane Current Load: 600 mA @ 5 Vdc

Operating Temperature: 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140­°F)

Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)

Humidity: 5% to 95%, with no condensation

Allen-Bradley Platform: ControlLogix 1756 chassis


  • TP/FT-10 (LonWorks network)
  • RS-485 (two-wire, serial network)
  • RJ-45 (Ethernet network)

LED Indications:

  • Module Status
  • Backplane Transfer Status
  • Communication Status
  • Configuration Error
  • System Error
  • Serial Activity
  • Ethernet Activity
  • 10/100BaseT Indicator

Display: Scrolling display of module messages

Service Pin: For LonWorks commissioning

Mounting: Local or Remote Chassis

Approval: UL60950

Configiration: Configuration data is contained in the configuration CSV file downloaded to the Module. Sample configuration file is included.

LonWorks Connection Capability: As an implicitly bound object in LonWorks, the LonWorks protocol supports the binding of this device to no more than 15 other nodes. Note: A LonWorks Network Management Tool (e.g.: LonMaker, Rover, LonWatcher, etc.) is required to commission a LonWorks network. This tool is used for creating the variable bindings on the network.