TF3710 | TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™
The TF3710 TwinCAT 3 function TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™ enables the exchange of data between LabVIEW™ and the TwinCAT runtime. ADS Client VIs for LabVIEW™ are provided, which enable ADS communication with the TwinCAT 3 runtime. In addition, the TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™ contains an NTP Client VI that enables the time synchronization between LabVIEW™ and TwinCAT on the basis of the Network Time Protocol. TF3710 uses ADS communication and is also suitable for TwinCAT 2.
LabVIEW™ programs are called virtual instruments, or VIs, because their appearance and operation imitate physical instruments, such as oscilloscopes and multimeters. LabVIEW™ contains a comprehensive set of tools for acquiring, analyzing, displaying, and storing data, as well as tools to help you troubleshoot code you write.
The TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™ is used when automation technology and measurement technology exchange data in a system. For example, the EtherCAT measurement modules and TwinCAT are used for the acquisition of measured data in a test bench; the test bench is operated via a higher-level LabVIEW™ visualization.
Using the TF3710 function, the test bench operator can access the TwinCAT data of the Beckhoff measurement technology hardware and generate additional measurement functions via the familiar user interface. The communication between TwinCAT and LabVIEW™ is bidirectional: TwinCAT data can be streamed to LabVIEW™, processed and displayed. LabVIEW™ data such as a start event or an external measuring signal can be transmitted from LabVIEW™ to TwinCAT.
The PC-based controller offers the option to run the TwinCAT 3 runtime and the LabVIEW™ application via the LabVIEW™ Application builder on a single Industrial PC. The LabVIEW™ application can of course also be operated on separate devices that are reachable by ADS.
The NTP Client VI is used with a test setup for the cost-optimized time synchronization of the high-end measurement controller of NI™ with the peripheral automation technology. The EL6688 EtherCAT Terminal (IEEE 1588 external synchronization interface) enables the exact time synchronization of the two systems.
LabVIEW™ and NI™ are trademarks of National Instruments. Neither Beckhoff, nor any software programs or other goods or services offered by Beckhoff, are affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by National Instruments.
Product announcement | estimated market release 1st quarter 2021
|Operating system||Windows 7, Windows 10, TwinCAT/BSD|
|TF3710-0v20||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 20 (Economy)|
|TF3710-0v30||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 30 (Economy Plus)|
|TF3710-0v40||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 40 (Performance)|
|TF3710-0v50||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 50 (Performance Plus)|
|TF3710-0v60||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 60 (Mid Performance)|
|TF3710-0v70||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 70 (High Performance)|
|TF3710-0v80||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 80 (Very High Performance)|
|TF3710-0v81||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 81 (Many-core 5…8 Cores)|
|TF3710-0v82||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 82 (Many-core 9…16 Cores)|
|TF3710-0v83||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 83 (Many-core 17…32 Cores)|
|TF3710-0v84||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 84 (Many-core 33…64 Cores)|
|TF3710-0v90||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 90 (Other)
|TF3710-0v91||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 91 (Other 5…8 Cores)|
|TF3710-0v92||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 92 (Other 9…16 Cores)
|TF3710-0v93||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 93 (Other 17…32 Cores)|
|TF3710-0v94||TC3 Interface for LabVIEW™, platform 94 (Other 33…64 Cores)|
We recommend using a TwinCAT 3 license dongle for platform levels 90-94.
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