Mecademic announces the release of new firmware 8.3.10 which supports the EtherNet/IP protocol.

What is EtherNet/IP?

EtherNet/IP is an industrial network protocol used by many PLC and automation component vendors worldwide. It is currently the most widespread industrial protocol in the United States and used in a wide variety of industries. The Meca500 has been certified by ODVA for use with EtherNet/IP.

Why do I need it?

Although not required for the Meca500, the demand from PLC users and particularly customers and integrators who work with Allen-Bradley products has been huge. Along with EtherCAT, this is a great choice for industrial manufacturers.

How much does it cost?

It is absolutely free for the Meca500. No additional hardware on the robot side is required, just a firmware upgrade. As our firmware upgrades are always free, all Mecademic customers will be able to upgrade.

Is it only available for the newer robots purchased after the release?

No, all existing Meca500-R3 robots can get EtherNet/IP with the firmware upgrade.

How do I get it on the Meca500?

This is purely a Firmware upgrade. The latest firmware update (8.3.10 and above) supports EtherNet/IP. It is currently available for all Meca500 R3 robots.

You can find it here. For firmware upgrade instructions, please refer to the User Manual or to the following article.

We are currently working on making this firmware available for the R2. Please get in touch with us if you need to run this on an R2 robot.

Do you have any Add-On Instructions available for my Allen-Bradley CompactLogix/ControlLogix PLC?

Yes! Please see our support center for the first version of our AOIs: Add-On Instructions. As with the firmware itself, these are available for free and will be continuously improved. If you have any comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to write to us.

I want to try using this, but I need help!

Please create a support ticket and one of our application engineers will reach out to you shortly.