VFD Industrial Network Communications - A Technical Focus

Class Name/Number: VFD Industrial Network Communications - A Technical Focus / TRM010-AFD1000-netcommtech
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Class Cost: $460

Duration: 2 Days

Class Topics:

The Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) Industrial Network Communication class is designed for technicians and engineers that want to know more about the technical aspects of network communications. This class focuses on how network communications can enable powerful VFD monitoring and control. Understanding these topics will help you develop, implement and support industrial network communication applications. This class will provide information on the industrial communication networks that are supported on the Yaskawa 1000 series industrial drives (V1000, A1000 and P1000).

Class topics include but are not limited to:

  • Networks Discussed
    • Fieldbus Based Protocols (Modbus RTU, DeviceNet, )PROFIBUS
    • Ethernet Based Protocols (Modbus TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT)
  • Communication Basics
    • Definitions - Half vs Full Duplex, Protocol, Parity, Bit-Byte-Word, Determinism
    • Synchronous vs Asynchronous Systems
    • Numbering systems
  • Basic troubleshooting tips for communication networks

Day 1 - Fieldbus Protocols

  • Wiring requirements and physical layer
  • Segmentation, Grounding, Termination, Air Separation
  • Yaskawa network card, wiring and installation
  • Message Format
  • DeviceNet Specific – EDS Files, Explicit and Implicit Messages, Requested Packet Interval, Objects, Assemblies, Automatic Device Replacement
  • PROFIBUS Specific – PA vs DP, PPO, GSD Files, PROFIdrive
  • Interconnectivity demonstration for each protocol

Day 2 - Ethernet Protocols

  • Wiring requirements and physical layer
  • Hub vs Switch vs Router
  • Network Settings - MAC Address, IP Address, Gateway, Subnet Mask
  • DHCP vs Static IP
  • Yaskawa network card, wiring and installation
  • Message Format
  • Multicast vs Unicast
  • EtherNet/IP Specific – EDS Files ,Objects, Assemblies
  • PROFINET Specific – CBA vs IO, RT vs IRT, PPO, GSDML Files, PROFIdrive
  • Interconnectivity demonstration for each protocol

Class Materials:

Students will receive a copy of the class training manual, as well as selected product user and instruction manuals in paper and/or electronic format.

COVID Policies During Training Classes:

Yaskawa America, Technical Training Services follows the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) recommendation of social distancing at least six feet during factory training classes held at the Yaskawa America facility in Waukegan, IL. To meet these recommendations, we’ve physically rearranged the classrooms and limited the number of students enrolled in the class.

Students and instructors must adhere to Yaskawa's safety protocol for mask or face shield utilization in all Yaskawa training facilities, which follow local, state or federal mask orders or revised CDC guidelines. Students should bring with them and may wear during the class, a facemask or face shield approved by the CDC for COVID-19 face protection based on Yaskawa’s safety protocol level at the time of their scheduled class.


Yaskawa TTS provides a number of training classes for its customers that require the use of low-level voltages (120vac, 208vac and 460vac). To ensure a level of safety for the student while working with training class equipment using these voltages, TTS follows an Arc Flash Policy that is consistent with NFPA 70E.

Each student attending class must wear non-melting, untreated, natural fiber long pants.


Review the following eLearning Modules and submit the certification test:

  • Yaskawa Network Communications - A Sales Focus (Doc# eLM.AFD1000.01.netcommsales)
  • Adding and Configuring Yaskawa Drives in a PROFIBUS Network (Doc# eLM.AFD1000.01.PROFIBUS)
  • Adding and Configuring Yaskawa Drives in a PROFINET Network (Doc# eLM.AFD1000.01.PROFINET)
  • Adding and Configuring Yaskawa Drives in a DeviceNet Network (Doc# eLM.AFD1000.01.Devicenet)
  • Ethernet/IP - Adding and Configuring the EtherNet/IP Option Card (Doc# eLM.AFD1000.02.EthernetIP)

It will also be helpful if the attendee has some experience programming any of Yaskawa’s Drives. If you're not sure if this class is right for you, call and speak with one of Yaskawa's Product Training Engineers at 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292) dial 41.

Class Format:

The class consists of approximately 70% lecture and 30% Interconnectivity demonstrations.

Continuing Education Units:

Continuing Education Units will be awarded to those students that attend this training class in its entirety and pass the certification test with a score of 85% or better. Yaskawa does not provide partial CEU credits for less than 100% attendance. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Yaskawa America Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. Yaskawa America, Inc. is accredited by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this program.

Class Cost:

Contact Yaskawa for pricing at 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292) dial 41. The fee that you will be charged includes all training documents, a light snack each morning, and a lunch each day. Costs associated with travel, lodging, and evening meals are not included and are the student's responsibility.

To Enroll:

To enroll in any scheduled class, go to Request Training or call 1-800-YASKAWA (927-5292), dial 41. Class sizes are limited, so call early to reserve your seat.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

Yaskawa reserves the right to cancel a scheduled class at anytime due to low student enrollment. In this situation the student will be asked to reschedule or the tuition cost will be refunded. Yaskawa is not liable for any charges incurred by the customer (i.e.; airline, hotel, and rental car) due to cancellation.

A student may cancel their enrollment more than one week before the start of the class with no penalty. A student wishing to cancel their enrollment within one week of the class start date will be subject to these charges:

  • The cancellation fee for end users, if canceling within one week for a scheduled factory class is 50% of the total class tuition fee.
  • The cancellation fee for Drives and Motion Distributors, if canceling within one week of a scheduled factory training class is 100% of the total tuition fee.
  • The cancellation fee for end users and distributors, if canceling an on-site class within three weeks of a scheduled class date is 100% of the class tuition and logistical fees.