PD4-E ModbusRTU Online Manual

Process data objects (PDO)

As with CANopen, a process image can be configured for input and output values with Modbus. This image only contains the data values of one or more objects without additional information, such as length, index or subindex. A single message can thereby be used to read or write multiple objects at the same time.


The configuration of the image is referred to as "mapping" and is written in the following objects:
  • 3502h for the Modbus Rx (master → slave) PDO mapping
  • 3602h for Modbus Tx (slave → master) PDO mapping
Both objects contain an array of 16 entries each. Subindex 00 specifies the number of valid entries here.

Objects 3502h and 3602h can be written with messages with Modbus function code 2Bh.


The data are written sequentially in the message without gaps and alignment.

If alignment is required (e.g., 16-bit alignment), additional "dummy objects" can be incorporated in the message. Dummy objects are only ever transferred with the data value "0". These objects are listed in the following table.

Index Data type
0002h Signed integer (8 bit)
0003h Signed integer (16 bit)
0004h Signed integer (32 bit)
0005h Unsigned integer (8 bit)
0006h Unsigned integer (16 bit)
0007h Unsigned integer (32 bit)

Mapping is as follows:

  • The PDO RX image begins at Modbus register address 6000d (1770h).
  • The PDO TX image begins at Modbus register address 5000d (1388h).
Read/write access can be performed simultaneously with function code 17h or with the 03h, 04h, 06h, 10h commands on the respective RX/TX images.


The following objects are to be set in the mapping:
  • 3602h:00h = "6h" (6 values are mapped)
  • 3602h:01h = "60410010h" (object 6041h:00h, length 16 bits is mapped)
  • 3602h:02h = "00050008h" (dummy object 0005h:00h, length 8 bits is mapped)
  • 3602h:03h = "60610008h" (object 6061h:00h, length 8 bits is mapped)
  • 3602h:04h = "60640020h" (object 6064h:00h, length 32 bits is mapped)
  • 3602h:05h = "60440010h" (object 6044h:00h, length 16 bits is mapped)
  • 3602h:06h = "60FD0020h" (object 60FDh:00h, length 32 bits is mapped)

After the mapping for object 6061h:00h, a dummy object is inserted so that the next object 6064h:00h can be aligned to 32 bit.

Rx message: The master sends the slave the following message:

Tx message: The slave sends following response to the master:

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