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Installation and start-up of the AXC F 2152

This article guides you through the steps to mount the AXC F 2152 to a DIN rail and to establish an Ethernet connection.

Watch also the Tutorial Video - Unboxing.



For more information, please refer to the AXC F 2152 datasheet and the user manual.


  1. Be sure that the device is only used by qualified electricians or persons instructed by them, who are familiar with applicable standards and other regulations regarding electrical engineering and in particular the relevant safety concepts.
  2. The device contains components that can be damaged or destroyed by electrostatic discharge. When handling the device, observe the necessary safety precautions against electrostatic discharge (ESD) according to EN 61340-5-1 and IEC 61340-5-1.
  3. Beware of electrical damage due to inadequate external protection. Provide external protection for the controller to protect it against polarity reversal. The power supply unit must be able to supply four times the nominal current of the external fuse, to ensure that it trips in the event of an error.
  4. Electrical damage due to inadequate external protection – no safe fuse trip in the event of an error.
    Protect the supply voltage externally in accordance with the connected load (number of Axioline F devices/total logic current consumption for each device). Make sure the external fuse is able to trip safely.

  5. The controller is automatically grounded (FE) when it is snapped onto a grounded DIN rail.
    On the back of the controller, there are two FE springs that make contact with the DIN rail when the controller is placed on the DIN rail.

  6. Before mounting or removing the controller make sure that the supply voltage is switched off and cannot be switched on again unintended or by unauthorized persons.

Mounting the AXC F 2152 on a DIN rail

  1. First install the bus base module for the controller and all bus base modules necessary for the station on the DIN rail (A). Push each subsequent bus base module into the connection of the previous bus base module (B).

    Figure 1: Axioline bus socket

  2. Place the controller vertically on the first bus base module and the DIN rail until it snaps into place with a click.
    Make sure that the device plug for the bus base connection is situated above the corresponding socket on the bus base module.

    Figure 2: Mount the AXC F 2152

    Note: To avoid damages, the AXC F 2152 must be mounted vertically on the AXL bus socket!

    Figure 3: Axioline mounting advice

  3. Remove the upper label. Insert the SD-Card (SD FLASH 2GB PLCNEXT MEMORY 1043501) until it engages audibly.

    Figure 4: Insert SD card

Connecting the supply voltage

  1. Controller supply
    - Supply Voltage: 24 V DC (19.2 V DC ... 30 V DC)
    - Supply Current: 2 A (typically without connected IOs ~500 mA)
  2. Strip 8 mm off the cable. Fit the cable with a ferrule, if required. Insert the cable in the terminal point. It is clamped automatically.

    Terminal point Color Assignment
    a1, a2 red DC 24 V (UL)
    b1, b2 blue GND

    Figure 5: Axioline supply plug
  3. Place the supply plug vertically into its position and press firmly. Make sure that the locking latch snaps in. The AXC F 2152 will start-up.

    Figure 6: AXC F 2152 with supply plug

Establishing an Ethernet connection

The AXC F 2152 has two bridged Ethernet sockets (refer to The first PLCnext Control - AXC F 2152 for more details).
Connect an Ethernet cable with one socket and your local network.

Figure 7: AXC F 2152 with Ethernet connection

The static IP address is specified as default setting for the AXC F 2152. In addition, the IP address assignment via Profinet DCP is possible.

Static IP address

Note: Before modifying any IP addresses, ensure that the IP addresses of the AXC F 2152 ( and your local PC are not already used by any other network device.

Specify an IP address in the range of 192.168.1.x (subnet for your local PC. Afterwards, you can ping the AXC F 2152 or establish a direct connection via PC Worx Engineer.

IP assignment via Profinet DCP and PC Worx Engineer

As Profinet DCP is a standard network protocol, the assignment of an IP address to the AXC F 2152 can be done using any common Profinet DCP-compliant tool (such as netnames from Phoenix Contact).
The easiest way is to use PC Worx Engineer.

  1. Create a new PC Worx Engineer project by choosing the "Empty AXC F 2152 project" template on the start page.
  2. Double-click the 'Project' node and specify the range of possible IP addresses for the project in the 'Settings' editor.

    Figure 8: IP address range of the project

  3. Configure the IP address of the AXC F 2152: in the PLANT view, double-click the controller node and open the 'Settings' editor. Make sure that the IP address assignment mode is set to 'manual'.

    Figure 9: IP address of the device

  4. Open the tab 'Online Devices' of the 'Project' node to scan the connected network for available controllers.

    Figure 10: Scan for online devices

    Detected devices can now be added to the project. You can choose whether the IP settings of the scanned controller are to be used in the project or the project settings are written to the controller.

The PC Worx Engineer online help (chapter "Networking") provides detailed step-by-step procedures how to

  • structure the PLANT by scanning the connected network or by inserting devices manually from the COMPONENTS area to the PLANT,
  • configure the devices added to the PLANT,
  • use the 'Physical Topology' editor to document the network topology.