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Hi there, As a software engineer, but a newbie to the Allen-Bradley world, sorry if this question doesn't make sense. I'm enhancing an existing driver by trying to add the ability to read/write structured and array data types - rather than just the elementary data types it supports right now. This following question is only in the context of SLC/500 & MicroLogix 1400. And I'm currently working on a Counter as a test case, but any solution obviously needs to take into account other structured (and array) data types. One of the requirements is that the user should be able to select a specific atomic item within a parent structure/array that they want to read/write. So, using the Counter as an example, they might want to define a field which holds just the value of the accumulator. I know that I can achieve this with a CIP command. I specify file type 87 for counter, file number as 5 (my test example happens to be the standard C5 data file of counters), and element is 0 (for the first counter in C5). Bit number is irrelevant so remains as zero. I ask CIP to return me 2 bytes of data (to hold just the accumulator word). Finally, I tell CIP that I want sub-element 2 (because the accumulator is Word 2 of the whole structure). Sure enough, the CIP response gives me exactly the 2-byte accumulator value I was expecting, nothing more, nothing less. Success. My question is this: I knew I had to specify the sub-element as 2; this happens to work for a Counter because of the way it is structured as 3 words. However, it implies that the value I specify for sub-element is ALWAYS measured in units of 16-bit words. Is this a universal truth (i.e. works for other structured types too ?), or does the size of a sub-element depend on other factors, such as the file type ? Thank you in anticipation.