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Tool for motor controllers

Nanotec (Germany) has introduced its Plug & Drive Studio tool. It is suitable for setup and programming of the company’s motor controllers, which feature a CiA 402 interface.

Screenshot of the setup and programming tool (Photo: Nanotec)

THE MOTION CONTROLLERS of the company can be accessed from a PC via a variety of serial bus systems such as CANopen, Ethernet, or Modbus. For setup, the object directory holding the controller configuration can be read and written via a table. Predefined filters are applied to display only currently relevant objects. The objects can also be configured at an integrated command line.

The entire communication can be recorded and played back again later so that lengthy command sequences only need to be entered once during setup. To tune the controller parameters, an integrated oscilloscope can simultaneously display any eight objects with a resolution of up to one millisecond.

To program the motion controller, an integrated development environment is available that consists of a source text editor with automatic code addition, a compiler and a debugger. Because all of the Plug & Drive Studio functions can be used simultaneously, controller behavior can be tracked during program execution using the object directory and oscilloscope. As a result, customer-specific functions can be programmed.

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