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Configuration tool

Setting motor parameters

Published 2018-07-30

Advanced Motion Controls (AMC) has introduced the version 7.4.2 of its Driveware configuration tool. CANopen PDOs are supported, too.

Driveware is a free-of-charge software tool for configuring motors (Photo: AMC)

The software tool of the U.S. company is suitable for the Digiflex servo drives. The new version of the free-of-charge program includes stepper motor configuration, which enables users to program drives to run two-phase stepper motors in addition to the servomotors. A streamlined commutation algorithm makes initial configuration for steppers approximately 75 percent faster. All drive limits, control loops (current, velocity, and position), and event handling can be configured in Driveware. Notable features include a functional multi-channel oscilloscope and a function generator.

AMC has also added support for CANopen RPDO 27 and RPDO 28 for all DPCANIA and DPCANTA drive models. These can be used to avoid sudden surges during motor start up, providing softer acceleration.

The software tool is suitable for commission and troubleshooting. Up to 16 unique index tasks can be created with defined position, velocity, and acceleration/deceleration values. Indexes can then be combined to form up to 16 different sequences. The motion panel tool is used to execute indexes and sequences allowing machines to be controlled directly by the drive without an external host controller.