Getting Started

This is where you learn the basics working with Motorcortex.

In section you will learn the basics of how to get started with Motorcortex. You will learn to Install Motorcortex on a controller, Connect your PC to the controller, Deploy a Motorcortex Application, Configure the Application and Play with it.

1. Update/Install MCX-OS on your controller

To start off you will install or update your Controller with the latest image. In short, the following steps need to be performed:

  1. Download the latest MCX-OS Image from the Motorcortex Store
  2. Create a bootable MCX-Clonezilla USB Drive
  3. Copy the MCX-OS Image onto your MCX-Clonezilla USB Drive
  4. Boot your controller from the MCX-Clonezilla USB Drive and restore the MCX-OS Image to your controller.

Depending on the type of hardware the update procedure is slightly different. Select the option applicable to your situation:

Industrial PC

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Raspberry Pi

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Virtual Machine

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2. Connect your PC

After installing the Motorcortex Image, you will have to setup the connection between your PC and your Controller. Connecting to Motorcortex is different for every PC Operating system.

3. Deploy a standard Application

After a connection is established between your PC and the Controller it is time to deploy an Application from the Motorcortex.io Store.

Deploy
Deploy App

4. Configure the Application

Motorcortex is a control system that connect to physical devices. These devices have to be configured and connected to your Application. Use Motorcortex ECAT to add and configure your EtherCAT devices.

Configure
Configure Ethercat

5. Play

After configuring EtherCAT you can start using Motorcortex to control your system. The configured EtherCAT devices can be used via Motorcortex Desk and a GUI (Graphical User Interface) can be created using Motorcortex Grid.

  • Basics Motorcortex Desk

    In this section you will control a Motorcortex application using Motorcortex Desk.

  • Create a GUI

    In this section we will create a Motorcortex Graphical User Interface

What’s next

These 5 steps are everything you need to get started using Motorcortex. If you want to learn how to create your own application please follow the instruction in the section “Developing Client applications” and “Developing Control Applications”.

More detailed information about the Motorcortex tools can be found in Motorcortex.io Tools.

Last modified April 8, 2022: final tweaks before check (6c8432e7)