Use Motorcortex Desk
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Motorcortex Desk is a visualisation based on the
Parameter Tree. The Parameter Tree is the epicenter of controlling our appllication. Everything that is happening inside our application is shown and can be controlled in this Parameter Tree. In the following steps we are going to controll our application using Motorcortex Desk.
WarningUsing MotorCortex-Desk all parameters of the running control system are accessible and may be modified. Changing parameters may cause unpredictable or unstable machine behavior and may cause danger to personnel or cause damage to the machine or its surroundings. The tool should only be used by system experts that has detailed knowledge of the system and knows what the impact of a parameter changes means.
To enter Motorcortex desk browse to your project and click on the Desk button.This will open a new tab with Motorcortex Desk.
Fill in the
server addressper default this is
Close the lock button 🔒 to select a secure connection.
Connectbutton, per default a login an password is not needed.
NoteIf you have troubles with login make sure to check out your connection try Connection Troubleshooting.
Motorcortex desk visualised all parameters and works like a directory sytem. For the following example we have connected a switch and a light to our IO device to check our IO’s.
In the left menu you can browse to the
Ethercatfolder. This folder contains all the parameters of our EtherCAT configuration. With these parameters we can control the configured our EtherCAT devices.
Ethercatfolder you will find parameters and the
Domainfolders that were configured in Motorcortex Ecat.
Domainfolder(s) you will find the
Devicefolders that were configured in Motorcortex Ecat.
Devicefolder(s) wil contain the
parametersto control your device.
Double click the
parametersthat you would like to manipulate or plot. these will be shown in the small menu below.
Left of the parameters is a checkbox, clicking this checkbox will plot the signal. In our example we plotted both our Input and Output signals of our EtherCAT device.
By pushing the button we see that the input signal is changing from 0 to 1.
On the right of our output parameter we see a
input fieldwe can use this field to manipulate the value of our output. by filling in a value of
enterthe output value is set to
highand the light wil light up.
- Congradualtions you have now controlled your own Motorcortex application.
The next step is to create your own Motorcortex Graphical User Interface. Create a GUI
More information about the Motorcortex Desk tool can be found under Motorcortex Desk