Use Motorcortex Desk

In this section we will control our application using 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.

  1. To enter Motorcortex desk browse to your project and click on the Desk button.This will open a new tab with Motorcortex Desk.

  2. Fill in the server address per default this is

  3. Close the lock button 🔒 to select a secure connection.

  4. Click the Connect button, per default a login an password is not needed.

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.

  1. In the left menu you can browse to the Ethercat folder. This folder contains all the parameters of our EtherCAT configuration. With these parameters we can control the configured our EtherCAT devices.

  2. In the Ethercat folder you will find parameters and the Domain folders that were configured in Motorcortex Ecat.

  3. In the Domain folder(s) you will find the Device folders that were configured in Motorcortex Ecat.

  4. In the Device folder(s) wil contain the parameters to control your device.

  1. Double click the parameters that you would like to manipulate or plot. these will be shown in the small menu below.

  2. 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.

  3. By pushing the button we see that the input signal is changing from 0 to 1.

  4. On the right of our output parameter we see a input field we can use this field to manipulate the value of our output. by filling in a value of 1 and hitting enter the output value is set to high and the light wil light up.

  1. 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

Last modified October 5, 2021: getting started update (32d7984)