GSoft configuration software is a Windows-based package that allows connection from a PC to any GS or DURApulse drive for easy configuration and tuning. You can create new drive configurations, upload and download archived configurations, and tune the drive’s PID loop with intuitive screens. GSoft is available as a free download from our Web site .
That's right! The WPS software is a free download. This is a fully featured software suite for drive configuration, monitoring AND for programming the built-in PLC and it's all in one easy to use package.
GSoft2 is the configuration software for the GS4 family of drives. It allows you to connect a personal computer to a GS4 drive, and perform a variety of functions:
GSoft2 includes an integral help file with software instructions. GSoft2 can be downloaded for free or purchased on CD from AutomationDirect.com. Your PC must have an RS-485 connection (see our USB-485M USB-to-serial converter ).
Watch Video - GSoft2: Part 1 - Quick Start - How to quickly configure the GS4 VFD
Watch Video - GSoft2: Part 2 - How to use the Scope feature of the GS4 VFD
Watch Video - GSoft2: Part 3 - How to backup and restore parameters on the GS4 VFD
Use the built-in PLC and our Free Downloadable Ladder Logic Software (GSLogic) to take your VFD applications to new heights. Program up to 10,000 steps of ladder logic to control your drive and the related machine or process. The PLC can read from or write to any parameter in the drive, and control the ample on-board and optional I/O in your GS4. Access the real-time clock calendar to program date specific, or daily, weekly, or monthly routines, with full support for daylight savings time built-in. Use the serial interfaces to communicate with other GS4 drives, or other equipment in your factory. There's even a special instruction that allows the PLC to monitor and adjust the drive PID loop.
The software supports all the standard Windows editing functions like cut, copy, paste, multiple windows, etc. GSLogic also allows register editing, online monitoring, and other convenience functions, such as:
GSLogic includes an integral help file that includes explanations of all software instructions, a how-to-use GSLogic section, and a how-to-use the GS4 PLC section.
AutomationDirect's AC drives offer "out-of-the-box" serial connectivity. Modbus RTU is the onboard standard protocol used for control and monitoring. This can be used to connect several Modbus masters like AutomationDirect's family of DirectLogic, CLICK, Do-more, and Productivity series PLCs and any OPC server that has a Modbus driver such as Kepware or Software Toolbox. Imagine getting all the parameter settings and control functionality on one cable, even when the information is not readily available by any other means. This flexibility offers cost savings, standardization, smaller PLC usage, and less development time.
Watch Video - How to Setup and Use BACnet on the GS4 VFD video
BACnet is an open protocol for data communication in building automation and control networks. The protocol is developed, supported and maintained by ASHRAE; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. BACnet is an American national standard, and international standard (used in more than 30 countries). The BACnet serial protocol is built in to every GS4 drive. On BACnet, your GS4 drive can communicate with building automation devices such as controllers, thermostats, valves, and I/O devices. Often used for HVAC fan and pump applications - the GS4 drives even have a "fire mode" in which they will "run until destruction" in an attempt to keep stairwells and emergency exit pathways clear of smoke in emergency situations.
Watch Video - EtherNet/IP: Part1 - How to setup EIP on the GS4 VFD
Watch Video - EtherNet/IP: Part2 - How to Verify Connectivity with the GS4 VFD
Watch Video - EtherNet/IP: Part3 - How to Control a GS4 VFD via EIP
Add Ethernet connectivity and enable high-speed communications to PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems and many other factory devices. For the GS4 drives, select the optional Modbus TCP card or the EtherNet/IP card to mount internally in the drive. The GS1, GS2, and GS3 drives require the externally mounted GS-EDRV100 module, which also provides a high-performance Ethernet link to Modbus TCP networks.
Connect your GS drives to any of our PLC platforms (and many others) with Modbus TCP. Modbus was originally developed by Modicon (now Schneider Electric) in 1979 for use with its programmable logic controllers (PLCs). It has been managed by the Modbus Organization since April 2004, when Schneider Electric transferred all rights. Simple and robust, it has become a de facto standard communication protocol and is now a commonly available means of connecting industrial electronic devices. Modbus TCP is a Modbus variant used for communications over TCP/IP networks.
Connect your GS4 drives to EtherNet/IP devices, including our Productivity series PLCs, our Do-more series PLCs, and our C-more HMIs. EtherNet/IP is one of the leading industrial protocols in the United States and is widely used in a range of industries including factory, hybrid and process. The EtherNet/IP standard is managed by ODVA, Inc., a global trade and standards development organization founded in 1995 with over 300 corporate members.
The DURApulse and GS series drives have a provision for shutting down control or power to the inverter in the event of a communications timeout. This function can be set up through the drive's parameter group 9 on all the drive platforms.
The Point of View (POV) SCADA software, KEPDirect Server software and many other SCADA software packages provide a way to connect your favorite Windows client software to the GS drives. POV and KEPDirect allow the user a direct line into the drive parameter group just like an Ethernet field I/O drop. The user can also control or monitor from any OPC/DDE compliant third party software. For a complete description of the POV and KEPDirect software features, see the Software tech specs document.