The free GSOFT2 utility has a built-in scope function that allows you to monitor many of the drives functions. We'll do a couple examples in this video to show you how quick and easy it is to use this application.
To learn more, check out our video library for lots of how to videos including PID, Torque Mode, using the FREE software, PLC programming and more!
All GS20(X) Video Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPdypWXY_ROq119AqwSjbSqxq3TgXJJFY
One of the best features of GSOFT2 is, once you are connected to the drive which we did in part 1, you can view lots of different drive signals and status in real time using this scope function. For example, if we select Motor Phase A, and Motor Phase B, and Motor Phase C, start recording, bring up the virtual keypad which I’ve already configured for remote operation – there’s a separate video showing you how to do that - and hit run, we see in real time what the three motor phases are doing. Let’s reverse the motor direction. Let it run for a second. And stop the motor and stop the recording. Hit zoom all to see the entire recording. OK, let’s zoom in on the transition between forward and reverse. We can see that when running forward, red leads green which leads blue. In reverse green leads red – exactly what we would expect to see. So, if one of your motor leads was goofy or mis-wired, you would instantly see that here. You can even isolate the traces by clicking these boxes. Let’s zoom out and then back in after the acceleration ramp is done. If we move the cursors we see the period of the frequency is this and the rate is the 30 hertz, exactly what we asked for. Of course, you can save and read these recordings and there is even a JPEG button takes a screen shot for you. The value boxes show the value of which ever cursor you are currenting controlling – if I move the dashed cursor I see these update with the values at the current cursor position. If I move the solid cursor I see its current values. The delta is the difference between the two cursors, relative to the one you are controlling. These display the values in decimal or hex for the next run. Time works the same way – it’s the time of the cursor you are currently controlling and the delta to the other cursor. And this is the inverse of the time which is really handy when you want to view the frequency of a signal. These are summary charts. You can see all the Digital I/Os at a glance. And you can display these on the scope using these. You can isolate bits for display by selecting the ones you want. Just beware, this will appear as a zero or a 1 on the scope, while this will appear as a zero or 128 on the scope. If you have multiple selected, then the scope will display the sum of all of the bits in these words. And these show you at a glance the max, min and average of the channel you are looking at over here. This one goes with this guy, this one goes with this guy, etc. And you can clear the screen and start over. Need to tweak some parameters? No problem – just bring up the parameter menu right here. It works exactly like the examples we saw in part 1. And finally, the recovery button zooms the screen back out to its max extents. There are tons of things you can monitor so you are really only limited by your imagination when using GSOFT2’s Scope Function. We used the scope function a lot in the PID videos, check those out if you want to see some more examples. Remember, GSOFT2 is a free download at automationdirect.com and you only need a USB cable to use it with your GS20 Drives. That should be enough to get you started with the GSOFT2 scope function Click here to see all of the GS20 Video Tutorials. Click here to subscribe to AutomationDirect’s YouTube channel so you’ll be notified when we post new videos and click here to learn about AutomationDirect’s free award-winning support options.