[etherlab-users] Kollmorgen AKD drive doesn't like to be last

Gavin Lambert gavin.lambert at tomra.com
Wed Nov 6 23:50:34 CET 2019


Yes, although if there is some slave with closed ports in the network then writing 00 will open that slave but not any slaves further downstream of it (the change doesn’t take effect until after the end of the current frame, and may take several more cycles to negotiate link after that too).

Having said that, all slaves should default to 00 (auto) anyway – that’s the reset state of the ESC.  Only if a slave has some other persistent firmware/configuration override (which hopefully would be documented) might that differ.  I’m not familiar with that particular slave, so I don’t know if that applies to it or not.


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From: Hugh Sparks <hugh at csparks.com>
Sent: Thursday, 7 November 2019 11:33
To: Gavin Lambert <gavin.lambert at tomra.com>; etherlab-users at etherlab.org
Subject: Re: [etherlab-users] Kollmorgen AKD drive doesn't like to be last

Thanks for the quick answer. I'll try it ASAP. (I'm not at the customer site.)

I'm broadcasting a zero byte to register 0x101 (second byte of ESC DL Control) to all slaves. Shouldn't that make all ports automatic?
H. Sparks

On 11/6/2019 3:31 PM, Gavin Lambert wrote:

Try running "ethercat slaves -v" against one specific AKD slave (in a working network) and see whether its ports are configured for auto-close or manual close.  Compare it with other slaves, if possible.



Usually slaves should default to fully auto, so that they will loop packets back when there's no other downstream slave.  But they can be configured to manually keep a port closed even when they detect a new downstream slave (to avoid disrupting the network until you're ready to configure it) or to keep it open even if there's no slave (which is normally a bad thing, but maybe there's some reason it might be useful?).  Perhaps this latter is the case for your drives?





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Subject: [etherlab-users] Kollmorgen AKD drive doesn't like to be last



I have several Kollmogen AKD drives that work perfectly anywhere on my ring except the last position. If an AKD is at the end of the "row", it doesn't seem to be turning the frames around properly. Is this some configuration option I'm missing? I've never seen this behavior from other motor drives...



Thanks for any insights!



H. Sparks







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