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This is the official and latest setup guide of Argon (servo drive). Read it through before installing or operating Argon.

NOTE: This guide attempts to be as complete and precise as humanly possible, however it can never be perfect. Writers of this guide are not responsible if possible damages or losses caused by mistakes or lacks of this guide.

IMPORTANT: Argon drive should be installed and operated only by qualified electricians. Dangerous voltages and mechanics are involved and possibility of severe injury or even death is possible in case of installation or usage errors.

CURRENT STATUS: This guide is work in progress and should not be followed until this notice has been removed.

Reading the guide

Read trough the guide by following the outline and follow the hyper links to subtopics provided in the articles. Many useful and important key points are presented as:

Articles containing safety & equipment damage related information of Argon

In addition to other documentation, make sure you have carefully read and understood all of the pages containing safety and equipment damage warnings before operating the device:

Argon introduction

Argon is a servo motor drive designed by Granite Devices. If you are not familiar with the features and specifications of the drive, see following articles:


Setup process overview

The setup process is straightforward and kept as understandable as possible. In short the process goes as follows:

  1. Power up drive's logic voltage and test connection to Granity Argon setup software
  2. Make all necessary wiring to motor, AC mains and controller
  3. Once wired, connect again with Granity to make paramerization & servo tuning
  4. Finalize setup

In case of troubles, refer to troubleshooting chapter and articles in troubleshooting category

What you will need?

Items needed during this guide
  • Argon drive
  • SimpleMotion V2 USB adapter
  • 2 or more RJ45 Ethernet cables (Cat 5/5e/6, straight connection, not cross linked)
  • Emergency stop button (normally closed NC type) or equivalent
  • Regulated 24 VDC power supply, output capability at least 0.7A per drive
  • A Argon compatible servo motor
  • Recommended: Shielded AC power conductors. Non-shielded will work but increase EMI.
Optional but highly recommended items
Tools needed
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire cutter
  • Windows PC
Skills needed
  • Qualified electrician skills (license to make mains AC connections)
  • Basic knowledge of servo systems

Step 1, testing connection to computer


  1. Download and install the Granity software. Lates version is downloadable from the link: Granity software for windows (approx 10 MB)
  2. Connect PE of J4 connector to protective earth. After that wire 24 VDC power supply to Argon's J3 connector, however do not power up yet.
  3. Set Argon DIP switches to give an bus address to the device.
  4. Connect Argon J2.1 connector to SimpleMotion V2 USB adapter with a straight Ethernet cable and plug USB adapter to computer.
  5. Power up the 24 VDC power. Some leds should start blinking at the drive (specifily LD3 and/or LD4).
  6. Launch Granity software and:
    1. Go to Connect tab
    2. Ensure that SM V2 USB adapter is selected from drowdown list called Communication interface device
    3. Click Connect to drive
    4. Once list of connected drives pop up, select the one you connected and click Open

Now if everything has gone well, you should see information like drive model and serial number on the Connect tab. Connection has been successfully tested and drive may be disconnected to proceed with next setup step.

Step 2, wiring

Step 3, paramerization

Setting basic parameters

Servo tuning

Step 4, finalization


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