Pulse burst positioning

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Illustration of input step pulse & direction signals, motor position and move done output as function of time.

Pulse burst positioning is a setpoint method based on pulse and direction signals. In pulse burst mode, controller need only to generate a burst of pulses with direction signal to begin a motion relative to current position. Motion will comply with pre-configured acceleration and velocity limits of the drive.

Pulse burst positioning properties[edit | edit source]

  • Simplicity - easy to understand and implement point-to-point motion
  • No real-time pulse train controller needed - smooth motion profile is generated inside the drive
  • Exact - setpoint signal path is fully digital
  • Change setpoint on the fly - not necessary to wait for motion to finish before sending new pulses

How to use[edit | edit source]

Pulse burst is the minimalistic yet high performing position setpoint method available. Suitable signal may be generated by various means:

  • PLC with at least two digital outputs
  • A simple timer & counter circuit
  • Microcontroller GPIO pin
  • Or any programmable device with controllable digital outputs

Practical example[edit | edit source]

Drive parameterization[edit | edit source]

In Argon the following configuration enables burst pulse mode:

  • Set Control modeCM as Position control
  • Set Setpoint inputCRI as Pulse train & direction
  • Set Acceleration limitCAL and Velocity limitCVL to your desired acceleration and velocity values
  • Wire J5 connector according to this diagram

Doing incremental move[edit | edit source]

The C-style code below generates the signaling.

void IncrementalMove( int distance )
  int i;
  /* set direction output pin */
  /* generate step pulses to start motion. quantity of pulses = distance */
  for( i=0; i< abs(distance); i++ )
    Delay_ms(0.001); /* wait 1 microseconds or more */
    Delay_ms(0.001); /* wait 1 microseconds or more */
  • SetPulseOutputPin sets the digital state of HSIN1 pin on Argon
  • SetDirectionOutputPin sets the digital state of HSIN2 pin on Argon

Monitoring when motion is complete[edit | edit source]

Returns true when motion has successfully finished. False if timeout expired or drive faulted.

bool WaitForMoveDone( double timeout )
  double waited=0;
    if( GetMotionCompletePinState() == true ) 
      return true; /* motion is now complete, return true*/
    if( GetFaultPinState() == true ) 
      return false; /* drive is in fault state, return false*/
    /*motion is not complete, wait some time and poll again*/
    Delay_ms(10); /* 0.01 seconds */
  /*return false because timeouted */
  return false;
  • GetMotionCompletePinState reads the GPO1 pin state from Argon
  • GetFaultPinState reads the GPO3 pin state from Argon

Usage example[edit | edit source]


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