EtherCAT Explorer is an EtherCAT network exploration, logging and diagnostics tool. Together with EtherCAT SDK Slave Editor and SOES EtherCAT Slave Stack, developers have an all-in-one tool for efficiently developing EtherCAT slaves that are easy to support and maintain throughout the life cycle.
Follow these instructions to configure and connect to an EtherCAT network.
Select the Process Image tab to monitor and control the EtherCAT network process data image. All PDO objects are listed by name, type, bit length and value. For outputs it is possible to enter and change values. PDO:s can be drag-and-dropped to views for logging, EtherCAT Trace, EtherCAT Watch and EtherCAT SDO Watch.
Select Object Dictionary view to browse slaves Object Dictionary, select a slave in the network tree-view to populate the view, data is only read on-demand by pressing the 'Refresh'-button in the top right corner.
Select Configuration for view of slaves' physical/logic mappings for the SyncManager and FMMU objects.
Press the 'Download File'-button to transfer files to the slave over FoE (File Over EtherCAT). It will open a file browser dialog to select the file to transfer. The result of the transfer will be presented in the Console.
Select EEPROM view for slave EEPROM management. It supports Read and Write EEPROM online, Save and Load EEPROM images offline. It is possible to modify a read or loaded image by editing or adding EEPROM entries via the tree-view fields. However, the proper way to modify the EEPROM content, to keep slave identity information aligned, is by making the necessary changes in the EtherCAT Slave Editor.
Select EtherCAT Slave in the tree-view. Press the 'Read EEPROM'-button to populate the data view with EEPROM data read online.
Select EtherCAT Slave in the tree-view. Press the 'Write EEPROM'-button to write the date to the slave.
NOTE! A faulty EEPROM can cause problems starting the EtherCAT slave.
Press the 'Save File'-button to write present data in data view to an image file on disk.
Press the 'Load File'-button to load data to data view, the data view is write to the slave by Write EEPROM. A loaded file can be opened in the external linked editor if associated.
Select ESC Memory for EtherCAT Slave Controller Register and RAM view, select a slave in the network tree-view to populate the view, data for expanded sections are read on-demand by pressing the 'Refresh'-button in the top right corner.