KPA EtherCAT Master can configure bus on the fly without EtherCAT® configuration tools.
The Online Configurator module allows a user application to select slave’s configuration (uESI). uESI is a file describing custom slave’s configuration and generated in KPA EtherCAT Studio. It is possible to create a set of uESI-s in advance and then applied them to Master depending on the user’s needs. The module generates Master configuration file (ENI) with applied uESI. Further, this ENI will be used at Master work.
The Online Configurator functionality may be used at least in two ways:
- To switch between different configurations of the slave. For example, Servo Drive has two working modes Velocity and Position that require different slave settings.
- To switch between bus configurations with different number of slaves. For example, PLC application that works in two different modes: Full mode with 10 slaves and Short mode with 5 slaves on the bus.
The Online Configurator functionality is available in KPA EtherCAT Master v2.4 or higher and is provided as feature pack that should be additionally activated through license file.