Should I Use Scan Mode or FPGA Interface Mode with SoftMotion?

Updated May 16, 2018

Reported In

Hardware

  • CompactRIO Controller
  • Kollmorgen Drive and Motor Cable

Software

  • LabVIEW SoftMotion Module
  • LabVIEW

Driver

  • NI-RIO

Other

Kistler 5171A module

Issue Details

I have a motion setup with a CompactRIO (cRIO), Kistler 5171A module, Advanced Kollmorgen Drive (AKD) and a servo motor. Should I program motion control on the Real-Time OS (Scan Mode) or directly on the FPGA?

Solution

You should use the Real-Time processor (Scan Mode) unless you must use the FPGA. This will be the easiest and most straightforward way to program your motor system, and gives you access to Express VIs

Additional Information

  • NI 950x modules, such as the 9501, 9502, 9503, and 9505 can only be programmed through the FPGA
  • Find examples for SoftMotion in the LabVIEW Example Finder: Help >> Find Examples >> Search 'SoftMotion'

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