ORMEC's MotionDesk Development Kit provides a complete motion programming environment on any IBM-PC or compatible computer running Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 or XP (Windows Vista is not currently supported. MotionDesk can run in a virtual Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP machine within Vista). MotionDesk will run in Window 7's XP Mode. A tech brief describing the configuration is available. The MotionDesk Development Kit provides software tools to simplify the configuration, development and maintenance of ORMEC motion control systems.
MotionDesk is a fully integrated, Windows-oriented "desktop" for motion control. It uses drop-down menus, toolbars and dialog boxes and presents a powerful, intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) to ORION controllers.
The MotionDesk Development Console provides a multi-window development environment that includes multiple local windows on your PC as well as a multi-window interface to your motion controller.
MotionDesk uses TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) to implement high speed serial communications with ORION motion controllers. TCP/IP enables MotionDesk to simultaneously open multiple communication channels with ORION and provide windows to modify, control and view program operation.
A key element of MotionDesk is the ORION Project Navigator that simplifies the process of configuring your motion control system. It includes multiple screens for unit and axis parameters as well as servo gearing and I/O configurations.
The "wizard" approach leads you through a series of screens that simplify configuration. You are led through only the pertinent screens based on your prior choices.
The MotionPad editor provides powerful program editing tools and macro capabilities to speed the process of developing your program. Key features of MotionPad are:
- Context-sensitive help on menus, toolbars and MotionBASIC keywords
- Colored emphasis of MotionBASIC keywords helps highlight programming problems while editing
- Complete text editing and file management capabilities
- Ability to edit one or multiple files in multiple windows
- Multi-level undo capability
MotionPad activates whenever a programming error is detected in the ORION controller during system testing. Reported errors are presented through a MotionPad window with the proper module open and pointed to the source line causing the error.
The ORION Help System uses the latest Windows-based tools to provide access to MotionBASIC and ORION information. Full text searching capabilities and multi-level folders provide a graphical interface for exploring topics using dynamic links and hypertext tools. The MotionPad editor is linked to the Help System making it simple to initiate searches from the editor by highlighting a word and invoking the Help System.
MotionDesk provides a full set of file management features that are fully integrated into the Windows Explorer as an FTP folder using TCP/IP communications for managing user files on the ORION controller.
Installing the latest version of MotionBASIC or a new MotionBASIC Extension, along with the appropriate Help files, is easy with the Upgrade Director. Integrated into the MotionDesk environment, the Upgrade Director presents a complete menu allowing you to install only what you need for your application. In addition to upgrades, all MotionBASIC extensions are available in the Software Support Library section of this web site (registration required).
No programming is required to get the motor/drive systems tuned to your system load. Built-in and user modifiable motion profiles with default parameters are automatically adjusted to meet your system inertia load requirements for quick and easy fine tuning of your system’s loop response. All modifications to loop parameters are implemented dynamically with visual feedback displayed on the integral color scope. Final adjustments can be stored in the configuration file of your project.