Saving Parameter Settings
Before proceeding, you must learn to save your object settings and mappings. If you do not save your configurations, they will be lost the next time your controller is reset and/or powered down. Saving in Motion Console is NOT like saving files in other applications. (Remember, you are dealing with a lower-level hardware controller which interacts directly with hardware.) Motion Console saves parameter settings directly to its own flash memory, which ensures the same settings are reused when you repower your controller. You may also upload settings from flash memory to a firmware file, located on a hard disk or separate storage media. This permits the saving of more than one set of parameter settings, and allows multiple controllers to be loaded with the same parameter values. To ensure that your settings are protected, it is recommended that you both Save to Flash and save to an archived firmware file (Firmware Upload). Both functions are explained below.
The controller object has a Save All to Flash button. This button will copy the SynqNet network topology and ALL configurations from the controllerís dynamic memory to flash memory. When the controller is reset or powered down and restarted, the last-flashed settings are loaded automatically.
Clearing Controller Dynamic Memory
Clearing Controller Flash Memory
For more information see Save/Clear Topology to Flash.
IMPORTANT! The FW Upload function saves only what is stored in flash memory, not settings on the Motion Console screen. Therefore, you must first use the Save to Flash function (see above) before using the FW Upload function.
The FW Upload function can be accessed either from the Object Explorer window, or the Controller Summary window.
Clicking on the FW Upload button displays a file manager window:
Enter the path and filename of the firmware file to be saved, then click on the Save button. The controller's firmware in flash memory will be saved to the file indicated.
The opposite of uploading is downloading. Once a firmware file has been saved, the FW Download function copies the saved firmware file into the controller's flash memory, and volatile memory as well. To download a firmware file into the controller's flash memory, click on the FW Download function in the Object Explorer or Controller Summary windows.
Clicking on the FW Download button displays a file manager window:
Select the firmware file (*.bin) to be loaded and click on the Open button. The selected file will be loaded into the controller's flash memory.
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