I was delighted to find that writing a custom ASCII over Serial protocol was just as easy as the Ethernet variant. SMAC’s LCC-10 has a list of variables that can be read from or written to that grant complete control of its operation via an RS232 Serial or CANopen interface. I was able to setup 5 different screens which engage its different operating modes (Torque/Force mode, velocity mode, position mode) and fully interface/control them. It’s pretty fun to slide all of the analog dials and watch the servo voice-coil rapidly react to the different commanded positions. I’ve also broken out its “Status Bits” into useful information, “Status Words,” using the string library tool in Visilogic.
I’m very excited to see all of the applications that we will be able to solve with this solution in the future.