Using Rapidsetup Tool

This guide will help you create the EtherCAT Network Information file (AKA: Topology) needed to initialize the RMP controller network.

Starting the Network

1. Define a clear safety zone!

2. Verify that the NIC (Network Interface Controller) is controlled by INtime. (See the Passing NIC control guide section)

Node Passed to INtime Using MSI

3. Start the INtime Kernel from the tray icon, if it is not already running.

INtime Tray Icon

4. Open RapidSetup from the shortcut on the desktop.

5. RapidSetup will open to the Motion Controller page. The Network State should be red “UNINITIALIZED” as shown below.

Uninitialized RapidSetup

6. Verifiy that the EtherCAT.xml file exists and it is found by RapidSetup.

7. If the EtherCAT.xml file is missing:

7.1 Discover Network Nodes.

7.2 You should see a non-zero Node Count. (The node count should match the number of ethercat nodes available in your system/topology)

7.3 Generate ENI File.

Do not proceed with guide until the EtherCAT.xml file has been created and found.

8. Click the Network Start button.

9. After a few seconds, the Network State should change to green “OPERATIONAL” and the EtherCAT nodes on the network should populate in the project tree.

Initialized RapidSetup

10. If you do not get an “OPERATIONAL” state, try checking the following:

  1. Verify that the NIC (Network Interface Controller) is controlled by INtime. (See the Passing NIC control guide section)

  2. Verify that the INtime Kernel "Node A from the tray icon" is running.

  3. Hardware Nodes must be connected to the NIC which is controlled by INtime.

  4. The EtherCAT.xml file (your hardware specific EtherCAT Topology) must be located in the C:\RSI\X.X.XX folder.

  5. Check that you are using one of the known compatible NIC hardware options. (See here)

  6. Close RapidSetup, Restart Node A, Open RapidSetup, Run C:\RSI\X.X.XX\RMPNetwork.rta. This will initialize the Network and display relevant error messages.

11. Once an “OPERATIONAL” Network state is achieved and the connected nodes appear in the project tree, continue to Configure Axis Settings.

RapidSetup Example

Starting the Network with RapidSetup