Sprint Electric has introduced a Windows-based graphical configuration and diagnostic software package to simplify programming, installation and commissioning of its recently launched range of digital DC drives.
By making extensive use of block diagrams, graphics, drop down menus and help screens, PL Pilot software enables a drive to be programmed in minutes. And the PC running the software can be connected to the drive using the serial port.
Without the drive connected, the operator can create and save a recipe of parameters and block connections for downloading later. This makes the cloning of multiple drives in the OEM environment a simple operation. Recipes can be also copied and pasted complete or in sections, speeding the programming of drives for similar applications.
The software features a configuration checker that automatically scans for faults and conflicts in the programmed connection of software blocks. These conflicts are highlighted to make it easy for the operator to trace and correct them.
In On-line mode, PL Pilot can be used to set, monitor and adjust drive parameters. In this mode it also serves as a powerful real-time diagnostic tool that enables the operator to troubleshoot the drive system and modify parameters and settings accordingly.
The recently launched Sprint PL and PLX family of three phase digital drives has been designed with a logical menu structure and English language descriptions as well as numerical codes for every parameter. The PLX series also comes with a wide range of software function blocks such as high performance PID controllers, reel diameter calculator, taper tension calculator, multi-function signal processors, spindle orientation and many more.
PL Pilot is provided free on a CD-Rom with every new Sprint digital drive and can also be used as an on-line diagnostic tool when the drive is running. Real time values including motor speed, current, voltage and torque can be displayed and adjusted on-line to optimise the drive settings.