Step 1: connect signal and power
To get started, connect the MonoDAQ devices as indicated in the schematic below using the MonoDAQ Power Package. You will need an RJ45 network card port on the PC or a USB-to-Ethernet adapter. Signal and power is transmitted from the power injector to the devices over the same cable.
To connect multiple devices, simply daisy-chain them. Keep in mind the IN and OUT labels of the EtherCAT (RJ45) ports: the port closer to the master (PC or controller) is always IN port.
Step 2: download and install software
Download the software installation files from the following locations:
- 32-bit version: https://monodaq.com/monodaq-e_software_dewesoft_x86
- 64-bit version: https://monodaq.com/monodaq-e_software_dewesoft_x64
*You can run 32-bit software version on a 64-bit processor, but you cannot run a 64-bit version on a 32-bit processor.
Unpack and install DEWESoft by running the »DEWESoft_X3_Installer…exe« and following the instructions.
If the devices are not automatically recognized in DEWESoft software (under Options/Settings/Devices screen, see Step 3), this is most probably due to the EtherCAT driver issue.
Make sure the driver is installed. It should install automatically with DEWESoft, but in case it did not, the driver installation files are available here.
To check if the driver is active, proceed with the following:
- open Control Panel
- go to Network and Sharing center
- go to Change adapter settings (left hand side menu)
- right click on the connection that says “Unidentified Network” and click Properties. You should see the screen below.
- make sure that there is a tick next to the EthercatDAQFilter
- it is also good to remove ticks from “SMARTEK Vision GigEVision Filter Driver” and “Optomotive network driver” in case they appear as DEWESoft might have installed them
- click OK and close the network connection settings
Restarting DEWESoft should now make the MonoDAQ EtherCAT devices recognizable inside the software.
The latest firmware package for MonoDAQ-E devices is available here. To upgrade the firmware on the devices connected to DEWESoft, open Settings/Update menu and navigate to the .dxu package you want to use for upgrade.
Step 3: configure the devices
Ensure that EtherCAT devices are properly connected to the PC (see Step 1). After launching DEWESoft X3 software, navigate to the Options/Settings/Devices menu. You should see the connected devices in the list. Figures below show how to access the Options/Settings/Devices screen and a single MonoDAQ-E-ACC device connected in the list.
Clicking OK will exit the Settings screen and bring you back to the Channel Setup. Depending on the type of connected MonoDAQ-E devices, the channels from the devices will show up in three different tabs of the DEWESoft Channel Setup. Analog input channels will be shown in the Analog In tab. Digital inputs will be shown in Digital In tab. Output channels (digital or analog) will be shown in Analog/digital Out tab. The tabs are shown in the picture below.
If any of the tabs are not shown, you can pull them up by clicking the More… plus button. The tabs will be greyed out if no associated hardware is connected.
If analog input devices are connected, the Analog In tab should look like in the picture below (example with 1 MonoDAQ-E-ACC device shown). Make sure that the Used button is pushed in for the channels you intend to use in the measurement.
To configure the analog input settings like measurement type, range, excitation and sensor scaling, click the Setup button on the right end of the channel grid. Individual channel setup screen pops up that allows quick and simple setup of the amplifier. The example below shows the MonoDAQ-E-ACC device being configured as an IEPE input for measuring the signal from an IEPE accelerometer.
After the channels are configured you can click the Measure button in the top menu to start the measurement.
Step 4: Learn more
There are several presentation videos on different DEWESoft functionalities available here.
You can also visit DEWESoft Pro Training portal to learn in-depth software functionalities. If you have never used DEWESoft software before we recommend you to take the following tutorials first:
- Simple measurement using sound card and webcam
– to go through the whole process of taking a measurement and analyzing the recorded file (don’t forget to switch back to Real Measurement mode after completing this tutorial to measure with connected measurement devices)
- Display settings – to set up the measurement screens
- Storing options – to record data files and set triggers
MonoDAQ-E series devices can be used with non-DEWESoft EtherCAT master systems like Beckhoff TwinCAT, NI LabView, Matlab Simulink, Acontis, etc. Visit the tutorials below for detailed guides: