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Flash Option Card

Valid for S600 with FW 5.70 ...5.99, 7.xx

The external Flash card serves as external memory medium for both the S600 firmware and for the amplifier parameter. With its help a firmware-update can be carried out very quickly without additional hardware (e.g. a PC). The Upload/Download commands for the amplifier can be released either with the help of the ASCII command FLASH or by pressing the key S1/S2 at the front plate of the Flash card.

This Application Note explains the general functions and the necessary ASCII commands.

Description of the ASCII Command FLASH

The FLASH command can be used out of the firmware (≥ 5.70) with a terminal (not yet with the setup software):

FLASH 0

Output of information about the version number of the firmware saved on the Flash card. For comparison you can see in the second line the actual amplifier firmware version.

FLASH 1

Storing of all amplifier data on the Flash card (UPLOAD).
The actual firmware version, amplifier parameter, the motor data bank, the PLC-program, the curve profile and Flash motion tasks are written down on the Flash card. This command is also released, when the pushbutton S1 (Upload) is pressed. While this command is carried out, the letter U’ (UPLOAD) appears in the middle display segment. After the command is finished, an automatic reset of the amplifier follows. The time needed for this function amounts to 40 seconds.

FLASH 2

Loading of all amplifier data from the Flash card (DOWNLOAD). The firmware version, amplifier parameter, the motor data bank, the PLC-program, the curve profile and Flash motion tasks are loaded down in the in the amplifier. This command is also released, when the pushbutton S2 (Download) is pressed. While this command is carried out, the letter D’ (DOWNLOAD) appears in the middle display segment. After the command is finished, an automatic reset of the amplifier follows. The time needed for this function amounts to 60 seconds.

Flash 3

Erasing of the external Flash card. While this command is carried out, the letter‚ E‘ (ERASE) appears in the right display segment.

FLASH 4

Loading of parameter data from the Flash card into the amplifier. Only the parameter data out of serial EEPROM (storage of parameter) are transmitted. With this also all variables (RSTVAR safe variables too like ADDR) are transferred.

Attention: The FLASH command can only be carried out with a blocked output and switched-off voltage. While carrying out this command it is not allowed to switch off the supply voltage of the amplifier (24 V). If this is disregarded, a loss of data/firmware in the amplifier or on the flash card is possible.

Further General Descriptions of Functions 

  • If the controller is only equipped with the boot program = 7.2, it is possible to switch over to the monitor program with the ASCII-command _EXIT. If the amplifier doesn't contain firmware, the monitor program is started automatically after switching on. (SERVOSTAR display shows „ – „ and terminal „CMON>“).
  • Because of the limited storage the support of the Flash card through the monitor program (version >= 7.2) is restricted to the most important functions. The FLASH command can be used with the following options:
    FLASH = 0,1,2
    While carrying out these commands and the pushbutton operations from the monitor program respectively there is no output on the display of the servo amplifier.
  • Only  Flash-EEPROM-data are transmitted with the options 1 and 2 from the monitor program. It is not possible to save or load parameter data with the help of the monitor program. If necessary these data can be loaded from the firmware with the command  FLASH=4 afterwards.
  • The function of the switches S1 (Upload) and S2 (Download) can be blocked by switch S3 (position "off"). S3 contact 1 locks pushbutton T1, contact 2 locks pushbuttonT2.
  • On the front plate of the card there are three 9-pole Sub-D connectors: a standard CAN 1, a standard CAN 2 and a RS232 connector. The ribbon cable with the 9-pole Sub-D connection has to be connected with X6 of the S600.
  • A CAN scheduling resistance can be switched in or out over the switch "TERM".
  • The CAN status of the drive is shown by the yellow status LED "Stat". If the drive receives or sends CAN telegrams this LED is triggered with an operating frequency of approx. 4HZ.

Front Plate of the  Flash Option Card