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This document contains the LabVIEW 2009 NI SoftMotion Module known issues that were discovered before and since the release of LabVIEW 2009 NI SoftMotion Module. Not every issue known to NI will appear on this list; it is intended to only show the severe and more common issues that can be encountered.

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Known Issues by Category

The following items are known issues in NI SoftMotion 2009 sorted by Category.

Axis Interface
133066 The Control Loop (Fixed Point PID) used in the Axis Interface FPGA VI can cause the motor to oscillate around the target position.
168467 Axis Interface examples do not pass the Pos. Error Status Boolean from FPGA to NI SoftMotion.
173423 Some Axis Interface examples are not designed to work with motion modules using the Scan Interface programming mode at the same time.
178157 FPGA to RT synchronization VIs are missing from the NI SoftMotion FPGA palette.
179734 You cannot run the RT Scan Synchronization VIs faster than 5 ms.
195512 SoftMotion Axis Interface Sync VI's causing crash on PXI RT.
315478 Unbound axes stop working correctly if there is a simulated axis deployed to the same system
Configuration
174572 Deleting, then re-adding an axis in the Axis Manager dialog box leads to an "Invalid Configuration" error.
175298 Changes to the digital input mapping using Standard mode do not show up after switching to Graphical mode.
176269 You cannot configure Encoder 1 when the Axis Configuration dialog box is set to "Use Graphical Mode."
173646 If an axis is camming off of a disabled master axis, no error is reported.
177122 Unable to switch to Active mode after removing an axis and associated module from the LabVIEW project.
201612 A torque offset of 10 V results in -10 V when you deploy.
298886 Encoder velocity filter distances greater than 1 do not work.
349494 After a system reboot or system re-initialization, the position error limit is not properly scaled using user units.
352516 Rebinding an axis to a different hardware resource can cause parameters to be outside of the valid range.
EtherCAT
170110 Error -2132869095 occurs in large EtherCAT motion systems.
170153 Switching the NI Scan Engine from Configuration mode to Active mode on an EtherCAT backplane can cause NI 951x modules to fault with a Heartbeat Communication Fault.
176789 Using the interactive test panel or gain tuning panel with a 951x module in a 9144 chassis could cause error -2147138468
Express VIs
299144 Using the Read Faults and Clear Faults Express VIs at the same time could cause a timeout error
Function Blocks
140624 No error is returned when the same axis is selected for both camming master and slave.
165662 Incorrect error -77044 (bufferUpdateInvalidError) returned when you try to update points during a finite contour move.
178558 Executing a Reference move to find index with Limit and Home switches not configured can lead to confusing behavior.
186332 Executing a Function Block inside of a functional global variable does not work.
303800 Executing a Function Block inside of a functional global variable does not work.
165105 Passing an invalid motion resource to a function block will produce a misleading error
Installation
192329 LabVIEW SoftMotion Module 2009 examples do not work without LabVIEW Real-Time installed.
Interactive and Tuning
133351 Interactive Test Panel and Gain Tuning Panel sometimes show a very small value instead of 0.
137307 Frequently zooming in and out of the graph in the Interactive Test Panel dialog box can cause a hang.
166464 No error returned when attempting to start a step response in the Gain Tuning Panel dialog box when the axis is not active.
167594 Position Error Exceeded LED does not work in the Gain Tuning Panel dialog box.
178798 Interactive Test Panel dialog box plots do not work.
189952 No error returned when attempting to start a step response in the Gain Tuning Panel dialog box when the axis is not active.
196399 Interactive Test Panel and Gain Tuning Panel sometimes show a very small value instead of 0.
349432 Resetting an axis position on an RT target to +/- 1x10^68 or greater causes the target to lock up.
NI 951x Comm Module
116912 Inserting an NI 951x module when the NI Scan Engine is in Active mode may result in system or module faults.
172448 Cannot clear faults on NI 951x modules in Active mode if the fault originally occurred in Configuration mode.
NI SoftMotion Engine
141532 Encoder positions over 2^52 lose precision.
179783 Position jump when using an NI SoftMotion axis in a coordinate space and then using it outside of the coordinate space as a slave axis.
181701 Periodic position compare fails to work on second run.
195259 Find Reference Move (Home) disables home switch functionality.
221697 Contour Move Update Points returns error -77104 (NIMCDM_bufferCanNotWriteError) when used with a Finite contour move.
227752 Using a contour table configured for one axis with a multi-axis contour move does not immediately return an error.
252820 Starting an Index reference move with an active limit causes the axis to move until the opposite limit is reached.
298886 Encoder velocity filter distances greater than 1 do not work.
356333 Starting a new move while another move is in progress can cause a hang
356790 Clearing a fault on an axis in a coordinate space causes the axis to re-enable
Other
168466 NI 9505 examples sample current at the wrong time.
176793 Cannot drag NI SoftMotion resources from the LabVIEW Project Explorer window to the block diagram when using NI SoftMotion Module Lite.
342652 Disabling or Enabling one axis in a coordinate space will disable or enable all axes.
Properties and Methods
341045 Some Method and Property Inputs do not Have Range Checking
SolidWorks Interface
156262 Cannot map SolidWorks sensors to a Home switch.
166061 Incorrect fault returned when the SolidWorks simulation reaches the end of its specified duration.
170953 Large SolidWorks assemblies may timeout when starting the simulation the first time.
173474 Errors returned when running a VI that uses a SolidWorks axis before deploying the axis.
178539 Having two or more simulated axes above any SolidWorks axes in the LabVIEW Project Explorer window causes a NIMC_invalidIndexSpecifiedError (-77075) when switching to Active mode.
178851 Some SolidWorks error messages are not displayed if the LabVIEW Real-Time module is not installed.
180875 Moves using SolidWorks rotational motors eventually fail to converge.
180877 The force information provided for linear motors when performing a SolidWorks simulation is the inverse of the actual force.
182802 Rotational axes in solidworks can have a velocity jump when crossing the 90 degree boundry.
297066 Moving an NI SoftMotion Module project using SolidWorks axes from Windows XP to Windows 7 does not update the log file path.
382922 NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks only works with the most recent installed version of the NI SoftMotion Module.
Trajectory Generator
181155 Velocity override percentage only applies to current move and is lost when next move starts.
221638 Preempting a move in the opposite direction can return error -77070 (NIMCDM_startPendingError).
349617 When blending a single axis straight line move after a coordinate arc move, the arc move does not execute
349659 Blending coordinate moves using the At Deceleration blend mode can cause velocity spikes



ID Known Issue
Axis Interface
133066

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The Control Loop (Fixed Point PID) used in the Axis Interface FPGA VI can cause the motor to oscillate around the target position.
Due to rounding errors in the Control Loop (Fixed Point PID) VI, it is possible to generate position commands that "backtrack" 1 encoder count or step (i.e. 100, 100, 99, 100, 99, 100, 100, 101, 100...).

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2011    Added: 08/03/2009
168467

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Axis Interface examples do not pass the Pos. Error Status Boolean from FPGA to NI SoftMotion.
The Axis Interface examples do not have the Pos. Error Status Boolean connected to the Axis Interface. This means that NI SoftMotion is not informed of a position error, which results in your motors failing to move without returning any errors.

Workaround: Wire the Pos. Error Status from the FGPA to the Axis Interface Write Execution Data invoke node.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
173423

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Some Axis Interface examples are not designed to work with motion modules using the Scan Interface programming mode at the same time.
In order to use a motion module with the Scan Interface programming mode, you must deploy and run the FPGA VI before switching the NI Scan Engine to Active mode. Some of the Axis Interface examples assume that the NI Scan Engine is in Active mode before the example is started.

Workaround: The Axis Interface examples for the NI 9514 and NI 9516 demonstrate a more robust design that downloads and runs the FPGA bitfile without assuming that the NI Scan Engine is in Active mode at the start of the example.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
178157

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FPGA to RT synchronization VIs are missing from the NI SoftMotion FPGA palette.

Workaround: Copy the synchronization FPGA VIs from the Axis Interface examples.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
179734

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You cannot run the RT Scan Synchronization VIs faster than 5 ms.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
195512

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SoftMotion Axis Interface Sync VI's causing crash on PXI RT.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 12/15/2009
315478

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Unbound axes stop working correctly if there is a simulated axis deployed to the same system
The limit switches will always be on and the actual moves don't match the commanded moves.

Workaround: None

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2011 f1    Added: 08/17/2012
Configuration
174572

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Deleting, then re-adding an axis in the Axis Manager dialog box leads to an "Invalid Configuration" error.
If you remove an axis then add the same axis name back in the Axis Manager dialog box without closing the dialog box, the message "Invalid Axis Configuration Detected" appears in the dialog box and you cannot add the axis.

Workaround: Change the axis name in the Axis Manager dialog box to clear the error, then rename the axis in the LabVIEW Project Explorer window if necessary.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
175298

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Changes to the digital input mapping using Standard mode do not show up after switching to Graphical mode.
Any digital input mapping changes made to DI 1 or higher when the Axis Configuration dialog box is set to "Use Standard Mode" do not appear to have changed after switching to "Use Graphical Mode."

Workaround: Close the Axis Configuration dialog box and reopen.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
176269

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You cannot configure Encoder 1 when the Axis Configuration dialog box is set to "Use Graphical Mode."

Workaround: Switch the Axis Configuration dialog box to "Use Standard Mode."

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
173646

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If an axis is camming off of a disabled master axis, no error is reported.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010    Added: 12/15/2009
177122

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Unable to switch to Active mode after removing an axis and associated module from the LabVIEW project.
If you had an NI 951x module attached in your LabVIEW project and an associated axis, then removed both from the project. You will not be able to switch to Active mode.

Workaround: Reboot the controller.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010    Added: 12/15/2009
201612

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A torque offset of 10 V results in -10 V when you deploy.
In the Drive Command tab of the axis properties page, setting a torque offset of 10 V results in -10 V when you deploy.

Workaround: Do not use a 10 V torque offset. Realistic values for torque offset are between +5 V and -5 V.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2012    Added: 07/30/2010
298886

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Encoder velocity filter distances greater than 1 do not work.
Setting the Encoder Velocity Filter Distance to a value greater than 1 causes the velocity returned to never update. This is only apparent if you are using the Encoder Velocity Filter Distance only (setting the Velocity Filter Time to 0 to disable it).

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/29/2011
349494

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After a system reboot or system re-initialization, the position error limit is not properly scaled using user units.
After rebooting, the position error limit uses the default scaling, and does not take into account any user-specified unit scaling.

Workaround: Redeploy the axis after reboot. The deploy must be a meaningful deploy, meaning that at least one axis parameter must have been changed.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2012 SP1    Added: 08/03/2012
352516

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Rebinding an axis to a different hardware resource can cause parameters to be outside of the valid range.
When you bind an axis to a different hardware type than what it was originally configured with, it can cause parameters to fall outside the valid range for the new hardware type.

Workaround: When you are rebinding axes, make sure to check that the axis configuration parameters are still valid.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/03/2012
EtherCAT
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Error -2132869095 occurs in large EtherCAT motion systems.
Error -2132869095 occurs in large EtherCAT motion systems when transitioning from configuration mode to active mode. The transition completes successfully, but the error message box creates concern.

Workaround: None. The error is benign and can be ignored.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2011    Added: 08/03/2009
170153

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Switching the NI Scan Engine from Configuration mode to Active mode on an EtherCAT backplane can cause NI 951x modules to fault with a Heartbeat Communication Fault.
On EtherCAT systems with multiple axes, NI 951x modules occasionally generate a Heartbeat Communication Fault when the NI Scan Engine switches from Configuration mode to Active mode.

Workaround: 1. Make sure that the EtherCAT master is correctly configured. Refer to the NI SoftMotion Module book of the LabVIEW Help for details. 2. Increase the amount of time allowed for EtherCAT communication in ECAT Master»Properties»Advanced Distributed Clock»Additional Correction for Synchronized IO (microseconds). Start with approximately 5 - 10% of the scan cycle, so use 250 to 500 µs for a 5 ms scan period. 3. Switch back to Configuration mode and then to Active mode again.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
176789

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Using the interactive test panel or gain tuning panel with a 951x module in a 9144 chassis could cause error -2147138468
This error means that the CoE operation failed because the CoE service has timed out.

Workaround: To clear this error, you can either reboot the RIO or undeploy the 9144 in the project and then redeploy

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/17/2012
Express VIs
299144

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Using the Read Faults and Clear Faults Express VIs at the same time could cause a timeout error
If you use the Read Faults and Clear Faults Express VIs at the same time and one of them has an asynchronous timing model and the other is synchronous, you will receive error -70229 (NIMC_communicationTimeoutError).

Workaround: Make sure that the Read Faults and Clear Faults Express VIs are either both synchronous or both asynchronous. Refer to "Using NI SoftMotion Express VIs" in the "NI SoftMotion Module" book of the "LabVIEW Help" for more information about using synchronous and asynchronous Express VIs in the at the same time.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2011    Added: 03/19/2012
Function Blocks
140624

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No error is returned when the same axis is selected for both camming master and slave.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010    Added: 08/03/2009
165662

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Incorrect error -77044 (bufferUpdateInvalidError) returned when you try to update points during a finite contour move.
When you call update points during a finite contour move, you receive error -77044 (bufferUpdateInvalidError). This is not correct, because update points is not supported for finite contour moves, so adjusting the update interval has no effect on the move

Workaround: Do not call update points during a finite contour move.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
178558

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Executing a Reference move to find index with Limit and Home switches not configured can lead to confusing behavior.
The find index routine temporarily enables the limit switches even if they are not configured. If the active states of the limit switches are such that one or both of the limit switches are always "on" then the find index routine finishes without an error and without the index being found.

Workaround: Even if there are no limit switches connected to the system, enable the limit switches and set their active state so that NI SoftMotion sees the limit switches as being connected but always being in the "off" state.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
186332

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Executing a Function Block inside of a functional global variable does not work.
You cannot use NI SoftMotion function blocks with functional global variables. Doing so will result in the VI not being deployed to the RT target.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2011    Added: 08/03/2009
303800

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Executing a Function Block inside of a functional global variable does not work.
You cannot use NI SoftMotion function blocks with functional global variables. Doing so will result in the VI not being deployed to the RT target.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2011    Added: 08/03/2009
165105

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Passing an invalid motion resource to a function block will produce a misleading error
The error states that a NULL pointer has been passed into a function inappropriately.

Workaround: Make sure you are passing in a valid axis or coordinate resource.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/17/2012
Installation
192329

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LabVIEW SoftMotion Module 2009 examples do not work without LabVIEW Real-Time installed.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 12/15/2009
Interactive and Tuning
133351

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Interactive Test Panel and Gain Tuning Panel sometimes show a very small value instead of 0.
In some cases the Interactive Test Panel and Gain Tuning Panel dialog boxes can show a very small value instead of 0 for the position and velocity indicators.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
137307

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Frequently zooming in and out of the graph in the Interactive Test Panel dialog box can cause a hang.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
166464

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No error returned when attempting to start a step response in the Gain Tuning Panel dialog box when the axis is not active.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
167594

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Position Error Exceeded LED does not work in the Gain Tuning Panel dialog box.
In case of position error, the Position Error Exceeded LED in the Gain Tuning Panel does not illuminate. This can result in unsuccessfully trying to execute a step response and not receiving any information regarding why the step response fails to work.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
178798

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Interactive Test Panel dialog box plots do not work.

Workaround: Switch to Active mode, execute the Clear Faults function block on the axis, then return to the Interactive Test Panel dialog box and start the move.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
189952

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No error returned when attempting to start a step response in the Gain Tuning Panel dialog box when the axis is not active.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
196399

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Interactive Test Panel and Gain Tuning Panel sometimes show a very small value instead of 0.
In some cases the Interactive Test Panel and Gain Tuning Panel dialog boxes can show a very small value instead of 0 for the position and velocity indicators.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
349432

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Resetting an axis position on an RT target to +/- 1x10^68 or greater causes the target to lock up.
When you reset the axis position past +/- 1x10^68 the target locks up until it is rebooted. This occurs for all axis types.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/03/2012
NI 951x Comm Module
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Inserting an NI 951x module when the NI Scan Engine is in Active mode may result in system or module faults.
Inserting a C Series module into a system currently running the NI Scan Engine in Active mode causes the NI Scan Engine to transmit old data for 1 or 2 scan periods, resulting in a system fault or in one or more module faults.

Workaround: Only insert C Series modules when the motion RT target is powered down.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
172448

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Cannot clear faults on NI 951x modules in Active mode if the fault originally occurred in Configuration mode.

Workaround: Switch to Configuration mode, fix the cause of the fault, switch back to Active mode, and try to clear the fault again.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
NI SoftMotion Engine
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Encoder positions over 2^52 lose precision.
NI SoftMotion currently allows the encoder position to exceed 2^52, which results in lost precision when the value exceeds 2^52, or when the position is reset higher than 2^52.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
179783

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Position jump when using an NI SoftMotion axis in a coordinate space and then using it outside of the coordinate space as a slave axis.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
181701

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Periodic position compare fails to work on second run.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 12/15/2009
195259

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Find Reference Move (Home) disables home switch functionality.
If you use a Find Reference Move (Home) in your project, the home switch is then disabled for the rest of the run until you delete and re-add the axis.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 12/15/2009
221697

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Contour Move Update Points returns error -77104 (NIMCDM_bufferCanNotWriteError) when used with a Finite contour move.
Calling the Update Points method when running a Finite contour move returns error -77104. This error is misleading as the buffer cannot be updated when executing a Finite contour move.

Workaround: To update points when executing a contour move use the Continuous Contour method instead.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/30/2010
227752

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Using a contour table configured for one axis with a multi-axis contour move does not immediately return an error.
The move will start on the single axis, but as the buffer points are consumed NI SoftMotion eventually returns error -77032 (NIMCDM_bufferNotUpdatedError).

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/30/2010
252820

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Starting an Index reference move with an active limit causes the axis to move until the opposite limit is reached.
Starting a Find Index reference move on an active forward or reverse limit correctly returns error –77025 (NIMCDM_limitSwitchActiveError ), but the axis continues moving until the opposite limit switch is encountered.

Workaround: Move off of the active limit before executing a Find Index reference move.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/14/2011
298886

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Encoder velocity filter distances greater than 1 do not work.
Setting the Encoder Velocity Filter Distance to a value greater than 1 causes the velocity returned to never update. This is only apparent if you are using the Encoder Velocity Filter Distance only (setting the Velocity Filter Time to 0 to disable it).

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/29/2011
356333

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Starting a new move while another move is in progress can cause a hang
The hang occurs when a move is in progress and you start another move in the same direction. If the move parameters would not allow the motion to stop at the specified position without moving in the opposite direction, the move does not start and the VI hangs.

Workaround: Abort the VI.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/03/2012
356790

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Clearing a fault on an axis in a coordinate space causes the axis to re-enable
If you perform a coordinate space enable and an axis in the coordinate space gets a fault, upon clearing the fault, the axis automatically re-enables.

Workaround: Disable the coordinate space before clearing the fault.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 08/03/2012
Other
168466

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NI 9505 examples sample current at the wrong time.
The NI 9505 examples try to sample the current halfway between the rising and falling edge of the PWM output signal. Currently, the sample timing is implemented incorrectly, which can result in inaccurate and misleading current measurements when using low inductance loads.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010    Added: 08/03/2009
176793

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Cannot drag NI SoftMotion resources from the LabVIEW Project Explorer window to the block diagram when using NI SoftMotion Module Lite.

Workaround: Create the resource constant by right-clicking the function block input for that resource.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
342652

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Disabling or Enabling one axis in a coordinate space will disable or enable all axes.
If you perform a move on a coordinate space and then enable or disable an individual axis, all other axes in the coordinate space will enable or disable.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 03/19/2012
Properties and Methods
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Some Method and Property Inputs do not Have Range Checking
The following SoftMotion methods and properties only support certain values, but NI SoftMotion does not return an error if you use an unsupported value: 1) The Line input of Read Analog Line, Write Analog Line, Read Digital Line, and Write Digital line should not have inputs less than 0 or greater than the number of valid lines. 2) Any method or property with an enum or ring input may not work correctly when using an unsupported value. Refer to the NI SoftMotion Module Help for supported values. 3) The Position Compare Period property should not be set to a value less than 0 (the minimum value depends on your hardware). Function Block and Express VIs also fail to return an error when using these unsupported values. This Known Issue replaces previous Known Issues 117781 and 207784.

Workaround: Only use valid values for all properties and methods.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 03/19/2012
SolidWorks Interface
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Cannot map SolidWorks sensors to a Home switch.
You cannot associate a SolidWorks sensor with a Home switch. At this time you can only map SolidWorks sensors to Forward Limit, Reverse Limit, or an available digital input.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
166061

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Incorrect fault returned when the SolidWorks simulation reaches the end of its specified duration.
When the specified duration for the Motion Study completes without stopping the SolidWorks simulation by switching the NI Scan Engine to Configuration mode, a Study Duration Elapsed Fault (FF80) should be returned by NI SoftMotion. Instead, an External Termination Fault (FF82) is incorrectly returned.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
170953

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Large SolidWorks assemblies may timeout when starting the simulation the first time.
Starting the simulation (switching from Configuration mode to Active mode) for the first time when simulating with a large SolidWorks assembly can cause a timeout. Starting the simulation a second time will succeed, unless the assembly is modified.

Workaround: Open the assembly in SolidWorks and allow it to finish rebuilding before starting the simulation.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
173474

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Errors returned when running a VI that uses a SolidWorks axis before deploying the axis.
If you execute a VI containing a SolidWorks axis before deploying the SolidWorks axis one of several errors could be returned by the VI. These errors include -70227 (NIMC_driveNotEnabledError), -77009 (NIMCDM_motionServiceNotStartedError), and -77096 (NIMCDM_solidworksAssemblyNotOpenError).

Workaround: Deploy the SolidWorks axis before running a VI that uses the axis.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
178539

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Having two or more simulated axes above any SolidWorks axes in the LabVIEW Project Explorer window causes a NIMC_invalidIndexSpecifiedError (-77075) when switching to Active mode.

Workaround: Make sure that any SolidWorks axes do not have more than two simulated axes above them in the LabVIEW Project.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
178851

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Some SolidWorks error messages are not displayed if the LabVIEW Real-Time module is not installed.
Errors that occur when opening a SolidWorks assembly, such as when the assembly file cannot be found, are not displayed unless the LabVIEW Real-Time Module is installed. This means that your assembly appears to be added correctly, but when you try to switch to Active mode and use the simulation you receive an error.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
180875

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Moves using SolidWorks rotational motors eventually fail to converge.
Moves using rotational motors in the SolidWorks assembly will eventually fail to converge. This is more likely to occur with very long moves or with moves at very high velocities.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
180877

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The force information provided for linear motors when performing a SolidWorks simulation is the inverse of the actual force.
When logging SolidWorks simulation data for linear motors, the information logged for the motor force is the inverse of what appears in the SolidWorks interface.

Workaround: Invert the force reading in LabVIEW.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 08/03/2009
182802

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Rotational axes in solidworks can have a velocity jump when crossing the 90 degree boundry.

Workaround: None.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2009 SP1    Added: 12/15/2009
297066

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Moving an NI SoftMotion Module project using SolidWorks axes from Windows XP to Windows 7 does not update the log file path.
By default, a LabVIEW project containing a SolidWorks axis on Windows XP saves log files to "C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\...". If you move this project to a computer running Windows 7, the log file path does not change and the selected path does not exist.

Workaround: Manually change the log file path in the Assembly Properties dialog box. Right-click the SolidWorks assembly in the Project Explorer window and select Properties from the shortcut menu to display the Assembly Properties dialog box.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/29/2011
382922

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NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks only works with the most recent installed version of the NI SoftMotion Module.
If you have multiple versions of the NI SoftMotion Module installed on the same computer and try to use NI SoftMotion for SolidWorks in one of the earlier versions, the simulation will not start. Everything will work normally in the most recent installed version.

Workaround: Use the most recent installed version of NI SoftMotion for all SolidWorks simulations. For example, if you have SoftMotion 2011 and SoftMotion 2012 installed on your computer, you will have to do all SolidWorks simulations using NI SoftMotion 2012.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 02/28/2013
Trajectory Generator
181155

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Velocity override percentage only applies to current move and is lost when next move starts.

Workaround: Reapply velocity override percentage each time a new move is started.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2010    Added: 12/15/2009
221638

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Preempting a move in the opposite direction can return error -77070 (NIMCDM_startPendingError).
NI SoftMotion automatically performs a decelerate stop move when commanding a move in the opposite direction. If you command a second move before the stop has completed, error -77070 is returned.

Workaround: Wait for the direction to change before starting a new move.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: N/A    Added: 07/30/2010
349617

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When blending a single axis straight line move after a coordinate arc move, the arc move does not execute

Workaround: Do not use both axis and coordinate moves in the same application. If you have to do a single axis move, do a coordinate move that only moves one axis.

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2012    Added: 08/17/2012
349659

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Blending coordinate moves using the At Deceleration blend mode can cause velocity spikes
The velocity spikes are not very noticeable on servo motors but can cause stepper motors to stall. At high velocities, motion may be halted without any errors or warnings.

Workaround: None

Reported Version: 2009    Resolved Version: 2012    Added: 08/17/2012

Document last updated on 3/5/2013

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