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  1. G540 Heatsinking OBJECTIVE This test determined the optimal configuration for heatsinking the G540. The test was run using a G540 without a heatsink, a G540 with only a 12V computer case fan blowing on it and a G540 with a CPU heatsink. The objective was to determine if a supplemental heatsink is required on ...
  2. Reducing RF Interference This application note is meant for those with applications requiring a reduction in RF noise from Gecko drives. There are three ways of doing this and they are arranged from the simplest to the most complex. The first one should suffice for most applications; if the level of noise is still ...
  3. Stepper Wiring This wiring diagram applies to all 80VDC 7A rated stepper drives including the G201, G201X, G202, G203V, G210, G210X, G212, G213V, GM215 and G214. Please note that the G201X, G210X, G214, and GM215 have onboard DIP switches for setting current, and no current set resistor is required. ...
  4. Proper Power Wiring Wire all drives in a star wiring configuration, as detailed in the image. NEVER daisy chain the drives together. 
  5. Proper Heatsinking If you are going to be powering your drive at 3.5A or above or in a warm environment, be sure to heatsink the drive as below. If you are using G250 drives without the heatsink sold by Geckodrive, then you must use kapton tape or a hard anodized third party heatsink to electrically isolate the ...
  6. How Morphing Works Many things affect your motor’s performance in a system. Motor power output, motor positioning resolution and motor heating while it’s stopped. Maximizing motor power output requires full-stepping while maximizing motor resolution requires microstepping. Both require nonrecirculating-mode ...
  7. G203V Troubleshooting
  8. G540 XML File This file will configure Mach 3 to run with the G540. Put the file in the Mach 3 root directory (generally C:/Mach3), open Mach Loader and choose 540B.xml from the list.  G540B.xml (Right click and "Save Target As..." to download)
  9. Using Current Source PLC In order to run your G203V with a PLC you must use the following formula: This formula will give you the size of the resistor you must have on both your step and direction input into the drive to scale down your PLC voltage to what the G203V can use. When it is all hooked up, it should ...
  10. G540 Initial Setup Guide CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS APPLICATION NOTE (PDF) This is a quick guide to setting up your G540 for the first time to eliminate any setup headaches you may have.STEP 1: DETERMINE THAT THE ENABLE PIN IS CONNECTED.The first thing you should do is to connect your ENABLE pin (Pin 10) to GND (Pin ...
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