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4. Input Setup Wizard for multiple VESCs via CAN-Bus, using a PPM signal radio controller

Submitted by frank on Tue, 2017-10-03 19:50

Configuration of your VESC® or VESC® based ESC using the VESC®-Tool Software.


In this tutorial we will configure multiple genuine VESC® motor controllers, using a CAN bus link cable. We will use a PPM signal based radio controller and will run the VESCs in Current No Reverse with Brake mode.

Make sure to use the latest VESC-Tool version!

Download from http://www.vesc-project.com/vesc_tool


Vesc-Tool_ISW_Twin VESC_intro


Vesc-Tool_ISW_Twin VESC_wiring


Important Notice:

Run the Motor Setup Wizard on each VESC first.

Never connect a receiver or other devices to multiple VESCs (e.g. Y-PPM).  Use CAN-Bus instead.

Only connect CANH and CANL In the CAN connector. 5V and GND should be left unconnected. 

Failing to follow these instructions may damage your VESC (s) permanently.


Now we will start to configure the master VESC. This is the VESC with the input device (e.g.reciever) attached.

Connect your master VESC® to your computer using a mini/micro USB cable.

Mini USB is used for HW 4.xx only. Some cheap micro USB cables are designed for charging your
phone and will not work properly! Try another cable if you experience any issues.

Run the VESC®-Tool software.


 

Vesc-Tool_ISW_connect

 


Vesc-Tool_ISW_welcome


Vesc-Tool_ISW_load default


Vesc-Tool_ISW_Twin VESC_master

 


Vesc-Tool_ISW_Set ID Master


Vesc-Tool_ISW_select ppm


Vesc-Tool_ISW_current no reverse brake

This is the next screen you will see.


Vesc-Tool_ISW_mapping_01


Vesc-Tool_ISW_mapping_02


Vesc-Tool_ISW_mapping_03


Vesc-Tool_ISW_mapping_04


Vesc-Tool_ISW_mapping_05


Vesc-Tool_ISW_mapping_06


Vesc-Tool_ISW_disconnect master


Now we will configure the slave VESC.

Plug your USB-Cable into the slave VESC.  Make sure both VESCs are powered up and connected via CAN bus cable.


Vesc-Tool_ISW_connect


Vesc-Tool_ISW_welcome


Vesc-Tool_ISW_load default


Vesc-Tool_ISW_select slave


 Vesc-Tool_ISW_Twin VESC_slave ID


Vesc-Tool_ISW_Twin VESC_finisch_slave


Congratulations, your VESCs are now ready to operate. If you like you can follow the
Throttle curves and other tweaks manual for further improvements.

Adjustments for the input device (App settings) are configured on the master VESC.

Comments

Setting up multiple VESCs via CAN-Bus using a PPM signal radio controller offers a sophisticated and efficient way to control multiple motors in electric vehicles. By following the proper configuration steps and utilizing the right tools, you can create a reliable and high-performance system for your project.

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Indeed! Make sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your VESCs and radio controller for a smooth setup process. It's important to test each motor individually to ensure they respond correctly to the input signals from your radio controller.

Overall, setting up multiple VESCs via CAN-Bus with a PPM signal radio controller can give you precise control over your motors and improve the overall performance of your system. Just take your time, follow the steps carefully, and enjoy the ride!

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Agree! It's important to ensure that all settings are correctly configured and that each VESC is properly connected to the CAN-Bus network to avoid any issues with communication or control. Testing the setup thoroughly before use is also recommended to ensure everything is functioning as intended.

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