Dialog: Function-Block: Graph

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Dialog: Function-Block: Graph

Graph FB

see Add Graph FB

Use a Graph FB to plot Kinematic Motion-Data, Kinetostatic Force-Data and Cam-Data.

4 × Y-axis input: the top four(4) input-connectors are for four different graphs.

1 × X-axis input: the bottom input-connector is the X-axis for all of the graphs. If you do not connect a wire to this input-connector, the X-axis is a machine-cycle, 0 – 360.

Open the Graph Interface


Edit the Graph FB:

1.Double-click the Graph FB in the graphic-area.

- or -

1.See How to Open a Dialog-Box.

The Graph interface is now open.

Graph Interface


1r Y–axis Scales

A Y-Scale for each input – from left to right, Y1 to Y4 (Y1 is the top input-connector to the Graph FB).

The color of the Y–axis scale is the same as the graph-line. You can edit the colors with the Graph Setting dialog.

The default setting is to auto-scale the Y-axis. You can specify a minimum and maximum with the Graph Setting dialog.

2r Y–axis Data-Channel (Drop-Down list): See also Y–axis Data-Channel Display Options

Each wire that you connect to an input-connector has 3 Data-Channels.

You can select the Data-Channel with the drop-down.

3r Digital Readout (D.R.O.):

The X–axis and the Y1–Y4-axis values at the position of the vertical cursorRed-14-6.

The Number-Format for the X–axis, Y–axis, is configured in Application Settings | Number Format tab.

4r Graph Area:

The graphs for each wire you connect to a Y-axis input-connector

5r Toolbar:


Red-14-1 Save data as

Red-14-2 Print graphs

Red-14-3 Graph Settings

Red-14-4 Zoom Out

Red-14-5 Zoom In

Red-14-6 Zoom Extents

Red-14-7 Pan Left

Red-14-8 Pan Right

Red-14-9 Copy Graph Data to Clipboard – see below

6r Vertical-Cursor

When you click or drag your pointer in the graph-areaRed-14-4:

the Vertical-Cursor will move with your pointer

the Digital-ReadoutsRed-14-3 will continuously equal the Y-axis values at the position of the Vertical-Cursor on the X–axis

the Master Machine Angle will continuously update to equal the X-axis value of the Vertical-Cursor

the kinematically-defined Chains will move to agree with the Master Machine Angle.

7r Graph Data in Clipboard

To list the graph data-values Red-14-7, click the right-most tool/icon in the toolbarRed-14-9.

There is one data-point, for each Machine Step - see Machine-Settings dialog > Number-of-Steps.

Paste this Data to Excel, or to MotionDesigner Data-Transfer table, where you can plot it as a Motion-Overlay or as a List segment-type.

Why are the Y–axis values in the DRORed-14-3 different to vector-values in the graphic-area?

The values may be slightly different because, in the graph, the X–axis and Y–axis values at the D.R.O. must jump from 'machine -step' to 'machine-step', with each increment of the machine-step a function of the Machine Settings dialog-box > Number-of-Steps.

In the graphic-area, the vector values are calculated for the value of the Master Machine Angle, which may not coincide with a machine step.

Y-Axis Data-Channels Display Options:

The Y-Axis Data-ChannelsRed-14-2 for each Y-axis Input are in the drop-down boxes, to the right of the graph plots.

You can plot up to three data-channels available at each output-connector of one Function-Blocks

To show up to three data-channels from one output-connector of one Function-Block, drag three wire from the same output-connector to three different input-connectors of the Graph FB.

Kinematic Function-Blocks (Linear-Motion, Gearing, Motion, Motion-Dimension) you can plot:

Linear or angular position

Linear or angular velocity

Linear or angular acceleration

Measurement FB or Point-Data FB you can plot

Linear or angular position

Linear or angular velocity

Linear or angular acceleration

Cam-Data FB

Pressure Angle.
You can plot three Pressure Angles – See Pressure Angle

Cam Radius-of-Curvature.
You can plot two Radii-of-Curvature: Cam 1 and Cam 2.

Contact Cam Force

Maximum Contact Shear Stress.
You must enter the material properties to obtain correct data. See 2D-Cam dialog-box.

Plot the Sliding-Velocity between the Cam-Profile and Cam-Follower for the Inside Cam and the Outside Cam.

Force-Data FB

The output form a Force-Data FB is a function of the element with which it is linked. See Force-Data FB dialog-box

If you link a Force-Data FB to a:

ŸPin-Joint with a Motor, you can plot Motor Load.

ŸSlide-Joint with a Motor, you can plot Motor Load

ŸJoint that does not have a Motor, you can plot:

Total Force ( FT = √(FX2 + FY2)

Force along the X-coordinate of a Point: FX

Force along the Y-coordinate of a Point: FY

Ÿ2D-Cam: you can plot the Cam Contact Force

ŸSpring FB: you can plot the Total Force, the X Force and the Y Force acting on the Point.