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Control Techniques | Backing up a Drive using Connect Software

In this video, Control Techniques demonstrates how to connect and backup drive parameters in the Unidrive M200M400 using the CT-USB-CABLE and the AI-485-ADAPTER.

In the Video

  • How to install the CT-USB-CABLE using Windows 7/10
  • How to install the AI-485-ADAPTER onto a Unidrive M200, M300, & M400.
  • How to create a new Connect Software project
  • How to backup Drive Parameters

Control Techniques Connect Software

Based on Control Techniques’ 25 years experience, Connect software is our latest drive configuration tool for commissioning, optimizing and monitoring drive/system performance.

Features of Connect Software

Its development draws from extensive user research, using human centered design principals to give the ultimate user experience:

  • Fast task based commissioning and easy maintenance of the Unidrive M & Commander C general purpose drives family is simplified via familiar Windows interface;
  • Intuitive graphical tools enhance and simplify user experience;
  • For experienced users, dynamic drive logic diagrams and enhanced searchable listings are present;
  • Drive and motor performance can be optimized with minimal specialized drive knowledge;
  • Tool is scalable to match application requirements;
  • Supports the import of Unidrive SP parameter files and allows full drive cloning (i.e. parameter sets and application program);
  • Multiple simultaneous comms channels for a more complete overview of the system;
  • Drive discovery gives the ability to find drives on a network automatically without the user having to specify their addresses;
  • Automatic RTU baud rate scanning on the Unidrive M drives which have a 485 connection.


System requirements:

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8

Getting Started – Installation

Install Connect on Microsoft Windows (7 or later) by running the installation program provided. Your computer will need to have Microsoft .Net 4 installed too – in the unlikely event it hasn’t the installer will download it from the internet, or you can obtain it directly from here. Note that installation may take some time, but please be patient.

Installation notes:

  • Any previously installed version of Connect will be upgraded during the installation. Normally, there is no need to uninstall the older version.
  • The installation can take quite some time to complete.
  • Recommended system requirements for installation:
    • Operating system: Windows 7 with SP1, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 (32-bit or 64-bit).
    • Disk space: 2GB or more free.