VLT® Motion Control Tool MCT 10… did you know?


I guess the first question we should ask is, do you know what the VLT® Motion Control Tool MCT 10 itself is?

The simple answer would be, it’s an interactive tool for quick and easy online/offline configuration of a VLT® drive or soft starter using a PC. You can also use the tool to configure the communication network and to back up all your relevant parameter settings.

With MCT 10, you can control and configure your system simultaneously and monitor your entire system more effectively for faster monitoring, diagnosis, troubleshooting (alarms/warnings) and better preventive maintenance.


The next question would be, are you aware the tool comes in three different levels and do you know what each level offers?

The first two levels are Basic and Advanced.

-The Basic version allows you to create only four drives in the project, whereas the Advanced version allows 127 drives to be created in the project.

-Scoping is only available through two channels in the Basic version. This increases to eight channels in the Advanced version.

-Real-time logging is not available in the Basic version, but is available through four channels in the Advanced version.

-The Functional safety configuration plugin, for graphically configuring the functional safety option, is only supported in the Advanced version.

-The Advanced version also provides access to the Drive files system so that you can update the Drive and Option firmware.

More information on feature compatibility with specific drives and drive firmware can be found in the following video.

OK, so you might already know these things about MCT 10. But did you know that version 4.00 of the tool has now been released, and that it includes even more features that enhance usability?

Amongst the many new features, the most important are the new Status plug-in and the new Motor plug-in.

Status plug-in: we have greatly improved the user friendliness of the readouts for various status and control words, relay inputs and outputs that are available over the fieldbus. The original hex values (0x) have been ‘translated’ into a graphical representation. We have combined them into a single plug-in that shows you much more information. You’ll be able to see right away if a certain relay or bit is on or off, and what exact command the drive has been configured with. It’s a huge time saver as there’s no longer the need to find the manual and translate the hex value first.

Motor plug-in: this makes it easier to select the needed motor type and to parameterize the drive accordingly. Simply select the required motor type, and the corresponding parameters are shown. No parameters are missed, due to them being in different parameter groups, and they are listed together with a description guiding you on how to set the correct value. The plug-in displays the relevant parameters for motor commissioning depending on the motor construction (Parameter 1-10 in the drive):


-PM, non-salient SPM

-PM, salient IPM


We spoke before about MCT 10’s three different levels. Arguably the biggest addition to MCT 10 V4.00 is the third level – VLT® Software Customizer.

Customize your commissioning experience

As the name suggests, VLT® Software Customizer allows you to customize the commissioning experience of the VLT® to best fit your needs. It is a strong tool that enables you to quickly create your setup and test it first to MCT 10 using the simulator before uploading it to a real drive.

VLT® Software Customizer consists of three main features:

  1. SplashScreen allows you to create a custom splash screen for when the drive starts up. You can use the built-in editor to create an image from blank or import an existing image from a library or from your computer and adapt it to the VLT®.
  2. InitialValues allows you to set a new default value for virtually any parameter.
  3. SmartStart allows you to create a custom start-up wizard to go through exactly the parameters you need.

How can I install MCT 10?

The Basic version of MCT 10 is easy to download:

-Click here

-Open the downloaded file

-Enter CD keycode 12314500 (do not enter a license key)

-Tick the box “Install basic version with limited functionality”

To install the Advanced or Software-customizer level, click here to contact your local Danfoss Drives representative to receive your license.

If you have any questions about the MCT 10 or need further support, don’t hesitate to contact us using the Comments box below. We’re here to help.

Authors: Jake Roeder, Global Product Marketing Manager, Arun Kumar, Product Manager, and Merete Benz, Product Manager, Danfoss Drives



  1. Good day,…can you recommend someone who can service a drive on site, i have 15 pcs of 75 kw drives and a lot of small one.

  2. I tried to download firmware version to FC 302 but, i can’t find them so,i want to know ,where i can download them.

  3. Hi, do you know the way to backup parameters of many drives in one time? I have FC-302 connected by Profinet and using MCT 10 4.5

  4. Steven M Grace

    I’ve installed the MCT-10 software on my laptop. When trying to connect to the drive thru USB I receive the following error message.

    Scanning bus for active drives..

    Cannot start scanning

    I’ve installed it and run it on other laptops with no problems. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled and it hasn’t helped.

  5. Hello i have a problem because when i connect from Serial to 485 Danfoss VLT HVAC Basic Drive can read the id but the last line said.

    Scaning bus for active drivers
    1 drives(s) reponded to scan
    drive address : 20 – identification finished

    Comunication errors
    “Unsupported drive on address 20”

  6. David austria

    we have VLT 2800 and we need to replace with FC 280. My question is do we need to install first mct10 or we can use it without mct10. we will manually write the parameters only for setup1 and setup2. ty

  7. Hi,

    If received .ssp file. when open file on MCT10 V4.20 then software pop up windows ” Can not open the project file. Please install lasted MCT10 version or convert project file to version 4.20″

    Tried to download version 4.40 on website. the lasted file size is 640 MB but can upload just 300 MB , What the problem for this? If want to convert .ssp file to version 4.20 , How I can converting this? Thank you.

  8. Hi,

    I am looking to use the MCT 10 software to setup a few drives to communicate with an external PLC over Modbus RTU.

    Is it possible to use the MCT 10 software over the RS485 to change the FC port settings on a VLT FCM106 drive away from default baudrate and over to Modbus RTU protocol? Or will this simultaneously corrupt any future attempts of communication between MCT 10 software and drive?

    Best regards,


    • Hi Tom,

      when you are communicating over serial then the protocol parameter is read-only.
      So for FCM106 the protocol parameter is actually always read-only in MCT10.
      could you please contact the nearest Danfoss sales office or representative

    • I have FCM106 too.When I changed protocol in parameter 830 from FC to ModbusRTU I can not communicate with VFD from PC anymore with USB-RS485 converter. Do you know how can I solve this problem?

      • Dear Grixo.
        Please reach out to your local Danfoss Drives Sales and Service office for assistance in this matter. You can find the closest one to you here: http://ow.ly/rMeO30qiDJJ

        Thanks and best regards

  9. Hi guys,
    I am trying to establish communication with Danfoss VLT 5000 drive through USB to serial converter, after configuring the Bus, i tried to “Scan Bus for active drives” but couldn’t establish the communication with drive and i received the error entered below, Kindly help me to resolve it

    The following errors occurred :

    Scanning bus for active drives..
    1 drive(s) responded to scan.
    Identifying drive(s)..
    ERROR: Communication package failure when trying to identify drive at address Softstarter

    • Thanks for posting.

      Can you send us the screenshot, MCT10 version in use and the log files to

      So that we can analyze and support you better to resolve the issue.

      Arun (arun.kumar@danfoss.com)

      • I assume you are trying to scan VLT5000 using the SerialAuCom bus node.
        Could you create a SerialFC Fieldbus, configure it and then scan for the VLT drive.

      • Hi Arun,

        I have exactly the same problem. Has a solution already been found?

        Michael Smilde

        • John Salchichon

          Im facing exactly the same problem.
          Any answer now in 2020?


  10. Hello
    I want to upgrade the firmware of my FC 302 drive running 6.44 at the time.
    I have the the drive software upgrader enabled, but I could not find any source for the firmware file.
    Where can I get the new firmware file for my drive?

    Best regards

    • Hi Alexander, Thanks for your query ! Please write detailed mail on the requested support to Bruno (bruno.nielsen@danfoss.com) on the FC-302 he is ready to support you. Thanks

      • could you please contact the nearest Danfoss sales office or representative

  11. Nasser DAUOD

    What are the perquisites to run it with vlt 5000 series?

    • This version of MCT10 supports VLT 5000 series supporting Crane, D-C, Flux, Standard, Winder. which version of VLT 5000 you have trouble, could you please contact Danfoss representative (or) detail a bit more on the issue

  12. Rosalind Laaksonen


    For the Advanced level, you need to contact your local Danfoss Drives representative to receive your license. Here is the link to find your local representative http://drives.danfoss.com/danfoss-drives/sales-offices/#/.


  13. I tried to install the advanced vers. but failed to link. Can you help me?

    • Hi Liang, send me a mail with detailed information on the advanced version installation issue, i shall support you.

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