Motion controller delivers multi-axis distributed control

2nd December 2014
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Motion controller delivers multi-axis distributed control

A line of motion controllers and EtherCAT masters, comprised of a powerful processor and two EtherCAT ports supporting ring topology, has been released by ACS Motion Control. Claimed to expand the capabilities of new and previously installed SPiiPlus controllers and EtherCAT masters, the SPiiPlusEC is high performing, yet economical. 

Designed for motion centric applications that require higher profile generation, faster EtherCAT cycle rates and network redundancy to enhance reliability and machine uptime, the SPiiPlusEC motion controller and EtherCAT network manager delivers multi-axis and scalable distributed control. 

The SPiiPlusEC controls up to 64 fully synchronised axes and up to 5KHz of profile generation and EtherCAT cycle. The network can be comprised of any of ACS’ line of EtherCAT servo and step motor drives and I/Os modules, as well as certified EtherCAT modules that comply with the CAN over EtherCAT protocol.

To continue operation when a network cable failure is detected, the NetworkBoost optional feature increases machine uptime by using ring topology-based redundancy.

The SPiiPlusNT comprehensive suite of software tools complements the SPiiPlusEC controller, and is designed to minimise time-to-market while meeting machine requirements throughout its life cycle. To reduce development time and cost, the suite enables automatic system and network setup, axis setup and fast host and embedded application development. The suite also enables a built-in full simulator, remote access and diagnostics and fast error recovery.

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