Overcome the critical challenges of industrial automation

16th June 2015
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Overcome the critical challenges of industrial automation

ADLINK Technology has announced the release of its ADLINK EtherCAT solution, consisting of the Talos-3012 IEC 61131-3-compliant automation controller and EPS series time-deterministic I/O and motion control system. Integrated hardware and software elements, fast and easy API configuration, and ADLINK’s Softmotion control kernel, all drive speedy high performance for EtherCAT applications.

The company’s Talos-3012 is a palm-size EtherCAT master controller based on the Intel Atom quad-core processor E3845 1.9GHz, with IEC-61131 compliant syntaxes. The Talos master controller allows easy emigration of legacy PLC programming to a PC-based environment and Softmotion function blocks, with a single master controller able to connect up to 64 axes and 10,000 I/O points of control through a daisy-chained slave system. Superior computing power enables the Talos-3012 to flawlessly perform simultaneous multitask processing for HMI, motion control, PLC, and gateway operations in industrial automation applications.

ADLINK’s EPS series slave system’s modular design empowers flexible channel density in a 110x130x105mm package. Incorporating the latest RISC processor and FPGA, the EPS slave systems provide a wide variety of I/O modules, including DI/O, AI/O, thermal measurement, motion control, and EtherCAT communication modules, easily daisy-chained for system expansion with no compatibility issues.

The solution has been verified for interoperability with a variety of EtherCAT servo drives and third party EthercAT products, providing the flexibility to select only the requisite EtherCAT elements. With ADLINK’s self-developed EtherCAT configuration utility, LinkMasterPro, the master system is able to automatically detect slave systems and I/O modules of any type and create corresponding XML files to complete configuration without any additional settings.

The EtherCAT master controllers can easily connect to existing or expanded third-party slave systems for automatic recognition and configuration with no compatibility problems. Moreover, ADLINK’s Softmotion utility provides a complete IEC 61131-3 edition environment supporting application-oriented function and APIs for ease of use and shortened development time.

The EPS slave systems support a wide variety of I/O, including DI/O, AI/O, thermal measurement and motion control with status monitoring function of EPS modules and systems including overheating detection, low power detection, slave health reporting, error handling, and usage cycle of relay switching, as well as motion control status. All information can be retrieved for review via software or displayed by dedicated indicators, allowing the status of individual modules to be monitored. LinkMasterPro not only assists in EtherCAT configuration but also evaluates the functionality of every single EPS system, and Auto-Slave detection function makes system configuration easier than ever.

The EPS slave system significantly eases system maintenance needs, with each hot-swappable slave module replaceable with no need to power down, for a serious reduction in MTTR. Additionally, quick-removable connectors minimise rewiring efforts. ADLINK’s EtherCAT products all feature compact construction with fanless design, operable at -20 to 60°C, with integral IP31-rated metal housing withstanding the rigors of harsh operating conditions.

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