A software-based EtherCAT motion control platform, the SPiiPlusSC (Soft Controller), enables standard PCs to run a 64-axis real-time motion controller and high-speed PLC entirely in software. The controller automatically installs the real-time operating system and converts a standard Ethernet port into the EtherCAT master communication channel to manage all machine drives and I/O. It communicates to the host application through simultaneous virtual TCP/IP and direct memory access channels.
The controller is available in two versions: the SPiiPlusSC-HP for complex and performance-demanding applications with up to 64 axes; and the SPiiPlusSC-LT, which addresses the needs of applications with one to eight axes.
ACS Motion Control