The MC4N ECAT Mini EtherCAT master controls 12 drives from different manufacturers on one network. The dedicated controller for 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 drive axes and 1024 machine I/O points features a built-in and expandable library of market leading EtherCAT-slave digital servo and stepper drives, as well as EtherCAT I/O modules with automatic detection and plug-and-play configuration for fast and straightforward setup of complete machine control systems.
The controller is part of the MC4 series of Motion Coordinators designed for economic, scalable and modular control from small to large automation systems by sharing many progressive features. Programming and setup flexibility across the range includes multi-tasking TrioBASIC language and the powerful Motion Perfect v3 application development software. Users may also use the industry standard IEC 61131-3 runtime languages to allow a fully functional PLC programming system for Structured Text, Function Block, Sequential Function Chart and Ladder formats. Offline program creation away from the target motion controller is also available.
By using high speed 64 bit processors, these industry leading motion and machine controllers feature 64 bit integer position registers and floating point maths for high resolution and positioning precision for tightly coordinated linear, circular, helical or spherical interpolation in addition to electronic cams, linked axes, line shaft and multi-axis electronic gearing. Optional software modules allow multiple robotic and kinematic transformations with simplified programming of Parallel 2-Arm, Delta 3-Arm, Wire Positioning, 6 Axis Anthropomorphic and SCARA geometries.
The flagship MC464 supports, through axis expansion modules, up to 64 axes of motion with the potential for 64 networked digital drives, 24 analogue servo drives, 24 pulse and direction drives and 64 absolute and incremental encoders in any combination.
Trio Motion Technology
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