The addition of EtherCAT to the A3200 Integrated Automation platform offers motion control, PLC, and I/O in a single, integrated environment. You import the EtherCAT I/O configuration file into the A3200 MotionPAC PLC module making it available to all programmers. You then use the MotionPAC mapping tool to connect EtherCAT I/O points to TAGs or variables. MotionPAC will automatically manage the memory associated with EtherCAT I/O mappings.
Once the EtherCAT I/O is connected to TAGs and variables, they can be used by name in any of the modules including Motion Composer, MotionPAC, Scope tools, or the Operator Interface. The EtherCAT I/O is also available for use in any of the A3200 programming languages including IEC61131-3 (LD, FBD, ST), .NET, LabVIEW®, G-code, or AeroBasicTM languages.
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