Machine automation requires integration of movement and path control, ability to connect drives and have functions such as visualization, I/O processing and communication. But anthropomorphic robots, complex CNC 3D processing, multiple linked-axis movements, real-time positioning modifications ‚â€“ each of these up to now represented a separate area of technology.
B&R has introduced a complete platform that combines all components in one system. The ‚â€œGeneric Motion Control‚â€ includes drives, movement and path control, visualization and I/O handling. In particular, path control with CNC functionality works as an integral part of the complete automation system, which can be configured with a single software tool.
The flexible system architecture and the large number of functions make it possible to customize a machine line to meet specific customer requirements. And the actual expertise of an automation solution can be encapsulated in the application layer rather than built directly into the CNC core. The extended programming techniques permit the use of elements from a high level language, such as loops, conditional statements and branches.
Data from application programs on the PLC are exchanged using a powerful interface. Various access functions allow program execution to be controlled in real-time. Data, such as the tool radius or even end points of path sections, can be changed while the program is being executed.
In summary, generic motion control combines the worlds of robotics, CNC, linked-axis movements and single-axis positioning in one homogeneous system.
B&R Industrial Automation Corp.
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