When Delta Computer Systems designed its new RMC200 closed-loop electro-hydraulic motion controller, the goal was to extend the capabilities of previous generations of RMC motion controllers. The new motion controller increased its number of axes, making the Delta RMC200 more versatile. Feedback from users showed they wanted ease-of-use with their motion controllers but they needed more axes than were offered in one controller.
“The RMC200 removes the 8-axis limit, and offers ample processing power for future capabilities. The RMC200 controllers use Delta’s RMCTools software for setup, tuning, programming and diagnostics,” said Steve Nylund, Delta Computer Systems CEO.
RMCTools shortens application development and deployment times with a graphical programming interface, a motion plotting tool, and a Tuning Wizard that automates the process of setting control loop gains.
With the capacity to handle closed-loop control of up to 32 motion axes, a single RMC200 can manage the motion of a complete forest products or metals processing production line. It can also handle testing applications with a large number of sensor inputs. As with other Delta controllers—RMC75 (which can control 1 or 2 axes) and RMC150 (which can control up to 8 axes)—the RMC200 can synchronize the motion of multiple axes. These functions allow the construction of machines with scalable performance and quick production changeovers.
The RMC200 provides engineers with built-in support for controlling pressure/force as well as position/velocity/acceleration. The controller can transition smoothly between these control modes, enabling smooth, reliable motion.
Through use of a programmable “Feature Key,” the RMC200 will enable only the number of control loops that an application requires, this helps deliver flexibility and charge for the exact functionality that is required. Other physical enhancements include a display screen on the CPU, I/O modules with push-in wire connectors, and fully-encased, user-installable modules that “rock-in” to provide power-sequencing capability. The unit’s modular expandability makes RMC200 virtually “future-proof,” supporting expanded control and I/O interfacing compatibility as new modules are developed ensuring that it will continue to be a capable electrohydraulic motion controller.
Delta Computer Systems
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