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NI offers engineers fast prototyping of distributed motion app

Posted: 27 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:national instruments? ni? labview? graphical development environment? softmotion controller?

National Instruments (NI) announced that engineers can now use its LabVIEW graphical development environment to create powerful distributed motion applications with the new SoftMotion Controller for Copley CANopen and ORMEC ieee 1394 intelligent drives.

The SoftMotion Controller is a soft motion interface between NI-Motion driver software and distributed intelligent drives. According to NI, engineers can now program IEEE 1394-based ServoWire SM drives from ORMEC, and CANopen-based Accelnet and Xenus drives from Copley with the NI-Motion API in LabVIEW. They can rapidly prototype their distributed motion application using NI's Motion Assistant, added the company.

With the SoftMotion Controller, engineers can also use NI's programmable automation controllers (PACs) to incorporate vibration monitoring, Web connectivity and high-speed analog I/O into their distributed motion applications.

The SoftMotion Controller runs on LabVIEW Real-Time ETS for Copley CANopen drives, and LabVIEW Real-Time RTX for ORMEC ServoWire drives. The NI-Motion 7.0 driver interfaces between the SoftMotion Controller and the development environment on Windows 2000/XP. In addition to using LabVIEW with Motion Assistant, engineers can program the NI-Motion 7.0 driver in LabWindows/CVI, Microsoft Visual Basic and C programming environments.

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