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Motion control software receives a boost

Posted: 16 Dec 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software motion control? controller motion? application kit development?

Application Development Kit v6.5

ACS Motion Control has enhanced its user-friendly motion control software to support its new motion controller products. Designated Application Development Kit (ADK) v6.5 supports all of ACS' motion control products including the new SPiiPlus 3U-HP, SPiiPlus LF, MC4U and the LDM 3U linear drive. The ADK v6.5 software also provides EnDat and Smart-Abs absolute encoder support through the new HSSI-HES extension card. The software is free and available at the company's Website.

In addition, the ADK v6.5 motion control software provides two-phase step motor support in open loop (microstep mode) or true closed loop control, and two-phase DC brushless motor support in closed loop. The software also supports CANopen certified servo drives and I/O modules.

The enhanced ADK v6.5 software features additional bi-quad filters, disturbance rejection algorithm and extended analog outputs to further maximize the servo performance of the SpiiPlus line of motion controllers.

"As new ACS motion controllers are more sophisticated in terms of capabilities and functionality, it was necessary to upgrade the ADK software to provide advanced support for our new motion control modules," said Evan Reed, VP of ACS Motion Control. "The addition of full CANopen support allows SPiiPlus motion controllers to be configured as a CANopen Master, according to the DS-402 specification, and control up to 64 nodes of motion or I/O."

The ADK v6.5 software includes simulation and motion machine interface (MMI) tools to minimize setup, tuning and programming time for motion control applications. The simulator tool models an ideal closed loop servo system, allowing users to logically develop multi-axis controller programs in a PC environment without motion control hardware, improving time-to-market. The motion simulator allows for simultaneous application development by multiple users and full simulation of all fault conditions, and reduces project development time by as several weeks. The simulator also includes MMI functionality, which provides program and motion management, configuration, system analysis, servo tuning, programming, parameter viewing, I/O monitoring and safety tools.

The ADK software supports standalone application programming or host-dependant application programming with C++, C#, Visual Basic and LabView. ACS' advanced software can support 8 axes of demanding, full digital control ACS' software also enables multiprogramming, up to 10 programs can execute simultaneously. Programming can be accomplished using any of the five IEC61131-3 languages in addition to ACSPL+. The advanced ADK v6.5 software provides fully variable mapping that enables flexible bi-directional interfacing, mutual synchronization, and functionality exchange between ACSPL+ and IEC 61131-3 programs.

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