Delta Tau Data Systems has taken the leap into a more innovative and useful general-purpose control format for OEMs and end users alike. Their Power PMAC Motion and Machine Controller features a full-featured real-time operating system. Due to the latest embedded hardware available, the unit is said to provide the highest level of peripheral integration on the market, while maintaining the lower power consumption needed for most applications.
Engineers are no longer boxed in with a particular motion control format and interface. With the Power PMAC operating as a hub to their overall system, they are able to interface with almost any remote device via the Power PMAC’s open hardware and software architecture. This results in a compact and powerful solution for commercial, industrial, and military applications.
The unit can be used anywhere along the spectrum of applications from dedicated controller to general-purpose computer that provides built-in routines to command the occasional move easily through the use of most popular programming languages. This gives machine control designers the best of both worlds. The controller can be programmed in several languages simultaneously, including the Power PMAC’s built-in Script Language that can handle motion sequences as well as general machine and I/O logic; industry standard graphical programming in any of five formats specified in IEC-61131 including ladder logic and sequential function charts; and in C for advanced programmers who wish to write servo, phase, PLC and general-purpose applications. Other languages accepted include G-Code, MatLab™/Simulink, LabVIEW™ and EPICS.
Features of the Power PMAC include an 800 MHz or 1 GHz RISC processor with hardware floating-point engine; up to 4 Gbytes of error-correcting RAM; 100-Base-T and 1000-Base T Ethernet TCP/IP communications; standard interfaces to support keyboards, video cameras, disk drives, and other peripherals; built-in web server to support direct browser access for development and maintenance; the ability to control up to 256 motors in up to 128 independent coordinate systems simultaneously; and the ability to accept RS-274 G-code programs.