The new EtherCAT master controller can operate high-level machine control tasks like application systems, communication with the host HMI or PC, multi-axis motion profile generation, error and safety handling. The SPiiPlus NTM has the capability to control up to 32 axes in fully synchronized motion, while all time control tasks are handled by slave drives.
To provide additional I/O and drive capabilities, the SPiiPlus NTM controls ACS slave modules, such as MC4Udc (up to 8 axis drive chassis for stepper motors or servo motors), UDMnt (up to 2 axis drive module for stepper motors or servo motors), IOMnt (up to 32/32 digital I/O module), PDMnt (up to 4 axis Pulse or Direction Interface module), and SDMnt (up to 8 axis stepper drive module).
The SPiiPlus NTM controller has also the ability to control any third party I/O or EtherCAT drive modules, which are qualified by ACS Motion Control (www.acsmotioncontrol.com).
Supported by ACSPL+ motion programming language, the SPiiPlus NTM also features a set of software tools such as the SPiiPlus’ MMI Application Studio and API for host application development. The tools comprise a full PC-based controller simulator that reduces the cost of ownership, as well as time-to-market for system integrators, end users and OEMs.
“The SPiiPlus EtherCAT family of products offer advanced, high-level machine control with a smaller footprint and smaller cost when compared to competing control solutions,” said Jason Goerges, ACS Motion Control‘s sales and support manager. “Our universal drive technology provides a flexible solution for all motor topologies, further helping to reduce costs, as users can run several axes from one drive module.”