Festo announces Multi-Axis Controllers and Drives

January 052007
Festo announces Multi-Axis Controllers and Drives
January 5, 2007 - The Festo SEC-AC-SMLC Multi-Axis Controllers is at the center of a complete solution that can meet all of your motion control, logic, and I/O needs.

The SMLC is a fully-integrated control solution providing hardware and software building blocks that are engineered to easily plug together and work as a system. This allows engineers to focus on solving their application instead of integrating control components.

Festo offers four models of the SEC-SDD drives with continuous output currents ranging from 2.4 to 14 A RMS/phase operating at 115VAC or 230 VAC.

These digital drives make automatic loop adjustments based on motor and load inertia settings made via the configuration tool – ServoWire Pro, greatly simplifying servo system tuning.

The programming platform – CoDeSys - for the SEC-AC-SMLC motion controller is based on the IEC61131-3 standard which offers a suite of programming languages (Relay ladder logic, Function Block diagram, Structured Text, Instruction List, Sequential Function Chart, and Continuous Function Chart) which simplify machine development and support. PLCopen Motion function blocks are available which cover both motion and administrative functions. Enhanced function blocks conforming to the PLCopen motion block definitions together with an option to develop application specific function blocks makes the SEC-AC-SMLC Motion system a very powerful, cost effective and efficient solution that will meet all motion control & I/O needs.

The ServoWire digital drive (plug and play) network provides many advantages to the user. The digital network eliminates the need for multiple cables (set-point signal, encoder feedback cables from each drive, handshaking control signals) running between the controller and drive units thereby simplifying the implementation, reducing implementation time, reducing the chances of making implementation errors. It also makes it easier to troubleshoot. Access to real time data and diagnostic information via a single connection to the motion controller make configuration and performance monitoring convenient. Reduced cabling and implementation also results in reduced cost of cables and engineering.

Highlights of SEC-AC-SMLC Multi-Axis Controllers
  • Integrated PLC functionality and OPC server
  • Variants with integrated Profibus master
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • IEC 61131-3 applications programming
  • PLCopen and enhanced motion function blocks

    Highlights of SEC-SDD ServoWire Digital Drives
  • IEEE 1394 ServoWire drive network
  • Simplified servo system tuning
  • 115VAC single phase and 230VAC single/three phase
  • Supports motors with both resolver and incremental encoder feedback
  • Position loop update ranges up to 2 kHz

    Festo is a leading global manufacturer of pneumatic and electromechanical systems, components and controls for industrial automation, with 56 national headquarters serving more than 180 countries. For more than 80 years, Festo has continuously elevated the state of manufacturing with innovations and optimized motion control solutions that deliver higher performance, more profitable automated manufacturing and processing equipment. Our dedication to the advancement of automation extends beyond technology to the education of current and future automation and robotics designers with simulation tools, teaching programs, and on-site services.