PLCopen releases Motion Control Part 4 for Comments |

PLCopen releases Motion Control Part 4 for Comments

Part 4 has now been released for comments as version 0.99 and can be downloaded from the PLCopen website.

Part 4 of the PLCopen suite of specifications is focused to the coordinated multi-axes motion in 3D space.

Part 1 and Part 2 of the PLCopen Motion Control suite deal with master / slave motion control, a type of coordinated motion control where the master axis position is used to generate one or more slave axis position commands. For three dimensional movements, Motion Control Part 4 goes beyond this using a grouping of a set of axes, without a master axis. In order to work in 3D there are several coordinate systems, as well as a kinematic model of the mechanics involved. The coordinated systems include the axes coordinate system, the machine coordinate system and the product related system.

Current Master/Slave axes methods have the problem that if an error occurs, the other axes have no knowledge about this, and continue their movement. By combining axes in a group it is known upfront which axes are involved and is the basis for better error behavior. PLCopen Motion Control Function Blocks are specified at the user level: the PLC programmer quickly recognizes the behavior of the function block and what happens if it is activated or connected to other blocks in a sequence of motion commands. In the past path oriented movements are programmed either with specific robot oriented programming languages, or “G-code” (for instance cf. DIN 66025) as used in the CNC world. Both consist of a relative small number of users. But without a doubt, the movements which can be described in these languages are applicable to a broader range of applications. This PLCopen initiative transforms the functions known in the CNC and Robotic world for use in PLC applications.

PLCopen Motion Control Part 4 - Coordinated Motion adds this functionality to the PLCopen Motion Control specifications.

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