- March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020 – KINGSTAR, which offers open Machine Automation Software for building smart machine controllers, announced the general availability launch of KINGSTAR 3.8, which works to improve motion control functionality.
KINGSTAR Machine Automation Software replaces proprietary hardware-based machine controllers with a software-only machine control platform that executes on a standard Industrial PC (IPC). The software-only approach delivers on the promise of Industry 4.0 by offering the combined features of machine automation, system-wide controller integration tools, information sharing & intelligence (AI) consuming, and smart edge IoT enablement.
Being open means the KINGSTAR is committed to supporting open standards (Windows, EtherCAT, IEC61131-3, OPC-UA, TSN and more) which protects customers investment best. The KINGSTAR Machine Automation Software is a solution that supports Plug-n-Play EtherCAT – a feature which truly enables the customer to optimize their machine controller for any smart factory setting and frees the machine builder from vendor lock-in. Additionally, KINGSTAR allows third party IoT software to run on the same PC to transform the controller into a smart IoT controller.
Built on the EtherCAT standard and supported by a real-time 64-bit Windows operating-system (RTOS) from IntervalZero, KINGSTAR empowers engineers to design, develop and deploy one or more machine control applications on a single Industrial PC. Key industrial machine components include software-based motion control, machine vision, programmable logic controller (PLC) and EtherCAT master that auto-discovers any vendor’s EtherCAT drive, IO or device and auto-configures the EtherCAT environment at startup.
The key features of the KINGSTAR 3.8 release includes:
- KINGSTAR Motion provides velocity and path blending support
- KINGSTAR Motion adds the ability to set the EtherCAT cycle time in KINGSTAR LogicLab PLC
- Expands list of qualified, out-of-the-box support for additional servo drives, stepper drives and EtherCAT I/O modules.