- October 24, 2014
- ACS Motion Control
October 24, 2014 - ACS Motion Control introduces SPiiPlusEC motion controllers and EtherCAT masters that are comprised of a powerful processor and two EtherCAT ports supporting ring topology. The SPiiPlusEC motion controller and EtherCAT network manager delivers multi-axis and scalable distributed control for motion centric applications that require higher profile generation, faster EtherCAT cycle rates, and network redundancy to enhance reliability and machine uptime. The SPiiPlusEC controls up to 64 fully synchronized axes and up to 5KHz rate of profile generation and EtherCAT cycle. The network can be comprised of any of ACS’ line of EtherCAT servo and step motor drives and I/Os modules, as well as any certified EtherCAT module made by other vendors that complies with CAN over EtherCAT (CoE) protocol. The NetworkBoost optional feature increases machines’ uptime using ring topology-based redundancy to continue operation when a network cable failure is detected. The SPiiPlusNT comprehensive suite of software tools designed to minimize time to market and to address the specific machine requirements throughout its whole life cycle, complements the SPiiPlusEC controller. It provides extraordinarily easy automatic system and network setup, axis setup, fast host and embedded application development, a built-in full simulator, powerful remote access and diagnostics, and fast error recovery, thereby reducing development effort and costs.