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Aerotech has added EtherCAT to its A3200 integration automation platform, which offers motion control, programmable logic control (PLC) and input/output (I/O) in a single, integrated environment.

The new EtherCAT interface enables users to incorporate additional high- and low-power digital and analogue I/O into a system.

Users import the EtherCAT I/O configuration file into the A3200 MotionPAC PLC module, making it available to all programmers. They then use the MotionPAC mapping tool to connect EtherCAT I/O points to TAGs or variables.

The connections are made by dragging and dropping the EtherCAT I/O names onto the TAGs or variables defined in the MotionPAC, the operator interface or any other module of the system. MotionPAC will automatically manage the memory associated with EtherCAT I/O mappings. There is no need for the programmer to assign memory addresses.

Key benefits

  • The tight integration of EtherCAT I/O with the A3200 reduces development, integration and debugging time of the machine development and maintenance.
  • EtherCAT’s real-time and high-speed capability augments the ability of the software-based A3200 machine controller to reach large-scale distributed applications that require dispersed and diverse I/O.
  • Using this technology, the A3200 can access millions of I/O points per second while controlling the machine functions, including high-end motion as well as other control loops such as temperature and pneumatic controls.
  • It is easy to combine fieldbus I/O with drive I/O in both motion and PLC programs.
  • According to Aerotech, combining EtherCAT I/O with the A3200 integrated motion and PLC system results in an machine controller platform that will minimise development and commissioning time while providing high-performance solutions for automation projects.

Aerotech

Aerotech — manufacturer of high-precision motion control components and systems

Aerotech — manufacturer of high-precision motion control components and systems

Aerotech manufactures the highest-performance motion control components and systems for our customers in industry, government, science and research institutions around the world. Our products include automated nanopositioners; planar and rotary air-bearing stages; high-speed gantries; mechanical-bearing linear, rotary and lift stages; brushless linear and rotary servomotors and drives; standalone and software-based motion controllers; goniometers; and gimbals/optical mounts. Custom, vacuum-prepped and cleanroom-ready positioning systems and components are available. Aerotech’s precision motion control products provide the critical performance for demanding applications in markets including medical devices and life sciences, semiconductors and flat panels, photonics, automotive, data storage, laser processing, military and aerospace, electronic manufacturing and test, assembly, research and development and others requiring high-precision, high-throughput motion solutions.

Motion controls, drives and motors

From our award-winning Automation 3200 32-axis machine controller to our Soloist series single-axis and Ensemble series multi-axis standalone motion controllers, Aerotech provides a controller solution to fit almost any need. Aerotech complements our controllers with our large selection of high-performance brushless linear and rotary servomotors and PWM and linear drives.

Linear and rotary stages, nanopositioners and gantries

Aerotech positioning stages range from economical ballscrew and gear-driven linear and rotary stages to the highest-performance direct-drive linear and rotary stages available, linear-motor-based Cartesian gantry systems, single- and multi-axis air-bearing systems and our complete range of ANT series long-travel nanopositioners.

Custom, vacuum and cleanroom-ready motion systems

If you don’t find a standard product suitable for your application, our expertise and ability to provide custom motion components and systems is unmatched. Our custom manufacturing capability is further augmented by our long history of providing systems for vacuum and cleanroom operation.

Since 1970, Aerotech has been committed to supporting our customers worldwide. We maintain a growing number of direct field sales and engineering offices throughout the US, as well as representatives across the globe. We also operate full sales and service facilities in the UK, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and China.

We’d be happy to assist you with your motion control application. Please use the contact information below to enquire about our services.

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