What’s new in motion control

Motion control technologies from CIEN, PLANT's technology section.

Take a look at these motion control technologies from CIEN, PLANT’s technology section.

Reinventing the rotary encoder

IXARC_Group_590xXPosital-Fraba’s IAXRC encoders combine the accuracy of optical encoders with the ruggedness and compact form factor of magnetic encoders to handle dust, moisture and severe shock and vibration loads in motion control position measurement applications.

A four-element Hall-effect magnetic sensor linked to a 32-bit microprocessor running highly-optimized signal processing software provides high levels of accuracy that previously required larger, more mechanically complex encoders.

The microprocessor-centered design means operating parameters such as zero-point, rotational direction and sensitivity are modified through simple software updates.

The IXARC has a range of packaging and interface options, including a variety of instrument interfaces, mounting arrangements, housing materials and shaft seals. Explosion-proof and safety-rated models are also available.

FRABA Inc. is the North American sister company of the Netherlands-based FRABA N.V., a developer of motion control technologies based in Heerlen, The Netherlands.

Panel PC delivers multi-touch functionality
14_pr212013_BeckhoffBeckhoff Automation’s CP26xx panel PCs are equipped with an ARM Cortex A8 processor and a hardware-based floating point that speeds up operations in small and medium-sized PLC and motion control applications.

A 1 GHz CPU, with access to 1 GB internal DDR3 RAM memory, runs a standard Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system. A 256 MB Micro SD card is included, but cards up to 4 GB are also available.

A 128 KB NOVRAM ensures fail-safe storage of TwinCAT process data. Other options include an on-board 10/100BASE-T ethernet adapter, EtherCAT adapter with RJ-45 connector, and an RS-232 interface with two USB-2.0 ports.

An aluminum panel housing provides IP65 protection at the front and IP20 in the back. A narrow, circumferential metal impact protector guards the touchscreen and display against mechanical damage, while an all-glass surface protects against environmental influences.

Eight multi-touch TFTs come in sizes between 7 and 24 in., with 4:3, widescreen, landscape or portrait formats that handle operating temperatures between 0 to 55 degrees C.

Beckhoff Automation is a developer of automation technologies based in Westphalia, Germany.

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