In order to address the needs of highly demanding modern equipment, ACS Motion Control has launched a multi-axis motion controller that includes a high-speed EtherCAT-to-EtherCAT bridge. The SPiiPlusES combines ACS’ powerful motion controller capabilities with an external EtherCAT network master controller. The SPiiPlusES is used both as a node in any EtherCAT Automation Controller network, and as an EtherCAT Master controlling up to 64 axes and thousands of I/O.
Acting as an EtherCAT node, the SPiiPlusES supports the standard DS402 drive protocol as well as manufacturer specific commands. As an EtherCAT Master Controller, the SPiiPlusES also controls up to 64 fully synchronised axes with an EtherCAT cycle rate up to 5KHz. The network can be comprised of any ACS Universal Drive Modules, NanoPWM Drive Modules, I/O modules, as well as non-ACS EtherCAT modules.
Applications that use an EtherCAT automation controller, such as semiconductor processing, laser micro-machining, electronics manufacturing and digital printing, can benefit from the advanced capabilities of the SPiiPlusES motion controller and ACS drives to enhance accuracy and throughput.
“The SPiiPlusES delivers high performance motion control capabilities such as advanced profile generation, faster EtherCAT cycle rates, network redundancy, and advanced control algorithms for mechanically coupled systems such as gantries, tripods, hexapods, and more, to enhance performance, reliability and machine uptime,” said Jason Goerges, Product Marketing Manager. “The SPiiPlusES significantly expands the motion performance and capabilities of multi axes machines controlled by EtherCAT based automation controllers and PLCs.”