Bringing Windows 10 support programming to Orion motion controllers

9th October 2019
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Bringing Windows 10 support programming to Orion motion controllers

Intelligent Motion Control (INMOCO) has announced an update to the MotionDesk programming environment for the ORION motion controller from ORMEC. The update to version 3.6 introduces a number of new features, but perhaps importantly brings support for Windows 10, enabling users to take advantage of the increased security for PCs delivered by Microsoft’s current operating system.

Since its launch in 1996, the ORION motion control system has proved enduringly popular with machine builders, and a series of hardware upgrades over the years have maintained performance to meet even the most demanding of today’s applications – from the high speed making and packaging of medical adhesive plasters to the manufacturing of glass bottles. INMOCO has seen the ORION motion controllers used across the spread of industrial markets, including packaging, converting, labelling, web, material handling, medical, pharmaceuticals and aerospace.

ORMEC remains committed to supporting all iterations of the ORION controller, with the MotionDesk development kit providing a complete motion programming environment on any PC running Windows XP, Windows 7 in XPMode, and now Windows 10.

MotionDesk is a fully integrated programming environment, providing a suite of tools to simplify the configuration, development and maintenance of ORION motion control systems. With drop-down menus, toolbars and dialogue boxes, it provides an intuitive graphical user interface for the ORION controllers. The Development Console provides a multi-window development environment that includes multiple local windows on your PC as well as a multi-windowinterface to your motion controller.

Features include the ORION Project Navigator and the MotionPad Editor. The ORION Project Navigator simplifies configuration of the ORION system, providing multiple screens for unit and axis parameters as well as servo gearing and I/O configurations. A software wizard provides a series of screens that simplify configuration. The MotionPad program editing tools and macro capabilities are designed to help speed programme development.

MotionDesk 3.6 is a free download for users who already have a MotionDesk licence.

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