Simply the right controllers
Depending on the requirements and areas of application, there are suitable controllers for all actuators. A basic distinction is made between position and program controllers.
With position controllers, the travel profiles of each individual axis are entered in position tables. A connection to a PC or a PLC is required for control.
Program controllers can also be used independently for interpolating axes, Cartesian robots, SCARA robots or for machine control.
Position controllers for up to 16 axes
Positioning controllers are available with or without fieldbus connection, either as 3-point position controllers or as multi-point position controllers for up to 512 adjustable positions. The control signals for the 3-point position controllers are identical to those for pneumatic cylinders.
RCON - New modular position controller
The new compact RCON system is a high-performance controller with modular connection units and easy extendability. Up to 16 axes can be connected. At the same time, the space requirement is just 1/5 of conventional controllers.
Program controllers for up to 8 axes
With a programmable controller, up to 8 axes - also interpolating - can be moved. Of a maximum of 255 programs, 16 can run parallel in real time.
The program controller works autonomously and, if necessary, enables communication with the periphery via various interfaces. For systems with up to 196 digital inputs and outputs, no PLC is required.
2 software programs for all controllers - updates free of charge
Position controllers are operated with the "CON software". It is used to enter the travel profiles of an axes into a position table and to change parameters. With the "SEL software" for program controllers, application programs are created and the connected axes are controlled.
After purchasing the software and registering the serial numbers, customers can download the regular updates free of charge.
Connection to field networks
To connect electric axes to a common fieldbus network such as ProfiNet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP or CC-Link, the controllers are connected via a fieldbus gateway or directly via a fieldbus interface. Which controllers are compatible with which fieldbus can be found in this ➥ table.
Field network configuration files can be downloaded free of charge under ➥ Field Network
Axes with built-in controllers
For many years, IAI has also offered electric cylinders with built-in controller that do not require space in the control cabinet. The latest EleCylinder series with linear and rotary axes consists exclusively of these axes.
The latest generation of RoboCylinders are also available with integrated controller under the series RCP6S. (RCP6 Catalog)
Wireless or wired teaching pendants
The new teaching pendant with the designation "TB-03" can now also communicate wirelessly with the EleCylinder series. Amongst other things, the user benefits from the ability to easily reprogram actuators which are already concealed behind fixed covers at any time.
Furthermore, the new Teaching Pendant can be used to program all other IAI electrical actuators via a conventional cable connection. There are also touch panels with dedicated power supply units (TB-03E and TB-02E) available.