IAI's new controller series: R-Unit
R-Unit is the new generation of controllers that are coupled via module connections and are modularly interchangeable.
These include the RSEL program controller for connecting up to 8 actuators (in combination with the REC EC control up to 16 actuators), the RCON position controller for up to 16 electric cylinders and the REC EC controller for motion control of up to 16 EleCylinder axes.
Common to all of them are the linkable control units with identical connections, which allow a free selection and combination of connected electric actuators and their control methods. Mixed control of electric cylinders with 24 volt and 230 volt motors is also easily feasible.
RCON - modular position controller for up to 16 axes
The new compact RCON system is a high-performance controller with modular connection units and easy extendability.
Up to 16 axes with 24V pulse motors and 230V servo motors can be connected together. At the same time, the space requirement is just 1/5 of conventional controllers.
Difference position and program controller
Single-axis or multi-axis controllers are available as simple types that operate like solenoid valves of a pneumatic controller, up to highly functional models that control via program. A basic distinction is made between position and program controllers.
In position controllers, the travel profiles of each individual axis are entered in position tables. They are available as 3-point or multi-point positioning controls for up to 512 adjustable positions.
Program controllers can also be used independently for interpolating axes, Cartesian robots, SCARA robots or for machine control.
Actuators 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 latest teaching pendant TB-03 can be connected to all controllers using the appropriate cables. The same functions and operating characteristics of the previous TB-02 are available.
In combination with the EleCylinder series, it can also communicate wirelessly via WLAN. Among other things, this has the advantage for the user that actuators already permanently installed behind covers can also be easily reprogrammed at any time.
Connection to fieldbus networks
Actuators are connected to fieldbuses such as Profinet, Profibus, EtherCAT or EtherNet/IP or Profibus either via a gateway or directly via a corresponding interface on the controller. The ➥ Network Table shows which controller is compatible with which fieldbus.
Field network configuration files can be downloaded free of charge under ➥ Field Network.
Controller for EtherCAT Motion network
The linkable RCON network controllers, the SCON single-axis controller and the MCON 1-8-axis controller also have an optional EtherCAT motion connection.
This ensures real-time operation, i.e. synchronisation of servo motors. This is suitable for short cycle times of automation systems, for example packaging machines or the assembly of electronic components.