Simply Suitable Controller Types
The range of single-axis or multi-axis controllers extends from the simple type, which works like a solenoid valve of a pneumatic controller, to the highly functional programm controller. A basic distinction is made between position and program controllers.
With position controllers, the travel profiles of each individual axis are entered into position tables. A connection to a PC or PLC is required. They are available as 3-point position controllers, where the control signals are identical to those of pneumatic cylinders, or as multi-point positioning controllers for up to 512 adjustable positions.
Program controllers can also be used independently for interpolating axes, Cartesian robots, SCARA robots or for machine control.
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.
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.
Change from incremental to absolute encoder type
With just one connection to the ACON, PCON, ASEL or PSEL controllers, the ABU controler module turns an incremental version into an absolute version. The ABU set consists of an absolute unit, back-up battery and controller connection cable.
By connecting to the ABU control module, the current position of system will be held even if power is disconnected, the actuator can operate immediately without homing. Encoder data is stored for up to 20 days when the system is switched off.
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