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Control Software Has to Do More; It'd Better Have Integrated Tools

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A look at this year's roundup items confirms what our user surveys tell us: Motion control software has a lot more to accomplish than it used to.

Some 35% of respondents to a 2010 Control Design motion control survey say they now use motion simulation software to emulate motion profiles.

Of those that answered yes, 70% of them get their simulation tools from the vendor's controller software suite.
When asked to evaluate the controller software package for configuration and axis tuning, respondents were not doing cartwheels—31% say it's easy to use and intuitive for most of their motion requirements, but 54% say it's OK for basic functions but not so easy for more complex motion.

Some of that complex motion appears to be in axis synchronization as 60% of respondents say their applications involve synchronizing servos or other motors, and more than a third of them have applications with six to 20 axes, and almost 60% need update rates faster than 100 ms.

 

Monitoring Software To Size and Select
Motioneering 6.1.0 motion system sizing and selection software uses a mechanism project concept to collect and save axes load information, automatically calculate application results, and compare those results against a robust database catalog of products to identify the optimized linear or rotary motion system solutions to meet specific machine builder application requirements. In rotary applications, it can sum the effects of multiple axes of motion to rightly size the power supply and shunt regeneration.
Kollmorgen
540/633-3545;
www.kollmorgen.com
Industrial Software

Expanded Functions
CoDeSys v.3.4 programming tool's complex features can be activated or deactivated manually or with preset feature sets. It has optional FDT integration extending the standard configuration by device-specific dialogs from DTMs. New 3D CNC editor and 3D CNC libraries allow users to work with full 3D functionality in CoDeSys SoftMotion. A full version can be downloaded at www.codesys.com after registration.
3S-Smart Software
+49-831/5 40 31-17
www.3s-software.com

LabView 2010

Compile Faster
LabView 2010 has an off-the-shelf compiler, which abstracts tasks such as memory allocation and thread management to execute code an average of 20% faster. For field-programmable gate array (FPGA) users, it provides a new IP Integration Node to integrate any third-party FPGA IP into LabView applications, and is compatible with the Xilinx Core Generator.
National Instruments
800/258-7022
www.ni.com/labview

Industrial Software

Straightforward Curves
Curve Tool feature delivers graphical ease-of-use to custom motion and camming profiles in Delta motion controllers. With linear or cubic interpolation, velocity and acceleration limits, endpoint behavior and more, the curves satisfy a wide range of applications.
Delta Computer Systems
360/254-8688
www.deltamotion.com

IndraWorks

Range of Programming
IndraWorks engineering suite was developed for use across the entire range of Rexroth control and drive technologies. Users can program PLCs, motion controllers and HMIs, and configure drives from a single software suite. A visualization tool can also be upgraded to allow remote access and monitoring of project HMIs.
Bosch Rexroth
847/645-3600
www.boschrexroth-us.com

Industrial SOftware

Close That Loop
Software-based closed-loop temperature control package sets parameters automatically; no additional programming is needed. Selected library function blocks in Automation Studio handle closed-loop temperature control, and an intuitive user interface helps select temperature range and sensors used, and define the number of temperature zones. Special algorithms ensure that optimized control loop parameters are available.
B&R Industrial Automation
770/772-0400
www.br-automation.com

Industrial Programming

ELC Programmer
ELCSoft programming software runs on a PC to configure ELC controllers. Programs can be created, edited, downloaded, uploaded, monitored and forced. The software supports copying programs from one controller to another, and it supports copying programs to and from the handheld programmer accessory. ELCSoft provides a powerful instruction set usually found only in more expensive PLCs.
Omega Engineering
888/55-omega
www.omega.com

Industrial Programming

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