ork has begun on a distributed motion networking technology that will provide real-time, deterministic, closed-loop motion control for multi-axis, controller-to-controller synchronisation and controller-to-drive communications. At its annual conference, late last year, ODVA -- the organization formerly known as the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association -- decided to expand the work it is doing with ControlNet International to develop standards for commissioning and maintaining distributed motion applications.
|ODVA executive director Katherine Voss
At its November meeting, ODVA decided to expand the motion group's work to encompass a complete CIP Motion system by extending CIP Sync to demanding motion applications and to controller-to-drive communications. Explaining the recent developments in London last month, ODVA's executive director, Katherine Voss, said that "the work paves the way for a complete motion solution with the ability to run I/O, HMIs, and motion on the same network. You can never have enough I/O."
CIP Motion is expected to have its first public demonstration at the SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg this November, with the first products going on sale during 2006.