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Festo introduces new Control for Motion range

1st Quarter 2009 Other technologies

For point-to-point movements, pre-calculated positions or complete path control, the new Control for Motion range from Festo is scalable and modular, forming an integral part of the company’s mechatronic modular handling system.

CPX control module

The control module CPX-CM-HPP provides access to the new world of control systems. It enables the Festo electric axes to be controlled via all the fieldbus nodes available in CPX. Up to four individual electric axes can be connected via a CAN bus interface. As a result, the electric drives are compatible with all industrial communication interfaces. The FHPP (Festo Handling and Positioning Profile) connection is used here, integrating the electric drives in the CPX system. The access module can control the axes individually and independently of one other. The CPX-CMXX multi-axis interface is available for additional functions.

Display with embedded control

The integration of the controller into the FED display and control units saves space. The CANopen Master interface enables Festo’s valve terminals and electric drives to be connected directly to the FED-CEC display. The display communicates via its Ethernet interface with other controllers that are also programmed in CoDeSys.

Multi-axis synchronous movement

Festo is launching the multi-axis interface CPX-CMXX, which can execute both simple, individual axis movements and coordinated movements of several electric drives. Using the FCT users can configure two axis groups with a maximum of four axes per group without the need for time-consuming programming. With the 'synchronous movement' configuration, the axes simultaneously reach the target position.

The PLC-based motion controller CECX-X-M1 is now available for coordinated multi-axis movements with interpolations and thus simple path applications. It enables users to program machines and systems individually with extensive PLC functionality. The motion controller is integrated in the overall concept of the modular controller CECX, which is the new fieldbus master controller from Festo.

Robot controller

The highlight of the new control system is the CMXR-C1motion controller with robotic functions. It opens up the possibility of spatial path applications with three-dimensional interpolation within a Cartesian space. The robotic controller permits multi-axis applications with five or even six spatial degrees of freedom.

The Festo CMXR robot controller can control Cartesian systems like this kinematic tripod robot
The Festo CMXR robot controller can control Cartesian systems like this kinematic tripod robot

The controller interpolates and positions all axes that can trace contours on a centre line, as needed for gluing, laser welding or water jet cutting. However, it can also spatially position the gantry robot tool. The point of the tool is always guided along the programmed path, even if the tool orientation changes.

Design tools

Design times are significantly reduced with the Festo configuration tool FCT and the Festo programming language, Teach Language FT, thus allowing users to concentrate on application development.

For more information contact Joanne Dix, Festo, +27 (0)11 971 5560, [email protected], www.festo.com



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