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Soft Controller offers network failure detection feature.

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April 10, 2014 - Available with SPiiPlusSC soft controller, NetworkBoost™ feature indicates exact failure location within EtherCAT network, minimizing troubleshooting and repair time. In addition, NetworkBoost enables network to resume and continue its normal operation without replacing failed cable. Product is designed for all ACS EtherCAT network systems and production machines where downtime is expensive and must be minimized.

ACS Motion Control

14700 28th Ave, North - Suite 25, Plymouth, MN, 55447, USA

Original Press Release

ACS' Networkboost(TM) Increases Machine Uptime by Providing Ethercat Network Failure Detection and Recovery

Press release date: February 6, 2014

NetworkBoost™ feature minimizes troubleshooting & repair time, enables the network to resume and continue its normal operation without replacing the failed cable…

EDEN PRARIE, MN — ACS Motion Control introduces NetworkBoost™, an advanced network failure detection and recovery feature that dramatically increases machine uptime.  The optional NetworkBoost™ feature indicates the exact failure location within the EtherCAT network, minimizing troubleshooting & repair time.  In addition, ACS’ NetworkBoost™ enables the network to resume and continue its normal operation without replacing the failed cable.

With NetworkBoost™, there is no need for additional hardware, just an extra Ethernet port on the host PC and an EtherCAT cable. “Motion control systems that utilize EtherCAT networks are sensitive to failures of the network cables, especially those that include many moving nodes and cables. Even an intermittent failure can have a detrimental effect on motion, which could significantly impact the uptime of machines,” said Ze’ev Kirshenboim the President of ACS Motion Control.  “NetworkBoost™ provides immediate recovery and resumed manufacturing without the need of a costly onsite technician, delivering increased machine uptime and higher productivity.”

NetworkBoost™ is currently available with the SPiiPlusSC soft controller and is designed for all ACS EtherCAT network systems and production machines for any application where downtime is expensive.

For more information about the NetworkBoost™ feature, go to: www.acsmotioncontrol.com; to view a video go to www.acsmotioncontrol.com/videos.

Contact ACS at 6575 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN  55344; call 763-559-7669 ext.131; e-mail jasong@acsmotioncontrol.com; or go to www.acsmotioncontrol.com.

About ACS Motion Control
An international manufacturer of advanced multi-axis motion controllers, machine controllers and integrated control modules, ACS provides standard and custom products that combine power and precision to deliver flexible, economical, user-friendly motion and machine control solutions.  Established in 1985, ACS’ international headquarters is located in Israel and its North American headquarters resides in Eden Prairie, MN.  ACS also has facilities in South Korea and China, and distributors worldwide that deliver dependable customer service and product support.  ACS is an ISO9001 certified manufacturing facility, demonstrating its continuous commitment to providing customers with reliable devices that are thoroughly tested with the latest available techniques.

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