ACS Enhances Robust Control Software to Support New Motion Controller Product Offering


FREE motion control software features simulator and MMI tools that enable development of
applications without hardware, improving time-to-market...

PLYMOUTH, MN (December 11, 2008) - ACS Motion Control, an international manufacturer of advanced multi-axis motion controllers, machine controllers and integrated control modules, has enhanced its powerful, user-friendly motion control software to support its new motion controller products. Designated Application Development Kit (ADK) v6.5, the advanced software supports all of ACS' motion control products including the new SPiiPlus 3U-HP, SPiiPlus LF, MC4U, and the LDM 3U linear drive. The ADK v6.5 software also provides EnDat and Smart-Abs absolute encoder support through the new HSSI-HES extension card. The software is free and available at www.acsmotioncontrol.com

In addition, the ADK v6.5 motion control software provides 2-phase step motor support in open loop (microstep mode) or true closed loop control, as well as 2-phase DC brushless motor support in closed loop. The software also supports CANopen certified servo drives and I/O modules.

The enhanced ADK v6.5 software features additional bi-quad filters, disturbance rejection algorithm (DRA) and extended analog outputs to further maximize the servo performance of the SpiiPlus line of motion controllers.

"As new ACS motion controllers are more sophisticated in terms of capabilities and functionality, it was necessary to upgrade the ADK software to provide advanced support for our new motion control modules," said Evan Reed, ACS Motion Control Vice President. "The addition of full CANopen support allows SPiiPlus motion controllers to be configured as a CANopen Master, according to the DS-402 specification, and control up to 64 nodes of motion or I/O."

The ADK v6.5 software includes simulation and motion machine interface (MMI) tools to minimize setup, tuning and programming time for motion control applications. The simulator tool models an ideal closed loop servo system, allowing users to logically develop multi-axis controller programs in a PC environment without motion control hardware, improving time-to-market. The motion simulator allows for simultaneous application development by multiple users, full simulation of all fault conditions, and reduce project development time by as several weeks. The simulator also includes MMI functionality, which provides program and motion management, configuration, system analysis, servo tuning, programming, parameter viewing, I/O monitoring, and safety tools.

The ADK software supports stand-alone application programming or host-dependant application programming with C++, C#, Visual Basic(TM) and LabView(TM). ACS' advanced software can support 8 axes of demanding, full digital control ACS' software also enables multiprogramming, up to 10 programs can execute simultaneously. Programming can be accomplished using any of the five IEC61131-3 languages in addition to ACSPL+. The advanced ADK v6.5 software provides fully variable mapping that enables flexible bi-directional interfacing, mutual synchronization, and functionality exchange between ACSPL+ and IEC 61131-3 programs.

For more information about ACS Motion Control, contact ACS at 14700 28th Ave North - Suite 25, Plymouth, MN 55447; call 800-545-2980; e-mail evanr@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 Plymouth, MN. ACS also has facilities in South Korea 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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