EtherCAT Closed Loop Control works with pulse/direction drives.

Press Release Summary:

Operating under any ACS EtherCAT® master and acting as EtherCAT node, PDICL enables system performance upgrades without requiring complete redesign. This 121 x 100 x 48 mm, 2- or 4-axis EtherCAT pulse/direction drive interface module specifically delivers position verification/closed loop control of stepper and servo drive/motor combinations with pulse/direction input. Module supports up to 4 axes with up to 4 digital encoders (incremental or absolute) at max speed of 50 million counts/sec.

Original Press Release:

ACS Enables Sophisticated EtherCAT® Based Closed Loop Control of Traditional Pulse/Direction Drives

The compact PDICL 2 or 4 axes EtherCAT pulse/direction drive interface module delivers position verification / closed loop control of stepper and servo drive/motor combinations with pulse/direction input...

MIGDAL HA'EMEK, Israel -- ACS Motion Control has strengthened its line of EtherCAT network products with the development of a dual/quad axis pulse/direction drive interface module (PDICL) that delivers a closed loop motion control system for stepper (or servo) motor drives with an incremental or absolute digital encoder feedback device.

Designed to help upgrade the performance of systems utilizing less sophisticated motion control technology without having to redesign the entire system, the PDICL supports up to four axes with up to four digital encoders (incremental or absolute) - at a maximum speed of 50 million counts per second.

At only 121mm x100mm x48mm, the compact PDICL high-performance interface is ideal for OEMs of multi-axis machinery that use an ACS EtherCAT master and need to control additional axes using third party drives with P/D interface. The PDICL is also well suited for PC based controllers (SPiiPlusSC) using simple motor drives with P/D interface.

The PDICL dual/quad axis pulse/direction interface slave module operates under any ACS EtherCAT master, acting as an EtherCAT node. A comprehensive set of software support tools - MMI application studio - is offered for module configuration, setup and tuning.

"Using digital encoder feedback, the PDICL turns simplistic stepper motor drives into more intelligent motion systems capable of more accurate and precise motion control," said Jason Goerges, ACS Inc. GM. "This expansion of ACS's EtherCAT product offering provides customers with even more design flexibility, functionality and capability at a lower cost compared to other technologies."

The PDICL dual/quad axis pulse/direction interface is the newest addition to ACS' broad selection of EtherCAT motion control devices.

Shipments are available in August 2014.

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

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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