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Motion Control Resources

4 Critical Requirements for PC-Based Motion Control

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 08/07/2017

A number of trends and reliability concerns affect the controller choices engineers make in regards to PC-based motion control systems and machine control systems. The PC has become the common control device in manufacturing industries and processes, replacing the CNC and the PLC in many industrial applications. It contains software

Must-Know Facts about Industry 4.0

by Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

POSTED: 08/02/2017

Industry 4.0 is a much-hyped data exchange and automation trend in the manufacturing sector. It is defined by the presence of cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of Things. Through industry 4.0, computers and automation will integrate with robotics that are remotely connected to computer systems that are in

The Importance of Industrial Software Automation Testing

by Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

POSTED: 08/01/2017

Industrial software automation is used to monitor and control industrial processes from a longer distance. This means that engineers or system operators do not have to use the manual switches to start or end an operation process; industrial processes are started from the automated software. Software automation also eliminates the

Understanding the Core Features of EtherCAT Fieldbus

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

POSTED: 07/31/2017

EtherCAT applies Ethernet applications for automation that require short data cycle times with minimal communication delays and reduced hardware costs. The functional goal of EtherCAT is to not target to a single specific node but instead, transmit messages from one node(also known as slave), to the next in the topology.

What is Windows PC-based Automation?

by Daron Underwood, Vice President R&D, CTO

POSTED: 06/01/2017

Windows PC-based automation is a process that entails the use of software to manage real-time (RTOS) applications written in C#, C++, .NET, etc… that can perform such functions as motion control and machine vision in various industrial procedural environments. With the right PC software, you can not only enhance precision

Key Components of a Soft PLC

by Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

POSTED: 05/31/2017

A Soft PLC is software that enables you to transform a conventional PC into an industrial programmable logic controller. By using the a Soft PLC, industrial automation engineers can efficiently manage and deploy robotics controller applications that execute such functions as motion control and machine vision efficiently and quickly, and

Major Benefits of Soft Motion Control

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 05/30/2017

Soft motion control is a PC-based motion control application recommended for engineers in the industrial automation, robotics and semiconductor industries. Software-based motion control eliminates the need for complicated cabling and configurations as well as elevated costs of installing and operating motion control hardware. KINGSTAR Soft Motion offers an ideal solution to

Major Features of Motion Control Software

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

POSTED: 05/26/2017

Motion control software is a PC-based application that is used by developers of motion control systems in various industries. With it, engineers are able to develop fully automated motion control applications for a wide range of industrial automation systems. Among the various motion control applications on the market, KINGSTAR Soft Motion

Everything You Need to Know about CANOpen over EtherCAT

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 05/25/2017

In common terms, CANOpen refers to a device and communication protocol for automation systems used in industrial processes. The protocols can support management of networks, monitoring of devices and communication between the systems or devices included in the network. This communication protocol and device can be integrated or leveraged with EtherCAT

Industry 4.0: Key Design Principles

by Daron Underwood, Vice President R&D, CTO

POSTED: 04/24/2017

Industry 4.0 refers to a trend or concept in the current manufacturing industry that focuses on automation of processes and data exchange. The initiative integrates the IoT, cyber-enhanced systems and cloud computing.

What You Should Know about Motion Controller Applications

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 04/20/2017

A motion controller is an application that is integrated in a soft PLC for managing industrial processes. Through the PC-based software, you can fully transform your industrial PC into a PLC, consolidating automated processes and machinery for efficiency in management. In PC-based control systems, there are standard OSs like Windows that

Real-Time Motion Control Explained

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 04/19/2017

Real-time motion control can be very challenging, especially when you do not have the right application to use. In fact, it can push you into changing or modifying Windows to deliver the intended results in terms of real-time performance and determinism. Due to the inconvenience and complexity of using hardware, you

RTOS 101: Tasks, Priorities and Analysis

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 03/22/2017

The use of Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) is increasingly common in embedded software designs, as an RTOS makes it easy to divide your code

6 Ways that PC-Based Motion Control Outperforms Hardware

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 03/09/2017

PC-based motion control solutions deliver 6 main advantages: 1. Cost reduction. The cost of installing software is much lower than purchasing traditional hardware required, such as multiple DSP & FPGA boards and wiring cables. This reduces the overall cost of acquisition as well the maintenance cost of the system after it

Soft Motion Control for Machine Automation

by Daron Underwood, Vice President R&D, CTO

POSTED: 03/07/2017

Traditional hardware-based motion control comes with countless challenges: it’s expensive, inefficient, cumbersome, and not well suited to the pace of today’s business and technology. Software-based motion control, or simply soft motion control, solves these challenges and more. Soft motion control is ideal for any business environment. It provides a platform


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