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Motion Control Resources

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

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

RTOS 101: Performance Analysis with Tracealyzer

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 02/07/2017

When developing firmware using a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), how do you measure the software performance? One important aspect of performance analysis is response time, the time from point A to point B in the code, e.g., from when a task is activated until it is completed. This can be

3 Good Reasons to Get Excited About the NEW KINGSTAR 3.0

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 11/16/2016

The latest release of KINGSTAR, version 3.0, will become generally available on November 21. You can read the complete Product Release Notice (PRN) here, but we also wanted to highlight

EtherCAT Digital Control Bus Primer

by Ed Novak, North American Sales Manager

POSTED: 06/17/2015

ETHERCAT PRIMER 1. EtherCAT – What is it? Over the years there has been a need for an open low-cost digital control bus for automation and motion control. Some were available but had proprietary technology. With the introduction of EtherCAT it has become the accepted open standard for Ethernet-based control buses. EtherCAT was


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