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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

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

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

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

Direct Motion Applications Using Real-Time Software-Based Machine Vision

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

POSTED: 02/02/2017

As industries like robotics and manufacturing become increasingly complex, developers require more sophisticated solutions to meet their requirements. Software-based motion control and machine vision have arisen to address these needs. Real-time soft motion and machine vision allow organizations to deliver high quality outputs while reducing the cost of production. Vision-directed motion

Benefits of Using Motion Control Software

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

POSTED: 01/18/2017

Traditional motion control requires extensive hardware and software installations. This can be an expensive undertaking to acquire all the required appliances. Soft motion software provides a solution to this predicament. Designed to run on a PC, soft motion reduces the cost of running and controlling motion by 25–50%. As a plug-and-play

How to Reduce Your Motion Control Costs in 2017

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

POSTED: 01/09/2017

For most businesses, new year’s resolutions remain pretty consistent from year to year: Optimize costs without sacrificing performance. Get to market faster. Beat the competition. These goals stay the same because they’re not easy to achieve. Doing more with less can be critical to your success, but the “how” is

How Embedded Devices and the Cloud Are Leading a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing and Production

by Daron Underwood, Vice President R&D, CTO

POSTED: 05/13/2016

Not long ago, embedded devices were not connected in any way to a network especially to a network that was accessible to the cloud. As such, it was decidedly difficult to have software activation and licensing software work at a local level. Microsoft even struggled with Windows 7, and continued

KINGSTAR Soft Motion - Data Sheet

POSTED: 09/21/2015

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform - Product Brief KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTARr’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms

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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