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Motion Control Resources

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 Benefits of Software-Based PLCs

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 02/06/2017

Let’s be honest: most available programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are hard to work with. They are not easily programmable, as they do not support common programming languages, only the manufacturer’s. This makes it difficult for programmers and users to make upgrades and configure the application to support the required devices.

Why Motion Control Software Makes Sense for Your Business

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 02/02/2017

Traditional motion control applications came with limited options. The high cost to acquire the required appliances and the many applications used in the process made streamlined motion control difficult. Using the right motion control software makes the process much easier and more convenient. It ensures the quality of production is

Why Soft Motion Is the Best Motion Controller on the Market

by Matt Edwards, Director of Professional Services

POSTED: 01/19/2017

Management and control of motion is a task that requires specialized equipment and software. An undertaking that traditionally required massive investment, it has now been made easy through the introduction of a motion controller known as soft motion, or software-based motion control. This is a specially designed application that enables

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

Why You Need to Adopt PLC Software

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 01/17/2017

Whether for industrial or business purposes, a system that integrates all systems and accessories is the best. But with many software versions available in the market today, choosing one that is appropriate becomes a hard task. PLC software is one of the best options. It comes equipped with features that

The Death of Windows CE Gives Rise to IoT Real-Time

by Daron Underwood, Vice President R&D, CTO

POSTED: 01/16/2017

Although there has been no direct comment regarding the future of Windows Compact (CE), it’s clear that CE is giving way to Windows 10 IoT Core. The interesting thing with CE is that it had two distinct use cases: products that had a real-time processing need and those that did

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

RTOS 101: Semaphores and Queues

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 12/13/2016

The use of a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) is increasingly common in embedded software designs. An RTOS makes it easy to divide your code into smaller blocks, tasks, which execute seemingly in parallel and independent of each other, as described in the first article in the RTOS 101 series. IntervalZero’s RTOS

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

How Brexit Will Impact Industrial Automation and Manufacturing

by Dipesh Mukerji, VP Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 07/12/2016

Somehow it still seems like a joke that only happens in the movies. But folks, this is real life. The United Kingdom (UK) decided to leave the European Union (EU) and fend for themselves

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO KINGSTAR Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems

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

POSTED: 05/17/2016

By: Daron Underwood, CTO 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

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

Why an Open “Plug-and-Play” Software Platform is The Answer for Industrial Motion Control

POSTED: 04/28/2016

What is the number one thing that industrial automation engineers want at work? It’s simple: the freedom and flexibility to choose the best tools without reservation. That autonomy, however, is rarely achieved, not just in industrial automation but practically any industry these days. Oh sure, plenty of tooling vendors say they provide


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