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Motion Control Resources

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Real-Time Machine Vision

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

POSTED: 04/21/2017

A real-time machine vision application is software designed for developers of machine vision applications. As the name suggests, it is enhanced with numerous features to enable you to cut down the duration of time and effort

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

Benefits of the EtherCAT Network for Motion Control

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 03/08/2017

Modern motion control requires resources from different open source libraries, imaging devices, smart cameras and more. All these accessories and locations must be within reach and have access to be viable. With an EtherCAT network, these resources are easily found and stored within reach of the user. When you use an

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

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.

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


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