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Motion Controller courtesy Parker Hannifin
 

Motion controllers generate set points (the desired output or motion profile) and close a position or velocity feedback loop.

The interface between the motion controller and drives it controls is very critical when coordinated motion is required, as it must provide tight synchronization. Historically the only open interface was an analog signal, until open interfaces were developed that satisfied the requirements of coordinated motion control, the first being SERCOS in 1991 which is now enhanced toS ERCOS III. Later interfaces capable of motion control include Ethernet/IPProfinet IRTEthernet Powerlink, and EtherCAT.

Usage

Common control functions include:

  • Velocity control
  • Position (point-to-point) control
  • Pressure or Force control
  • Impedance control (robotics)
  • Electronic gearing

Applications

Motion controllers may be found in products that control:

  • CNC machines
  • Electric motors
  • Hydraulic equipment
  • Linear actuators
  • Robotic grippers

 
 

 


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Electromechanical Automation Div - Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin offers a wide range of machine and motion control systems to meet any application need.

FAULHABER

FAULHABER products include production automation and robotics, aerospace, optical systems as well as medicine and laboratory.

FESTO

Worldwide supplier of pneumatic and electronic components and controls for industrial automation.

TRINAMIC Motion Control

Trinamic's state-of-the-art ICs, modules, and PANdrive smart motors enable today's software engineers to quickly and reliably develop highly precise drives that work efficiently, smoothly, and quietly. The accessible, flexible, and easy to use toolkits make world's most powerful technology as easy as 1-2-3.

maxon

maxon motor is the worldwide leading provider of high-precision drive systems. For 50 years, we have focused on customer-specific solutions & quality.

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