Decentralised intelligence and the capacity for real-time communication with higher level process control technology and flexibility in usage applications are requirements for cutting-edge drive systems within the context of networked industry (cf. company box) has taken appropriate action and developed a new generation of motion controllers.
(This article is written by Troy Miller and was originally published on www.galil.com)
An HMI or Human Machine Interface is needed in many motion control applications. These devices are used to allow a user to instruct a machine on what to do without the need of a full PC. Many times HMIs are touch enabled allowing them to be placed on the production floor and used by technicians right by the machine. There are many sources for HMIs and many can cost thousands of dollars. With the arrival of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and its Raspberry Pi models, a small but powerful option arrived. Adding to this, the official Raspberry Pi 7” display, and the Galil application program interface, this powerful trio form the foundation for an inexpensive but fully capable HMI that can be customized for any motion control application.
Galil Motion Control introduces the RIO-574×0, its first EtherCAT Slave I/O Controller. This controller is packed with digital and analog I/O and can greatly expand the I/O capability of an EtherCAT application. The RIO-574×0 is specifically designed to interface seamlessly with Galil’s EtherCAT Master Motion Controller, the DMC-500×0, but it can also be used with any generic EtherCAT Master. Priced around 1/3rd of the competition, the RIO-574×0 provides a compact, cost-effective I/O controller perfect for any EtherCAT application. Read more