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Total flexibility for multi-axis motion control

01 April 2008

Trio’s new Euro209 is a cost-effective and flexible high-performance motion and machine control system for OEMs, machine builders and automation system integrators. It combines up to nine selectable axes of precision stepper or servo control with digital and analogue I/O, communications interfacing and axis expansion in a compact single Eurocard rack-mount format.

The new Euro209 boasts a number of hardware and software features that allow users to match application requirements, minimising purchase costs, simplifying software and hardware development and reducing production timescales.

Up to eight axes of stepper control are realised on a single printed circuit board that provides 2 MHz stepper outputs and 6 MHz encoder inputs via a 96 way rear DIN 41612 connector. Optional feature enable codes are used to enable from 2 to 8 stepper axes and encoder inputs.

For servo motor control, feature enable codes are used in conjunction with optional 4 or 8 axis DAC boards for +/- 10V control with ultra-precise 16 bit resolution. A further single stepper or servo axis daughter board may be included bringing the total axis count to 9. The standard board also includes 16 x 24V opto-isolated inputs and 8 x 24V opto-isolated outputs, 2 x 0-10V analogue inputs at 12-bit resolution and a 24V 100mA Watchdog relay output.

The Euro209 includes an Ethernet port for PC programming and fast data communication. Ethernet can also provide program control and data transfer for multiple card factory networks over LAN. Other built-in factory communications protocols available for interfacing and I/O expansion include: Modbus-TCP; Telnet; DeviceNet slave and CANopen master along with RS232 and RS485 ports. To complete the flexibility available for the machine builder, additional I/O or communication interfacing is made possible with optional daughter boards such as USB and Profibus. On-board program and data memory is 1 Mbyte with additional storage up to 2 Gbyte via standard Micro SD card.

As part of the Motion Coordinator range, the new Euro209 joins a family of panel mount and board level multi-axis motion controllers offering 1 to 64 axes of motion and machine control that share the scalable Motion Perfect application development environment with its straightforward yet powerful multitasking TrioBASIC programming language. Up to 2 fast tasks and 5 standard tasks may be run simultaneously, in PC controlled or standalone mode, for increased programming flexibility that ensures optimal performance and rapid production throughput. For host applications and visual programming environments, the TrioPC ActiveX components are available and Trio can also provide addition support with G-code and HPGL programming.

With a total of 9 physical axes and 16 axes in software, users may configure virtual axes for flexibility in machine synchronisation, data acquisition and electronic gearbox applications. The Euro209 also supports digital drive systems such as SERCOS II, Control Techniques SLM and CANopen which together with the built-in axis and interfacing flexibility allows the user complete freedom to choose the drive, motor and feedback technology that perfectly matches application cost and performance requirements.
For OEM’s manufacturing greater than 200 machines per annum Trio can develop fully customised/embedded solutions to suit exact customer requirements.

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