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Multi-axis control for electric drives

Multi-axis control for electric drives
Festo has launched an intelligent multi-axis control module for electric drives. The new CPX-CMXX module is a highly integrated plug-in unit designed for use with the company's CPX series of multifunctional control terminals. The module is particularly easy to configure and set up using Festo's FCT software tool, and helps dispense with the need for a considerable amount of system wiring, making it a very elegant drop-in control solution for single and multiple axis drives. These attributes will undoubtedly prove popular with OEMs and system integrators seeking to reduce their time to market.

The CPX-CMXX is ideal for parts handling and positioning applications such as pick-and-place, palletising, machine loading and unloading, inspection/measuring, and labelling. The module can operate autonomously or in response to signals from a host controller - it features a built-in PLC-compatible interface. It can store and execute simple individual axis movements, and can also coordinate the movement of two groups of axes, each containing up to four axes.

All configuration, parameterisation and commissioning of the CPX-CMXX module is carried out using Festo's highly intuitive Windows-based FCT software. The motion control sequences can be programmed, but they can also be set up using parameterisation or teach-in, without the need for connection to a host controller. The module is equipped with a standard Ethernet 10/100 baseT interface for parameterisation, as well as a service interface for a Festo CPX-MMI handheld terminal, and features front panel LEDs to indicate program status and provide local diagnostic feedback. A preliminary test of the entire system can also be performed without a host controller.
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