ADLINK EtherCAT Solutions with High Performance, Superior TCO, and Speedy Development
ADLINK‘s new-generation EtherCAT solution integrates hardware and software elements to enable fast, high performance industrial automation applications with many ready-to-use features, speeding development, and expansion of Industrial IoT-based modern smart factories.
- ADLINK EtherCAT Solution Structure
ADLINK EtherCAT provides high motion synchronization capability ≤1μS with performance of 16-axis linear interpolation 20 to 200 times that of conventional motion controllers, maximizing throughput.* Test Condition:
ADLINK EtherCAT PCIe motion card with ADLINK Softmotion at 64-axis control Cycle Time: 1mS
Reduced Total Cost of Ownership
ADLINK‘s EtherCAT solution reduces costs up to 70% on every Single Axis over non-EtherCAT motion control. High flexibility for multi-axis motion control systems on both EtherCAT & non- EtherCAT motors, eliminates the need to discard old equipment, reducing TCO across the entire motion control system.
Challenges in Lithium-ion automotive batteries Manufacturing
Equipment for making lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars is generally of immense scale. Mixers, coaters, roller presses and flaking mills used during pre-process and electrode sheet laminators used during mid-process all include a massive number of axes and I/O points.ADLINK solution:
With ADLINK EtherCAT solution, a single Ethernet cable can connect all pieces of slave equipment, overcoming module barriers and easily combining multiple actions into one with cross-module synchronization. Multi-axis and cross-module synchronous action has enabled giant leaps in productivity. The electric car battery equipment supplier has seen a 20%-30% upsurge in production yield and a 15% reduction in production costs.
Challenges in warehouse LogisticsBackground:
Belt conveyors are not standardized systems, embodying an almost limitless array of configurations to accommodate different environmental layouts. Not only are different lengths and paths required, but also a wide-range of peripheral device types and quantities.ADLINK solution:
EtherCAT-based multi-axis control enables simultaneous pick and place on a moving conveyor belt during sorting or collating, boosting productivity by 20%, an advantage unavailable in a CANopen control setup. In addition, ADLINK's EtherCAT master supports a wide range of third-party slave modules, allowing users to enjoy the freedom of different motors and I/O based on cost-performance considerations, thereby building a more efficient operating environment with lower procurement costs.
Challenges in TFT-LCD production
As panel sizes continue to get larger, previously adequate single-axis control ceases to be effective. This expansion presents significant challenges to machine control and precision.ADLINK solution:
In this case, fortunately, the provider’s existing architecture control was based on ADLINK’s MNET motion control cards and APS Function Library, comprising programs that are efficiently reusable. When the decision was made to switch to ADLINK’s PCIe-8338 EtherCAT-based Motion Control Card, a complete program overhaul was not required, cutting the upgrade process down to a mere four weeks.
Challenges in Optical Lens industry production
Camera modules have diverse configurations and require precise assembly work. They hope to use “out-of-box” control and connect all EtherCAT masters and slaves with the same Ethernet cable so different axes under the control of different motion control cards have a chance to move in synchronization.ADLINK solution:
Taking ADLINK’s EtherCAT solution for example, up to 64 axes can operate in synchronization and the availability of 10,000 DIO and 2,500 AIO allows for ample expandability. With the same Ethernet cable, optical lens producers can add new slave equipment at any time to address the needs for capacity expansion.