OEM's are continually challenged to provide motion control precision at lowest possible cost. Precision has been given a boost with the advent of EtherCAT®, an open Ethernet-based network standard setting new heights for real-time performance and topology flexibility, and has been the fastest growing area in motion control technology.
As part of our highly successful Z-Drives platform of plug-in servo drives, ADVANCED Motion has released powerful DZE & DZS series of servo drives for EtherCAT enabled control networks but with package size that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. These products not only provide precise motion but also at reduced cost when applied in a multiple networked axes system.
ADVANCED Motion Controls has also created exclusive ‘DxM’ - Demultiplexed Motion technology allowing connectivity of up to 3 DZS drives (sub-nodes) to a single DZE (node) on an EtherCAT® network for up to 4 axes of servo motion. Removing the cost of additional EtherCAT® nodes greatly reduces overall system cost. 'DxM' technology handles all sub-node activity easily through one node, making master tasks much simpler in multi-axis systems.
Also introduced are new DPE series of EtherCAT enabled servo drives as part of the panel mount DigiFlex® Performance™ platform. Both DPE's and DZE's can be used as stand-alone EtherCAT® slave nodes in single-axis setups or as part of a larger, multiple axes EtherCAT network. The DZS's must be used as sub-nodes in a 'DxM' configuration with a DZE node.
SOURCE: ADVANCED Motion Controls