UK motion specialists Trio Motion Technology is expanding the capability of its motion-based machine solutions to integrate with additional sensors, relays and output devices
Trio has launched new I/O slices that it says enable OEMs to measure and control temperature as well as easily connect three-wire devices within a compact footprint. The new I/O slices join Trio’s existing range of digital and analogue I/O. The company’s new P367 Thermocouple slice expands its machine capability with temperature measurement and control. 16-bit resolution is claimed to ensure flexibility to meet the needs of a wide range of applications, from temperature measurement and monitoring to control of hot melt glue and sealing applications. Four thermocouple inputs feature alongside four outputs for control of a heater or other switched load.
Trio is also releasing its P362 Power Connect module which it says enables fast, simple integration of sensors, relays and output devices. The module simplifies connection of three-wire sensors into the I/O system and removes the footprint and cost required for additional terminals. With two banks of 10 x 24 V and 0 V connectors, straightforward wiring and multiple connection options make installation quicker and simpler.
Both the Power Connect and Thermocouple I/O slices feature push-fit wire connections into a cage clamp. Increasing connection security, particularly for applications which could be subject to vibration, the cage clamp system is said to improve reliability and provide faster, simpler wiring without the requirement to use additional tools for installation and maintenance. The slices click-in to Trio’s P366 EtherCAT Flexslice I/O coupler as well as its pocket-sized 64 axis Flex-6 Nano Motion Coordinator. They join a range of existing I/O that facilitates numerous digital and analogue integration options. A claimed advantage of Trio’s I/O slice approach compared to a traditional PLC is a saving on footprint and cost.
Larger machines using the company’s more powerful Motion Coordinators, (which control up to 128 axes), can benefit from decentralised control via Trio’s EtherCAT I/O Flexslice coupler. Distributed I/O allows local connection to sensors and actuators while maintaining real-time performance over EtherCAT. This approach simplifies cabling and reduces build time and cost says Trio. It also says that it improves machine reliability, minimises EMC influence and maintains signal integrity as a result of reduced cable length.
Trio’s motion-first machine development is based on its Motion-iX core, delivering optimal motion performance for machine designers with all motion commands accessible through what is said to be an easy to use API. The motion library is also accessible via IEC 61131-3 PLC languages for OEMs looking for a standards-based programming solution.