Trio control board handles up to nine stepper or servo axes

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Trio control board handles up to nine stepper or servo axesA cost-effective and flexible high-performance motion and machine control product for OEMs, machine builders and automation system integrators, Trio’s new Euro209 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.

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

For servo motor control, feature enable codes are used in conjunction with optional four- or eight-axis DAC boards for +/-10V DC 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 nine. The standard board also includes 16 x 24V DC opto-isolated inputs and 8 x 24V DC opto-isolated outputs, 2 x 0-10V DC analogue inputs at 12-bit resolution and a 24V DC 100mA watchdog relay output.

Built-in Ethernet port

The Euro209 includes an Ethernet port for PC programming and fast data communication. The 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. Additional I/O or communication interfacing is made possible with optional daughter boards such as USB and Profibus. The on-board program and data memory is 1Mb with additional storage up to 2Gb via standard Micro SD card.

As part of the motion co-ordinator range, the new Euro209 joins a family of panel-mount and board level multi-axis motion controllers offering one to 64 axes of motion and machine control that share the scalable Motion Perfect application development environment with its multitasking TrioBASIC programming language. Up to two fast tasks and five 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. Trio can also provide additional support with G-code and HPGL programming.

With a total of nine physical axes and 16 axes in software, virtual axes may be configured 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, provides complete freedom to choose the drive, motor and feedback technology that perfectly matches application cost and performance requirements.

For OEMs manufacturing more than 200 machines per annum, Trio can develop fully customised/embedded products to suit customer requirements.

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