CAN I/O expansion modules with switchable protocols

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Trio Motion Technology is launching a new range of modular DIN-rail mounted CAN I/O expansion modules that feature switchable TrioCAN I/O and CANopen DS401 protocols for use across the company's Motion Coordinator motion and machine control families, as well as providing a competitively priced, decentralised I/O extension system for third-party CANopen devices.

Included within the range are separate and combined 16-point digital input and output modules, an eight-input, four-output analogue module, and an eight-channel relay output module – all with standard industrial signal levels and fully certified EMC emission and immunity ratings. The new modules may be freely mixed to a maximum of 32 CAN addresses for the P317, P318, P319 and P327, all at 500kHz in Trio Mode or up to 1MHz in CANopen Mode. This allows generous and flexible I/O expansion capability, with considerably reduced machine wiring for OEMs and systems integrators using Trio motion controllers, or CANopen device users requiring standalone digital or analogue system expansion for signal processing, actuators, feedback signal and sensor monitoring.

Supplied in compact ABS enclosures measuring 26mm wide x 85mm deep x 130mm high, the new I/O modules are designed for efficient panel installation and convenient monitoring, with all modules featuring individual channel status LEDs and removable front- and top-mounted screw terminal blocks for power supply and I/O interfacing. For straightforward set-up, module address and CAN protocol selection is via front-panel Dip switches conveniently located behind a small window with a card slot that is aligned with the status LEDs and may be marked as a visual channel reference. The CAN modules have been EMC tested against and comply to teh requirements of EN 61000-6-2:2005 (Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Generic standards. Immunity for industrial environments) and EN 61000-6-4:2007 (Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). Generic standards. Emission standard for industrial environments).

When used with Trio's flagship MC464 Motion Coordinator and across the full Trio Motion Coordinator range where a TrioCAN I/O communication card is fitted, the Motion Perfect 2 programming environment automatically configures all I/O channels over the complete CAN bus with plug-and-play simplicity. The integrated controller I/O and external CAN I/O are seamlessly programmed with a choice of Trio's TrioBASIC programming language, or G-code, or with IEC 61131-3 on the advanced MC464 Motion Coordinator motion and machine control system. For those wishing to use the CANopen DS401 protocol, Trio provides comprehensive documentation and technical support to ensure trouble-free system integration.

08 November 2010

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