Motion control package simplifies handling setup and integration

Mike Edwards   

Products festo PLC

The Festo Motion Control Package (FMCP) is said to give machine and system designers the best of two worlds: a complete, optimized motion control kit for running a Festo handling system – and easy integration and setup of that robot through the user’s PLC, whatever the brand.

The FMCP from Festo can coordinate motion of up to six axes for pick and place and other precision Cartesian robotic applications.

Available as a pre-wired and ready-to-install control solution, it provides the kinematics for H-portal, T-portal, 2D, and 3D Festo standard gantry systems. At the PLC, OEMs configure Cartesian motion applications using the FCMP’s software function blocks – with no specialized programming knowledge required.

With the FMCP, all the OEM has to do to get the Festo robot up and running is connect power, Ethernet, IO, and quick-connecting cabling to the gantry motors, then use the function block to fill in key motion parameters, the company says.

No specialized or manufacturer specific programming knowledge is required. Basic motion can be taught through a webserver or IOS/Android app.

The FMCP also offers a solution for end-of-arm-tooling. By including an IO-Link connection, the FMCP can control eight external digital inputs and eight digital outputs that are available in the standard function block.

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