Product News: ADLINK’s EtherCAT modules

April 14, 2021
New modules integrate hardware and software to modernize IIoT-based smart factories.

ADLINK Technology Inc. introduced two modules in the 6-CH EU Series digital I/O—the ECAT-4XMO motion control and trigger module, and the ECAT-TRG4 trigger modules. The new modules are a dynamic extension to ADLINK’s EtherCAT System and are designed to complement the EU Series, enabling higher performance in automatic assembly, test and inspection equipment across a multitude of applications including cellphone glass inspection, battery cell assembly, camera lens assembly and test- and-glue-dispensing machinery, as well as inspection equipment, per ADLINK.

The ECAT-4XMO motion-control and trigger module is a 4-channel control and high-speed trigger module that connects to both EtherCAT and non-EtherCAT motors, including stepper motors, linear motors, direct drive and AC. Advanced functions of the ECAT-4XMO include high-precision motion interpolation, continuous contouring, axes synchronization, point table for circuit limit and 2D compensation.

The performance of the ECAT-TRG4 includes high-speed position comparison trigger (4 channels, 10 MHz linear/table), pulse outputs (12 MHZ), encode inputs (20 MHz) and support for encoder re-driver operation. The flexible expansion interface of the ECAT-TRG4 allows easy connection to cameras and air guns.

“Industrial automation equipment, depending on different usage conditions, needs to control pulse-type motors and communication-type motors at the same time, as well as trigger control based on different signals,” said Simon You, director, Smart Machine Business Product Center, ADLINK. “Generally, it takes separate systems to control different types of motors, which consumes larger floor space, and increases maintenance efforts and costs. With ADLINK’s highly integrated and compatible EtherCAT solutions, users are allowed to control pulse motors and communication motors via a single system at the same time, fulfilling the demands of many trigger control applications.”

The new modules feature sliding side-by-side installation and screwless design, to reduce installation costs, and support nearly all field applications in a smart factory.