Plug-in board expands motion controller with EtherCAT

January 23, 2018 //By Julien Happich
Plug-in board expands motion controller with EtherCAT
Maxon motor is equipping its EPOS4 positioning controllers with additional connectivity options so they can now be integrated into any EtherCAT network as a slave by using an expansion board.

The EPOS4 positioning controllers are now able to communicate via EtherCAT using the CoE standard (CAN application layer over EtherCAT). The EtherCAT card can be combined with the EPOS4 controllers in a housing, as well as with all EPOS4 modules. This expansion for the world of Ethernet-based communication protocols further expands the areas of application for the compact positioning controllers. For example, in applications where short cycle times are important in synchronized multi-axis systems. EPOS4 controllers are suitable for controlling both brushed and brushless DC motors.

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