AUSTRALIAN Baldor has published a guide to the use of Ethernet in real-time motion and machinery control applications.
The free 28-page document is designed for automation engineers and managers and introduces the technology in a way that contrasts the control approach with conventional system architectures.
The guide starts by describing the industry-standard Ethernet Powerlink protocol and its deterministic features. It then contrasts a conventional machine control system architecture requiring servo motor based motion and other industrial I/O, with a new system based on Ethernet.
The publication concludes by introducing programming tools and detailing a range of Ethernet compliant machine controllers and servo drives, plus related machine control accessories including motors and HMIs.
The guide, BR1202-I, is free on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.