NATIONAL Instruments ’ LabVIEW graphical development environment can be used to create distributed motion applications with the NI SoftMotion Controller for Copley CANopen and ORMEC IEEE 1394 intelligent drives.
Users of the NI SoftMotion Controller can program IEEE 1394-based ServoWire SM drives from ORMEC, and CANopen-based Accelnet and Xenus drives from Copley with NI-Motion API in LabVIEW. They also can rapidly prototype their distributed motion application using NI Motion Assistant.
With these controllers, engineers in semiconductor, biomedical, textile and packaging industries can use NI programmable automation controllers (PACs) such as industrial PC and PXI-based hardware for their distributed motion applications. A distributed motion architecture offers many advantages over centralised motion, including simplified cabling with lower setup and maintenance costs. With the NI SoftMotion Controller, engineers can also use NI PACs to incorporate vibration monitoring, web connectivity and high-speed analogue I/O into their distributed motion applications.
The NI SoftMotion Controller runs on LabVIEW Real-Time ETS for Copley CANopen drives and LabVIEW Real-Time RTX for ORMEC ServoWire drives. The NI-Motion 7.0 driver interfaces between the NI SoftMotion Controller and the development environment on Windows 2000/XP. In addition to using LabVIEW with NI Motion Assistant, engineers can program the NI-Motion 7.0 driver in LabWindows/CVI, Microsoft Visual Basic and C programming environments.