Configurable motion helps OEMs

Rack-based modular control system can control up to eight rack servo drives and 64 distributed axes via CANopen.



Plymouth, MN


ACS Motion Control developed a rack-based modular control system that can control up to eight rack servo drives and 64 distributed axes via CANopen.




The MC4U motion control system is designed for multi-axis motion control applications for a combination of performance, multiple support axes, flexible drive configuration, PLC motion and logic control, and convenient packaging. MC4U integrates controllers, drives, power supplies and standard plug-in components, mating individual motherboards, external network components, standard rack-mount enclosure, and front access panel/rack-mount, with a delivery time of one to two weeks after receipt of order.



Custom configuration options provide a lower unit cost approach and integrate specific customer requirements, such as standard components, standard rack-mount enclosure, specially designed motherboard for customer needs, elimination of manual wiring, customer-preferred connectors, customer-preferred mounting and access, rack-mount with back or front access, panel-mount with front access, and the addition of customer's plug-in cards.


"Built from standard components , our MC4U is a panel or rack-mounted system that addresses all multi-axis motion control needs, resulting in shorter development cycle time, reduced risk and lower costs," said Evan Reed, vice president, ACS Motion Control Inc. "The MC4U system manages demanding applications without compromising accuracy and throughput."


The system integrates specifically designed power supplies; high-performance PWM drive blocks that feature current loop digital control for constant velocity; linear drives that eliminate jitter; and three-phase motor filters to increase motor functionality by reducing common and differential mode noise. Combined with the company’s SPiiPlus CM control module, it lowers the cost of controlling two to eight axes by eliminating the need for an intelligent controller at each axis. The host computer no longer needs to manage the network and can interface with the single MC4U system. ACS software tools provide easy setup, tuning, programming, and application simulation. The free motion simulator can be downloaded.


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