Festo Codesys controller integrates drives, pneumatics, I/O
An embedded controller uses Codesys programming to integrate control of electric drives, pneumatics and I/O connections, the Festo CPX-CEC. This is a Control Engineering August 2010 North American edition Product Exclusive.
Integrating electric drives, pneumatics and I/O through one controller using Codesys programming, Festo introduces the CPX-CEC to the legacy CPX family of products. Programmed with Codesys embedded controller in accordance with IEC 61131-3, the CEC simplifies logic development, visualization, and commissioning.
This new controller has a standard CANOpen Master Port, cycle times of up to 1 ms, and a modular I/O system with up to 512 input/output connections. Included are built-in Codesys libraries for easy motion programming using electric drives and diagnostics libraries for preventive maintenance and monitoring functionality. Festo company officials said the CPX multifunctional platform allows integration of motion control, safety, and diagnosis for applications in factory and process automation.
The hybrid controllers reduce cycle times by up to 30% and reduce air consumption by up to 50%. Faster troubleshooting with integrated diagnostics can reduce downtime by 35%. Extensive functional integration with pneumatic, electrical and motion to reduce system cost by up to 20% and installation time by up to 60%, a company official said.
The CEC supports most fieldbus options, servo-pneumatics applications, and decentralized installations. Included are built-in Codesys libraries for easy motion programming using electric drives and diagnostics. Festo supplies automation components, including drives, controllers, sensors, visualization, programming, system design and implementation.