Adlink integrates motion and vision on PC
Irvine, Calif. – ADlink Technology Inc. announced an affordable, high-performance 4-axis stepper & servo motion control card and an integration of motion control and vision in the same computer. PCI-8164 is a 4-axis motion control PCI bus card with position-compare trigger outputs that directly link with vision system controllers. Completing this integration, an on-board look-up-table compares the actual position with a pre-programmed coordinator in real time, so that the trigger point of the 2D or line-scanning image acquisition is precise.
The product provides pulse command output interface and trajectory planning for both stepping and ac/dc servo motors with pulse rates up to 6.55 Mbps. It links to motor drives and limit sensors, and its onboard motion control ASIC performs most motion control tasks leaving the software to be used specifically for monitoring. Because of this feature this motion control card can be used in a Windows-based system in real time and can operate up to 48 motors. Both the acceleration and deceleration times are programmable, and the S-curve and Trapezoidal Velocity profiles allow for smoother motion during starting and stopping.
The company offers development tools for system configuration and setup. A full set of Windows DLLs for NT/98/95, C function libraries for DOS, and over 20 sample programs are standard features. In addition, a Microsoft Windows-based, graphical user interface utility software – Motion Creator – is included, which provides a user-friendly utility to setup, configure, and test all functions of the motion controller. ISaGRAF compatibility for NT is also provided.