Machine control: Yaskawa enhances MotionWorks hardware, software

Yaskawa Electric America announces MotionWorks IEC Pro, an enhanced development environment, and MP2310iec controller modules.
By Renee Robbins July 23, 2009

Yaskawa Electric America announces MotionWorks IEC Pro and MP2310iec, additions to the company’s MotionWorks IEC / MP2000iec Product Series.

Yaskawa MotionWorks machine control hardware, software

Yaskawa’s MP2310iec machine controller comes in three new models that each let up to three local modules of digital or analog I/O be controlled.

MotionWorks IEC Pro is an integrated development environment based on the IEC61131-3 international programming standard. It is built upon the same code as the company’s MotionWorks IEC Express software, including all additions made since the May 2008 release. The Pro version allows users to program in Sequential Function Chart language, configure projects with up to 16 tasks, and support all of the MP2000iec controller models.
The MP2310iec machine controller in three new models lets up to three local modules of digital or analog I/O be controlled. It includes the following: EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP for connectivity, standard programming languages, eight option cards offered for the three expansion slots to accommodate most machine requirements, and a built-in Web server for obtaining standard controller diagnostic information.
Third-party remote I/O modules such as Phoenix, Wago, and Opto 22 can be interfaced with the system via the Mechatrolink, EtherNet/IP or Modbus/TCP networks.
The controller can operate local Sigma-5 outputs. This reduces panel cost and space requirements when just a couple of outputs are necessary. The Mechatrolink motion network provides a channel for configuring the machine from a single location with one software tool, even when complex motion such as camming or gearing functions are required.
Yaskawa MotionWorks IEC Express users will need to upgrade to v1.1.2.7 in order to configure a MP2310iec system. An MP2000iec OPC Server is optional software that provides data exchange between Windows applications and MP2000iec controllers via the OPC (OLE for Process Control).

– Edited by Renee Robbins, senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk