Product Exclusive: Controller combines logic and motion
Lenze Americas introduces the compact, energy-efficient 3200 C L-force Controller. Lenze is a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control, and automation technology, serving the packaging and process automation industries, and will exhibit at Pack Expo Booth #5360.
“Complex machines require a powerful and uniform central automation control system. The 3200 C Controller is designed for superior precision motion control in high-dynamic multiaxis applications, including gantry systems, robots, conveyers, feeders, and other machines in a line process,” explained Darrow Hanesian, director of product management, Lenze Americas.
Combining the program logic controller (PLC), motion controller, and visualization in one compact device simplifies engineering and extends cost savings. The architecture fits in a tight control cabinet and operates without a fan or battery via an integrated universal power supply (UPS). Based on Intel Atom processors from Intel, it is the ideal platform for energy-efficient automation.
The 3200 C controller directs the ECS drive and MCS motor through the sequence of moves, plans each trajectory point, and directs the drive to close the position and velocity loops with the motor. With an integrated Ethernet switch and EtherCAT on board, the 3200 C communicates seamlessly with multiple axes from 2 (1ms cycle time) up to 64 (6ms cycle time). Lenze I/O System 1000 modules can be side-mounted to the 3200 C backplane bus to minimize delay and jitter. Touch-probe capable I/O controls and a 48 Mbit/s backplane bus with time stamp ensure precision.
With automated standard setup via its USB flash drive, simple device replacement via its pluggable memory card, and diagnostics via an integrated Web server, the 3200 C stands above other controllers in minimizing the time required for commissioning and maintenance. The future-proof 3200 C Controller complies with industrial standards IEC 61131-3, PLCopen, PLC Designer (CoDeSys3), and EtherCAT.
“Automation applications demand high-performing, simple-to-use, maintenance-free technologies. Integration of the EtherCAT-based 3200 C Controller platform combines logic and motion—rounding off our uniform, end-to-end portfolio of Lenze solutions for industry,” added Hanesian.