Robot standards: Motion controller adds IEC standard robot programming

According to Bosch Rexroth, the company’s latest IndraMotion MLC controller combines motion and logic with robotic control on a uniform IEC platform. The new MLC lowers automation costs considerably, and is capable of up to 64 axes of control with the ability to handle up to eight robotic kinematics simultaneously.
By Control Engineering Staff December 27, 2007

According to Bosch Rexroth , the company’s latest IndraMotion MLC controller combines motion and logic with robotic control on a uniform IEC platform. The new MLC lowers automation costs considerably, and is capable of up to 64 axes of control with the ability to handle up to eight robotic kinematics simultaneously.
The MLC controller uses standard IEC programming controls rather than proprietary programs for the robotic functions. This allows for greater flexibility and increased use of robots in factory applications. The company says that, along with more than 100 ready-to-use kinematics for Delta, SCARA and Cartesian style robots, the control offers a full six-axis path planner, with the ability to run multiple kinematics at the same time. Features include up to 64 axes of control, dynamic belt synchronization for multiple conveyors, and integrated vision system interface. A kinematic wizard is available for easy configuration. This control platform uses an all Ethernet-based SERCOS III network as standard drive interface and for HMI and vision system integration.
—Edited by C.G. Masi , senior editor