Beckhoff: Update of the TwinCAT XTS Extension

September 8, 2020

The TC3 XTS Extension decouples servo algorithms from the hardware and calculates them centrally. TwinCAT maps each XTS mover as a normal servo axis, enabling simple movement handling. Each output stage/coil is supplied with a current setpoint via EtherCAT.

All motion control functions such as flying saw, electrical gears and cam plates are usable. Function extensions in TwinCAT take over typical XTS requirements:

  •   –  automatic accumulation
  •   –  collision avoidance
  •   –  jerk avoidance
  •   –  centrifugal force limitation
  •   –  collision prevention by operating a number of axes with optional package TF5410

The integration of the XTS system into a production plant is easily possible thanks to support of numerous fieldbuses. All TwinCAT interfaces and functions simplify development and maintenance:

  •   –  application-specific programming in IEC 61131
  •   –  remote access over Ethernet
  •   –  synchronisation (with external application)
  •   –  setting of breakpoints
  •   –  visualisation of arbitrary variables

Track Management

By integrating the Track Management software functionality into the XTS extension TF5850, new freedom of movement is created by the change of movers between different XTS systems.

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