The PacDrive™ P600 automation controller from Elau (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-504) is designed to eliminate the need for a separate Windows XP PC to run an HMI on a machine that also requires a real-time controller (using VxWorks as the operating system). For integrated motion and logic using IEC 61131-3, this approach includes the ability to perform both robotic kinematics and access data for MES systems.
Both Windows and the hard RTOS run on the same Pentium M, with the control functions always prioritized over the PC functions. The P600 is designed to synchronize 22 servo axes, compared to Elau's PacDrive™ C600 automation controller which does not provide a Windows PC capability but can handle up to 99 real servo axes.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.