In order to further integrate robot control into its dyanamic PC-based
software platform, Beckhoff Automation has released the new TwinCAT® Kinematic Transformation
software. With this release, TwinCAT software now extends its standard machine
sequencing and motion control capability to Delta- and SCARA-type robot
mechanisms with a Kinematic Transformation option.
This eliminates the need for a dedicated robot
controller, the associated software and handshaking routines in applications
that require a robot to handle part loading/unloading tasks. Since the
robot control is in the same controller, the robot movements can be tightly
coordinated with non-robotic motion such as conveyors and other moving mechanisms.
The PC-based control platform from Beckhoff unites PLC, motion control and
robotics all on one multi-tasking hardware and software platform.
Kinematic Transformation" software provides the user with a series of
Eliminates the separate CPU required for robot control.
Reduces engineering costs: configuration, parameterization and
Provides higher performance and accuracy because of direct interfaces;
complex communication between separate CPUs is eliminated.
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