XLC offers logic control, motion control and real-time communication
integrated in a homogenous control solution.
is more of a complex controller and, in reality, it is an extended PLC with
real-time motion control that updates in a quarter of a millisecond," says Joaquin
Ocampo, product manager with Bosch Rexroth. "It uses the latest IndraLogic 2G
for programming, debugging and diagnostics."
XLC controllers have motion control functions integrated in the run-time
systems, allowing for greater adaptation
into various applications via standard device and software interfaces. The open
software platform allows for rapid development of machine control. End-to-end
communication between the controller and decentralized system peripherals, such
as inputs and outputs or drives, takes place via real-time Ethernet Sercos III.
Fast PLC cycles to 250 Î¼s enable dependable handling of time-critical process
suited for these controllers range from the simple command of single axes to synchronization
of multiple axes and integration of the FlexProfile for complex motion
sequences. The graphical profile editor in the IndraWorks software tool offers
numerous offline and online functions for this purpose. Master and slave
interfaces for Profinet RT, Profibus and EtherNet/IP are available, in addition
to Sercos III, to facilitate integration into a range of communication
networks. IndraLogic XLC controllers are
IEC 61131-3 programming language conformable with extensions, object-oriented
language elements, and flexible Manifold function libraries and task systems.
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