Advantech Launches New Series of Motion-Control I/O Modules

Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.

The new AMAX-1000 series includes five lines of I/O devices: the AMAX-100, the AMA-1220, the AMAX-1240, the AMAX-1754, and the AMAX-1756. All of the new models include transfer cables, an onboard interface connector, and a screw terminal for connecting Panasonic, Yaskawa, and Mitsubishi servo drives.

The different module lines share many of the same features but also have their own set of specifications. The AMAX-1220 and AMAX-1240 are open frame type with either 2- or 4-axis AMONet motion slave modules. Meanwhile, the AMAX-1752, AMAX-1754, and AMAX-1756 are open frame type 32-channel isolated digital input and output slave modules with 32 digital inputs, 32 digital outputs, and 16 digital inputs/16 digital outputs, respectively.

Ease of installation was a primary design goal of the new line of I/O modules, with key components moved to the front and wiring situated conveniently, according to Advantech. The AMAX-1000 series devices also include LEDs that are highly visible and able to provide engineers with diagnostic view into the system. Other specific features include linear and circular interpolation, simultaneously start/stop among multiple slave modules, and brake signal to servo for emergence consideration in the AMAX-1220 lines. The AMAX-1240 devices include all of the AMAX-1220 features, as well as additional functionality such as position compare and trigger function.

Targeted industry applications for the devices include those that are technology-intensive and require substantial integration of devices, as well as systems that need distributed motion control. These include but aren't limited to the automobile, semiconductor, LCD panel, and solar panel industries, the company said.

Industrial automation systems increasingly are requiring motion control systems that can support more and more devices and components, with the more prevalent use of Ethernet -- which adds a number of new interconnected devices to the network -- propelling this trend. A recent report shows that use of Ethernet with motor drives and motion controllers is forecast to more than triple in 2016 from 1.8 million new connected nodes in 2011.

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