In order to further integrate robot control into its dyanamic PC-based
software platform, Beckhoff Automation has released the new TwinCAT(R) 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.
Beckhoff's "TwinCAT Kinematic Transformation" software provides the user with a series of considerable advantages:
- Eliminates the separate CPU required for robot control.
- Reduces engineering costs: configuration, parameterization and diagnostics.
- Provides higher performance and accuracy because of direct interfaces; complex communication between separate CPUs is eliminated.