Omron Industrial Automation (Schaumburg, IL) has released
the NJ-Series Machine Automation Controller (MAC) that integrates
multiple, specialized controllers (motion, logic, sequence,
vision, operator safety, and RFID tracking) with system synchronization
on a single controller. The system features access to one connection
to networks optimized for factory automation information
(Ethernet/IP) and real-time machine control for motion, vision,
sensors, and actuators (EtherCAT). The MAC features a real-time
scheduler to manage motion, network, and the user application updates at the same time.
The MAC was designed to be a high-speed motion and I/O controller with the ability to
change servo parameters on the fly, integrate vision data, and keep servo motor shafts synchronized.
A single software tool, Sysmac Studio SE200D, eliminates separate software products and
integrates motion, sequencing, networking, RFID tracking, and vision inspection.
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