The microMAXR from Agile Systems (Waterloo, ON, Canada) is a single-axis controller that integrates motion control, servo amplifier, networking capabilities, and user I/O in a compact package. The microMAXR allows users to incorporate multiple controllers using a traditional connector or a backplane version that plugs into the user’s printed circuit board. The controller has Agile’s Peer to Peer network architecture, allowing the user to create individual distributed programs to interact with each other. With this control network scheme, register values are exchanged between controllers in a synchronized fashion, ensuring motion functions associated with each exchanged register value are executed at a defined point in time and synchronized between all axes in the system. Peer to Peer networking of motion tasks reduces the bandwidth requirement of the network connection between machine control and the motion system.
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